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PostPosted: Wed 01 Dec 2010, 05:26    Post_subject:  

FireShepherd counters >> Firesheep.

" FireShepherd, a small console program that floods the nearby
wireless network with packets designed to turn off FireSheep "


Firesheep works because many web sites do not use the more secure HTTPS, which makes individual sessions secure even over public networks.



I am reposting this as this issue was on A Current Affair tonight.
Ho hum... a wee bit late methinks.




Comodo TrustConnect..pay for service






Firefox Addon BlackSheep Detects & Protects From Firesheep



UPDATE: BlackSheep for Linux is available here



Some people have had mixed results >> Hotspot Shield

It has been around a long time. PC and the MAC .

Third-party advertisements may show up in the free version.
Cheap security for that.



" If you are looking for a free solution, consider Hotspot Shield from Anchor Free. This service routes your network traffic through its servers, encrypting it all the way. But keep in mind that "free" software solutions are rarely truly "free." Anchor Free makes its money by delivering advertisements to the users of their service.

What I like about Hotspot Shield is that it is truly easy to use. If you are not tech savvy and are looking for a solution that is easy to deploy and doesn't take money directly from you, then it is the way to go.

If you are a VPN purist or you just don't want to support something that is advertising-driven, you should look at services like Anonymizer or PublicVPN.com. Anonymizer is easy to implement but rather expensive, while PublicVPN.com has more reasonable rates but is harder to get going for the less technically proficient. "



Firesheep And Protecting Your Wifi Connection –
A Few Thoughts And Best Practices



How to prevent Firesheep - Firesheep Addon Explained


10 Ways to Protect Yourself from Firesheep Attacks



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PostPosted: Wed 15 Dec 2010, 18:52    Post_subject:  

Replacing Outlook Express in Win 7
>> Fixed >> at the end of this post.

I have a friend using Windows 7.

He wanted an Outlook Express replacement.
This was because Microsoft with their usual wisdom removed OE,
and offered Windows Live mail.
Thereby peeing off millions of customers.


Windows Live Mail is a bit of a pig apparently.
And my mate didn't want Outlook.

So I advised him to try Thunderbird.
There was a small problem though....it wouldn't work.

I was visiting him recently and so I tried running it.

I had read somewhere recently ( maybe Whirlpool ),
about issues with Thunderbird and Win7.

Putting it kindly >> the developers look like they stuffed it up.

It's not that I'm not used to setting it up.

But the installer now is just stupid.
Where Plain Jane succeeded before, it now won't let you choose Pop3 etc.
There are workarounds but what a mess.

I could not get it going.

So I downloaded the Portable Apps version.
I finally got Thunderbird working but it then refused to send out mail.

My advice...go back to the 2 series.
I personally advocate Portable Thunderbird 2.
It just worked...a no brainer.

If you need to re-install Win7 or Vista:
you already have it there on the disk.

Copy the lot as a backup.
Just make a shortcut on your desktop and you are back in business.


Portable Thunderbird


There will be the usual whinges about security.
Bugger that...this just works.
I imported his old mail and contacts without a hitch.


What do I use?
Well I've never used Outlook Express.

I've always used the old Netscape Navigator, and then Mozilla
and then Seamonkey.
They just worked.

I haven't upgraded past >> SeaMonkey 1.1.19.
But the newer series should not be a problem.
I never let any version update.

And I've used Portable Thunderbird...up to the 2 series.
Now I use version

So I've had a look around and here are some posts.
Good luck.



" I settled on Thunderbird.
I'm currently running on 64-bit Win7 RC Build 7100. "


7 Best Free Email Clients: Free Replacement for Outlook




Eudora OSE is an email client that combines Mozilla's Thunderbird with
code, features, and GUI elements from Qualcomm's Eudora.

I tried this, quick test....and it connected OK.


Mail Utilities




Top 12 Free Email Programs for Windows



" Bernie.... here is another email client, which is nearly identical to
Outlook Express which your daughter can use on her new Win7 machine.....
haven't used it as I use other clients and webmail, but all the folks who
have used that I have read from on other forums really love it.... "
there is a free version


Free version
Free of charge
Full functionality
Limited to 2 accounts
Community support
Non-commercial use only

Get Free License




Old Versions of Thunderbird:





If you want to pay and have old XP applications running,
such as Outlook Express, this was recommended somewhere.

