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Next-gen server management solutions?

Sysadmin - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 07:33

I'm looking into setting up a new server management system for a couple of thousand windows machines but there are so many options, what systems are out there that could be considered next-gen? (DSC? Ansible? etcetcetc).

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Path Finder 8.0.1 - Powerful, award-winning Finder alternative.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 07:29

Path Finder makes you a master of file management. Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system. Work how you want: extreme customization allows you to access most tools in many different ways to suit your workflow. Work seamlessly with other platforms: don't leave any hidden .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, delete files securely and completely with the powerful delete feature from any volume type, search any network volume.

  • View and manipulate hidden files
  • Dual Pane View
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Folder comparison and synchronization
  • Folder merging
  • Batch renaming
  • Powerful file filtering
  • One-click dual-pane copy
  • Bookmarks and Tab Presets
  • ACL editor
  • File tagging
  • Editable Path Navigator
  • Powerful low-level search
  • Smart sorting
  • Advanced selection
  • Integrated terminal
  • Integrated text and image editors

Version 8.0.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later

  • Fixed some potential crashes and exceptions

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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GoPro VR Player 305 - 360° video player (was Kolor Eyes).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 07:22

GoPro VR Player(was KolorEyes) is a 360° video & photo player for computers: watch 360° videos locally and enjoy professional playback features.

GoPro VR Player allows to watch VR videos at their original quality: watch 360-degree videos files stored on your computer at up to 8K resolution & 60 FPS (in Cineform or ProRes). Watch and proof your 360-degree videos & photos on your computer in full quality before sharing them with the world. Use the GoPro VR Player application or its included plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro and proof your content on a screen, an Oculus Rift® or an HTC Vive®. Let your audience experience virtual reality at events on a touch table or in an Oculus Rift VR headset. Or install GoPro VR Player on several computers and have the master installation synchronize the others.

  • Supports 360° videos and photos (including playlist)
  • Supports Oculus Rift VR headset®
  • Supports HTC Vive VR headset®
  • Supports LeapMotion®, Intel RealSense®
  • Included: free plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro CC®
  • Master/Slave (previously UDP) to synchronize several local or remote players
  • Available projections: GoPro VR, Rectilinear, Little Planet, Fisheye
  • HLS support for live streaming
  • Stereo video and image support
  • 3D TV support
  • Video file formats supported: H264, H265 (or HEVC), ProRes, Cineform
  • Image file formats supported: BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, PBM, PGM, PPM, XBM, XPM, SVG

Version 305 (3.0.5):
  • ALPS-3315 : Fix memory leak when reading big images.
  • Information and known issues about the 3.0.5 version
  • As the software decoder has been disabled into the VLC video decoding backend, some video media files can't be read anymore on low end computers. It's recommanded to own a high end GPU card with latest drivers and latest OS system.
  • Spatial audio support is only available with the VLC video decoding backend.
  • Facebook 360 spatial audio formats are not supported yet.
  • Stereoscopy Over/Under is inverted with the VLC video decoding backend.
  • HMD rendering can freeze with OpenVR and some NVIDIA graphics cards on macOS High Sierra.
  • Video decoding can be slow on some Intel GPUs with the VLC video decoding backend.
  • Some videos encoded with Google VP9 cannot be rendered with the VLC video decoding backend.

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • Graphics cards that support OpenGL 2.0 minimum

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AstroDSLR 3.2 - Image capture for astrophotography using Canon cameras.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 07:12

AstroDSLR is digital camera tethering and remote capture application specialised for astrophotography. It controls ISO, aperture (if lens mounted), shutter speed and BULB exposure length, exposure compensation, metering and focusing modes, white balance, image quality and format. It can preview (optionally using LiveView) or capture and save images to selected folder with any file name prefix, count and time lapse, browse captured images and show them in Finder, zoom and stretch them automatically or manually. It can measure FWHM, HFD and the drift of a selected star to help easier and faster focus and align your equatorial telescope mount. Captured images can be plate-solved using public service or local Astrometry for OS X application.

