Whether it was the cameras or the lights I am 100 % sure that tampering was involved. There was too much backhanded shit going on at that work place. I can see it either being the halogen lights, or the cameras, or replaced strobe lights on the fire alarms. There was a bunch of back handed shit going on at that work place. I am certain because I was coerced along the lines of laser emitters. I am not sure which camera brand it was, but the omaha area has this problem everywhere including the schools, which have put windows in their class rooms so that their hall cameras can peer into the class room. I am not exactly going back to check.

The salient point of the message is that everybody in the area is reacting to black mail.


I think the community in general will benefit from this discussion. I have an IT horror story I would like to tell everybody about. Additionally I have discovered some solutions to some IT problems, which may have been faced by others in the community. A few years ago I started going to college, and got wholluped by a gang of social engineers in the omaha/bellevue area. Unbenounced to me they were actually preforming skits on me in order to preform black mail attacks at a later date. Now you may believe that if you aren't doing anything wrong you should be immune, right? Wrong. Let me tell you about one of the skits they preformed on me. Somehow they snaked my keys, and while I was unconcious in my house they snuck in and one of the girls, in a bikini or skanky underwear swung her leg over my unconcious body, and snapped a selfie of her on top of me with me completely unconcious. I wake up and she is streaking out of the house with the photo. A few years later I make the business scene, and unbenounced to me they were sharing this with the companies I was visiting. The security guards started using the security cameras, some scotch tape, and a red pen to put a targeting reticule on the outdoor secruity cameara monitor so that they could accurately shine the camera distance sensor/IR LEDs into my eyes. This was one of the skits they preformed ...


RE: tire analogy, I can see whan a tire is flat. I can't see when a CMOS battery is dead. Also, CMOS batteries last for years so I would imagine most people would opt for a newer, faster computer when faced with a possible couple of hundred for a repair bill. Some people, like my father-in-law, are just looking for an excuse to get a newer computer.

Personally, I still have an old IBM ThinkPad from 2004 that I keep running even though the hinges are toast (the lid is epoxied into position). Of course, I also have a new laptop. I'm not completely dim.


Its possible. It's also possible that my original thought is true as well - consumers have been trained to just accept "I need a new one" and that's that.

Who knows. I hear your frustration... but... if it keeps you in business and it makes the world go round... why complain? If you can take their broken parts and make them work for someone else, donate those machines and give someone who otherwise wouldn't have access to a computer a chance to be part of the internet and world at large...

I don't know what the laws are for re-using old parts for new builds or donating, etc... but it's something you can look in to for sure, and then you won't have a bunch of eWaste just burning a hole in a landfill somewhere.


My analogy is flawed. I admit that. The folk that have pushed back are increasing as time goes on. I can't understand why outside of they just want a sure fix.

As you did work building the PCs you know that a dead PC can be from almost every part of the PC. Even the case as you find extra standoffs shorting out the motherboard.

As to the 75 bucks it's mostly there to let us give the person some pause and let us pop in the dollar battery and if it fixes it, send them on their way with a minimal charge on the ticket. We hope they'll remember us for not taking them to the cleaners. To really test the CR2032 is detailed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMQI5R79lx4 I think I've only done that a few times over the years so you can see why we charge for a full up test.

Back to physcology. My guess is they already went to a few shops and got told "it's the motherboard" with all the charges that entails.


...I dislike your analogy... if the tire is flat, there is a reason. If it was fine yesterday, tires don't tend to spontaneusly deflate with the sole need being more air (rapid temperature changes aside, but then you have tire pressure to worry about)...

A mechanic will be better suited to figure out if the tire has a puncture (because the nail/object was ejected and now there is an invisible hole), the wheel rim is bent, or the leak is caused by some other malfunction - and yes, as a service, a mechanic will know more about what to look for immediately while I (or the masses) will have to research it or gain that knowledge from first hand experience. Remember - not all IT staff are made equally; you and I seem to have a similar skillset: I program for a living, but there was a time when I built custom gaming rigs and sold them. Having access to that kind of experience is not afforded to the guy who writes JavaScript/CSS all day, who has never seen a motherboard because he works exclusively on Apple products except for his one test PC that is having a mobo failure.