I've never tried it...use at your wallets own risk.

" Successful migration guaranteed:
We are 100% sure about our product.
That's why you only pay for it if your migration is fully successful"



My mate now uses the >> Vista >> Windows mail >> for his Win7

Download the zip and extract all files to a folder,

call it >> Windows Mail

Boot Puppy, Hirens, the Falcon whatever,

Go to >> Program Files >> in Windows 7

rename the folder >> Windows Mail to

Windows Mail Win7

Copy the extracted folder >> Windows Mail >> to

Program Files.

Make a shortcut from the file >> WinMail.exe >>

Copy the shortcut to your desktop >> voila!

when you click on it you have a completely usable
email client for Windows 7.


The download is here >> Vista mail 4 Win7
Size: 4.97 MB



Tested by me on a new Windows 7 laptop this week.
for a client. Always scan any download.


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PostPosted: Sun 19 Dec 2010, 22:08    Post_subject:  

Network Magic

Old version…still good. Good 4 Vista.
Still let’s you use the simple features after 7 days.


I reuploaded this...for XP and Vista users.

On Win7...the only thing they got right is connecting to hidden networks.
So you don't need it it.
However Windows7 is still a pig with more perfume.


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PostPosted: Fri 07 Jan 2011, 06:17    Post_subject:  

Lately I have been trying to multi boot different Puppies and other
great tools like Hirens and the Falcon Boot cd from a USB.

Grub 4 Dos in the latest Puppies is very handy.
Less chance of formatting your USB.
However the Golden Rule is back up anyway.
Any advice is only welcome if it actually works.


Thanks Shinobar.


" Grub4DosConfig is the Gru4Dos boot loader with GUI installer.
The name 'Grub4Dos' can be confusing but it is actually
'Grub NOT ONLY for Dos'.

Grub4dos supports many file system:
Does not support ReiserFS.
Grub4dos is upper compatible with (legacy) grub, can do all the legacy grub can do.

Remarkable is NTFS support.
Easy to install on Windows pre-installed PC's because linux partitions
are not essential,
Boots up Puppy(frugal and full) and other Linux and Windows.
It is used in Puppy 4.3.1 Japanese edition,
Toutou Linux, Quirky, Wary and in recent woof.
works on puppy 4.x/5.x and its derivatives. "


But how do you edit the menu list in Windows.
Not easily done in with MS .

Of course I can do it in Puppy without problems.

Hirens also uses >> Metapad. ...Which works fine.

" Metapad >> is a small, fast and completely free text editor for
Windows (95/98/NT/XP/Vista/7) with similar features to
Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features.
It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all
of Notepad's features and much, much more. "


Metapad does not need installing...just unzip and make a shortcut.


Finally puppyluvr has released his Multiboot cd creator.

MultiPup CD/DVD Creator


" Only for ext2/ext3 filesystems... "

But if you had an old drive lying around you could format in Puppy
and use it to test multi booting..

Remember that formatting drives is quick.
Recovering your data if you erased the wrong drive is painful.

Rewritable cds or dvds are handy to have for testing.

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Jan 2011, 18:49    Post_subject:  

March 2012

Falcon Rescue cds....updated links.

Also the newest Hirens boot cd.


Hirens 15.1

Download >>>
Click on Hirens.BootCD.15.1.zip >> near bottom of the page.
Unzips to an ISO and other files.



Note that the newer Falcon is harder to burn and as ERD is the same,
use the older version. Refer to my previous posts .


Updated March 2012

Latest working Falcon....as some links below stopped working.

FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD/USB 4.5 - Hiren's 13.0



FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD/USB 2.0 - Hiren's 9.9, ERD


Easiest to burn.


FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD/USB 4.0 - Hiren's 10.6


Harder to burn. From the Falcon How To.

"And finally, when you go back to burn the CD, there are some important details. I use ImgBurn to create and burn this ISO, and so can you.

The short of it is, it uses the ISO9660 filesystem with fully relaxed restrictions, as well as UDF.

The "grldr" file in the root of the disc is also used as the boot image
(it loads 4 sectors, then goes on to find the rest of the file, and boots).
So select grldr as your Custom (no emulation) boot image,
4 sectors, and burn away.

