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Old 02-20-13, 03:58 PM
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Has anyone converted cassette tapes to mp3? If so, any thoughts about the best way to go about doing this?
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Old tapes will sound like crap. If you really badly wanted them the only way I can think of doing it is to connect the earphone out with microphone in then record a series of .wav files then convert those to mp3.
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Yeah, I know they'll sound like crap. Even the originals sound like crap because they are taped off the radio in the 80s. But it's a sentimental thing for my wife.
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something just went kaputs with my windows 7 & i'm now running ubuntu, so i know it's a software, not hardware issue

to recap: no network adapter showing (not ethernet, not wireless, zilch) in control panel
can't change screen brightness.
windows aero is gone
system restore doesn't work

seems like something got deleted. what can i do to restore things?
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Originally Posted by echappist
something just went kaputs with my windows 7 & i'm now running ubuntu, so i know it's a software, not hardware issue

to recap: no network adapter showing (not ethernet, not wireless, zilch) in control panel
can't change screen brightness.
windows aero is gone
system restore doesn't work

seems like something got deleted. what can i do to restore things?
There's a virus that does what you describe. Rebuild and restore was a lot easier than recovery.
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Old 03-28-13, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by echappist
something just went kaputs with my windows 7 & i'm now running ubuntu, so i know it's a software, not hardware issue

to recap: no network adapter showing (not ethernet, not wireless, zilch) in control panel
can't change screen brightness.
windows aero is gone
system restore doesn't work

seems like something got deleted. what can i do to restore things?
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I started looking at this thread and bam: shockwave flash has crashed, using chrome lol

Might try windows repair feature, from the dvd, worth a try. Or maybe restart F8, safe mode, and then clean boot. IMHO 7 is one of my favorite builds and very hard to break, hell, almost as stable and quick as XP, but that was in my hard core, overclocking days, and voiding warrenties. lol GL
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And then virtualizing the GPU with ESXi5.1 to enable hardware rendering for Vmware View.

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Originally Posted by echappist
something just went kaputs with my windows 7 & i'm now running ubuntu, so i know it's a software, not hardware issue

to recap: no network adapter showing (not ethernet, not wireless, zilch) in control panel
can't change screen brightness.
windows aero is gone
system restore doesn't work

seems like something got deleted. what can i do to restore things?
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There's a virus that does what you describe. Rebuild and restore was a lot easier than recovery.
Have you checked the device manager? Remove the faulting devices from the tree and allow Windows to reinstall them.

If you haven't already, try a stand-alone Windows Defender Offline scan booting from a USB flash drive. Works quite well on viruses that are hard to detect and remove.
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I've been using these on the bike. They work, I like them. But it seems the bluetooth is hyper-sensitive to my body blocking the line of sight from my jersey pocket to my neck. Causes occasional cut-outs. The Amazon reviews said it's because each phone is unique in bluetooth antenna placement, power etc...?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Chrome makes some pretty sweet technology available to mainstream developers. Just think of the possibilities here.

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What are you guy's thoughts on internal phishing attempts to "educate" employees about phishing? Our company has done two in the last few months. And yeah, you can get people to click on them, and prove that phishing works, and you can "educate" them, but it feels wrong to me and some other folks here.

They even outsourced it this time (not sure about last time) to phishme.com. If you follow the e-mail header it's right there, not exactly sophisticated. Seems like something that a company with our resources and technical skills would be able to do in house, and do better. I wonder how much money they wasted on this "attack".
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Old 06-24-13, 08:05 AM
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Sucks to make your employees feel stupid, but the education could be valuable. Probably money better spent than the stupid "security" CRC modules floating around in the corporate HR-in-a-box media we have to endure.
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Is there such a thing as a GUI to use when accessing a Linux box. Something for a Linux "Dummy" to use to poke around ? We have a couple Linux boxes running MySQL, and I can access MySQL with some tools, but want to look at what else is running on the machine. There is supposed to be MySQL replication running to another box, and I also want to look at how the MySQL backups are scheduled. Currently, I know ZERO about Linux. We have 1 person here who has some command line only experience.
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What flavor (distribution/distro) of Linux?
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What flavor (distribution/distro) of Linux?
V5.1 Enterprise, according to a document I found
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Ah, that sounds like Red Hat Enterprise Linux. If you can get on the machine, it should be set up with a windows-sort-of-looking interface.

