Iata ce anunt zmeuriu poate fi gasit prin partile noastre.
Iata ce anunt zmeuriu poate fi gasit prin partile noastre.
I've been experimenting with my computer and I managed to accidentally screw up the PC/SC components of my Windows XP laptop. I remember I once had the same problem with Windows 2000, I managed to resolve the problem by running the following command, and restarting the PC.
It was effective, and I was happy... because a friend of mine told me that if I had Windows XP, then the only way to resolve the problem would be to reinstall Windows.
Time passes by, I ended up with the same problem, but this time I had Windows XP. My friend's words were still in my memory... ah... bad news, especially that I'm one of those who would never ever resolve a problem by reinstalling the OS. That's not normal, a modular architecture should allow me to replace a component, take it out, or plug it in, without affecting the whole system. I have no clue how Windows XP's PC/SC components work, but they work in such a way that if removed - they can't be restored (as I once did in Windows 2000).
The problem was rather weird, the Smart Card service was not listed at all. I ran
The service was now there, but still the PC/SC-enabled software told me that no readers were found in the system. I then found an alternative way to restore the PC/SC components of Windows
NET start scardsvr
This was not efficient either.
The good news is that another friend of mine told me that a similar problem was once resolved with a tool called XPLite. Its purpose is to allow one to remove various unused components from Windows. I gave it a try, and removed the Smart Card service. I then restarted the computer, and installed the Smart Card service back, using XPLite. After another restart, everything was back to a normal state.
Now there is a new item in my todo-list: find some spare time and use RegMon and FileMon to find out what XPLite is doing, and come up with an independent way to resolve the problem. I don't feel comfortable paying them for this; after all, it's just a matter of copying some files and updating some registry entries.
Why would Microsoft make it so complicated, I don't know... But as long as there's no need to reinstall the OS...
Update: I did find a way to do it manually, I described how to reinstall the smart card service on Windows XP on Lazybit.
In a different world,
In a different time,
I would be yours
And you would be mine...
We'd be together,
Holding our hands,
Living the moment,
Not making plans...
I'd run my fingers
All day through your hair,
Then fall asleep
While you kiss me with care.
You'd tell me stories
Of planets and stars,
Then we'd make love
On the silky-green grass...
We'd watch the moon
Light up the sky,
I'd keep you warm
'Till sunshine drops by...
You'd be the fuel
That powers my heart,
Through mountains and deserts
We're never apart...
I think that world,
Is here and today,
Can you come over?
Join me, and stay?
Din cind in cind apar momente in care pot spune ca ma mindresc cu faptul ca sunt de la UTM, un astfel de moment a fost si astazi/ieri, cind am vazut anuntul, un fragment al caruia il vedeti mai sus. In sfirsit, WiFi ajunge si la studentii Universitatii Tehnice.
- E gratis
- Semnalul poate fi 'prins' si in 3-3 (acum cred ca multi vor trece pe flancul drept ;-)
- Lucreaza 'out-of-the-box', nu e neaparat sa te duci la doamna din 3-113 sa te inscrii
ala implica urmatoarele etape:
- Scrii o cerere, in care indici datele despre buletinul de identitate, UID'ul matricolei, adresa de email, numarul de telefon. In cerere spui ca vei respecta regulamentul (nescris), si ca vei fi un baiat bun (sau o fata buna).
- Doamna iti da adresa IP si setarile pentru cartela de retea, dupa ce scrie intr-o lista care IP iti este alocat.
entru retea sunt urmatoarele:
DNS: 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124
Network mask: 255.255.255.0
Mda... apare intrebarea - pentru ce le trebuie datele buletinului si info din matricola, daca nu se verifica nicaieri MAC'ul, nu se face nici-un fel de autentificare?
Daca cunoastem adresa gateway'ului si masca retelei, putem determina care este intervalul de adrese valide, si folosi oricare din ele (daca e disponibila). Aceasta retea WiFi nu foloseste nici WEP, nici WPA, deci te poti conecta fara probleme.
Hmmm.. si daca un motherhacker incepe sa copie tot pr0n'ul din internet, si sa trimita spam, sau email'uri din numele profilor... folosind adresa mea IP? Cine primeste peste cap? Desigur - acela al carui nume e scris in dreptul IP'ului in acea lista. Of..
De ce sa lasi 'pe cindva' problemele pe care le poti rezolva acum prin aceea ca aplici niste metode simple de protectie? Oricum, initiativa este buna, si acum studentii au un motiv sa vina mai des la lectii (cel putin acei care nu au internet acasa).
