February 15th, 2018

I’m just gonna leave this here

When you say that we shouldn’t pass a law because criminals will break it, you’re not making an argument. You’re reciting the dictionary definition of the word “criminal.”

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In: News, PoliticsNo Comments

February 12th, 2018

Why minority rights movements aren’t a challenge to anything

Sometimes, the hammer that hits the nail on the head comes swinging out from the clear blue sky.

I was just reading this BoingBoing story about the family-owned Cox Farms and their history of using their roadside signage to spread messages of humor and inclusion – as well as plain old information – to those driving by the business.

Apparently, they’re getting a bit of hate for posting a sign that says “Resist White Supremacy.” And in their own FB musing about the topic, they came to the same conclusion I did:

We struggle to see how anyone other than self-identified white supremacists would take this as a personal attack.

No shit. There’s no ambiguity and nothing defensible in their stance on anything, so if you want to join them, I can reasonably assume that you, well, joined them.

Later on, they wrote a sentence that killed it:

To our customers and neighbors that feel that this is somehow a divisive stance, we ask you to reflect on the possibility that your lived experience may be one that hasn’t necessitated a message of inclusion to make you feel welcome.

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To make it even simpler to decipher:

Around the holidays, when family comes over, you welcome them to your home. You don’t do the same to your spouse – they don’t need to be welcomed because they already live there.

So, if you’re a member of a group who’s never had to (or whose predecessors have never had to) look for window signs to make sure you’re allowed in the front entrance, had to consider pretending to be someone else to ensure service, or simply had to drive down the road to a different store because you knew damn well you weren’t welcome, then it is reasonable to assume you don’t need your own special sign.

If you never have to question whether or not you’re welcome, it’s because you already are.

So when a store owner wants to make sure that others don’t have to question it either, STFU.

Not your damn store anyway.

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February 7th, 2018

A new Win10 update is borking domain machines; here’s how to fix it

So far this week, I’ve had three different users looking down the barrel at a BSOD after they did exactly what I asked by running a once-weekly reboot.

Win 10 hasn’t given me a lot of BSOD problems, and most of them have been a simple reboot and things were done. But this sum’bitch right here is nasty as hell.

You’ll end up with an infinite restart loop after a benign reboot – this is your warning sign that this is going to hurt.

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Let’s not muck about with why or how this happened (might be this). Here’s what to do:

  1. Go into restore and pick the latest point you can find. Thankfully restore only messes with installed programs anymore, so it’s easy enough to deal with anything lost after this step.
    • At this point a domain machine will do the first fun thing, which is have a broken trust relationship, even if the restore point was from that same morning
  2. Log in with a local account
  3. Discover that, for no fucking reason at all that your local admin account is now a guest account
  4. Grab (or create if need be) a usb installer for Win 7/8/10 – all will work – and boot to that
  5. Use the Utilmon.exe replace trick (detailed in answer 2 here) and use that to enable the built-in administrator
  6. Sign in as administrator and give admin rights back to your other local account
  7. Unjoin the domain
  8. When that mysteriously fails, open Local Security and go to Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment and re-add your locals to the Back Up and Restore lists, which are now exclusively populated by de-coupled GUIDs
  9. Reboot, unjoin domain again, reboot, rejoin domain, reboot
  10. Drink. Heavily.

My second go at this went a lot easier than numbers 1 and 3, so you might get lucky and be able to skip a few steps. But don’t expect it.

Good luck, kids.

In: Computers, How ToNo Comments

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IT guy, dev, designer, writer.

Got a degree in print journalism from UF but history dealt some bad cards to that industry, so I moved back to an earlier love: the computer.

Was recently at ZMOS Networks, but am now the Senior IT Associate at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

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