You must keep in mind that boot filenames (e.g. grldr, BOOT\bootmgr,
F4UBCD\Images\konboot.gz) are ALL CASE SENSITIVE.

If the case sensitivity is not preserved (e.g. using a burning app that uppercases the ISO9660 filesystem, or changing the case on a folder), you'll be in for a world of keyboardmashing.

That's why I recommend using ImgBurn, even though the author got a little irresponsible with selling-out to Ask.com and promoting Uniblue malware. "


So just use this Imageburn...no install.. don't update.

ImgBurn.exe .... Size: 1.53 MB



FalconFour's Micro Boot CD 2.5 >> 47.95 MiB




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PostPosted: Sat 29 Jan 2011, 19:55    Post_subject:  

Recovering data on Raid 0

This was an interesting post with a fix by tempestuous.
I linked to his Puppy Pets for Raid as well.

And on page 2 >> a happy customer.

" It worked!!! I had it typed in wrong. Anyway they mounted.
I found the files, I can see the files and I'm copying them to my
external hard drive.

I am so excited!!!
I am so grateful to all your help. I really didn't think this was going to work. Other forums kept saying if you have a Raid 0 drive your data
is probably lost without a lot of money to data recovery companies.
Local computer repair shops couldn't help.
I am still in shock that it actually worked!

I've gotten the kids pictures back and many many hours of work back.
I can't thank you enough!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! "




RAID arrays in (Puppy) Linux
" Thanks to some good testing by forum member CindyJ,
the dmraid dotpet earlier in this thread is confirmed to work with
bios-RAID devices, and I have just upgraded the dmraid dotpet,
and also updated the instructions. "


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PostPosted: Thu 10 Mar 2011, 21:20    Post_subject:  

Added the

How to Stop Installation Wizard from installing Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Startup Nag....page 2...>>> WGA

I had this on a recent XP laptop.
A customer updated Windows and got this bug, but luckily they
didn't install it.



Recently I had a problem with Grub 4 Dos by Shinobar.

I have been using it to boot different USBs with multi Puppies etc.

I am not very knowledgeable with any sort of Grub.
However Shinobars creation is pretty good.

I wish however that I could use different boot options
for Puppy....such as >> puppy pfix=ram etc.

And maybe it's me but I find it picks up better if I name the folders....
in lower case...and use only an 8 letter name.

Anyway I must have been a bit too quick in selecting my USB options,
and my XP hard drive booted with a funny grub message,
but then would boot into Windows after 10 seconds or so.

So I had a look around for a simple MBR fix.

I tried this but it wouldn't work.


Hirens wouldn't work.

Other fixes didn't work.


I saw this.


Command fdisk /mbr

" Fdisk has an undocumented parameter called /mbr that causes it to write
the master boot record to the hard disk without altering the
partition table information. "

And decided to go for it after I saw WhatsHisName response.
I used an old >> Dos 6.22 floppy disk


" My post will surely be followed by several fdisk /mbr screwed my disk” comments.

My questions in response are
“what else did you do before trying fdisk /mbr?”
(i.e., what else was screwed up or what else did you
screw up) and “did you read the warnings about using fdisk /mbr?”
(i.e., for safety, only have one drive connected when you run fdisk /mbr).

To pirate a slogan, “Fdisk doesn’t kill drives, people kill drives”.


This seems a helpful site.



For Win7 or Vista you can also use these...as noted earlier.

Vista and Windows 7 Recovery discs.

Torrent links >> neosmart.


" NeoSmart Technologies is hosting a copy of the
Windows Vista Recovery Disc for your convenience.
It is a 120 MiB download "

" NeoSmart Technologies is hosting a copy of the Windows 7
Recovery Disc for your convenience.
It's a 143 MiB download (165 MiB for the 64-bit version)



Newest Hirens 13.1



Filename: Hirens.BootCD.13.1.zip
Filesize: 390.63 MB (409600952 bytes)
ISO MD5: 72080B2EA93D1B9469A09C6A01CB5A7B
ZIP MD5: 4F3208D831EC433F5D97DB9B8F875193

200 Ways To Revive A Hard Drive...from Hirens site...4 pages.




These are free. For others he charges $4...


FIXMBR Windows XP Fdisk /MBR Tool video

Also shows you how to copy the Recovery Console to your
hard drive ...boot option.