- Sa aplice DHCP (cu toate ca poti seta 'alternate configuration' daca deseori folosesti alte retele wi-fi)
- Sa puna un punct de acces si undeva la etajul 5
- Sa foloseasca MAC filtering si WPA, pentru ca problemele de securitate nu se vor lasa asteptate
p.s. am auzit ca fost exmatriculat cindva un student care a trimis un email cuiva din numele altcuiva (cuiva, altcuiva - cineva din colectivul didactic, sau din conducere). S-a gasit un student care a citit RFC'ul, a inteles ce e SMTP, ca nu necesita autentificare - si a fost exmatriculat. S-a gasit si un administrator la mail.utm.md care a 'decis' ca poate lasa SMTP serverul sa trimita mesaje fara de a verifica identitatea aceluia care trimite - si nu s-a gindit nimeni sa-i spuna ca ar trebui sa puna mina pe o carte despre securitatea comunicatiilor ;-)
Cindva am scris despre spam local, trimis de companii din Chisinau... Mda, se vede ca intr-adevar popularitatea internetului pe meleagul moldav este in crestere, pentru ca ieri am primit asa ceva:
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2006 22:52:47 +0200
Ai Vrut fotografii noi?? Uite aici.
Ai grija fotografia din dus e hot ...
I love you=))
Hmm.. e un mesaj asemanator cu sutele de mesaje similare pe care le primesc in fiecare zi. Acesta insa e in romana, si mai mult ca atit - are referinta la un serviciu local de file-sharing.
Ehh... imi imaginez, citi oameni au apasat pe link, si citi administratori de retea din oficii se chinuie acum sa rezolve o noua problema :-)
(note: this was taken out of the context, therefore some things may seem a bit... out of the context ;-)
I always trust myself regarding my decisions to blacklist someone. I can forget about the cause of that, since time passes by, and I should focus on other activities. However, if a person is in my blacklist, I am sure it is there for a good reason (because it takes a committee and 5 triple-check operations before somebody is officially blacklisted).
So it is important that you learn to trust your previously made decisions. Of course, sometimes decisions need to be reviewed, because things change with time. However, the need to review decisions can be minimized if you put more thought in the process of taking the decisions in the first place. Know wa I'm sayin'? :-)
I think this was error#1.
Second, people are emotional creatures, so when you see someone make the face of the cat from Shrek2 (you've seen it, da? and you know which moment I refer to), you are of course going to soften yourself - because we're humans. The enemy knows that, and uses this strategy to take advantage of error#1.
Allow me to go on. I am sure that a random and distant person in a chatroom can become a true friend. There are intelligent people all over the place, therefore you should never fallback to the "but we used to be good friends!" argument. I know it sounds rough, but... friends can be replaced. I mean, 'friends' who ended up in a blacklist. Had they been real friends, they wouldn't have gotten blacklisted, right? Simple logic :-)
This brings us back to the starting point - learn to trust yourself and your earlier decisions. I know you can embrace this strategy, because you ARE smart enough to be able to make right decisions. Many cannot adapt this strategy, nor understand it, because they don't have what it takes to be able to make good decisions. Which is why people do stupid things and protect themselves with 'super metaphors' a la "eu traiesc cu ziua de azi", or "traieste repede, savureaza viata", or "if you're slow, you'll miss the show" (I just made this one up :-)
Bla bla bla.. I can't remember the 'best' aphorism which places slow decision-makers in a bad light... but I'm sure you know what I mean.
As we discussed in one of the earlier messages, sometimes we criticize some things, other times we turn them into aphorisms which 'intelligent' people stick to the context every now and then, to show how smart they are :-)
I say we screw them, and do things our way?. However, I have some counter arguments too. Someone has to be the devil's advocate, I'll switch to this later.
Anyway, there's no way to live a prosperous life without making 'slow' decisions, unless you are:
- a 'lucky sanavabici' who is lucky all the time (probabilities tell us this is unlikely)
- always on your parents' neck
- a leech that uses others' resources, fame, connections, means of production, goods, etc
Note: by 'slow' decision I do not mean one that takes long to take; a better way to explain it is via contrast - a fast decision is one made without thinking.
With time, you get the qualification that allows you to make fast and correct decisions :-) (reminds me of "computers make very fast and very accurate errors")
> and I realized that I have never been truly happy.... How sad is that?
Well, allow me to join the club.
I have recently thought about this too. What makes things as they are? The fact that we are not too stupid (so that we don't notice existing issues)? The fact that we are too intelligent (so that we see too many problems and try to resolve them all)?
I don't know if you've read the book - Camil Petrescu - "Ultima noapte de dragoste, intiia noapte de razboi". No, I haven't read it :-) But I've read a lot of reviews of it in high-school and followed the discussions in class. It covers "problema intelectualului inadaptat". The world is a cruel place, and if you keep trying to do the right thing all the time - you bump into a great number of barriers, bad people, problems, backstabbers, etc. In a few words - if your intelligence exceeds a certain threshold - you're not going to easily accept all the shit that keeps happening in the world (maybe, fail to accept it at all, and live a difficult life, thinking about how unhappy you are). One solution is to become stupid, but this is a sub-optimal solution, to say the least... Then there's the obvious - change the world to a better place, or die trying (what I am sort of trying to accomplish). As for the other solutions - I am still looking for them :-)
The above paragraph is based on the assumption that I am in the club of those whose intelligence is above the specified threshold. How modest :-) I cannot judge this, this can only be done by an outsider.
