IE9 Zero Day Vulnerability Fixed

For a week now it has been known that there is an IE9 Zero Day Vulnerability.

Get This Zero Day Vulnerability Fixed

Now Microsoft have published a fix which came to me today in the form of an update as follows (for Windows 7):

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 9 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2744842)

Update type: Important

Security issues have been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise a system that is running Microsoft Internet Explorer and gain control over it. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install the update, you may have to restart your computer.

More information: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=255505

Help and Support: http://support.microsoft.com

Zero Day Vulnerabilities are those which have already been exploited by the time the software developer finds out about them.

I Held a Young Goldfinch Today. It Was Stunning.

Introduction

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An Adult Goldfinch Feeding On Nyjer Seeds

What a wonderful experience. I wish I had taken a photo. I looked out of my lounge window and a young goldfinch was resting on my patio within 0.5m of the window. It didn’t attempt to fly off so I went outside. I knelt down on the ground and got within 0.5m of it. It was trying to sleep with its head resting over its back. Its wings were neatly folded so I thought it looked OK and not damaged.

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Visual Basic .NET Radio Buttons get auto-clicked

I was up until 01:20 this morning debugging code in VB.NET 2010. For hours I thought there was something amiss with my math or logic when a calculation in a secondary window which was affected by Radio Buttons kept giving an erroneous result.

The Problem – Visual Basic .NET Radio Buttons

At first I thought I was trying to use public variables in the wrong way and completely re-wrote the code only to get the same error. Eventually I found for myself by debugging with several breakpoints that when the secondary window was opened there was an automatic click on one of the Visual Basic .NET Radio Buttons (RadioButton1). Continue reading “Visual Basic .NET Radio Buttons get auto-clicked”

Removing A Bra Wire From A Washing Machine

Introduction

“Oh no! I’ll have to spend the rest of the day removing a bra wire from a washing machine now!”

The exclamation above probably describes how you felt if you ever heard a “tick, tick, tick” when your washing machine rotated slowly followed by a loud rasping sound when it speeded up.

Here is the featured image if you cannot see it.

It can be very expensive to pay someone for removing a bra wire from a washing machine.

What Usually Happens

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Mangled Bra Wire

The wire normally gets caught under the heating element which is situated at the bottom, between the inner drum (the one you can see through the door with all the holes) and the outer drum which surrounds it and holds the water. The wire can lie dormant and not touch the inner drum, but if you know it’s in there then that’s worrying.

It can catch on the holes of the drum in such a way that it sticks through one, in which case you can probably grab it with your pliers and pull it out. If it pops through a hole while it is whizzing around it could do serious damage to the parts it is caught on, between the drums, or it could puncture the hose connecting the outer drum to the pump.

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Phishing Email NOT From TESCO Bank

This phishing email proclaims to come from:

Tesco Personal Finance customerservice@consumercardservicing.tescofinance.com.

As you can see from the image of the email content below if you were to click on the link:

http://www.tescobank.co.uk/1/2/TESCOCAM10;&user=% colin.ride@btinternet.com % you will not go to a Tesco website. Look carefully and you will see that the real URL behind the embedded link is displayed above the hand pointer when the hand hovers over the link in the text.

Tesco Bank Phishing Email 1

In the facsimile above the obscured paragraph reads:

During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification
procedures, our records show your Tesco Credit Card Account registered
to email user ” < the recipient’s email address > ” has been inactive for some days.
To securely confirm and reactivate your account please click on the link bellow:

You will in fact go to:

http://www.4gamer.es/images/tools/testes/tes1/login4.htm

This is not somewhere I’m going and I wouldn’t advise anyone to go there. You might pick up a nasty cold. It looks like a games website in Spain (the domain is “es”). I presume the page looks like a Tesco Finance log-in page. When you enter your log-in credentials the owner of the page can save them and use them to log-in to your real Tesco Finance account and play a dirty trick on you.

