That time I cracked a company’s software, using their own software

So I was debating whether or not I should write a post similar to this for a while, now… it’s a funny story, and not too long, but it doesn’t exactly paint me in my best light. But, then again, I have already admitted to pulling one over on a cellular carrier, so why not cop to some of the other silly shenanigans I pulled in my younger years?

Also reaffirming my decision to do this, the owner of this particular studio who developed the game I’m about to talk about has recently outed himself on Twitter with some blatantly racist and bigoted remarks, so I don’t feel as bad for what I did. More importantly, as you’re about to learn, I didn’t really DO anything nefarious!

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What I have learned throughout a career in I.T.

What kind of I.T. person are you? Sometimes where you work defines a lot of the characteristics of what you do in your job. Sometimes the type of person you are decides those factors for you, as well. Today I’m going to walk down memory lane throughout my career, and in this essay-length blog post, I’ll highlight a few lessons I’ve learned along the way.

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THE DEFINITIVE “Does Facebook Listen To Your Conversations” Post

Look. On this blog, I do what I want. And what I want is to follow up on my 2018 post: “Is Facebook listening to you?”

A horribly modified version of Francesco Ungaro’s photo for comedic effect

Part 1: is it possible?

Yes. Definitively, unequivocally, absolutely, positively, it IS entirely technically possible for Facebook to listen in on your conversations.

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How to download Windows 10 ISO’s directly from Microsoft (2004 / 20-04 / 20H1)

If you don’t like using the Media Creation Tool, there is a way that you can actually download the ISO files straight from Microsoft’s servers.

If you want to download the Windows 10 ISO file DIRECTLY from Microsoft’s servers, you can do so by getting the URL from a mobile device: I simply used the Microsoft Edge browser on Android (any mobile browser on any platform will work) to visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO and request links to an ISO in my language. If you download the ISO files from anywhere else, be sure to verify the their SHA-256 checksums!

FIX: You’ll need a new app to open this zoommtg link: Zoom fix!

Zoom has grown exponentially in a short amount of time. And although it’s not my favorite app, due to its share of issues, it is admittedly already getting better. But some users are running into errors the first time they try to join a meeting. What’s going on?

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What is my current IP?

Your current public IP address is:

34.234.223.229

This page is quickly and easily accessible via http://ip.nuangel.net.

This page simply detects and shows your public facing IP address (the IP address of your internet connection). It does not show the local network IP address of your computer, for instance, if your computer is on a corporate network.

In most cases, the IP address you’re seeing above is actually the IP address of your Modem/Router provided by your ISP (Verizon, Comcast, Spectrum, etc…).

PC Doom and Gloom Continues in a New Decade

A Look Back at the Last Decade

In December, I didn’t end up writing an article of any kind. I thought I knew what I wanted to write, I hinted at it, but then I found other blogs discussing it (and I feel getting it wrong) and I figured my little fan theory mentioned in a previous post wasn’t even worth writing about. It’s just not my style or anything I’ve ever been invested in. What I AM invested in is me! I’ve been focusing on myself since my motorcycle accident and not worrying about fictional deadlines for videos that will get 5 views, and blog posts 3 people will read. I reminded myself that this website is an outlet for me, not a “job” of any kind. It’s a hobby. And it should remain that way. But I digress.

After all of that, I just wanted to call out this ZDNet article about “The End of Windows 7” being “the end of the PC era.

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