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We’re Back! Again! Really! Honestly it’s the second meeting of our season!

October 10th, 2017 by

Hello Clubbers.

Today’s the day! The second meeting of this season.

Where was everybody last week,

We did do the first meeting of the San Carlos Computer Club last week, but it ended up being just Linda and myself. We didn’t have a live audio stream because of internet problems at my office, but I did stream it on Youtube and you can check it our at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iXXwyIQOOg&feature=youtu.be&a (audio starts at 8m35s)

There were audio problems at the beginning. A special thanks to people in my office for letting us know and give us the chance to fix the problem. As a result the audio doesn’t start until around 8 minutes 35 seconds.

I do have a audio recording that I will add to our RSS feed so it can be found in iTunes, Google Play, or on this blog.

I hope everyone had an awesome summer, and I hope to see you guys at Tequila’s today at 9:15 for the San Carlos Computer Club.

We’re Back Baby!

Tech On!

Scott

Your Friendly neighborhood Computer Club Meets today at Tequila’s starting at 9:15

October 20th, 2015 by

Hi Clubbers,

it’s that day again. It’s been an interesting week. Some stuff we might talk about today may include:

  • Hacking Siri and Google Now voice controls without saying a word
  • Listening to your voice google search history
  • More Windows 10 info
  • More Microsoft Surface info
  • the CPU controversy at the heart of the iPhone 6s and 6s+

…and anything you would like to bring to our table.

Everyone is welcome to join us. People like to arrive early (around 8:30) and have breakfast before the meeting (Tequila’s has great food and nice people). Come for breakfast and stay for the meeting. Feed your stomach and your brain.

I’ll see you then.

Tech On!

Scott, headNerd at International Computer Solutions

Are You Being Bugged? ~Amnesty International and the EFF backs a Tool to Scan your PC for Surveillance Software

November 25th, 2014 by

Just because youre paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you” ― Joseph Heller, author Catch-22.

Hi Clubbers,

I just caught up with this news. A security researcher has developed a software (named “Detekt”) that detects know surveillance software that may have found it way on your computer. This software is being endorsed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amnesty International, and other  international digital rights and human rights organizations. It has been made freely available for download from a GitHub repository you can find at this link:

Download Detekt from: https://github.com/botherder/detekt/releases/tag/v1.8.

 

I have already downloaded and tested this. It very easy to run. Just download, then click  (or double-click). No installation is needed it runs in place. Detekt can only find software it knows about, similar to an antivirus program, but in this case it’s looking for know software that state (and private) organizations use for listening to your computer’s microphone, and watch your computer’s webcam, grab copies of your email, as well as, your instant messenger conversations, and more. The software is only compatible with Windows XP – Windows7. I imagine soon we will see a Windows 8/8.1 version, as well as, a Macintosh version.

Follow the link bellow to read more in the Guardian’s article.

from the Guardian’s article…

“Detekt was developed by Germany-based security researcher Claudio Guarnieri after discussions with human rights activists. It will be launched on Thursday in partnership with Amnesty International, British charity Privacy International, German civil rights group Digitale Gesellschaft and US digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”…

via Amnesty backs Detekt tool to scan for state spyware on computers | World news | The Guardian.

Wow! How Secure is your Instant Messenger? Check out the EFF’s Scorecard for Instant Messenger| Electronic Frontier Foundation

November 7th, 2014 by

Hi Clubbers,

I had to share this!

Follow the link to see how your favorite Instant Messenger program score’s on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Secure Messaging Scorecard | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Highlights: AOL Instant Messenger has one of the worst security scores, but it’s quick followed by Facebook, Google Hangouts/Chat, Skype,  WhatsApp, and SnapChat. I haven’t ever heard of the majority of the most secure instant messenger apps . I can’t make any recommendations, however maybe this is a good reason to explore a new instant messenger app.

 

The problem with instant messenger apps is that you use the app your friends and family, and clients use. Switching IM apps is much hard then you’d think. You really need a whole community to change or you’ll always be going back when you need to reach people that didn’t change.

Anyway,  it’s an interesting table. Check it out at: https://www.eff.org/secure-messaging-scorecard

 

 

An update to VirtualBox has been released, I’ve blogged the resinstall of VB, but this is good for the install as well

October 14th, 2014 by

I just finished a blog post on upgrading to the latest version of VirtualBox.  However, if you read between the lines, you have all the instructions you need to install VirtualBox for the first time.