This email was delivered to my MS Outlook Inbox from a btinternet.com account. It wasn’t picked up by them as spam nor was it detected by Norton Internet Security, presumably because it is a new kid on the block.

I have forwarded the email to TESCO Bank for their perusal.

So now you know how to check a suspect email. Good luck and watch out.

I’ve Spilt Paint On My Patio Slabs. What Will I Do?

Introduction

“Oh dear! The spilt paint on my patio slabs created a 20cm dia. puddle when my tin of mahogany paint blew over. It was tipped up by a gust of wind which lifted the cardboard it was resting on.”

“There would have been photos but I had to swear first and then get on with cleaning it up.” — HC

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Dining On A Steam Train At The Great Central Railway

Introduction

This time we (my wife and I) enjoyed a day on the trains at the Great Central Railway based at Loughborough Station. We went dining on a steam train at the Great Central Railway on 26th May 2012. This pleasure was a Christmas gift from our son. We had 1st class tickets to travel up and down the line during the day, as we pleased, together with lunch on “The South Yorkshireman”.

We were able to choose the date when we used the ticket so we chose a very good one with wall to wall sunshine. You can see our table in the Restaurant Car in this Featured Image if you haven’t already seen it. (This photo was taken from the outside through a window hence the reflections.)

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Netricity Powerline 500M Ethernet Bridge Adapter Failed After 13 Months

Introduction

Panic set in last night when I couldn’t access the Internet. Eventually I tried my laptop after checking the lights on my Home Hub and reset it a few times. That worked O.K. and in the end I deduced my power-line network had failed. It turned out that a Netricity Powerline 500M Ethernet Bridge Adapter Failed. The one connected to the PC had green lights on it suggesting it was hunting for the other adapter. The one at the router had some red lights on it. I unplugged it and went to bed. When I got up and tried it this morning the lights on the faulty one wouldn’t light  in any colour. So that was the end of my Netricity (economically priced) power-line network. I had kept the receipt but, guess what, it was 13 months old so out of guarantee by one month, typical.

Getting A Replacement

So by 09:10 I was in the local technology store, Maplin – where I got the original from, to get a replacement. I had looked one up before I went. I settled on a Delovo “dLAN 500AVplus” having previously been happy with the 500Mbps technology of the Netricity devices. Here is the Devolo website.

Well I am happy again now and to some degree the working Netricity adapter is compatible with the Delovo adapters. However I can’t seem to control it from the Delovo Cockpit. One of the benefits of the new adapter is the mains socket reappears on the front so that it can be used for something else. The manufacturer recommends plugging the router or PC into this because they have built in a filter (HF I presume) to reduce interference.

Here is the new adapter below:

Devolo 500Mbps Powerline Adapter
Devolo 500Mbps Power-line Adapter

My Excel Jump List stopped adding Recent Files

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Excel Jump List stopped adding Recent Files
Excel Jump List shown above the Task Bar.

I had a problem where I had MS 2010 Excel pinned to the Task Bar but the Excel Jump List stopped adding Recent Files. The Jump List is the one you see when you right click on an icon of an application pinned to the task-bar. Some programs (not all) show recently used files on this list. The user can then choose to permanently pin them to the Jump List. On the right is an example of an Excel Jump list.

In my case new recently used files stopped appearing on the MS Excel Jump List. I read through various bulletin board threads on the Internet but their suggestions did not resolve the problem.

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My Fix when the Excel Jump List stopped adding Recent Files.

This is how I resolved it. I repaired my MS Office application. The application has this facility built in. To repair it go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and right click on MS Office Professional Plus 2010 (in my case). The options are Uninstall or Change. Choose Change and the following window opens:

Excel's Jump List stopped adding Recent Files

Select Repair and click continue. This will start the repair process which will take several minutes. I think it more or less re-installs Office but doesn’t interfere with your settings. Beware that you may find other Office Jump Lists get cleared. But they all work afterwards.