It's likely that the window manager being used is Gnome, in which case, there's a Gnome System Monitor that works a lot like the windows Task Manager. If the window manager is KDE (optional in RHEL), then there's a tool called KDE System Guard that should work for you.

If not working windowed, here's a command-line summary to get you started with text-based stuff: https://www.comptechdoc.org/os/linux/...processes.html
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It also might be running an Xwindows server, in which case you can connect to the GUI remotely. This may help.

The MySQL server may have a web interface too, something worth looking in to.

Been a while since I've used linux.. not since slackware on floppy disks lol.
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Ah, that sounds like Red Hat Enterprise Linux. If you can get on the machine, it should be set up with a windows-sort-of-looking interface.
I currently use WinSCP (v 4.1.9) to connect to the server. I can navigate "folders" but not sure if there is much more I can do a lot with that.
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Someone here recommended WampServer. What i mainly want to do is look into MySQL replication between 2 servers, and manage MySQL backup files.
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I'm not familiar with MySQL setup/management, and can't really help further than googling what you're probably already googling. You might check out a bash shell tutorial or guide and see if it sparks any command-line inspiration for a solution -- you can do a lot from there.

Maybe start here? https://www.tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/
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If it is RHEL, then 5.1 would be pretty old. To install XWindows, yum groupinstall gnome. There are other XWindows managers, but Gnome is the default.

You may be running some Linux distro on VMware. 5.1 Enterprise would be the current version. You can manager SQL server replication at the hypervisor level but you better know what you're doing.

To find out what version of Linux you are running

cd /etc
ls -l | grep release
cat the file found by grep, i.e. cat /etc/redhat-release
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Software requirements importance example: I'm working on the multi-function display for a certain aircraft. I need the pilot or wrench to enter the date and time. I don't have minimum date requirements. So, I decided to allow entry as far back as 1/1/1970 (using a time_t). I figure that I don't want to be the one who gets in trouble when DARPA tries to send this thing back in time and can't because the nav system only allows post 2012 dates.

<note that I really have no option to get requirements from the prime contractor -- it's been pretty insane but true. Am I surprised about the healthcare web site problems?... nope>

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I've been reading lots of programming textbooks over the past month and I actually really like the stuff I can do. I first started programming when I was 8 with COBOL. Not a programmer by trade but always been pretty decent.

I nerded out doing typing tests with a coworker on typingtest.com. I'm pretty sure this thing is rigged cause I can't go above 122 WPM. I've tested around 140 on some tests but this one seems to cap out around 122...wtf.
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I finally gave in and ordered a replacement "brain" for our Bosch dishwasher.

Over a year ago it stopped completing cycles. It would start and run for about 45 seconds and then throw an "E:24" error which Bosch says has something to do with either a clogged or improperly installed drain line.

The drain line is properly installed and is not clogged, but with the help of my trusty multimeter I figured out what the problem was. On starting the dishwasher first drains a bit, gets some new water, drains again, gets more new water, drains a third time, and calls for more fresh water. It turns out that the controller no longer sent a signal to the valve controlling the flow of fresh water on the third call and so none was sent. And since there was no water to drain, no water was drained the next time it was supposed to do that. And the controller sensed that and shut down thinking that the drain was clogged.

To get around this broken logic in the controller I would carefully listen to the sequencing of events and open the dishwasher door within a 1/4 second time frame and add water manually. Now there was water to drain and I fooled the faulty controller. Seeing that the timing is very tight (and varies in total time because of variations in the amount of water in the system when you start the process) it sometimes it takes a couple of attempts to get it to work.

My wife is now tired of this game we play and wants to just push a button and walk away.

I can see her point, but I am the one that usually does the dishes.

But it was really fun to figure out the problem and also devise a kludge around it.
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