great station for streaming OTR

While listening to blindy.tv with the TuneIn Radio app yesterday, I started to explore the screen and found a list of suggested stations to listen to. I gave one a try and its an excellent source for listening to old time radio.
One thing they do different is when possible, they play episodes that were broadcast on the same date. Like right now I’m listening to an episode of Gunsmoke that was first broadcast on December 18.
You can listen with the free TuneIn Radio app which is available for both IOS and Android devices. Just search for 1710 and it should be the first result. The name of the network is:
Antioch Broadcasting Network.
You can also listen through winamp, windows media player, or other choice of streaming player by copying and pasting the following address into the player.

http://radio.macinmind.com/listen.m3u

The web site for this network is at:

http://radio.macinmind.com/

Happy listening,
Steve

Updated Links For Xp Update Problem

I heard that there is a problem with the links to download the update to fix the problem with Windows XP and Windows Update.
Its one of those things where the links worked the other day and something, somewhere changed. I just checked all three of these links and they work fine.

IE6: WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41458

IE7: IE7-WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41442

IE8: IE8-WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41404

Meet Google’s new robots: BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat

The following is from:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/hardware/Meet-Googles-new-robots-BigDog-Cheetah-WildCat/articleshow/27360181.cms

Meet Google’s new robots: BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat
John Markoff,New York Times | Dec 14, 2013, 03.51 PM IST
Meet Google’s new robots: BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat
Google has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, a company that designs mobile research robots.
Google has confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Massachusets, has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetah-like — run faster than the fastest humans.

It is the eighth robotics company that Google has acquired in the last half-year. Executives at the internet giant are circumspect about what exactly they plan to do with their robot collection. But Boston Dynamics and its animal kingdom-themed machines bring significant cachet to Google’s robotic efforts, which are being led by Andy Rubin, the Google executive who spearheaded the development of Android, the world’s most widely used smartphone software.

The deal is also the clearest indication yet that Google is intent on building a new class of autonomous systems that might do anything from warehouse work to package delivery and even elder care.

Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 by Marc Raibert, a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It has not sold robots commercially, but has pushed the limits of mobile and off-road robotics technology, mostly for Pentagon clients like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa. Early on, the company also did consulting work for Sony on consumer robots like the Aibo robotic dog.

Boston Dynamics’ walking robots have a reputation for being extraordinarily agile, able to walk over rough terrain and handle surfaces that in some cases are challenging even for humans.

A video of one of its robots named BigDog shows a noisy, gas-powered, four-legged, walking robot that climbs hills, travels through snow, skitters precariously on ice and even manages to stay upright in response to a well-placed human kick. BigDog development started in 2003 in partnership with the British robot maker Foster-Miller, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Harvard. The video has been viewed more than 15 million times since it was posted on YouTube in 2008.

More recently, Boston Dynamics distributed a video of a four-legged robot named WildCat, galloping in high-speed circles in a parking lot.

Although the videos frequently inspire comments that the robots will evolve into scary killing machines straight out of Terminator movies, Dr Raibert has said in the past that he does not consider his company to be a military contractor — it is merely trying to advance robotics technology. Google executives said the company would honor existing military contracts, but that it did not plan to move toward becoming a military contractor on its own.

Under a $10.8 million contract, Boston Dynamics is currently supplying Darpa with a set of humanoid robots named Atlas to participate in the Darpa Robotics Challenge, a two-year contest with a $2 million prize. The contest’s goal is creating a class of robots that can operate in natural disasters and catastrophes like the nuclear power plant meltdown in Fukushima, Japan.

“Competitions like the Darpa Robotics Challenge stretch participants to try to solve problems that matter and we hope to learn from the teams’ insights around disaster relief,” Rubin said in a statement released by Google.

Boston Dynamics has also designed robots that can climb walls and trees as well as other two- and four-legged walking robots, a neat match to Rubin’s notion that “computers are starting to sprout legs and move around in the environment.”

A recent video shows a robot named Cheetah running on a treadmill. This year, the robot was clocked running 29 miles per hour, surpassing the previous legged robot land speed record of 13.1mph, set in 1999. That’s about one mile per hour faster than Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter dash. But it’s far short of a real cheetah, which can hit 65mph.

Google’s other robotics acquisitions include companies in the United States and Japan that have pioneered a range of technologies including software for advanced robot arms, grasping technology and computer vision. Mr. Rubin has also said that he is interested in advancing sensor technology.

