Category Archives: Tech

Hey look, I am an IT guy, so there’s bound to be a technology section. I will probably blog about my projects or any cool findings related to video games to new technology.

Apple releases iOS 7.1 with reboot fix, UI tweaks, and CarPlay

The long-awaited iOS 7.1 update is now available. While this is a point release, Apple has made several tweaks to the iOS user interface, alongside the usual bug fixes and some feature additions. The main visual changes can be found in the phone dialer and power off features. iOS 7.1 switches to rounded UI elements in both of these areas, and the incoming call interface now includes separate decline and accept buttons below floating circular icons for the Remind Me and Message options.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/10/5354266/ios-7-1-features-download

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Upgrade list:

  • CarPlay – iOS’ in-car experience ships with iOS 7.1.
  • Siri – New more, natural sounding voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese
  • iTunes Radio – Search field above Featured Stations, Buy albums with a tap from Now Playing, Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
  • Calendar – Option to display events in month view, Country-specific holidays
  • Accessibility – Bold font option for keyboard, calculator, and icons
  • iPhone 5S HDR can be automatically enabled
  • iCloud keychain gets support in more countries
  • FaceTime notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
  • Home screen crashing bug was fixed
  • Improved Touch ID
  • Improved iPhone 4 performance
  • UI refinements
  • Mail app badge will now go above 10,000

The Internet as Explained in 1997

Ah I remember my first dial-up connection using 3Web, after a lot of convincing to my parents that it will increase my grades. A handful of relics also make appearances, including dial-up, the Netscape browser, the old Microsoft Windows logo, and America Online—the one-time king of all Internet service providers. This is good nostalgia.

Texas students fake GPS signals and take control of an $80 million yacht | SciGuy | a Chron.com blog

In the good old days spoofing meant a Mad magazine article on a television show.No longer. In the world of secure (and insecure) networks, the act of spoofing entails faking data to take advantage of network insecurity. And as some University of Texas students led by professor Todd Humphreys have shown, it is now possible to spoof a GPS system.

That is, the students created a device that sent false GPS signals to a ship, overrode the existing GPS signals, and essentially gained control of the navigation of an $80 million yacht in the Mediterranean Sea. Here’s a video explaining how they did it:

http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2013/07/texas-students-fake-gps-signals-and-take-control-of-an-80-million-yacht/?cmpid=hpfc

VM Stuck at 95% During Reboot

I had to hard restart a virtual machine today when it decided not to fully restart and get stuck at 95%.  I gave it 10 minutes to sort itself out but it still wasn’t rebooting so I had to see what’s going on.   First thing you need to do is see whether or not the virtual machine is registered under the correct physical host.  SSH to the physical host the VM is currently running under. Continue reading VM Stuck at 95% During Reboot

OwnCloud Implementation and Review

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I recently was asked about alternatives to FTP access for our client to share files with external users.  I immediately had a file locker idea in mind, kind of like DropBox, but I want it hosted in our own Cloud.  I evaluated an Open Source alternative called OwnCloud.org and they had what we wanted.  It allows safe transmission of data through HTTPS, as well as, file level encryption and decryption.

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