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^ My first theory was serious. The second was silly but possible. A third possibility:

Your employer wants the videos in order to have psychologists or HR-psychotherapy types view them either in order to diagnose pathologies in the business, or pathologies in individuals.

I put less weight on this because the edict isn't mandatory (yet.)

It's probably intended to have material for commercials and corporate backgrounder videos.

Either THAT theory, or, your employer wants to create a spoof video showing rapid cuts of things workers say in their videos taken out of context hilariously. Kind of a "this week  in unnecessary censorship" effect. (The only worthwhile thing Jimmy Kimmel has done.)

My gut feeling is that this isn't forced social networking, which would be more like asking all employees to join some corporate sponsored inbred Facebook or Instagram clone website.

My gut feeling is that your employer/client is assembling as many videos as possible for incorporation into a marketing campaign.

 (Q: are you an hourly contractor or an employee? Not that it matters)

No doubt your employer has signed media releases on file for everyone giving your employer rights to feature recognizable worker photos in annual stockholder reports, etc.

They are probably planning some kind of either social media or conventional advertising video commercial. They want these talking faces of the caring, sharing, wonderful, dedicated employees to put a human face on their collaboration with globalist master planning.  >:D

They want as many videos as possible to have a range of choices. Most will suck, and a few will be of employees who unwittingly create a good impression of the business.

It might even be a Super Bowl halftime commercial next year. Think about that.   :P

In other words they want free content without paying actor union scale.  :P

If Office Space were made today they'd probably have Lumbergh, Peter, Michael Bolton, and Milton Waddams giving video bios during the movie. It would get very meta.

Discussions - Public / Re: Ok, So I Made Some Changes!
« on: Today at 08:46:58 am »
Thank you. The new name appears to be nearly pitch-perfect for this crowd.

A few months ago, I was asked in a thread:

> Encryption -- just check the default when you install and you're done (why CryptKeeper?)

The user meant check the encryption for the hard drive.

I don't think encryption for the hard drive is necessary or desirable. But there is always a need to cloak personal, financial and business files.

Also, I want to make that decision of what and how much to encrypt on the fly, not dedicate a fixed portion of the drive to an encrypted partition.

Cryptkeeper is a Linux system utility (with user interface accessories) for creating and mounting an encrypted virtual folder, say to your /home directory.

The programs Veracrypt and Truecrypt (discontinued but available in old versions) are available for Linux.

These programs, along with "rsync", are responsible for causing my PC to reboot or stop/power off for no good reason.  I have heard of something called a "kernel panic" which forces an OS shutdown. I am guessing these apps cause such a kernel panic even though they are user mode programs.

Rsync will quite often crash my system if I attempt to do a task kill of an rscync process (I ran into this a lot when debugging rogue backup processes.)

When Veracrypt has a drive mounted, my system can crash at any time when accessing that mounted volume.

Cryptkeeper has an entirely different method for mapping a file system compared to the usual encryption tools. This different method ensures the safety of the stored data. And, oh, I haven't had one crash attributable to Cryptkeeper.

In Veracrypt, you have one large file system file that contains the entire encrypted volume. Corrupt that file and you may lose the entire volume.

In Cryptkeeper, if you create an encrypted volume called, say, /home/fred -

The software creates a parallel hidden folder named .fred_encfs

When you mount /home/fred, every file you then create and work with is saved to an encrypted file with an encrypted name within the .xxxx_encfs folder. Folders and subdirectories are created in parallel within the encrypted file space directory, again with encrypted individual names.

It looks like this:

The important thing here is that only individual stored files, not all of the files, are subject to loss.

Also it's more efficient for backup/restore: a backup or restore can operate just on changed files, not by literally re-saving an entire encrypted volume that has changed.

All Technology & Tech Help / But overall about Linux as a desktop
« on: March 18, 2018, 05:31:37 pm »
In general there are more positives than negatives in adopting this route:

Self-determination: my workstation will always, absolutely guaranteed, be useful to work with my data.  No license fees, no installation keys, no activation, no product tracking. Essentially total freedom and security depending on how deep I want to dive.

Stability: In general, despite the many glitches I've bitched about in this thread, Linux is generally FAR more stable day to day and in terms of the behavior of the environment - startup and shutdown, usage, and updating system components - than Windows has ever been for me, even Windows 7. One thing I do NOT miss is the computer and hard drive churning when I start up or shut down because Microsoft forced my system into an update I didn't ask for. And no ridiculous delays, ever, in startup or shutdown due to memory issues. Starting up is about a minute (I'll time it sometime) and doesn't really vary.