Speaking of outsiders, it is possible that we may never find out where the universe came from, nor we will find answers to some of the questions that bother us; because the answers require us to measure some quantities - but when we measure something - we change it. The change may be small, but it's there. So, it is only possible to discover everything, unless you get the chance to 'measure' the universe from the outside. Which is impossible, because 'uni' in the 'universe' implies there's only one. Parallel words and yada yada are a part of the same UNIverse. There are no 'multiple universes', it sounds like 'sportsmenka' :-)
That was the "offtopic break" of today's show.
a new concept I thought of in the past, and today I gave it some more thought. I don't have a name for it yet, but it's something like "Anti future-shock" (similar to 'culture-shock', but this time the cause of the shock is the future). I am too prepared for the future, and I am permanently working on pushing the bound forward, "to infinity, and beyond!"?; i.e. become prepared for the distant future too.
One simple example - my income. No clue how much of it I have, I don't use it. All I need is "enough to get me to the uni and back, and a little bit extra, for emergencies".
Somehow I always have spare empty discs (if someone asks), somehow I always have this, that, etc. Is it a bad thing to be prepared? I don't get it... Is this what they refer to with their mega-metaphoric "if you prepare too long, you'll miss the party"?
Hmm, I have deviated a bit. The topic was relationships. Let me plug in the Anti future-shock concept into this context - I expect a relationship to be very stable and very pleasant and very <insert list of features>. Which is why I am preparing myself for this, by studying and improving myself, by working, by reading books, by analyzing movies, friends' problems, families of friends, families of foes, etc. All this makes me a better partner for someone. I can also state that the process of self-improvement is endless. When do I know that I am 'good enough' to start a relationship? Is it possible that my preparations for the future will actually lead to my missing the 'big party'?
You know, I'd be pretty pissed off if it turns out those fools were right. Of course, they weren't right because they were, but because it was a coincidence, it's just that their model is more suitable for an imperfect world, such as ours (not that they?ve come to this conclusion after analyzing the problem).
So, maybe the cause of the problem is the eternal search for perfection? When you can be anybody, it's pretty difficult to be somebody :-) There you go, another one I made up just now.
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One more detail, I told you that I couldn't find any of my bank cards. Still haven't found them, so I decided to get online and see my history of cash withdrawals. I had xx. Guess how much I have now?
okokok, relax :-) I have yy because I paid for the uni :-) Mom found the cards in a stack of papers on my desk :-)
Either way, I knew I couldn't lose them. After all - I never have a wallet, so an attacker has no target to aim at (nice strategy, huh? ;), and I always have money bills in each possible pocket, so a thief would stumble upon such a 'stash' and think that he/she found the whole thing and then bug off. And even if the bank cards happen to be in the pocket they're picking - cash is a 100% win, while a bank card is likely to be blocked because of three invalid PINs. So an intelligent attacker will obviously go for the cash and not the plastic.
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- In many cases, teachers (project coordinators) were only present when their students presented their projects. They were too busy to watch other people present their stuff.
- Many students took off as soon as their presentation was over. Yeah, that's how one expresses their respect, right?
- One guy... actually, two guys, from a company called (yeah right.. no free advertising for you, assholes!) proved they possess the most advanced skills of creating an ambiguous description of something. Yep, I've never heard anyone speak about anything in such general terms. In the end I asked one of them about a more detailed review of his work; guess what? He couldn't disclose that information because it was the company's internal stuff! So why the hell did you come to the conference then? To waste my time by telling me something that I already knew, or could find out by spending 10 minutes browsing Wikipedia? (in the comfort of my home, with a cup of tea at hand)
- Besides these uber-ambiguous works, there were other types too; one of them is the "I downloaded the program, read the manual, and here is what it can do" type. Mda, I don't think I can find a better way to insult one's intelligence. What's the point of taking an existing technology and simply describing it to us? Aren't conferences supposed to be attended by people who are experienced in the field?
Ahh... the good old area51.cimaea.nl is not available anymore, that's a pity. It can only be accessed via archive.org (that's where the above link points to).
I'll keep experimenting, and maybe I manage to import the old pages to this site, but... if archive.org works, why bother? ;-)
The new site is hosted on nytka.org; it comes with all the bells and whistles, and on top of that, it's absolutely free. Who would have thought?
Hmm.. actually, it's just an experimental post, so don't expect much from it.