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Microsoft phone activation servers down

Sysadmin - 3 hours 22 min ago

Hey guys,

Was trying to offline activate a copy windows 7 pro. Automated phone system took forever to get through and ask for installation ID. Waited 10 minutes on hold. Automated error. Spoke to support rep and their internal tools for activating software will be down for the next couple of hours. Was advised to call back later on this afternoon (Brisbane, AU Time)

Anyone else experienced any issues with phone activation's today?

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Is it wrong of me to be pissy about co-workers being too lax about permissions after I spent weeks cleaning up

Sysadmin - 3 hours 43 min ago

So just as the title says. I’ve spent a good 3 weeks or so migrating data between servers and in the process cleaning up file permissions. The permissions on the old server were disgusting to say the least. Individual users added left and right, deleted accounts and groups were never changed, some folders were had inherited permissions, others didn’t. All in all it was a shit show.

The new server however has been spun up and given some good old fashion TLC. As I mentioned above I spent a lot of time doing cleanup and have already found some co-workers recreating the shit show with their nasty/ lax permissions and to be honest it’s kinda getting under my skin and time to time I notice myself getting a little pissy.

Maybe it’s the OCD kicking in or maybe it’s because of the fact that I’ve spent time and owned it or maybe because I simply just want to see the job done right.

So I ask you as my fellow peers, is it wrong for me to get pissy about this?

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Microsoft OneNote 16.14.1 - Free digital notebook.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:59

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes

Version 16.14.1:
  • We listened to your feedback and updated the application with optimizations to help improve your note taking experience.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Firetask Pro 4.0.7 - Innovative task management solution.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:59

Firetask Pro uniquely combines the advantages of classical priority-and-due-date-based task management with GTD.

  • Stay focused and on top of your commitments - Firetask Pro's "Today" view shows all relevant due and next tasks in a single, clear overview. Due tasks only appear when becoming due within the next days, next tasks only if they are the first next task of a project or if marked as flagged. This helps you to focus on your most urgent and important tasks.
  • Manage your tasks in a project-oriented way - Firetask Pro is project-oriented. Every task is part of a project and the order of next tasks is defined within each project. This helps you to break down your unnumbered tasks into manageable units and it helps us to provide you with a more focused view across all your commitments.
  • Efficiently enter and delegate your tasks -Entering a number of tasks in Firetask Pro is as simple and fast as writing a view lines of text. There is no need to take your hands from the keyboard. Assign projects, categories, priorities, due dates and even delegate tasks via "tagging" using the # and @ characters.

Version 4.0.7:
  • More consistent keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation to Inbox, Someday and Scratchpad
  • New keyboard shortcuts for quick navigating to Kanban, Priorities and Dates views (CMD+7...9)
  • Keyboard shortcut for project chooser now also works for setting an initial project
  • Context menus get also triggered using CTRL+click
  • Contacts are now sorted alphabetically
  • Local file link attachments are correctly handling via secure bookmarks
  • Weekend visualization is now dynamic based on macOS calendar settings
  • Fixes a visual task duplication bug when performing certain drag
  • drop operations in the Kanban view's Backlog column

  • macOS 10.12 or later

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Backblaze - Online backup service; $5/month for unlimited storage; 15-day trial.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:59

Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac. With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with Backblaze.

  • Easy and automatic. A simple setup process and automatic continuous backups means having safe data is not only for the extremely savvy.
  • Safe and secure. Encrypted data on your computer is transmitted with a secure, encrypted connection and stored encrypted on the Backblaze servers. Never worry about your data's security.
  • Transparent and accessible. Browse and download your files online or have them overnighted to you on a DVD or USB drive for a flexible file or system restoring process.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Postbox 6.0.12 - Powerful and flexible email client.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:59

Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done. It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads.

  • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
  • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
  • Better Organization - Tabs, Topics, and To-Dos help you stay organized with less effort.
  • Works Great with OS X - Postbox integrates with the Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, and Quick Look. Postbox even works with OmniFocus and Things!
  • Quick and Easy Setup - Postbox will automatically determine your connection settings for you!

Postbox is available in English, German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish.

Version 6.0.12:
  • Fixed several crashing bugs.

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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Smultron 10.1.7 - Easy-to-use, powerful text editor.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:59

Smultron 10 is an elegant and powerful text editor that is easy to use. You can use Smultron 10 to create or edit any text document. Everything from a web page, a note or a script to any single piece of text or code. Smultron 10 is very easy to use, it is fast and uses powerful technologies like auto save. It helps you to do what you want to do without getting in your way. So you can save time and get things done. Use Smultron 10 for all your text needs..

