Happy Cat Technologies welcomes you to it's business web site. We look forward to 2013, continuing to provide quality service to a select group of clients in the Fort Collins area. Always remember that help is a phone call away, and we'll try to get you purring again as soon as possible.Alfred P. Reaud, Proprietor, Happy Cat Technologies.
- The mouse that roared, and launched a PC revolution
- MIT researchers create world's trickiest tongue twister
- How to transfer large amounts of data between Macs quickly
- Official Rube Goldberg invention game comes to iOS
- Netflix says Netherlands has the fastest broadband
- Cold-loving cockroaches invade New York, scientists confirm
- Yahoo reportedly wants to buy popular photo-sharing site Imgur
- Facebook selects Criminal Case (not Candy Crush) as game of the year
- $6,500 Santa stakeout kit for Christmas black ops
- AT&T cozies up to Rogers to bring LTE roaming to Canada
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- Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Ancient Lakebed
- Google Doodle Remembers Computing Pioneer Grace Hopper
- Factory-In-a-Day Project Aims To Deploy Work-Ready Robots Within 24 Hours
- Interview: Ben Heck Answers Your Questions
- NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life
- The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators
- Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA
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- Massive Exoplanet Discovered, Challenges Established Planet Formation Theories
Recently, I had the dubious pleasure of updating a friend's MacBook for OS X 10.6.8 to 10.9. It started as normal, with a backup to DVD of all data that my friend couldn't afford to loose, such as pictures, documents, etc. Normal SOP for significant OS updates.
After that, the update was started. First off, we had to figure out what the Apple ID and password were. That took a bit of time, but we finally found the piece of paper with the critical information. Once we started the update the real fun started. First off, we only had a 500KBS connection. That translates out to an approximately 3 hour download. You get what you pay for, LOL. The reason for doing this update was that my friend needed the speech to text capability that is now part of Maverick. A bit on that later, as all was not what it seems with that application.
So the update downloaded, and the MacBook updated to OS X 10.9, after more post-update updates. Maverick, BTW, has a definition as an adjective of "unorthodox". There were nothing but problems
Happy Cat Technologies provides the following services to clients in the Fort Collins/Loveland area only:
• Windows, Mac and Linux operating system diagnostics, virus and malware removal (Windows), administration, backup, software installation, optimizing (speed up) and troubleshooting.
• Tower and laptop hardware servicing including hardware installation, upgrading, troubleshooting, and defective component replacement. Limited Mac hardware support.
• Web site provisioning from initial consultation to development,
For our two year anniversary, which was about a week ago but we were busy, we're going to offer guaranteed problem solution, or no charge for the visit.
As an example, we go out to your house to configure up your old router for allowing access to your new iPad. If we can't do so (like we didn't confirm that you had the administration password, LOL), Happy Cat Tech won't charge you for the visit.
We'll have something special around the Fourth of July holiday, so keep checking back, and thanks for the visit.
We've got a special deal for you in the month of April. During April, we'll install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Linux and accompanying applications for the very low price of $45 per machine to allow as seamless a transition as possible from Windows to Linux. This installation includes (many more come with basic install):
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating system installation, disk encryption, etc.
- LibreOffice, a OpenSource replacement for Microsoft Office Suite or Office 360.
- GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program.
- A choice of Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Ephiphany web browsers with flash support available.
- Adobe Reader.
- Thunderbird Email.
- VLC Media Player by VideoLAN.
- K3b CD/DVD Burner.
This list is the minimum install for usability, and there are thousands
If you operate a content management systems (CMS), you're probably familiar with the curse of botnet attacks on the user registration and persistent spammers on comments. These are IP address that are attached to your CMS from China, i.e. the 163.com domain, sending regular, daily spam message updates about Viagra, Cialis, and faux haute couture, sometimes for years on end. Or they continuously try to attack the user registration CAPTCHA, trying to create accounts to do the same or worse, sometimes using inane responses to the CAPTCHA like "TooBad1" through "TooBad257", not really doing any damage but consuming sometimes scarce resources and filling up the logs (to mask other activity sometimes, like database attacks).
This is not a problem specific to any one CMS, and will happen to Drupal, Wordpress, or Joomla. Drupal, however, logs the events as part of core functionality, allowing them to be noticed by the operator. Having dealt with it for well over a year, mostly manually, I found two great modules in the Dupal repository
My in-house server was running Fedora 16, which is at end of life, so I decided to update to the latest Fedora release, which was 18. This came about because of an OpenVAS scan of the server detecting issues with httpd and other things. Also with a philosophy of being tired of GNOME 3's idiosyncrasies, I decided to upgrade to Fedora 18-KDE instead of the Gnome version. Four operating system installations later, I wound up installing Ubuntu 12.04 with GNOME 3, LOL! Approximately 24 hours real time was used, and I'm getting damn good at it!
