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Messages - James Daniel Marrs Ritchey

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Data & Content Generation / Re: Password generators
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:41:51 AM »

Ritchey Web Password Generator supports custom length passwords, and you can download the password as a txt file. The online version isn't running anymore, but the code can still be downloaded. Just open the "index.html" file in a browser to use it. No internet required.

Data & Content Generation / Re: Password generators
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:34:42 AM »

Avast's password generator supports up to 50 character passwords, and gives control over types of characters used.

Data & Content Generation / Password generators
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:34:31 AM »
They can be useful, assuming it's a trust worthy service. Only downside is the passwords tend to be ones that are impossible to remember.

Data & Content Generation / Which data generation tools do you use?
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:26:52 AM »
Personally I have my own custom one. I've never made it publicly available, because it's not polished enough. Maybe someday.

I know the odds are very bad, but in terms of # in a # chance, or % chance, what would it be?

Space / How Do Black Holes Affect Time?
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:49:51 AM »
I was reading this NASA article on black holes, and came upon an interesting, but confusing portion which talks about time slowing, and eventually standing still. How do black holes affect time?

Miscellaneous / How soon is too soon to put up Christmas decorations?
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:43:06 AM »

Computers / Sandboxie is now free
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:39:41 AM »
Sandboxie was aquired by Sophos a while back, and they've turned it into a free product. Long term they plan to change it to an open source product, but Sophos has recently been purchased by Thoma Bravo so time will tell if Sandboxie actually does get opensourced.

Computers / Re: Reasons To Choose Windows XP Over Windows 10 in 2019?
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:35:10 AM »
One reason that comes to mind is that not everyone buys new hardware. Many people buy used or refurbished machines. Computers from the XP and Vista era are quite cheap now. While you could install Windows 10 on many of these, Windows XP will run better, and is more likely to be supported in terms of drivers.

Computers / Reasons To Choose Windows XP Over Windows 10 in 2019?
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:30:55 AM »
I'm talking about using it as your daily driver, not for special applications. What are some reasons one might choose Windows XP over Windows 10 even in 2019?

Computers / Re: Reliable free file hosts in 2019?
« on: October 13, 2019, 10:18:00 AM »
The best one I know of currently is ( It started out good, but it has made changes over the years which negatively affect free users. Originally it provided 50GB of free storage. I think they did this to popularize the site, because no one else was offering anywhere near that to free users at the time. Then they changed it to 15GB. Now they've made it so that you start with 15GB, but you can earn up to 50GB, but the additional earnings are only valid for certain time periods (eg: 30 days, 180 days, etc). Also now, they crack down more on deleting "inactive" accounts so they can free up storage. I wouldn't call Mega a good option anymore for free users, as the changes in storage space prove them to be less reliable than I once thought, but they are still a decent option.

One thing to keep in mind with Mega is that the company is based in New Zealand, but not all of their servers are there, and they don't state where their servers are. This is important, because how much legal control over your data you have is dependent on which countries you're storing it in. However everything you upload to Mega is encrypted so that only you (and anyone else with the decryption key) can access it. Mega itself doesn't have access to your files which helps protect your control regardless of where in the world your content is physically hosted.

Computers / Reliable free file hosts in 2019?
« on: October 13, 2019, 10:00:53 AM »
Each year there are fewer and fewer file hosts period, let alone free files hosts, let alone free file hosts which don't require registration. Many of the hosts available now in 2019 are small services which disappear after a year or two. The few bigger services still in the game have long since rebranded as cloud backups, but they typically have the ability to create download links for things you wish to share. Basically, it has all been downhill since the Megaupload seizure in 2012.

Space / Re: Is There Life On Enceladus?
« on: October 08, 2019, 10:47:08 AM »
Enceladus appears it could have the ingredients needed for life to arise, but at this time it isn't known if life has, or if Enceladus has the conditions necessary

Space / Is There Life On Enceladus?
« on: October 08, 2019, 10:45:46 AM »
Back in 2005 the Saturn probe determined the planet has water which all known forms of life need.

Windows 10 / Re: Windows 10 Is 4 Years Old
« on: October 03, 2019, 09:05:15 PM »
It appears Windows 10 doesn't follow the old lifecycle form. Each release has it's own short term support cycle. Keep your system updated, and Windows 10 forever I guess?

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