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Videos

Robin

Mork calling Orson, come in Orson!

This video gave me goosebumps. It’s my first time seeing Jamie Costa as Robin Williams and I swear it’s like seeing a young Robin again.

The nostalgia effect of Jamie’s costume and seeing the red space suit, brings me back to the 80s when I watched reruns of Mork and Mindy on TV. Amazing.

Thanks Cesar for sharing the video.

Damn it, I hate when links rot. The post I published on the day Robin died has a couple of links and a video which are no longer available. One link is behind a paywall, the other I’ve restored via archive.org but I have no idea what video I shared that day.

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Games

My Steam Account Was Hacked

Late on Thursday evening I received an email from an ex-Automattic friend who asked if my Steam account was compromised because he received a message from me saying,

[8:34 PM]
DOC: What’s up mate

[8:45 PM]
DOC: may i ask u favor?sorry for disturbing u btw

I don’t call anyone “mate”, I don’t use “u”, I use punctuation. It didn’t sound like me so it raised red flags immediately for him.

In a panic I checked my Steam account and I still had access to it. Steam Guard was still active and I hadn’t received any emails about changes to my account. Nevertheless I went through the process of changing my password.

A series of emails followed. I thought someone was impersonating my account but a screenshot showed the age of my account and account XP which is impossible (I presume) to fake.

Eventually I found out through a Reddit post that my account had been compromised.

There is a new scam going around where a friend will ask you to vote for a team to get the team into a competition for me it was Intel Extreme Masters they may use different names, but that is all I have encountered.

Posted by u/Accurate_Heart

That rung a bell for me. About two weeks ago someone messaged me on Steam and asked me to vote in a team logo competition on a website called roplautstar .com. I’m not hyperlinking that website because it has since changed how it works and simply shows a “Sign in through Steam” dialogue box.

roplaustar

Clicking on that button shows a fake “Login through Steam” popup.

roplauster fake login

At the time I was first asked I didn’t fill in the form. I was tired after a long day at work. I worried about linking my Steam account to this random website just to vote in some silly competition. So I forgot about it. Unfortunately they got back to me a few days later and asked again. I reasoned that if my Steam friend’s account had been compromised they would have noticed in that time and it must be legit so off I went and happily entered my login details and Steam Guard code and thought nothing more about it.

Until Thursday night.

Those emails and the revelation my Steam account was hacked is very upsetting. I pride myself on being very paranoid about logins. Especially on Steam where there are all sorts of scams to steal tradable goods, buy giftable games or launder money and more. I’ve been online for more than twenty years. How the hell could I have been hacked?

You should be asking yourself that too. You couldn’t possibly be hacked.

This fake login was very good, but there were signs I ignored because I saw the familiar “Valve Corp” in the address bar. Turns out it’s just an image you can download.

I should have been wary of a popup asking me for my Steam login, but half the time I use Steam in my browser I’m logged out due to inactivity so that didn’t raise alarm bells. I should have opened Steam in a new window to check if I was logged in.

If I had clicked on any of the links in that popup I would have been alerted to the scam. Firefox wouldn’t load the page in an iframe and gave an error.

But I didn’t. Why would I?

The popup is very believable. It features the window decoration of Windows 10 (close/minimize/maximize button) which should have tipped me off as I’m using a Mac. If I had tried moving the popup I would have discovered that it can only move in the bounds of the “parent” window. Hovering over the drag bar at the top changes the mouse pointer or an icon showing horizontal bars I’m not familiar with.

They had access to my account for about two weeks. They messaged four Steam friends with the same message. Luckily nobody clicked the link and two people ignored the initial “What’s up mate” greeting. I wish they had warned me via other means. One person was messaged on October 2nd and she could have contacted me on Facebook.

I went through the messages of all my friends checking who it was sent me the original message but I couldn’t find it. Maybe I’m blocked from seeing their messages.

What do you do if this happens to you?