Rubin has called his robotics effort a moonshot, but has declined to describe specific products that might come from the project. He has, however, also said that he does not expect initial product development to go on for years, indicating that Google commercial robots of some nature could be available in the next several years.

Google declined to say much it paid for its newest robotics acquisition and said that it did not plan to release financial information on any of the other companies it has recently bought.

Dr Raibert is known as the father of walking robots in the United States. He originally created the Leg Lab, a research laboratory to explore walking machines at Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. He then moved the laboratory to MIT before leaving academia to build engineering systems for the military and Sony.

His research in walking robots began with a pogo-stick project called “the hopper,” which he used to test basic concepts.

“I am excited by Andy and Google’s ability to think very, very big,” Dr Raibert said, “with the resources to make it happen.”

Windows Updates For XP Extremely Slow

For anyone doing the regular second Tuesday of the month, Windows Update, and I hope everyone is, you may have noticed that last month and this month, things are running very slow with getting the security updates for Windows XP.

I’ve read in some forums of this process, which only takes a few minutes is taking 8 hours or more. This is because of a bug in how windows searches the database for updates.
Here’s some info and links to download the updates so you can install them manually. Note there are different links based on which version of IE you have installed. Again, hopefully everyone using Windows Xp is up to date and using IE 8 but here’s the info. Its just a file to download and install, nothing strange or difficult. This only applies to Windows XP.

Steve

The following is from:
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/1114940-waits-windows-updates-extremely-long.html

Fix for XP Windows Update Problem
Microsoft stated last month that the Internet Explorer updates are treated differently for all the other updates – which is causing the XP Update engine to run so slowly as to appear frozen.

If the Update service detects you do not have the latest IE update that is currently available it starts to search the whole IE updates tree to see what you need – instead of just offering the current cumulative update for your system. But if you manually install the update yourself the Update service finds Internet Explorer is fully updated and doesn’t search for any IE updates. But until MS fix the issue it will keep happening each time a new update is released.

MS said they intended to prune the IE updates database so that only the key Cumulative updates were offered when a search was initiated – this didn’t happen in time for the November updated as intended and obviously has not happened or worked in time for the December update either!

Same temporary fix as last month:
Download and install the latest Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer KB2898785 – December 10, 2013

For Windows XP 32bit here are the direct download links:

IE6: WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl….aspx?id=41458
IE7: IE7-WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl….aspx?id=41442
IE8: IE8-WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl….aspx?id=41404

link for TapIn Radio

Here is the link to download TapIn Radio which is the program I use to listen to blindy.tv as well as radio on the computer. http://www.tapinradio.com/downloads/tapinradio_setup.exe

Make sure you answer yes during the install about using a screen reader, it makes the program more accessible. It will download and update a list of stations it can play.
Once you are in the search box you can type in blindy to find blindy.tv or you can type in the call letters of a station you want to listen to, such as kmbz. You don’t need to press enter in the search box. Just type what you want to search for, give it a second and shift tab into the results list. Once you find what you are looking for, press enter and it will start playing.
You can go to the favorites menu and add stations to your favorites list so you don’t have to search for them the next time you want to listen. There is also a menu option to browse available stations from a variety of countries.

Festive season security myth: “If there are no links in an email, it can’t be a phish.”

The following is from:
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/12/04/festive-season-security-myth-if-there-are-no-links-in-an-email-it-cant-be-a-phish/