Maybe if it didn't cost $75 to use a voltimiter (but again, you are charging for your experience using a tool to diagnose, and charging for your expertise, not the activity) you would get people more willing to allow you to try less aggressive measures - like I said, the ...


@ryantroop. I've had this pushback from all sorts of folk. From the unwashed that don't know how trivial and cheap this is to engineers that want proof it will fix the machine. You could prove it's an possible cause with a Volt meter but we charge to do that. 75 bucks to prove it? Don't they get it that we want to pop in the dollar (retail) battery and if it fixes it send them on their way? Nope about half don't get that.

A car analogy could be "My tire is flat." And I start by putting in air. "NO!!!, I want you to find out why."
Fine, without trying to add air you want the tire removed and inspected? Sure. Or do you want us to just install 4 new tires just to be sure?
I bet one in ten now go for all new tires.


By people do you mean the general unwashed masses? If so - it's because they are intimidated, or unsure of their ability to diagnose. It's something so small and trivial to you, but remember - 10 years ago or so something that is trivial to you today may have been daunting or frustrating to you.

It can also be a policy thing - does the cost of a new mobo + installation compare against the cost of that same person doing a full sweep hardware test just to find out they need new hardware? Is it worthwhile to invest in new hardware to leverage potential future upgrades?

It's also cultural - for a good portion of the world (thanks to Apple, and Co.) planned obsolesence is a thing - and people have just gotten used to their hardware breaking and figuring it's time for new hardware because that's just how it is.

Of course, this is all conjecture... some people are just lazy :-/


As PCs age you enounter "The Dead PC" from time to time. Long ago I even owned a PC repair shop and learned a lot from the experience. But fast forward to today.

While I know a bit about PC design something of a mystery to me is why folk have been pushing back on a common cheap thing to try on dead machines. Pop in a new CMOS battery.

I could go on why this can cause a PC to hang but here if it's the usual CR2032 we buy these in bulk for the office at 25 cents USD each. It's a dollar part most everywhere here.

Why do people push back on this thing to try? Do they really want to incur a shop counter charge to test the 25 cent part? I think they don't get it that past a few years these can deplete and cause a machine to hang on power up.

And yes, we add a 1/2 hour diagnostic fee to the bill if they want the battery tested. That's 75 bucks USD. High but they did ask for that.


I have been trying to install IBM bluemix CLI and getting this error message while trying to push my php file to the server:

C:\xampp\htdocs\bluemix>bluemix app push index Invoking 'cf push index'...

FAILED fork/exec C:\Program Files\IBM\Bluemix\bin\cfcli\cf.exe: %1 is not a valid Win32 application.


I cannot understand understand. I am using Windows 10 - 64 bit system. I have been trying to install bluemix both 64 and 32 bit and none works. I wonder what else is lacking. Can anyone help?



Same problem here.
macOS "High Sierra" 10.13.3
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

• Uninstall Cursorcerer
• Uninstall SteerMouse
• Remove wireless mouse USB-dongle
• Clear PRAM
• Multiple restarts

Upon restart (or new login) the hover starts working temporarily.

I now tried going to "Login Window..." via user menu.
That has helped so far.
EDIT: No longer working.

An ultra-f***ing-annoying problem, because not even the menus work properly.

If you find a solution, please post on this ancient — but nevertheless useful — thread.


I often use the Parallel port (D-Sub DB-25 female) of PC to communicate with MCU or a processor card with my unique and self developed software and interface circuit .

Now it looks like I've found a functional bug in the USI hardware of AVR ATtiny45/85 MCU.

I wanted to read the received bytes from the USIBR register instead of USIDR to take advantage of what was being written in data sheet of Atmel (today Microchip's). Here is a quote from 2586Q–AVR–08/2013 data sheet of ATtiny25/45/85(http://www.kynix.com/uploadfiles/pdf8827/ATTINY25-15MT.pdf):

" Instead of reading data from the USI Data Register the USI Buffer Register can be used. This makes controlling the USI less time critical and gives the CPU more time to handle other program tasks. USI flags as set similarly as when reading the USIDR register. The content of the USI Data Register is loaded to the USI Buffer Register when the transfer has been completed. "

I would like to show and proof with my experiment that the USIBR is unusable in the ATtiny45/85 chips, because it loses the MSB bit of the received byte. E.g: if the value of received byte is 3 then 7 is readable from USIBR, if received byte is 4 then the result is 8 from the USIBR.