The built-in INDIGO driver is based on ImageCapture API and, in theory, it can work with almost any Nikon DSLR, Canon EOS DSLR, Sony Alpha DSLR-like or mirrorless camera. Not every feature is supported for every camera (e.g. no LiveView or manual lens drive with older Nikon and all Sony cameras), but it doesn't mean, that such camera can't be used. As far as this application is based on INDIGO framework, it can use many INDIGO or INDI drivers for focusers for astronomical telescopes. The drivers for Shoestring Astronomy FCUSB and USB_Focus V3 controllers are bundled with the application.

Even if it can be used separately, it is meant to be used together with AstroTelescope and AstroGuider. Application communicates over INDI/INDIGO protocol and it can be used to integrate with any INDI/INDIGO 3rd party application as well.

Version 3.2:
  • INDIGO framework updated to 2.0.67,
  • specific support for D850 added,
  • burst mode support added (experimental feature).

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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AstroImager 3.2 - Easy-to-use astrophotography image capturing.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 07:08

AstroImager is a powerful, but easy-to-use image-capture application for astrophotography. It can be used as a client to any remote or local INDI server with any supported CCD, filter wheel, or focuser. The built-in drivers support the following hardware:

  • ATIK Titan Mono and Colour
  • ATIK 3xx/4xx family CCDs
  • ATIK One 6 and 9 (and its internal filter wheel)
  • ATIK 16200 CCDs
  • ATIK 11000/4000 CCDs
  • ATIK VS and Infinity CCDs
  • IIDC CCDs (compatible USB 2.0+ or FireWire cameras, including Atik GP)
  • ZWO ASI USB 3.0 CCDs
  • Starlight Xpress CCDs (all USB 2.0 cameras)
  • QSI 5xx/6xx CCDs
  • FLI CCDs
  • SBIG CCDs (vendor SDK must be installed),
  • QHY CCDs (experimenetal code),
  • MEADE DSI CCDs (experimenetal code),
  • Starlight Xpress filter wheels
  • FLI filter wheels
  • ATIK EFW2 filter wheels
  • ZWO ASI EFW filter wheels,
  • SBIG filter wheels (vendor SDK must be installed),
  • Shoestring Astronomy FC USB Focuser controller
  • USB_Focus V3 focuser controllers

AstroImager also controls the set point cooling and the mechanical shutter of the attached camera (if available). It can preview or capture and save images to selected folder with any file name prefix, count, duration and time lapse, browse captured images and show them in Finder, zoom and stretch them automatically or manually. It can measure FWHM and the drift of a selected star to help easier and faster focus and align your equatorial telescope mount. Captured images can be plate-solved using public service or local Astrometry for OS X application. Images are stored in FITS format using CFITSIO library with user defined keywords and can be debayered automatically during preview with custom offsets. Two separate filter name sets can be used for easier change of carousels. AstroImager is a member of our amateur astrophotography tools family including AstroTelescope, AstroGuider, and FITS Preview.

Version 3.2:
  • Sequencer gain/gamma issue fixed.
  • Cropping and scaling added to plate solving.
  • INDIGO framework updated to 2.0.67.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...

The Register - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 07:05
Reg vulture gets its claws on Reolink's Argus 2

Review One of the interesting side effects of being asked to test smart-home technology is that you get grumpier about it.…

HSB colors in .Xresources

Command Line - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 06:37

Is it possible to define colors in the HSB color space in .Xresources, to show them in urxvt?

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ESET endpoint security

Sysadmin - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 06:32

Hey guys, I posted a few days ago about the big dog names for endpoint protection and ESET came up.

I've seen some videos and caught a few threads on here and it interests me because it looks like it does pretty much everything.

If you use it how has it gone, any regrets?

I know everyone will tell me to look at Carbon Black, SentinalOne, Cylance and such likes but will you have a whip around and PayPal me the money to do so too..? :/

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Windows 10 Feature Upgrade ignored deferral again (on Enterprise) - can someone make sense of why?

