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Checkout what Google is tracking on your account

posted Jul 13, 2018, 6:11 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jul 13, 2018, 6:14 AM ]

https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity

Delete it all:  https://myactivity.google.com/delete-activity

Location Sharing - Not always a good idea

posted Jul 9, 2018, 7:45 AM by Andrew Chadick

Especially when the data is an active duty soldier's current location.

Duty to Retreat - FYI - Washington State

posted Jul 9, 2018, 7:35 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jul 10, 2018, 6:53 AM ]

Washington State has no “duty to retreat,” as precedent was set in State v. Studd (1999) and State v. Reynaldo Redmond (2003) when the court found: "that there is no duty to retreat when a person is assaulted in a place where he or she has a right to be." https://lewiscountywa.gov/sheriff/information-on-use-of-deadly-force

DEADLY FORCE – ISSUES TO CONSIDER

"The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of the people to keep and bear arms. The laws of the State of Washington define how one can carry a weapon and legally protect themselves.

While the right to keep and bear arms and the laws pertaining to use of force reside in separate documents, they are closely intertwined on issues of deadly force. The instrument of deadly force is not limited to a firearm and can be anything, including someone’s bare hands. 

It is your obligation to act in a responsible manner in exercising your right to keep and bear arms, and at the same time know and understand the laws governing the use of deadly force.

Over the years, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has investigated several encounters involving citizens using deadly force. Some of these incidents involved self-defense, others involved protection of property. Many times the use of deadly force was clearly justified, sometimes it was not, and occasionally it was ambiguous. In those cases where the use of force was not justified or ambiguous, the user of the force was charged and the matter put before the court system for determination.

As a law enforcement officer, I field many questions concerning the use of deadly force. Unfortunately, I often find confusion and misinformation exists among members of the public on this very important topic. The bottom line is…if you use deadly force, the law will protect you, but only if you have acted within the law. The decision to arm yourself is a personal choice, as is the choice to use deadly force in an encounter.

Before you decide to arm yourself with a weapon and be faced with the possibility of using deadly force, you should first and foremost arm yourself with the most valuable weapon of all – knowledge. Possessing advance knowledge of the limits of the law, the boundaries of your rights, and the capabilities of your weapon, will not only enhance your ability to effectively and safely react during a potential deadly force encounter, but will also increase your chances of surviving under the most stressful conditions." - Excerpt from above link.

The latest thing in Windows 10

posted Jun 29, 2018, 11:45 AM by Andrew Chadick

Want the latest thing in Windows 10 updates?  Skip ahead and join the insider program.  You get to see and test the latest advances before everyone else!  Some cool stuff awaits! 


Snipping Tool to be replaced- Insider Preview

posted Jun 29, 2018, 11:28 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 11:40 AM ]

One of my favorite tools built in to Win 10 has just been announced as being sunset.  The new tool, Screen Sketch is similar but has some new and interesting functionality.  I'm not thrilled to lose tried and true, but I'll give this one a go.


Windows 10 Insider Preview - Run apps with GPU

posted Jun 29, 2018, 11:18 AM by Andrew Chadick

The next Gen version of Windows 10 will allow you to run certain apps using your graphics processor!!  This is so cool!

RunwithGPU

Mail and Domain Tools

posted Jun 26, 2018, 10:01 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 7:32 AM ]

https://mxtoolbox.com/NetworkTools.aspx


SPF DKIM DMARC  Tests:  http://www.appmaildev.com

Great Tool for Double Checking everything:   www.whatsmydns.net

Google Maps and Waze

posted Jun 19, 2018, 7:06 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 8:02 AM ]

Ok, so this is a bit of a rant, but, I think it needs to be said.  Waze when it first came out was a breath of fresh air, it gave you maps, plotted your route, and allowed you to interact with the map to let the system know that there was trouble on the route, car accident, pot hole, weather issue, etc.  Other drivers were then alerted of the issue.  It was a good balance of information to you, and information from you.
Over time, Waze started to implement advertising, it was small at first, you would see fast food and gas station logos in your map as you drove along.  Not really a big deal.  Not a deal breaker.  You were still getting good information, and as a payment of that good info, you gave good information in return.  It also has a social media aspect to it, which I never dove in to, but it is there.  
Then I guess the small ads weren't enough, then full screen ads would pop up when ever you came to a stop.  What is wrong with that you might ask?  Well, for one thing, when you are following a map on your phone, even with it propped up in front of you, mounted on the dash, the only real time you have to actually "look" at your phone is when you are fully stopped. Usually at a traffic light.  This is your chance to actually figure out your route, where you are going next and what alternate course you may be considering.  It is at this time, prior to the new traffic law about touching your phone, your opportunity to update the system with traffic issues, congestion, etc. Now you have to touch, and talk to it, but that's a different issue...  Instead of just having interface issues, now, you have this ad to deal with too, which takes far too much time from the few seconds you are at a light.  
What bugs me the most about it, is that it threw off the in/out balance;  you were getting useful info, and you were paying Waze back with "your time and effort" to feed into the system.  Now, the Waze app not only asks for your input as payment, but also forces ads at you.   I put up with the ads for a long time, after logging tens of thousands of miles on the system.  I'm done though.  I can't stand the advertising.  No more full screen ads to deal with. I think Waze made a huge mistake, and its a shame because the system overall is good.  
But with no way to stop the ads, no way to buy out of them, its basically just an ad machine.  I can watch TV if I want ads pushed at me, I don't need it when I'm driving too.   I'm done with Waze.

