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Archive for September 30th, 2016

SSD BareMetal cloud servers, Simple and flexible pricing, enjoy a predictable cloud pricing model | Scaleway

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/30

So I won’t forget:

SSD BareMetal cloud servers, Simple and flexible pricing, enjoy a predictable cloud pricing model

Source: Pricing BareMetal | Scaleway

They are based in France and host both ARM and x86 servers at very competitive prices.

At the time of writing the cheapest bare metal x86 server has 8 GB or RAM, 4 cores and 50 gigabyte SSD storage at EUR 12/month. VPS are even more affordable. 50 gigabyte extra is EUR 1/month.

Via: C2: Insanely Affordable x86-64 Servers

And:  Günstige dedicated server – Kristian Köhntopp – Google+



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InitialKeyboardIndicators registry setting to fix NumLock in a certain state.

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/30

There are odd things with the InitialKeyboardIndicators registry setting. Technet only documents bitflag value 2.

According to the docs it should be a bitflag, but sometimes you encounter InitialKeyboardIndicators value 2147483648 (0x80000000) especially as part of the .DEFAULT profile at HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard.

The problem I had was having these symptoms:

  1. while logging in locally, I manually turned of the NumLock (as I have a 46W6740 UltraNav keyboard without a numeric keypad)
  2. after logging in locally, it magically turned itself on even with InitialKeyboardIndicators=0 in my local profile at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard.
  3. after logging in locally and turning it off, future local logons would keep it off
  4. after logging in remotely, it would magically turn itself on while logged in
  5. after having logged in remotely, the local logon console would have it turned on again

After reading Num Lock problem: Strange number in InitialKeyboardIndicators in Registry, I set both values to 0.

Now that it is 0 in both at HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard, symptoms 4-5 still hold. Strange.

It is not the same problem as Num Lock state not retained after resume from Hybrid Shutdown in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

If it persist, I might just put a script in: [Partially Solved: re-wired keyboard lol] Registry key “InitialKeyboardIndicators” NEVER keeps NumLock ON + ScrollLock ON (6) at startup and reverts back to NumLock ON (2).


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Posted in Conference Topics, Conferences, Event, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, KVM keyboard/video/mouse, Power User, ThinkPad, UltraNav keyboards, Windows | Leave a Comment »

Interesting: Homebrew no longer needs to have ownership of /usr/local

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/30

Time permitting, I will research more on this later:

Homebrew no longer needs to have ownership of /usr/local. If you wish you can
return /usr/local to its default ownership with:
  sudo chown root:wheel /usr/local

Reason: the log does look funny, see below.


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Green great dragons can’t exist 

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/30


OCR-ed by

adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac. It’s an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out. And as size comes before colour, green great dragons can’t exist.

Then I found some more references:

The indicated this went viral earlier this month and all pointed the actual source: Icon Books » The Elements of Eloquence subtitled “How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase” by Mark Forsyth.

My mother language Dutch probably has a similar rule that I never knew but just subconsciously use.


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The IoT strikes back: 650 Gigabit/second and 1 Terabit/second attacks by IoT devices within a week

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/30

Many people – me included – complain about the sadness of IoT device security.

It seems the hackers found out it’s time to take advantage of that as within a week both these attacks by IoT devices took place:

The first already suspected IoT devices, the latter confirmed it were ~ 150-thousand hijacked cameras and DVRs [WayBack] performing the attack.

Or in short:

The IoT strikes back

Few parties can cope with this kind of traffic (Akamai had to stop their pro bono servicing of Krebs on Security; it took a few days and a lot of effort for Google’s Project Shield to take over).

So I’ve a few questions for anyone running IoT devices:

  1. How secure are your IoT devices?
  2. Have you confined them to a network that’s easily filtered/shut-down in case of emergency?

Edit 20161004:


Source: Da ist einiges neu an dem Fall: 1) Ein bisher unbekanntes Botnetz. a) Das neue…

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