Archives for: October 2008

10/30/08

  05:35:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 603 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, DVDs / NetFlix, AppleTV, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Boxee

I got an AppleTV

I had recently decided, after seeing a Inside Secret podcast on getting XBMC/Boxee onto an AppleTV, that I would settle on getting myself an AppleTV instead of a Mac Mini for my Home Theatre setup.

I pulled the trigger on my 40th birthday :wave:

But, I didn't get to finally setting it up until last night.

Somewhere in anticipation of getting it, it occurred to me that I might not have enough capacity on my current Zektor HDVI5 to switch between all the devices. At least if I wanted to keep all the 'HD' sources on DVI. Like I could move the Momitsu back to VGA or use the AppleTV on component, etc.

But, I'm using 4 of the 5 inputs....and somewhere down the road I plan to get something that'll do NetFlix streaming. If I had stayed with the plan for a Mac Mini...I wouldn't have the input concern. At least until I get BluRay, though the BluRay may replace my current DVD player rather than supplement it....

Anyways...connecting the AppleTV to my setup was pretty straight forward...the hardest part again, for some reason...was finding an extra ethernet cable. I don't know why I seem to always be out of them. Actually, the digital audio cable that I used is kind of short....so perhaps at some later point I'll replace with both with longer cables. But, I have a small supply of short digital audio cables. Maybe I'll stock up on ethernet cables again.

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10/25/08

  11:49:04 am, by The Dreamer   , 562 words  
Categories: Software, BOINC

Norton Antivirus 2009 hates BOINC and its Users

Well, before I posted on this subject a few days ago, I had submitted a support request using Norton Antivirus 2009. Shortly after the the blog posting, I got an Email for Symantec's PR company....sent to my work address. Not via the blog (or the associated email address).

Of course, that doesn't matter, my employer banned Symantec and Norton Antivirus on PCs a couple years ago. In fact, they would actively scan computers connected to its network to detect, and block access to, computers that continued to use the software. We have a site license for Trend Micro, and policy that requires it to be installed on all PCs connected to our network (including personally owned ones). The site license extends to allow (current) students and employees to use the software on their home computers, even if they are connecting via a 3rd party ISP.

Of course, TrendMicro doesn't support Mac or Linux users, but the use of Antivirus software is still required. A bulk license for software for the Mac exists, with a periodic review of how many are being used...and ClamAV is the recommended solution for Linux users, and I thought Bradford checked for it (along with being current on patches) in the dorms.

Anyhoo....I eventually got a response for Symantec Technical support. It was try to disable a feature of Norton Antivirus and see if the problem continues. If it does, then it isn't their fault.

Lucky for them, it is their fault. I disabled Auto-Protects Advanced Protection feature...to resolve the issue.

Then things continued to be less than helpful. Vague response on how they want me to be protected so make sure I keep running LiveUpdate....though are they saying they'll turn it back on when remotely when they think it'll be resolved or will LiveUpdate tell me that it has finally resolved this issue.

It did a provide a link suggesting that I submit information about the false positive to. But, it was for false positive phishing urls. And, submitting the false positives from "Advanced Protection" yielded the response that the submission does not appear to be URLs so, therefore, "We have concluded our research
of your submission and will take no further action."
. Even though I included reference to the support incident ticket that led me to the form.

I emailed back, and was provided with yet another form. With the note that "Incomplete submissions and requests that are not deemed to be genuine will not be processed.". The form instructions say that it must be submitted by the software vendor of the false positive.

In other words, they don't care about its users.

Category: Resolved Security Risks
10/19/2008 16:51  High  prepare_dpf4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR        Removed
10/17/2008 19:11  High  prepare_receptor4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR   Removed
10/19/2008 16:52  High  prepare_dpf4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR        Removed
10/19/2008 16:51  High  prepare_dpf4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR        Removed
10/17/2008 19:12  High  prepare_receptor4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR   Removed
10/19/2008 17:08  High  summarize_results4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR  Removed

Category: Quarantine
10/19/2008 16:51  High  prepare_dpf4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR        Removed
10/17/2008 19:11  High  prepare_receptor4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR   Removed
10/19/2008 16:51  High  prepare_dpf4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR        Removed
10/19/2008 17:08  High  summarize_results4_9.51_windows_intelx86.exe detected by SONAR  Removed

So, now I'm going to ask them on how to remove this crapware. :##

10/20/08

  06:47:28 am, by The Dreamer   , 174 words  
Categories: Software, BOINC

Norton Antivirus 2009 hates BOINC

A few days ago, I got a LiveUpdate Notice that I could upgrade to the latest version of Norton Antivirus for free as part of my annual subscription.

This was new. In the past, I just kept renewing the subscription of Norton Antivirus...until they decide that the version is too old and force me to buy the latest version. That's happened a couple of times on this computer (the other computer died earlier this year, but I wasn't planning to renew its subscription for this reason....it had become a dedicated BOINC machine)

Well, upgrading proved to be a mistake. The advanced auto-protect feature, which "Provides real-time protection against threats and proactively detects unknown security risks on your computer." Keeps reporting that certain BOINC processes as high risk and removing them.