Sysadmin - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 06:24

Windows 10 Enterprise 1703. Dual Scan is disabled too. Its happened to me ~month ago - and I've hidden 1709 upgrade by WUShowHide. However it re-occured yesterday and upgrade was now automagically un-hidden. I've hidden it again and now it's disappeared (I assume until something happens again).

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Network share keeps getting mapped for every user at first logon

Sysadmin - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 05:45

Hello everyone,

first, a little bit of backstory to this:

2 years ago I got a job at an SMB to work as an IT-Administrator, the person who had this job before me went elsewhere (as it usually is). But his expertise probably lies elsewhere.. because Active Directory design and Group Policy Management was an utter mess. Both were practically non-existent. And most network shares or other stuff you could easily do with Group Policy Preferences were done through scripts ('90s much?).

It took me almost a year to do proper AD design, transform everything script-based into Group Policy and on top tighten the overall security (because.. everyone had admin-privileges, the head of the company was even in the "domain admins" group for some reason), automate certain things, and so on.

One year and a few months forward:

So, I have everything structured as I feel is as best it can get. But, there is this network share that gets mapped for every user at first logon. Of course I delete it right away, and from that point on it never shows up for that user anymore.

Here are a few pointers what I have checked or what is configured:

  • the network share itself doesn't exist anymore on the particular server (it was on the DC, I migrated it to a standalone Fileserver, including a rename for the share)
  • the DC is a Windows Server 2012 R2 (the domain-functional-level is the same)
  • at this point, there is only one DC
  • there is a Group Policy Central Store
  • there is no Group Policy with that specific network-share configuration
  • I have checked through "gpresult /h" on various clients and there is nothing relevant to this network share configuration
  • I looked for scripts that I might have missed.. but found none

What have I missed and what can I check to find out where this share keeps getting mapped from?

Thanks in advance, reddit! :-)

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yEd 3.18.1 - Effectively generate high-quality diagrams.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 04:47

yEd is a powerful desktop application that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality diagrams. Create diagrams manually, or import your external data for analysis. Our automatic-layout algorithms arrange even large data sets with just the press of a button.

Version 3.18.1:
  • The JREs that come with the Windows, macOS, and Linux installers have been updated to Java 10.0.1. Thus, the installer based versions of yEd require a 64-bit Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) to run.
  • The zipped yEd Jar file may still be run on 32-bit Mac OS X 10.8/10.9 with an installed Java 8 JRE.
  • Added new layout algorithm for Systems Biology Graphical Notation (SBGN) diagrams.
  • Addressed issues that could happen with the platform-native file chooser dialog on macOS.
  • Many bug fixes, great and small.

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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AstroGuider 3.2 - Guiding application for astrophotography.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 04:35

AstroGuider is a simple-to-use guiding application for your telescope mount. It can be calibrated semi-automatically or manually, you do not need to concern yourself about camera orientation or pixel scale.

The built-in drivers support the following hardware:

  • Starlight Xpress CCDs
  • ZWO ASI USB 3.0 CCDs
  • Any mount controlled over camera ST4 port
  • Any mount controlled over CGUSB ST4 device
  • Any mount controlled over EQMac
  • Application is integrated with AstroImager or AstroDSLR (it can initiate random kick to allow dithering) and AstroTelescope (guiding is automatically stopped, if telescope is slewed or parked). The application communicates over INDI protocol, and it can be used to integrate with any INDI 3rd-party application, or as a client to any remote or local INDI server with any supported CCD or telescope mount.

    Version 3.2:
    • Driver stack and INDI support are completely reimplemented and replaced by INDIGO framework.
    • Embedded INDIGO control panel added.
    • Streaming is supported fast cameras (ASI and IIDC).
    • FITS based imaging component is replaced by more generic one accepting JPEG and various raw formats as well.