Updates are quick and painless (so far): Many times Windows update will hose a desktop. Updating the Linux OS is extremely quick by comparison, without the need ever for reboot cycles.

No loss of functionality whatsoever: I When I need Windows I'VE GOT Windows. I bought a copy of Windows 7 Pro x64 QUITE cheaply ($30 on Ebay). I installed it VirtualBox initially.  it was activated after manually calling MS on the phone for product key activation, and since then I have cloned off that copy of Win 7 installed to backups, so I never need to activate this copy again. It's a permanent solution for me needing that version of Windows. Which runs indistinguishably from a "PC dedicated" instance.

Geek level control of the OS: It's Linux. So my knowledge garnered from running VPSs is very highly leveraged in using this Linux desktop. I can comprehend and work with cron. I NEVER got used to the equivalent in Windows and it never behaved well for me (you apparently need MCSE level knowledge to schedule tasks and I DON'T HAVE THE FREAKING TIME.)

Linux has its warts, its idiocies due to asperger's FOSS developer immaturity and ego ... but it is still a great solution for those of the IT priesthood, like me.  >:D

I've had good luck with Palemoon, too.  Fast and reliable, just like FF once was.

It does have a few minor quirks, though. And its add-on library is limited. (The whole add-on concept is so unstable now between browser releases that it's become a huge mess for users, especially of FF).

Note that you can define multiple profiles with Palemoon just as you can with FF, but you do it using this line command to enter the profile manager --

%>  palemoon -p

One thing some people do is to install a whole bunch of browsers. That way there's always something that does what you want if you happen to hit quirks (such as browser extensions that only work with certain versions, bugs, different html rendering, etc). 

Among some to consider installing -- FF, Palemoon, Qupzilla, Epiphany, Seamonkey, Opera, Brave, Midori, TOR browser, Chromium. Some are in the standard repository (FF, Qupzilla, Epiphany, Midori) and some are not (Palemoon, Seamonkey, Brave, etc).

Seamonkey is another port of the Mozilla code.

As far as browser instances and alternate profiles, yes, that's the supreme power of the Mozilla clones, to create multiple browser environments.

A desktop shortcut in Linux for launching an alternate profile which does not interfere process wise with an existing running browser instance is...

Code: [Select]
palemoon  -new-instance -P "alt-profile"
-new-instance creates a new process space. The -P specifies one of the profile names from the profile manager. So, this lets me side by side run my default browser instance with multiple windows, and a browser with a different profile.

User defined profiles are a capability that Chromium lacks.

Discussions - Public / Re: Ok, So I Made Some Changes!
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:27:05 pm »
Oh, good. I thought I was slightly nuts with choosing this name. It's great to get some positive feedback.

Firefox on Linux has become HORRIBLY memory-intensive (it leaks a ton of memory over time, swear to God) and SLOW with continuous delays and stalls.

Even the Firefox ESR version 52 had really bad performance.

I installed the current release of Pale Moon, a Firefox-Mozilla code base port. Essentially Pale Moon is supposed to be a compatible replacement for Firefox.

I tested that premise. I copied the contents of the Firefox "profile" directory which contains all history, bookmarks, login info, cookies, plugins, etc. - to Pale Moon's profile folder.

Pale Moon took a few seconds to analyze the stuff. A FEW plugins such as Adblock Plus were not available. But my beloved Scrapbook page-archiving tool was. But essentially, all of my settings and browser stuff came over with no problems - all user/password logins, history, etc.

(There is a counterpart to Adblock+ in the Pale Moon plugin directory and it works just like Adblock. I'm not seeing ads.)

Pale Moon looks like Firefox from five years ago with a few anachronistic UI elements. The preferences dialog is a dialog box, not a browser tab. A few other things. There are a VERY few small glitches. Very minor. Such as some preferences dialog settings that don't take. I wind up going to about:config and setting things manually. No big deal.

But it's faster than SHIT and I am HAPPY with Pale Moon's speed. And no stalls. And no huge memory leaks (after using Firefox for several hours my system is reporting as much memory in use as if  I launched a Windows 7 virtual machine, which is stupid for a one minor application.)

Pale Moon is as fast as Chromium which I would REALLY prefer to not use continuously since Chromium is hooked into the Google code ecosystem.

For some reason a while back I had problems getting comfortable with Pale Moon in Windows. Now, this is what I need to use in Linux.