Generally form is: if the received byte:n then ( (n<<1) + (1&n) )&0xff is readable from USIBR. (It is like a "backward arithmetic shift".)

In my demonstration I used USI in three wire and slave mode and I ...


An SSL certificates are used to make your personal information protected, particularly when it comes to online transactions. It’s a mechanism that works between a user’s browser and the website the user is connecting to. In its software, the website has an SSL certificate issued by a trustworthy authority. Web browsers (i.e. Internet Explorer®, Firefox® and Chrome™) recognize these certificates. When confidential info needs to be exchanged, SSL is used to encrypt the information before it is sent, and then to decrypt it at the other end, when it has been received.
This ensure that the website activity, from its own sensitive information to that of its browser is secure. This is especially important if the business is involved in handling online transaction. Online Buyers and visitor know this stuff. Banks, for instance, have warned them to check for the small padlock icon that appears on their browser screen when SSL is in use


So I basically tried to make a gaming pc, first one. And I encountered a big problem. I thought I had everything set up and connected (with the disappointment that my Gigabyte Z370 Ultra Gaming didn’t support RGB) but when I went to turn it on for a final test, the motherboard flickered a little of the led it has and just did nothing at all. I pressed the power button then the fans came on and a red light came on on the motherboard. But it continuously turned off and on by itself within the span of like 10 seconds each one. I’m confused really. Did I hook something up wrong or is something bad?
AORUS Ultra Gaming mobo
Coolermaster 5 lite RGB case
Intel i3 8100 core processor and fan
EVGA 500W power supply
No ram installed yet
MSI HD 6450 “Graphics card”


Can't I just put the entire webpage's code on the drive? Like the HTML, CSS, and JS in the same folder for them to click on? What are some potential drawbacks of that? Maybe I can even make it uncopyable? And really, I don't mind if they pass it on :-)

Here's the page I want to share: http://fiftyallstars.com/50/curriculum.html --- But I really don't want to give all the kids, parents, and potentially other programs the link.


As long as there is a password I don't see the problem with revealing the address.

I forgot to mention making the USB drive uncopyable. There are supposedly some schemes for doing that (google "copy protect usb drive"). I don't know how well they work if at all. I saw that USB Key idea and thought the same as you, that maybe that was a starting point. But I don't think it is.

Anyway, I feel my idea has a chance. The starter program could be the exe that's hiding the password. It could start chrome and chromedriver and feed in the password ... maybe. I know virtually nothing about chromedriver.

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Love it. I believe this is where I'll most definitely start. Thanks a ton for the suggestions!

Just an idea, and not a complete one at that.

On the USB stick, install the chrome browser and also chromedriver, a program that automates the browser, so I'm assuming it could be used to enter a password in a form (which will show up as asterisks, of course).

Create a "password program" that pipes the password to chromedriver. The password is somewhat obfuscated by being in an exe, but it should also be encrypted (perhaps with a Vigenere if you want to give them a chance). You can do a few things to further obfuscate strings in a program. Your letters could be every primeth one. You could even store each character separately. That'll learn 'em!

Anyway, I don't know if that would work or not. But it would probably need to be started from a script to connect things together.


I'm going with no. There is no such thing. Do you need to get into why?

For example the URL is human readable and shows up in almost all browsers so you can't hide that. So that can be copied.
Any file that can be read from a drive for execution is automatically open for copying.

I could go on but I see you're a long time member and why dash your ideas like this?

-> If these are tools for learnings wouldn't a teacher supply them to all the children?

Example: Ol' Musky shares the patents for a lot of his car inventions. Why?

"If we're all in a ship together," Musk said, "and the ship has some holes in it, and we're sort of bailing water out of it, and we have a great design for a bucket, then even if we're bailing out way better than everyone else, we should probably still share the bucket design."

If these are great learning tools, share the wealth.

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It's actually for basketball, & kids are just more apt to do extra if they feel special. Thx for the direction, tho. I'll figure something out.