Of course, it nags annoyingly if I turn the feature off....but running BOINC is more important to continuing to be a Symantec customer. So, I guess I'll be looking to replace NAV2009 with something else before my subscription expires in 90 days....

10/18/08

  09:32:51 pm, by The Dreamer   , 133 words  
Categories: Stuff

Wisdom Wands: Health Tea Wand

Link: http://www.wisdomwands.com

I had read about this gadget on one of the many gadget blogs that I follow...just don't recall which or where.

But, I bought a pair of them....I use one at home and one at work. Don't use the one that much at work, since it is difficult to boil water at the office and loose tea is hard to clean up in the office.

The one at home, I find that I can't live without. So much that, I later bought a second one at home...so that I would never be without one (either because I let it get too dirty, or its in the dishwasher).

However, I seem to have lost one....no idea how....

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  06:30:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 226 words  
Categories: Stuff, Computer, Travel, Storage

I'm back....

....after upgrading the other harddrive in my main desktop. I finally got around to doing it. Sure was a pain being without my main computer. All the things I wanted to do online (and offline), but couldn't. Sure, some of the (online) things I could've done from other computers (and some I did)...but there were things that were unique to this one.

This should be it for upgrades this this computer until I finally break down and get a new one....whether it'll be the latest and greatest with Windows 7 or I finally make the switch to a Mac (or perhaps Linux will be mainstream?)....who knows.

Meanwhile, it looks like I'm in the market for a new watch already. :..(

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10/12/08

  06:59:04 am, by The Dreamer   , 186 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, Wireless/iPhone, Travel

barrybackup & bcharge

While disabling berry_charge.ko (guess I could've blacklisted it) solved the high CPU condition of udevd. It didn't charge my blackberry overnight.

In my search, I saw mention of barry and bcharge. So, today I crammed those packages onto my EeePC 901.

I used it to do a backup of my Blackberry...but that was just to see it work. I'm only looking for the charging aspect, and there wasn't details on what I needed to get that going. Though I guess I installed too much, wonder if I can go back and peel the backup gui part off later.

Took some searching around, but I eventually found that bcharge resides in /usr/sbin, and invoked it by hand to make it go. And, since turning it on and writing this post....the battery guage on my Blackberry has finally gained a segment (unlike overnight where it just stayed put).

Wonder if I'll reboot now or later to see if the udevd scripts work....and maybe when I get home I'll take a look at whether tethering is an option or what else I can do.

10/11/08

  05:44:46 am, by The Dreamer   , 265 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Wireless/iPhone, Travel

high cpu usage of udevd on EeePC 901

I'm at the Ohio Linux Fest, and I'm using my EeePC 901 as a charger for my Blackberry (8703e). But, I was finding that it was getting of toasty and noisy.

Had noticed the CPU graph in gkrellm was pegged. So, I started looking to see what was the cause.

udevd was consuming all the CPU....that didn't seem right, but after doing some reboots and experimentation....I found that it was caused by plugging my Blackberry in. It would continue to consume the CPU after the Blackberry was unplugged. So, a reboot was necessary to get things happy again. I had tried restarting udevd, but that seemed to cause other problems (probably loss of state information for other devices in the Eee?)

So much for using the EeePC as my mobile/travel charger for my Blackberry (and work phone).

But, this morning I did a more extensive google search and eventually found mention that disabling the berry_charge kernel module would "fix" the problem. So, after locating the module at

/lib/modules/2.6.21.4-eeepc/kernel/drivers/usb/misc/berry_charge.ko

and renaming it (to disable it). I rebooted and tried plugging in my Blackberry.

That seems to have fixed it. My Blackberry is charging, and the CPU graph looks good on my EeePC. The work phone, Motorola KRZR, doesn't show this issue with charging from my EeePC.

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10/09/08

  08:03:48 pm, by The Dreamer   , 640 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, Travel, Home, Storage, Amateur Radio

Failed HD upgrade.

I was all in a rush last week to upgrade the other drive in my primary desktop. Partly because the plan was to use the old drive as the backup drive of my other computer. Guess, I'll just have to go without backups for a while longer.

I had resorted to ordering the drive from Amazon.com instead of my usual source TigerDirect.com, because I wanted to know that it was going to show up for certain on a certain day before the weekend.

And, it appeared as desired on Friday. But, first Saturday I was volunteering my Amateur Radio skills to do communications at a SAG for the Yellow Brick Road Race. And, I was way too tired to take on a project like this when I got home. Being up early and being kept up by a yapping dog downstairs was part of the reason. Also being nice than expected and standing in the sun near the end probably didn't help either. But, it was cool. Though it has me thinking that maybe I'll continue to hold out for the Yaesu VX-8R, instead of wimping out and getting the VX-7R. Probably do so by deferring the upgrade of my mobile phone until next year. (likely to be a decision between Google Android or a Blackberry...choice of carrier might be as solidly decided as well either.)

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