  • Smultron 10 is designed to be intuitive and easy to use
  • Edit your text with many helpful and powerful tools
  • All your documents are easily accessible
  • Use Smultron 10 in your own language as it is translated into many languages
  • Store your documents in iCloud and access them on all your Macs
  • It has all the features you want when you need them, such as syntax colors for over 130 code languages, regular expressions, commands, text snippets, text folding, line numbers, document comparison and many, many more

The new Smultron 10 has many new features and improvements:

  • Folders - easy access to all documents within a folder
  • Dark mode
  • Faster
  • New syntax support for Ansible, Gravity, Idris, and TypeScript
  • Improved accessibility, preview, tabs, and syntax coloring
  • Optimized for macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Version 10.1.7:
  • Some syntax coloring improvements
  • Some small bug fixes and improvements

  • macOS 10.12 or later

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Overflow 3.0.2 - Application launcher that is an alternative to the Dock.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:59

Overflow is an application designed to quickly launch applications, open documents, or access folders while reducing the number of items needed in your Dock. Anything you want can be added to the Overflow interface, making it accessible through a few simple mouse clicks or keystrokes. The interface is resizable, and fully customizable. Create separate categories for your applications, work files, games, or anything else you want to be able to access quickly. After using Overflow, we think you'll find it just as indispensable as we do.

Version 3.0.2:
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause registration to fail

  • macOS 10.13 or later

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HandBrake 1.1.1 - Versatile video encoder; convert any source to MPEG-4 and more.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:59

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

  • Supported Sources
    • VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted -- CSS is not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), BDMV folder (unencrypted), and some .VOB and .TS files
    • Any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.
  • Outputs
    • File format: MP4 and MKV
    • Video: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
    • Audio: AAC, HE-AAC, AC3, MP3, Vorbis, FLAC (16-bit, 24-bit) or AAC, MP3, AC3, DTS and DTS-HD pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)
  • Miscellaneous features
    • Chapter selection
    • Soft subtitle support (DVD/VobSub in DVD/MKV/MP4, Blu-ray/PGS in BD/MKV, SRT files, SRT/UTF-8 in MKV, ASS/SSA in MKV, TX3G/3GPP in MP4 - DVD/VobSub, Blu-ray/PGS and ASS/SSA subtitles can also be burned-in the picture)
    • Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling
    • Grayscale encoding

Version 1.1.1: General
  • Fixed a potential crash in the comb detection filter
  • Fixed a potential crash in the padding filter
  • Fixed corrupted output with VP8 and VP9 encoders
  • Fixed building x264 using Clang and -march=native/-mavx (thanks H. Gramner for the upstream patch)
  • Fixed decoding certain very high bit rate ultra-high definition sources with extra large packets
  • Fixed last frame in source video missing in output
  • Fixed crash when decoding an empty audio track
Build system
  • Updated mac-toolchain-build script Nasm url and improved curl parameters for robustness
Third-party libraries
  • Updated libraries (necessary to pull in needed bug fixes)
  • libvpx 1.7.0 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
  • x264 155 r2901 (H.264/AVC video encoding)

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Default Folder X 5.2.5 - Enhances Open and Save dialogs.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:59

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window with a single click.
  • Instant Recall: To help you quickly return to folders you've recently used, Default Folder X remembers them for you.
  • Spotlight on the spot: Default Folder X lets you add Spotlight keywords, OpenMeta tags, and Finder labels on the spot, while you're still in the Save dialog.
  • Information central: With Default Folder X you get previews below every Open dialog, expanded to fill the available space. Need to see more detail? Click on the image and it zooms up to full size.
  • Workflow without work: Rather than make you learn and set up a new application, Default Folder X blends into OS X.