  1. Change your password immediately.
  2. Check your Steam Friend Chat Log. You’ll see who you talked to recently but it only goes back 7 days from what I can see.
  3. Go through your friend list in the chat and see who is blocked.
  4. Unblock any you find and check that they did not get a suspicious link and tell them you were hacked. Tell them to change their password if they had entered their Steam credentials in that site.
  5. Check your Steam Login History. All my most recent logins are in Ireland except for about six that are all in Russia. Why doesn’t Steam alert me when I login from a different country?
  6. The Steam Account Data page is very useful. Thanks GDPR.

If you receive an unusual message from a friend try to contact them through some other means. Do you know them on Facebook or Twitter? There’s no harm, and they will be very relieved to find out there was a problem.

Be careful online. You will be hacked eventually.

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Photography

The old Nik Collection is still free

After the sunset, edited in Silver Efex Pro 2

Nik Collection 4.0 was announced recently but comments here say that if you have a previous version it always shows an update warning that can’t be turned off.

Within a couple weeks of usage, I received the on-screen notification when launching the software below telling me to update. However, clicking on that “Install Now” button neither downloads nor installs a software update but instead, takes me back to the DxO website and prompts me to purchase brand new software.

If you’re curious, the original Nik Collection that was made free by Google in 2016 still works. You can grab it on Mac and Windows from this page at archive.org.

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tv

Who’s on first?

I love this sketch.

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C64

Old Media

Apart from old consoles I have only one computer with a CD/DVD drive. There are a couple of radio/CD players around the house but they’re never used.

I have a large wallet of “backup DVDs” in the attic that I made more than 10 years ago. The files on them are my photos that are on multiple drives and in cloud storage too. Probably a good thing as the discs are likely unreadable by now.

I also have one machine that reads 5.25″ discs from the early 1990s so you might realise where my priorities lie.

The resurgence of vinyl records may well be fuelled by the realisation that people like to have and hold physical objects.

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Email

Spam as Gaeilge

Tá seic do chiste ($ 2.5 milliún) curtha i dtaisce againn trí roinn Western Union tar éis ár gcruinnithe deiridh maidir le do chiste. Níl le déanamh agat ach teagmháil a dhéanamh le Stiúrthóir Western Union, an Dr. Ferdinand Umeh trí sheoladh ríomhphoist, tabharfaidh sé treoracha duit maidir le conas do chiste iomlán a fháil.

“WESTERN UNION”

You’d think that after going to all the trouble to hack a mail server the spammers would realise that 99% of people in Ireland speak English and the vast majority don’t speak any Irish at all.

Gmail picked it up as spam anyway. Better luck next time.

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Cork

Great Parking

I was back and forth to the car a few times while we were in town. Each time there was someone trying to reverse into that space before realising they wouldn’t make it.

Until an old Nissan Micra pulled up and reversed in like a champ. I hope they had room to get their car door open.

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Linux

Happy birthday Linux!

The Linux kernel is 30 years old today. I used a Linux distribution for my desktop for a good 10 years or so starting in the late nineties. Oh, how we laughed when people said, “this would be the year of the Linux desktop”!

Linux was always strong on the server but it still struggles as a desktop OS. Steamdeck will help in a small way with that, but it really won on mobile phones as the kernel of all Android phones.

Here’s to the next 30 years. I wonder what changes those years will bring.

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C64

Freespin – a 1541 demo

Demos come in all shapes and sizes, 4k, 64k, intros, demos and more, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen a demo running on a Commodore 64 disc drive, or 1541 drive. You can read more about it on the Freespin homepage.

The 1541 family of drives have the same CPU as the Commodore 64 so adapting code to run on it will be easy for anyone familiar with the machine but what’s different here is that the drive is hooked up directly to the monitor to display the demo.

Sound is supplied by the drive, and as expected is the usual buzzing sounds until the end when it changes and becomes slightly more musical.

Worth a watch, even if you have no interest in demos. The idea of running software on a disc drive like this blows my mind!

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Ireland

Murphy’s, first of the year.

Outside dining FTW.