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Not upgrading from Windows Server 2003?

Aidan Finn running into some obvious frustration with people pushing back against moving away from Windows Server 2003...people that should know better.



Great Article on Cryptowall 3.0 from blogs.cisco.com

Worth a read:


My only question is why would the dropper care whether it's running in a virtual environment?  A bit more digging reveals that the malware author is assuming that if his code ends up running in a VM, it's probably a sandbox and being studied, so the malicious code refuses to co-operate.  Clever.

Here's the analysis of Cryptowall 2.0, from the same blog:



Is my blog dead?

No, my blog is not dead.  Well, I guess it is, sorta.  I've been extremely busy in both my personal and professional life, and since writing is last on my list of things to do, that's how my blog ends up so dusty and stale.  I've been doing some cool stuff though:

- checking out Check Point's new SMB appliances (underwhelmed)
- re-engaging with CompTIA's Security Trustmark process
- learning lots of Hyper-V tips and tricks from Aidan Finn
- getting back into lifting heavy and often using Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 program
- continuing to contribute and play for my local rugby club
- helping run an IT consulting firm, no big deal
- watching my three amazing kids grow into men

So yeah, got a few things going on.  I'll try and add more interesting stuff though.



If you’re into unlocking your own phones and don’t mind paying a few bucks, I do _NOT_ recommend these folks: www.unlock-code-express.com.

I bought a code from them, it didn't work on my handset.  So, that’s lie #1:

Lie #2, from the instructional email you get when you purchase:

I raised my ticket with them Monday, and still haven’t heard back.  I also sent a direct email to support on Monday, no reply there either.  I raised another ticket to them Tuesday night asking for a refund, still haven’t heard back on that one either. 

So, don’t use these guys.   Instead use gadgetrepair-canada.  He’s good people: 

That is all.


Microsoft Surface RT Tryout

I've used several different tablets - Apple iPad 2, Google Nexus 7, and now I'm playing with a Microsoft Surface RT.  I'm one of those apparently unfortunate people that use Outlook/Exchange Tasks functionality (and I use it religiously as my primary GTD tool).  I kind of expect to have to buy a supplementary app for this on Android and iOS platforms.  It's nice that Blackberry supports tasks out of the box.  But I can't even begin to tell you how disappointed I am that the Surface RT out of the box will not support syncing your tasks with your Exchange account.  Out of all of the upsides and downsides of the RT (which you can read about all over the web), this one may end up becoming a deal breaker for me.  I just don't think I should have to pay for _another_ third party for an app do this, on a fucking Microsoft device.

I guess I get it...Surface RT is not a business device, Surface Pro is (ha, bullshit).  It makes me feel like I'm doing something wrong for using "edge" features of Outlook and Exchange.

(For the record, I use TaskTask HD on iOS and they also happen to offer an RT version.  On Android I use  Tasks for Microsoft Exchange.  I happily bought these because I expect other platforms to not bother with the "intricacies" of Exchange, or, you know, whatever.)

So if anyone has a _free_ alternative for Surface RT tasks until the mythical Outlook RT (or 2013 or whatever) hits, let me know in the comments.  Otherwise, that is all.


Plug: PRTG

Great tool, very handy, works exactly as advertised.  Know what's happening on your network.



Debug a running VM when it's crashing without a memory dump

This is mainly just a link dump. I was getting STOP 0xc0000135 errors with no other clues, and I used these resources to properly troubleshoot it.

Make sure you are properly loading symbols in your WinDBG workspace or you won't get enough detailed information to proceed.