Festive season security myth: “If there are no links in an email, it can’t be a phish.” by Paul Ducklin on December 4, 2013
Technological defences can help a lot in protecting you from phishing and fraud.
We’re sure you’re familiar with many of them: prompt patching, anti-virus scanners with regular updates, spam blockers, web filters, firewalls, and so on.
But you’ll also have heard us urging you not to use technology as a replacement for your own caution, intuition, perspicacity, street smarts, call it what you will.
In particular, if the computer fails to say, “Don’t do it,” that’s not an automatic invitation for you to say, “She’ll be right.”
Sometimes, she won’t be right, and the crooks will have enticed you into a final step you come to regret. Keeping street smart online
That’s why we urge you to think before you click on links in unsolicited emails, especially if they are urging you to use the link to sign in to an online service.
That’s to protect you from phishing, where cybercriminals take to you a login screen that looks like the real deal but isn’t, causing you to give away your username and password to an imposter website.
We also urge you to be cautious of email attachments, especially if you weren’t expecting them.
That’s to protect you from booby-traps, where cybercriminals feed you a crafty file such as a document or image that is deliberately rigged up to crash your browser (or PDF reader, or multimedia player, or whatever) and sneakily infect you with malware. So far, so good.
But what if you do open an innocent-sounding attachment, and everything seems OK – no exploit, no booby-trap, no drive-by malware install?
You didn’t click on any links in the original email, so perhaps you think that you’re past the stage of being phished, and are ready to let your guard down?
Don’t do that, not least because documents such as PDF files can contain clickable links, just like the HTML in an email or on a web page.
And if the email contains the attachment, and the attachment contains the link, then the rules of transitivity apply.
You may remember that from school – it sounds fancy but it isn’t: for example, if A is bigger than B, and B is bigger than C, then A is bigger than C.
In other words, if you click on a link in an attachment, and the attachment came in an email, you are effectively clicking a link in the email.
It’s easy to lose track of that fact, not least because when you launch an attachment, it usually opens in an application like Adobe Reader or Microsoft Word, not in your browser – giving you the feeling that you have left email and its related risks behind. Link-free phishing emails
The crooks are aware of this cognitive disconnect, and here’s a perfect example that Savio Lau and his fellow threat researchers in SophosLabs Vancouver just spotted.
You receive an unsolicited email that’s supposed to be from a real estate company: It’s not exactly the most believable invitation in the world.
(Reputable real estate agents wouldn’t make so many errors of grammar and formatting in such a short message. They probably wouldn’t say, “Hi.” And if they worked for RE/MAX in a managerial role, they’d know how to write the company’s name properly.)
But it contains no links, which seems like a good sign – if phishing needs links, then surely no links means no phishing?
Also, the attachment isn’t booby-trapped, and it contains real data, plus the ripped-off logo of a genuine real estate company:
Again, it’s not the most believable document, not least because you just vaulted from one realtor to another.
But by simple cutting and pasting from a genuine web page into a Word document, followed by printing out that document as a PDF, the crooks have moved their clickable links out of the original email, and into a file that opens neither in your browser, nor in your email client.
Better yet for the crooks, it all works equally well on Windows, Mac, Linux and even mobile devices.
If you click on one of the links in the PDF, you supposedly return to the real estate website, but you are asked to login first:
You really shouldn’t fall for this, not least because Windows Live and the Hotmail brand were consigned to the scrapheap of history nearly nine months ago – you won’t have seen them anywhere official recently.
On the other hand, the idea of a site such as a real estate company piggy-backing its login process on an existing service provider –
Facebook and Twitter are very popular for this – is surprisingly common these days.
And some PDF readers (Preview on OS X, for example), don’t make it easy to see where a clickable link is going to take you, a precaution you are probably used to in your browser.
Of course, if you do fall for the login dialog, you’re not just giving away your credentials to the crooks.
You’re revealing them to anyone sniffing the network between your PC and the server, because the crooks aren’t using HTTPS:
(Incidentally, in the fake login window above, clicking [Close] and [Sign in] have exactly the same effect: whatever is in the input boxes is sent unencrypted to the crooks.) What to do
Technology would probably have saved you up front: a decent email filter or endpoint anti-virus would block the email or its attachment before you opened it, and a decent web filter would stop you clicking through from the PDF itself. But the street smart advice we mentioned at the start would save you too: •Think before you click on links in unsolicited emails.
•Be cautious of email attachments, especially if you weren’t expecting them.
And if you’re the go-to guy for IT amongst your friends and family, keep on reminding them this holiday season, won’t you? Follow @duckblog
Note. Sophos products detect and block the bogus attachment shown above as Troj/Phish-DC.

NVDA 2013.3 Now Available

Why pay for expensive updates to a program, just so you can access your computer? NVDA does for free what other programs still struggle to do for large amounts of money.

What is NVDA?
NVDA software enables blind and vision impaired people to use a computer by communicating what is on the screen using a synthetic voice or braille.
NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is the only screen reader for Microsoft Windows that is totally free, yet fully functional and portable. You can download it to your PC, or to portable media such as a USB stick which you can use with any computer at school, work – anywhere!
It was created by NV Access founders Michael Curran and James Teh – blind computer programmers who believe passionately in universal access to computers. NVDA has been downloaded more than 60,000 times and is available in over 43 languages.
NVDA is open source software. If you would like to contribute to the project, visit our community site.

For more information and to download NVDA go to:
http://www.nvaccess.org/

To read about what is new in NVDA 2013.3 go to:
http://community.nvda-project.org/releaseChanges/nvda_2013.3_changes.html