More VirtualBox with Windows 10 Tech Preview: An update to VirtualBox has been released | Scott’s Blog.

I just finished This Post on: Setting Up Windows 10 Tech Preview on OSX 10.9.5 VirtualBox Host | Scott’s Blog

October 9th, 2014 by

Hi guys,

the Windows 10 Tech Preview has been made available to the public for trial use.  If you don’t have a spare computer, but want a taste of Windows 10, then I’ve just finished a blog post covering my experience installing Windows 10 in a VirtualBox virtual machine hosted by a Macintosh running OSX 10.9.5.

 

The skill level is basic to intermediate. I included images and explanations. Give it shot.

Setting Up Windows 10 Tech Preview on OSX 10.9.5 VirtualBox Host | Scott’s Blog.

Check it out if you feel like giving Windows 10 a try.

Thanks,

Scott

Last Day to grab Free Disney games for Windows Phone and Windows 8

June 22nd, 2014 by

I just saw this. A game give away from Disney for 13 days, but this maybe the last day. I just checked a couple games and they are still for free.

If you’ve got Windows 8 or a windows phone, these games normally cost $5-$9 per game, but right now they’re free.

Grab a bunch of Disney games for free for Windows Phone and Windows 8 | Windows Phone Central.

Telmex Internet Outage again. Right Now! router: inet-nvl-mayo-44-ge6-0-0.uninet.net.[201.125.29.222]

April 28th, 2014 by

So I am tracing traffic through Telmex and finding it getting jammed up arround a router named: inet-nvl-mayo-44-ge6-0-0.uninet.net.[201.125.29.222]

I don’t know how many this effects. I am located in the Ranchitos. Is anyone else effected?

 

For more info check out my previous post about this problem: Telmex Internet Outage on April 23.

I just thought people should know.

Thanks,

Scott, headNerd from internationalcs.net

Telmex Internet Outage on April 23

April 24th, 2014 by

Hi Everybody,

I thought I would quickly follow-up on the internet outage that many people suffered yesterday.

What was the Problem and Who did it effect?
The problem was with a local router. The router may be physically connected in San Carlos or (more likely) in Guaymas. The problem seems to have been isolated to a Uninet route, meaning (more then likely) it only effected Telmex customers. This type of problem effects a local area. It can effect all customers or a smaller subset customers.

What does this mean to you?
This mean that  your home network was fine. Also, your connection to and through Telmex was fine. The problem was that the next route was not fine. The connection from Telmex on had a problem.

What can you do to fix the problem?
NOTHING. There was nothing you could have done  to fix this type of problem. Everything under your control is working correctly. It is Telmex’s Link to and through Uninet that is having problems, and you can’t do anything to fix that.

Should you report it to Customer Support?
I have real mixed feeling about this. Someone needs to, and undoubtedly does, report these types of problems. However, customer support is more likely to have you resetting your modem, and change your  home network settings, trying to help you solve a problem that doesn’t exist in your network.  If you’re one of the first to report this problem, then you’ll be resetting your home network and still not getting the problem fixed. However, if customer support knows what’s going on (and it’s getting repaired,) then you may only get told to wait till it’s been fixed. I don’t really recommend calling customer support first.

What Should you do?
Call me and see if I am connected; or call anyone you know locally with an internet connection. Find out if you’re the only one with a problem. Make sure to call someone on the same internet service provider (ie, if you’re a Telmex customer, then call a friend that uses Telmex.) Also, try calling a friend in your local area, and then outside of your local area (ie, if you live in Tecali, call a friend in Tecali; if they are having the same problem, then call someone outside of Tecali like the Country Club, etc., etc.) If you are the only one with a problem, then maybe you should called your customer support.

Other then that, just sit back and wait for Telmex (or whichever internet service provider you use) to fix the problem.

This morning everything appears to be back to normal on Telmex. During the outage I can verify that Telcel wireless internet (cell phone) was working just fine. If  anyone has info more information to contribute please let me know by email, or a comment here at this blog post.

Thanks,
Scott, headNerd at international computer solutions

Great Primer Article “What the Heck is a Roku (or Apple TV or Amazon Fire) and Why Do I Need One?”

April 15th, 2014 by

I just came across this article from Yahoo!TECH. It’s a good primer into your options for devices to stream videos from the internet to your TV. It covers all the options we’ve talked about in club. I think it’s a recommended read for everyone in our club.

What the Heck is a Roku (or Apple TV or Amazon Fire) and Why Do I Need One?.