    • OS X 10.10 or later

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    AOC, DAC, Fiber Optic Transceivers | One-Stop Shop for Datacent

    Sysadmin - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 03:49

    Sfpcables is a Online shopping of 10Gtek. w/24h-delivery, 7Days & Refund Guarantee. CE, RoHS and ISO9001 Certified. SFP+ Cables, QSFP+ Cables, MiniSAS Cables, XFP Cables, CX4 Cables and Fiber Optic Transceivers.

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    hosting a single web page on an internal server

    Sysadmin - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 03:43

    Hello all! I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out the best way to do this.

    Our web filtering appliances can't host their own block page but allow me to redirect blocked users to another URL. Our initial idea was to set up a quick apache server hosting a page with all the necessary information.

    Unfortunately the folks assigned to build that server aren't very good with apache and it's taking longer than anticipated to figure it out.

    I'm wondering if there are better alternatives that we're not considering. I thought about putting the page onto the domain controllers and having it redirect there instead but I don't think our appliance allows a redirect to anything but a URL.

    Are there any other simple, easy to deploy web servers that I can spin up on a VM really quick?

    Sorry if this is lacking any useful information. Thanks in advance!

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    Does anyone here use VisiData on a daily basis?

    Command Line - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 02:58

    If so, what's your workflow like? Do you have any tips to share?

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    Suggestions for Helping Non-Profit with IT Purchases?

    Sysadmin - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 00:19

    I do network/servers for my day job and am used to the private sector interactions with vendors...

    I'm helping out a local non-profit with a typical limited budget, but am seeing more issues than I know what to do with. Failing network infrastructure, very little knowledge transfer from the former IT guy (he was the last technical staff there), and old/slow/failing desktops and laptops. I have been able to get some equipment donated from my day job that is 3-5 years old but still a huge step up to start with. But as I start a network overhaul, how do I find vendors/VARs willing to work a deal to stretch the budget of a non-profit? I see the sales guy/gal perspective of "not worth my time, non-profit will never be a big account."

    TL;DR - I need tips on finding companies willing to support a non-profit that is changing peoples' lives for the better across the world with some discounts (the deeper, the better).

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    What caused this Homework Fail? - Advanced Windows Server Admin

    Sysadmin - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 00:10

    I'm currently trying to catch up on schoolwork since I got my Comptia Server+, but I can't catch a dam break. Let me start my saying that I can't take system snapshots, due to guest os all being hosted elsewhere and accessed via java remote access software only runnable in internet explorer. I'm trying to accomplish a DHCP scope lab a little later in the course (after the preceding ADDS/DNS/DHCP setup) and either I select an incorrect option or the thing freaks out when I try to set up a simple IPv4 scope. I had no idea why the new scope wizard is hanging though, at that point, so I left to make some toast while I allow it to run and hopefully correct itself. After all, it did say it would take some time to accomplish. I kill the wizard after about 10 minutes, and go to check the scope and see what's up. But every time I open the IPv4 tree to view scopes, the scroll bar acts as if it's attempting to load a long list before the mmc becomes unresponsive. I decide to load up PowerShell and get-dhcpserverv4scope... lo and behold it created ten minutes worth of EVERY /24 scope it could, starting with the scope I intended to make,


    I don't have time for this! So instead of trying to weed this whole thing out, I placed a trouble ticket with the lab admins to reset aaaaaaall the way back to zero. ADDS/DNS/DHCP aren't rocket surgery but it was sure time consuming.

    Anyone know what caused this f*ckery? The wizard prompted me before I pressed go that it would force a superscope due to the sizing issue, but I checked my range, and I don't think I had any mistypes! Im getting the lab reset, but I don't want to go through this again.

    Any thoughts?

    Edit: Added screenshot.

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    macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 - The latest OS from Apple.

    MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 23:59

    macOS High Sierra introduces new core technologies that improve the most important functions of your Mac. From rearchitecting how it stores your data to improving the efficiency of video streaming to unleashing the full power of your graphics processor, it’s all central to today’s Mac experience.

