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About basstardo

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  1. Agree with the above. My personal opinion is you'll find Ubuntu to be more user friendly and easier to manage. Fedora can be a little tricky for new Linux users, but I tend to delve deeper into the OS to install software packages for work related tasks like forensics and security testing. I stopped using Fedora a few years ago in favor of Kali Linux (designed for penetration testers) and Ubuntu (SIFT workstation for forensic analysis installs on Ubuntu). The only major reason I keep Windows around is that my commercial forensic tools like EnCase run on Windows only. That and I play games on my PC at home. Most of those games haven't been ported over to Linux, so Windows stays for a while.
  2. Killed one two days ago here in VA. It was on the outside screen of my kitchen window. Blasted it with bug juice directly. Compared it to a picture of one online and it was identical. Not cool with little ones running around.
  3. I take that back, some more digging found a guide. Here you go:
  4. Looking at the site, it doesn't appear to have a guide for repairing the display, although they do sell the part from what I just saw.
  5. Lookup the site ifixit com. They have detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to tear apart and repair just about any device you can think of. There is a specific MacBook Pro Repair page as well. I've used the site as a guide to fix iPhones several times. They even give you the part numbers and I believe they sell some of the parts through their site. Also, I have no affiliation with the site, I'm just a thankful user of the site that's helped me in the past.
  6. Had it twice while in boot camp at Parris Island. Nasty stuff, but very common down there. They soaked my foot in a bath of hot water mixed with some kind of reddish colored stuff. Didn't feel good. That and antibiotics cleared it up though and I was only on light duty for a couple days each time.
  7. My wife's best friend was injured on a back yard zip line, and broke her back in two places. She was very conflicted about it, but her and her parents ended up suing the homeowner due to some issues with her medical insurance. They ended up having to pay a good chunk of her medical bills. I don't know the full details of where the money came from, but I heard it was partially from their homeowner's insurance. With the way folks are so ready to sue in this day and age, I'd take that down without thinking twice.
  8. Spent time at Lejeune, but never at Cherry Point. Lejeune was great. Surf fishing opportunities galore. Ended up in Norfolk and got out and stayed here. Have the Chesapeake Bay, the beaches, rivers, and the Outer Banks a couple hours away. Still miss the Corps though.
  9. Windows Defender/Microsoft Security Essentials. I do computer forensics and security for a living, and our forensic workstations use Security Essentials to scan forensic images for malware, and it's by far the most reliable single anti-virus program out here in my professional opinion. There are also other tools like Herdprotect (Google it) that allow you to use up to 68 different scanners through an online API. VIrusTotal is another good site to check files or web URLs to see if they are malicious. Running multiple A/V scanners on a machine is doing nothing more than hogging resources that would otherwise be freed up. I also used to work for Symantec, the makers of the Norton tools, and they're garbage at this point. Bloatware at it's finest, and a genuine resource hog of epic proportions. It also misses quite a bit of malware. That said, they all have their drawbacks, but I have zero complaints about Security Essentials on Windows 7 or Windows Defender that's built into Windows 8.1. They will all miss something at some point, but the Microsoft stuff is free and works. My .02.
  10. I grew up in Cincinnati, and the amount of racial tension there is insane. If this had been flipped around, the city would be burning down like it was in the 2001 riots. When the riots happened back then, my Dad worked at a Coca-Cola warehouse on the east side of the city. One of the drivers that he was buddies with had a route that went through Over-the-Rhine, which was a particularly bad spot during that time. He started carrying a .44 with him under the seat of his truck for protection, and it ended up saving his life. There was a group of 5-6 black guys walking up to him, a couple with bricks and a couple with metal pipes in their hands telling him his honkey ass was toast. He pulled the .44 out, cocked the hammer back, and they kept talking smack but walked away. When he was talking about it he said he knew if he hadn't been armed he would probably would have been dead. Then you had the mess in 2003 where 6 Cincy cops beat a man on PCP and he ended up dying because he had an enlarged heart. The city went nuts then too, even though the guys was high on PCP and was the size of three of the cops put together. That place is a hellhole anyway though, and it's only a matter of time until it blows up out of hand again.
  11. Do a search for Microsoft Safety Scanner. Once you find it on the Microsoft site, follow the instructions. I've been working in IT Security for almost 20 years, and manage an incident response team currently that handles all sorts of malware infections. That tool is very good. Norton Anti-Virus is OK, but it doesn't detect a lot of things, which is true for a lot of anti-virus clients out there. I highly recommend using the Microsoft Security Essentials package. It's excellent. There is also a tool from Herdprotect that you can download that will run everything through 68 different antivirus engines. Just search for Herdprotect and go to their website and download the full version of the scanner under the download section.
  12. I have a good fishing buddy who was a tile guy. This stuff is a pain in the ass to work with according to him, but pretty bulletproof if installed properly. He no longer does tile as he works for a fishing reel company now, but he gave me the number of a friend of his who is going to do our backsplash in our kitchen. When we asked him about using epoxy grout, he wanted nothing to do with it. He said he would charge a lot more for installation, and that regular grout with sealant mixed in works just fine.
  13. I hate seeing things like this because I still have a number of friends I served with that are still on active duty in the Corps, although none of them are MARSOC guys. I think Marcus Luttrell, who knows a thing or two about situations like this, has summed it up the best: "I know that it's tough to see it like this, but again no bodies not dead.... These are combat vets so u can bet they will hold out to the very end no matter what. Period. You can bet it's a competition who will last the longest and whose hurt the worst. It's prob a good thing that there is a mix of a Army and Marine, it will keep the mood interesting. Tx frog" MARSOC guys are hard as nails, hopefully they're out there still alive.
  14. The extra weight is a bear on the outsides of the tires when turning. Those trucks have coil springs after 2005 and a Dana 60 front axle with ball joints. With a solid front axle, the camber and toe really shouldn't change. If it's a diesel, you've got even more weight up front, and the plow weighs almost as much as the engine does, so you're effectively doubling the weight in the front end, and when making turns all that weight is shifted to the outside of the tire on the outer turning side. These trucks do eat up ball joints as well. Both my '02 and '03 have had ball joints replaced at least 3 times each, along with hub bearing assemblies, and tie rod/drag link ends no matter how often I grease them, and I'm meticulous about maintenance on our vehicles.
  15. I was reading more about the camp he was in this morning and found this: TREATMENT: Treatment was worse at Stalag IIB than at any other camp in Germany established for American POW before the Battle of the Bulge. Harshness at the base Stalag degenerated into brutality and outright murder on some of the Kommandos. Beatings of Americans on Kommandos by their German overseers were too numerous to list, but records that 10 Americans in work detachments where shot to death by their captors. My grandfather had black markings up and down his legs, from just below the ankles to a few inches above his knees. He would never speak of his time in the war or as a POW, but my grandmother told me he did open up once about his legs. He was apparently hung by his arms and severely beaten with a stick on the legs. That hurt to hear, especially since he was the dominating male figure during the first 5 years of my life. For someone who had been through so much hardship, he was a great man in my eyes and I think he appreciated life that much more because of what he went through. Also, if find any other sites that are useful in researching this, I'll post them up here or PM them to you. I had a couple when I was looking into this a while back, but I have to dig them up again.