Now just an interesting anecdote, Waze was created in Israel, and when I was there last year, I noticed that the program updated itself, and all the ads went away.  The moment I came back to the US, update again, then ads.  
I think that is such BS.  If you are going to force ads on everyone in the US, you should subject yourself to them as well.

Anyway, end of rant.

Gmail to Comcast.net or Q.com - Spam Filter issue

posted Jun 19, 2018, 2:37 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 12:03 PM ]

We use the Google Suite for our hosted email.  Up until recently an email to an @comcast.net address would have appeared to have been delivered to the recipient's inbox, but instead was actually being deleted by Comcast upon receipt from Google's email servers.  

We were actually being blocked by the Comcast spam filter.  Most of our messages were just going in to a black hole and not even seen in the recipient's spam folder.  There is a setting you have to engage in the settings of your Comcast mailbox that saves spam.  If you don't set it, Comcast just deletes it offhand.  Once an email is flagged as spam, and you have that setting engaged, the folder captures the message.  The user can then go in and individually mark an email as "not spam".  Then the message can be moved back to the inbox.
Comcast is not alone in this strict behavior, a few other vendors have stepped up their game in spam filtration, and anything from Google's email servers, including it's own gmail.com domain are scrutinized at a much higher level and may or may not be delivered as expected.

For example, Centurylink(Q.com), they, instead of a black hole, will just bounce back with:
The response from the remote server was:  554 5.7.1 [P4] Message blocked due to spam content in the message.  

What I found by playing with the issue, is that if I created a normal email to someone and sent it, and they said they didn't receive it, I would craft it again, but this time, I would select all text, and then hit the Tx button in the Google email tool.  That button turns the message in to Plain Text.  Make sure to keep it that way, and click send.  If they receive the message, then you can confirm that your domain is being blocked because of 'spam content'.  The spam content in this case is really just the use of HTML.  Not really spam.  It's a false positive that you pay the price for.  The settings at Comcast and Q.com are just higher than everyone else.

So... The First thing you need to do is search the Blacklists, and see if you are on any of them.  Just to make sure this isn't a more global issue.   MXToolBox is a great resource for most of your needs here.  If you come back clean, then proceed on.

The second thing to do is to look at your SPF record.  Sender Policy Framework (SPF) records allow domain owners to publish a list of IP addresses or subnets that are authorized to send email on their behalf.  The goal is to reduce the amount of spam and fraud by making it much harder for malicious senders to disguise their identity. Make sure to limit yourself to a max of 10 IP addresses.

Next you want to make sure you have DKIM set up and authenticating your messages. DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) lets an organization take responsibility for a message that is in transit.  The organization is a handler of the message, either as its originator or as an intermediary. Their reputation is the basis for evaluating whether to trust the message for further handling, such as delivery. Technically DKIM provides a method for validating a domain name identity that is associated with a message through cryptographic authentication.Set it to the highest allowed setting. Ensure that the control panel says it's authenticating, then check the behavior with an MX DKIM tool

Lastly, you need to set up DMARC. DMARC, which stands for “Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance”, is an email authentication, policy, and reporting protocol. It builds on the widely deployed SPF and DKIM protocols, adding linkage to the author (“From:”) domain name, published policies for recipient handling of authentication failures, and reporting from receivers to senders, to improve and monitor protection of the domain from fraudulent email.Confirm its working and reporting. Note: It takes about 48 hours once you have everything up and working, but after replication of all your changes, the email servers at Comcast and Q will start trusting your HTML emails once again.

Handy tool by Google for checking your domain: https://toolbox.googleapps.com/apps/checkmx/

To look up SMTP Error messages related to gmail, use this link:

Stuck Print Job? - Reminder

posted Jun 16, 2018, 4:38 PM by Andrew Chadick

Open Services:
Stop Print spool service

C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS
Delete all jobs in this window.

Start these services back up:
Print Spooler
LPD Service
Papercut Service

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