    • Apple File System. Your data is under new management. Your documents. Your photos. Your mail. Your apps. To your Mac, everything you care about is data. And a file system is what organizes all that data into files and folders you can access with a click. Our current file system was designed in the early days of Mac, and it has performed beautifully ever since. But today’s flash‑based Mac systems open up new possibilities for innovation, so it’s time to lay a new foundation. With macOS High Sierra, we’re introducing the Apple File System to every Mac with all‑flash internal storage, with an advanced architecture that brings a new level of security and responsiveness.
    • HEVC. The new standard for video. With the rising popularity of 4K video, a new industry standard arrives on Mac - HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265).1 It can compress video up to 40 percent more than H.264, the current standard for video compression. Using HEVC, videos stream better and take up less space on your Mac, while preserving the same visual quality.
    • Metal 2. A graphics game changer. Today’s Mac experience relies more than ever on the graphics processor (GPU) in your computer. And GPUs are becoming more and more powerful. Metal is a technology built into macOS that allows apps to unleash the full power of the GPU. Now Metal 2 not only takes the visual experience to the next level, but also adds capabilities like machine learning, virtual reality, and external GPU support for entertainment and professional creative apps. Whether you play games, create content, or develop software, Metal 2 provides the power to bring your imagination to life.
    • Virtual reality for Mac. It’s a whole new world. macOS High Sierra lets developers create interactive virtual reality experiences on Mac for the first time, using the new iMac with Retina 5K display, the new iMac Pro coming in late 2017, or any supported Mac paired with an external GPU.3 With optimized support for Valve’s SteamVR and the HTC Vive VR headset, and content creation apps like Final Cut Pro X, Epic Unreal 4 Editor, and Unity Editor, developers have everything they need to create immersive new worlds for you to explore.

    Version 10.13.5:

    Note: Combo and delta updates are available in Related Links, as is the update specific to the new iMac Pro.

    • The macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac.
    • This update adds support for Messages in iCloud, which lets you store messages with their attachments in iCloud and free up space on your Mac. To enable Messages in iCloud, go to Preferences in Messages, click Accounts, then select "Enable Messages in iCloud".

    • OS X 10.8 or later

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    Findings 2.0.3 - Lab notebook app for scientists.

    MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 23:59

    Findings is a notebook app for scientists. When running experiments in a lab, it is crucial to keep track of what one is doing, to be able to later reproduce the results, assemble and publish them. This is what lab notebooks are for. For as long as science has existed, lab notebooks have been made of paper. There is something great about paper, and the freedom and flexibility it affords. But in 2014, paper starts to show its limits in other areas where computers have taken over: storing results, analyzing data, searching, replicating, sharing, preserving, and more. Findings ambition is simple: make your computer a better tool than paper to run experiments and keep lab records.

    Version 2.0.3: Improvements:
    • Better layout and user interface for placeholder attachments. Placeholder attachments can be inserted in protocols, to have an empty, clickable box for future insertion of an attachment.
    • More consistent user interface for the registration workflow.
    • Deleting the entire line for an attachment paragraph only clears the legend text, without deleting the whole paragraph.
    • Insertion of text happening in the wrong place when pasting multiple paragraphs.
    • Correct handling of new lines when pasting multiple paragraphs.
    • Do not delete the content of the current paragraph when inserting a day header.
    • Avoids inserting an empty line at the beginning of a protocol insertion.
    • Properly refresh the day indicator for newly inserted protocols.
    • Properly restore indentation level when undoing deletion of bullet or number list.
    • Correctly highlights the style indicator when selecting multiple lines (bold, italic, etc).
    • Properly inactivate the buttons in the filter bar when hidden.
    • All menu items were disabled in the calendar range popup in the journal view.
    • Issue with license code sometimes not taken into account to disable the inclusion of a link to the Findings website in the preferences.

    • OS X 10.11 or later

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