Freebie from Paragon...48.64MB




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PostPosted: Thu 10 Mar 2011, 23:19    Post_subject:  

Working Links 4 above















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PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar 2011, 19:07    Post_subject:  

FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD/USB 4.5 - Hiren's 13.0

Updated by the Falcon.

Use with care.



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PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar 2011, 19:47    Post_subject:  

The FalconFour's link is failing to connect to the server. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar 2011, 20:04    Post_subject:  

I bet you are using Firefox.

I had to click it a few times >> Download this torrent (magnet link)


to get it working.

Testing Macpup 5.20 with Firefox.

Just installed Opera....it works again.
Just unclick the Poker site...OK.

Also installed Seamonkey.
Instantly handles it.

This time with another site.

Give it a go mate.
Hey! Sylvander... good day to you.

I know that you also give out a ton of advice on Puppy.

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Mar 2011, 03:36    Post_subject:  

Used Dillo to download the torrent file.
The business was a little odd, but I got it done.

Then installed Transmission using the Lupu-520 PPM.
That was easy.

Then ran Transmission to "Add" the torrent, and that is now downloading the file.
It originally looked like it was going to take hours to complete, but it now reports 8min reamaining, so that's not so bad.

I have a fast [10Gb/s] cable broadband connection, so usually there's no need to resort to using torrent downloads.

Download 50% complete, and 6min remaining.

Download now complete.
md5sum checks OK.
Closed Transmission.

Using burniso2cd [REALLY EASY] to burn the ISO image to a CD-RW.
Burn now complete. Very Happy

Now to try booting it.

It boots OK, and appears to work just fine. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar 2011, 05:30    Post_subject:  

I couldn't get the Falcon to boot off my 16 gig USB,
and strangely Puppy for that matter...
after a reformat.

I had the previous Falcon boot before reformatting,
but the Vista-Win7 ERD refused to fire up....
it always came up with a fault.

Shinobar's Grub 4 Dos wouldn't boot me either,
and quite honestly...this was a first time fail.

GParted said all was OK...boot and LBA ticked...
but it was a dud.

Tried different usb ports...front and back,
on different computers.


So as a last resort I used Hiren's USB apps to get me running.

I had used it last year before I tried Shinobar's Grub4DosConfig.




2012...much improved Hiren's USB How To



Step 1
Connect USB Pen Drive (512MB or more)

Step 2
Download and Run USB Disk Storage Format USB Disk Storage Format USBFormat.zip (34KB)

Step 3
Download grubinst_gui Grub 4 Dos grub4dos.zip (188KB) and Run as Administrator

Step 4
Copy grldr and menu.lst (from HBCD folder) to the usb drive.

Well it booted fine.

So I erased Hirens and extracted the newer Falcon cd instead.

All seemed to work except Konboot.
I think this is an acknowledged fault with USB booting.


I also added a crop of Puppies.

Ecomoney's Seafarers Cybercafe

2 of 2.14 revisions by ttuuxxx.

3 Lucids

Puppy Studio3


Snow Puppy

Insidious 02


Puppy 431

Wary Japanese

4 Fluppy versions


Wary Mediaplayer Edition


All working.


So I have attached the >> menu .lst

and the folder list if anyone can't boot their Puppy off USB.

I keep the names in lowercase...it just seems to work,

and I also use shorter names and no spaces in the names.

It seems to work better for me...I can't say it's entirely correct,
but it boots....so who cares.

Obviously I used the Falcon menu list to get it up and running.

ERD is the latest version.

ERD 4 XP is now inbuilt into Mini XP.

The Vista Win7 >> MS DaRT 6.5
for 32 & 64-bit Vista & 7\n\nMicrosoft Diagnostics and
Recovery Toolset 6.

boots from the menu prompt.

It is slow booting...uncompressing the files???
so have patience.

Mini Windows is not as slow....but same advice.

They both run nicely when they are up and running.


This is for Puppy Arcade.

Call the folder >>> puppyarcade

Add this to menu....

title Puppy Arcade (sdc1/puppyarcade)
find --set-root --ignore-floppies /puppyarcade/initrd.gz
kernel /puppyarcade/vmlinuz pmedia=usbflash psubdir=puppyarcade
initrd /puppyarcade/initrd.gz


7zip for Windows.
Great for extracting Iso files in their proper format to usb.