(Fedora KDE Live Media, i686, 844.1MB, Direct Download) Promises to be a great OS, and installed in an excellent fashion, except for the problem related below with partitioning the disk drives how you want as opposed to how Fedora 18 wants. This version requires a DVD because it's 844MB, and my problems started here, as an omen. The first thing I had to do after burning the ISO is swap out the DVD drive in the target system. Install proceeded well, and I succumbed to Fedora 18
With most modern operating systems, full disk checking requires that the device be unmounted. With Windows 7, Vista, and XP, that is true, and one has to reboot to get disk checking started. If "scan disk for bad sectors" option is selected, running disk checking can take an appreciable time, sometimes hours depending on the size of the disk. Once started, this may not be terminated, on advice of Microsoft Support. “… Please note that it is not recommended to stop or interrupt the chkdsk running on the computer until it completes by itself. …” Srinivas R, Microsoft Support.
This can cause the customer problems if the system is rebooted Monday
Happy Cat is going to be getting back in the groove and focusing more on increasing our business, as the business needs to start paying the bills. For that we need your help out there. For the month of March, we have special going on, $45 to service your PC. It's a sweet deal, as usually the process would be more than $90 at our regular rate.
Call up the office number (970) 672-8298 and set up a service call or appointment for service at the shop.
Thanks for your time, and Happy Computing!
Content management system (CMS) login attacks have increased significantly in the past month. The signature of these attacks varies, but it is repeated attempts to log in with a randomly generated account name, with very fast cycle times but low attempt counts, followed by a delay. An IP address change may or may not occur during the attacks. Occasionally during an attack session, an attack from another attacker IP address / attack profile inserts itself in the attack stream.
These attacks are ineffective, at least with a correctly configured and updated Drupal CMS. The threat to Wordpress and/or other CMS' versions are unknown to this author as he doesn't currently maintain any Wordpress, Joomla or other CMS'. The signature of some attacks are as follows:
Months go by and nothing gets written because not much changes. The Gnome 3 interface doesn't lock up as much on restart, but normally does so on logout. The attacks on the shell are futile, and Fail2ban does a good job of making them futile. So there's not much to write about.
Curiosity, the Mars Science Lander(MSL), is another story. At ~900kg, it's a behemoth, the biggest lander placed on another planet successfully. The landing techniques were novel, requiring aerobreaking, supersonic parachuting, retrorockets and finally a sky-crane winch-down of the lander itself. Pretty phenomenal...
What will we find there, with a real lander that is more like a nuclear powered 6-wheel ATV? There is no telling, but we await expectantly! So congratulations to NASA at the MSL team, great job done getting us there. Now the task is finding out where the water went.
- At CES 2014, Sony will have 4K on its mind
- 20% off Kindle, $279 Laptop, 4K Monitor
- Dell's Venue 8 Pro just $99 today--but you'll need to hop in your car, now
- Early report: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class can stop and go automatically in traffic jams
- Apache frees Kafka messaging app from LinkedIn
- French government sub-CA issues unauthorized certificates for Google domains
- Dutch minister to question US Embassy about rooftop antennas
- Qualcomm releases Gimbal sensors for short-range tracking
- Facebook takes a look back at 2013's biggest moments
- Ubuntu 13.10: The good, the bad, the ugly, and the mobile
- Hour of Code campaign teaches programming in 30,000 US schools (video)
- Facebook is reportedly working on a 'sympathize' button to show support for somber updates
- Pandora adds alarm feature to iOS app, lets you trade clock radio buzzing for the Buzzcocks
- Halo: Spartan Assault coming to Xbox One on December 24th for $15
- Engadget's Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Home Theater
- Nokia intros Lumia-colored, Shuffle-sized Bluetooth headset
- Ubisoft shows off Snowdrop engine with help from Tom Clancy's 'The Division'
- AT&T strikes deal to offer LTE data roaming in Canada
- Square reveals thinner and more accurate mobile credit card reader
- Nikon camera users say third-party batteries don't work after firmware update
- Miners Spill a Million Liters of Radioactive Acid in a National Park
- 9 Fun Facts That Are Total Lies
- Moto G Review: The Best Cheap Phone, But Still a Cheap Phone
- A Reason To Own A Flash Drive Again, Discounted Kindles, 4KTV [Deals]
- A Full-Size Hybrid Vacuum You Can Charge By USB
- Criminal Mind: The Reclusive Genius Behind the Grand Theft Auto Franchise
- Watch a 70-Year-Old Prefab House Unpacked and Rebuilt Over 48 Hours
- Finally, a Digital Library of Bizarre Human Bones From the Middle Ages
- How Sand Ate a Pirate City During an Earthquake
- Two hundred years ago, this brick building in London was a horse stable and carriage house.