Version 5.2.5: Feature enhancements:
  • Preliminary Mojave compatibility. Mojave file dialogs are supported, but Dark Mode is still to come.
  • There's now a preference to sort all subfolders in Default Folder X's hierarchical menus by date. It's surprisingly handy.
  • You can specify a default folder for an application and set it so it's only used when manually selected from the Favorites menu.
  • Added a GetCurrentSelectionList AppleScript verb to return all items when multiple files and folders are selected.
  • You can no longer set a shortcut key that's just Shift+Key because that's never really what you want.
  • Support was added for the Oxygen XML Editor suite.
  • If you would prefer to have Default Folder X continue to use the Finder to open folders even when you are running Path Finder or ForkLift, you can now specify that by using this command in Terminal:
    defaults write com.stclairsoft.DefaultFolderX5 fileViewer
Bug fixes:
  • When displaying a symbolic link in its menus, Default Folder X now shows the name of the link rather than the name of the item it points to.
  • If Default Folder X is set to open an item in the frontmost Finder window and the only open Finder window is minimized to the Dock, the window will be unminimized when Default Folder X tells the Finder to show the item.
  • The popup names shown when you hover over items in the drag zone will no longer get stuck on-screen.
  • Visual feedback when dragging an item to the drag zone is now correct. The '+' and link icons are never shown.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a file dialog to freeze with a spinning progress indicator showing.
  • Keyboard traversal of Default Folder X's menus would stop working after using its utility menu. This has been fixed.
  • Fixed a bug that made it impossible to drag a file to the drag zone if you clicked on its icon in column view while running High Sierra.
  • Corrected display problems when showing Default Folder X's controls around very short file dialogs.
  • Fixed the cause of some spurious crashes.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

Download Now]]>

PayPal reminds users: TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 are longer optional

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:52
Insecure connections will break after June 30th. And it's acquired Hyperwallet, too

PayPal has reminded merchants that they must support TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 by June 30.…

The informant’s story: I bust my boss to the BSA/The Software Alliance

Sysadmin - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:46

What it's like to be an whistleblower to the BSA - The Software Alliance.

From CIO Australia

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how many are using Server Core 2016?

Sysadmin - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 23:15

I'm curious how many people/companies out there are really using Windows Server Core 2016. For those using it, what are you using it for?

One of our developers has asked me to spin up a Server Core 2016 and this is my first exposure to it. I enjoy command-line stuff, *where it makes sense.* I'm ok with Powershell, and its great for scipting/automating specific tasks, but it feels too verbose for daily tasks, and seems less than ideal for actual troubleshooting. And I'm comfortable with Linux, so it's not command-line phobia. Just for background, our environment is comprised of 700+ VMs in VMWare.

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Virtual reality meets commercial reality as headset sales plunge

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:58
But growth is imminent as businesses buy and build VRs, and consumer kit improves

Shipments of virtual reality kit have plunged, but growth is just around the corner.…

Telstra reveals radical restructure plan

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:14
Tel-colossus to shed 8,000 jobs, create new infrastructure company

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, will cut 8,000 jobs, flatten its structure by slicing up to four layers of management, turn 1,800 consumer products into 20 (with a similar reduction in the number of enterprise products later), and put its infrastructure into a separate division that could be sold off in the future.…

AD Certificate server not issuing certificates.....for 2 years

Sysadmin - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 22:01

About 3 months ago I started at a company where the previous sysadmin started his cruise to retirement 5 years before he was actually going to retire. I've been enjoying the hell out of this job because I literally get to rebuild the environment from the ground up and bring it up to a level that is currently supported by Microsoft. Almost all of the Server 2000's and 2003's are gone!

One thing that I stumbled upon was the certification authority hadn't issued a certificate since May of 2016 and all certificates expired around this time last year.

I'll admit that certificates are not my strong point... So this begs the question....if the certificate authority hasn't been issuing certificates for over 2 years and the issued certificates have expired over a year ago what is actually going on in my environment? If I wanted to nuke the current certificate server and create a new one (current one is running 2008 R2) what would be the implications of that?

I'm just looking for any direction at this point.

EDIT: Formatting

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HPE CEO pledges $4 billion Edge R&D splurge

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 21:45
Want a world with 'millions of clouds distributed everywhere'. Running HPE kit, natch

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will make a US$4bn bet on edge computing, CEO Antonio Neri confirmed at the Discover CIO conference in Las Vegas today.…

p vs np

Computer Science: Theory and Application - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 21:01

Couldn't we say that p will eventually equal np given that computers will continue to exponentially increase in processing power? Eventually a computer will be able to solve an np problem quickly won't it?

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Oracle: Think our DB sales are great now? Wait until we actually get the new product out!

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 20:08
'Autonomous' database cash haul just ramping up – Larry

Oracle has capped off a solid fiscal year and is predicting big things to come for its database line in the coming 12 months.…