Description  Metapad...good 4 editing menus in Windows

Filename  metapad351.zip 
Filesize  45.68 KB 
Downloaded  910 Time(s) 
Description  Hirens Grub4dos

Filename  grub4dos.zip 
Filesize  187.97 KB 
Downloaded  999 Time(s) 
Description  menu.lst

Filename  menu.lst.zip 
Filesize  2.92 KB 
Downloaded  1065 Time(s) 
Description  Hiren's USB formatter

Filename  USBFormat.zip 
Filesize  34.4 KB 
Downloaded  1016 Time(s) 
Description  Hirens grldr - makes USB multi bootable

Filename  grldr.zip 
Filesize  135.79 KB 
Downloaded  1052 Time(s) 
USB boot folders.txt.zip
Description  USB boot folders

Filename  USB boot folders.txt.zip 
Filesize  315 Bytes 
Downloaded  952 Time(s) 

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Apr 2011, 07:35    Post_subject:  

The Hiren's grub4dos.zip has been re-uploaded.

So there are 5 small files...4 an easy multi usb install in Windows.

7 Zip is what I use to extract ISO files to folders.

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PostPosted: Mon 09 May 2011, 18:28    Post_subject:  

I saw this on Whirlpool today.

Reinstall XP Home OEM


"I have a computer at home that came with Windows XP Home OEM,
the COA sticker is on the side with a Product key.

I don't have the original CD anymore so have "acquired" one online, it is
for Win XP Home Edition SP3. When I tried to install it on the computer
the installation didn't accept the product key.

Why would this be? "

Wyrm 1972 >> mentioned a post on >> My Digital Life.


How to Change Windows XP Version Between Retail,
OEM and Volume License Channel


I also saw some other posts there of interest.

Backup and Save the Windows XP Activation Status
(WPA.DBL) to Reinstall Without Activate Again



How to Backup and Restore to Preserve OEM Offline Pre-Activation
When Reinstall Windows XP



How to Backup and Restore Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Activation Status (Activate Offline On Reinstall)


RemoveWAT or Chew-WGA “Bypass Activate” Windows 7 and
Server 2008 R2 Forever
(Loader Alternative to Remove & Disable Activation Technologies)



I saw this posted.


Genius QuickFix

" Solution:

If one of the above notification is appeared in your Computer then no need to worry more. You can remove it through some mouse clicks.

First download Genius QuickFix patch file for this problem clicking on the below download button.

Then unzip the file and you will find a executable file

Just run the file clicking double on that.
You will be asked to enter a password.

the password is >>>> g123

After complete restart your computer and you will not have the disturbing Windows genuine notification further.

NB: This patch file is applicable only for >>>> Windows XP user,
don't use in other version of Windows please.


Added April 2012.

" Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 support ends April 8 2014.
Does that mean we can't reactivate after that date? "

More answers.

How to Backup and Restore to Preserve OEM Offline Pre-Activation
When Reinstall Windows XP



Recover Windows XP Product Key from ntuser.dat in Corrupted
or Unbootable System



Windows Updates Downloader (WUD) 2.24 Build 875
for Download with No WGA Validation


Personally i never update.
Still running XP service pack 2.

Ignore the BS.



Disable Office 2003 Activation.

" So after some self-research and googling I managed
to find a way to bypass this.
Below is the workaround.

Install Office 2003 as usual and activate it over Internet.
(This is the last time you have to do this).

Create a folder named ‘Disable Office 2k3 activation’ on your desktop.

Navigate to the folder ‘C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE11′

or Enter

‘%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE11′

in your ‘Start>Run’ box and locate the file ‘mso.dll’.

Only this file is modified after activating Office.

Some installations have this file only in the folder above and some
also have in ‘OFFICE10′ folder.
Copy this file and paste in the folder created above.

Download the winxp Command Script ‘Disable_O2k3_act.cmd’
and save in the same folder ‘Disable Office 2k3 activation’.

Now burn this folder on your Office 2003 CD and after every reinstall of Office run this Command Script to automatically activate your Office installation.

( wtfareyou saying on January 3, 2011 )

" This is NOT a crack.

This is copying the Office MSO file of a valid installation

on your computer to REACTIVATE the product again

after reinstall without having to go through MS crap every time."




winxp Command Script ‘Disable_O2k3_act.cmd




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