I did the following:

Removed Firefox "Quantum", the POS that isn't compatible with the plugins that are my main and only reason for dealing with FF to begin with.

I found legacy versions of Firefox called ESR versions. I had to add another repository to apt that contains this stuff.

I installed Firefox 52 ESR.

I recovered a recent copy of my Firefox profile directory from a backup and restored it to my desktop, to the FF profiles folder.

This ESR version accepts those "bad" old plugins and extensions.

For now it's OK. A lot of sites complain that my browser is obsolete now, though.

I tried using Pale Moon which is based on Firefox's code base, but they have their own ideology about how the app should work, including barring Google as a search provider by default. Very aggravating running into preachniks every time I wanna do something.

There are several Firefox based alternative browsers. Sometime soon I need to investigate which one is best for my needs.

Scrapbook is my power tool for the web. I must have it. Screw the FOSS idiots who removed its compatibility. Morons.

Discussions - Public / Ok, So I Made Some Changes!
« on: March 16, 2018, 08:23:06 pm »
Inspiration struck last night. Then I spent intermittent hours repairing the damage caused by my inspiration. :P

New domain name:

My inspiration was simple: "Tech Career Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition". It hit me that this short phrase is the crux of what the forum has been about for the last 5+ years.

Not pie in the sky pseudo opportunities, not feelgood, but rather enduring and perhaps prospering some from IT during our civilization's end phase of capitalism.

The Wordpress site is now

I fell out of love with the "LifeAfterTechCareer" moniker once this new idea hit me. Life-After-tech-Career was too restrictive, and pedantic, and too much like self-help.

Tech Career FUBAR captures the idea of humorous cynicism, It's the spirit of nodding along to some company's bloated empty mission statement announcement while you attempt to catch a well deserved 40 winks in the back row of the employee auditorium.

This forum is

For at least the next year, will seamlessly redirect all article links and pages to the corresponding page of this site.

We needed a change. You guys hardly use this site. We badly needed a clarified mission, reflected in the title, plus some minimal graphics to rise above the aspie geek monotone of Verdana type everywhere.

This effing piece of sh*t makes almost all of the useful Firefox extensions disabled and doesn't support them at all.

I rely on Scrapbook for everything - work, clients and personal uses. They NUKED it. There is NO replacement except "One Note Web Clipper".

A replacement called ScrapbookQ doesn't even work.

Plus I have crashed this new Firefox several times (once while posting this thread just by clicking the "Help | About Firefox" menu.

I'm going to go to something like Palemoon. This is CRAP!

Stupid baby assed change-infatuated pure shit open source programmers. Losers.

A persisting irritation since I adopted Linux for my desktop was the quirky behavior of FF. Visiting certain websites apparently caused Firefox to stall internally. Every so many seconds I would see the CPU meter tick up, and FF would be non responsive for several seconds until it did whatever before responding to a mouse command. I wound up moving my password list to Chromium just to have something reasonably fast to work with website design tools.

I think this was FF version 56.

I just blanket updated my system with apt-get and Firefox was upgraded to version 58. These stalling issues seem to have gone away. For now.

Glad to help.

I think the best and most universal rhetorical advice to give in the techie/geek world is:

"Tell them what you told us."

Thoughts (I know what you're trying to do but I have only set up and experimented with my own residential scale stuff):

Off the top of my head ... I glanced at and went through a bit of DynDns's website literature. They (will probably be true of all such vendors) have a SOAP/Rest programmatic interface, as well as the usual web control panel.

My guess is the vendors are not just being oily sales types. They probably all believe that their offering has so many ins and outs that they need to present everything they sell in a webinar or online video in order to deal with you.

If I could trust my team to be able to manage it, I'd just use standard "bind" at each of my 3 sites and call it good.

This comment gave me an idea. Here is one idea for shortcutting the evaluation process:

Develop a use case for the DNS service as you will actually be deploying and using it in your sites. Walk through how you intend your people or you to work with the tools.

IE, if you use the canned web interface then you never have to touch the SOAP interface and therefore a lot of their presentation may be moot.

In other words try to pre-qualify how you want the tool to work and then approach the vendors with that as the main point you need to have satisfied.

That may work better than asking for sales materials it sounds like they lack. That may focus your conversation with them and they can then give you a shortcutted summary.

And tell them what you told me/us. You are an expert sysadmin and you know what DNS does and you have deployed your own DNS and you don't have time to work through their intake process.

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