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    One of NordVPN node has been breached. I have been a big evangelist (unofficial) of them but right now I'm not going to use them until the dust settles. NordVPN says all is well. Some others say it's not so I'm waiting and seeing.

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    Anyone here have any alternatives they could recommend instead of NordVPN?

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    Cisco's Anyconnect vpn

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    Since a few days the program Mailbird (for Windows 10) doesn't work anymore: SMTP server error. I was advised by Mailbird help to reinstall everything from scratch, but I keep getting stuck in the initiation phase of 'edit settings'. What to do?

    I found the solution: change Gmail's settings to 'allow less secure apps'. That will do the trick.
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    A group of cybercriminals calling themselves the “Shadow Kill Hackers” has reportedly attacked the City of Johannesburg (South Africa) administration website — and is threatening to upload the stolen data on the internet unless it receives a Bitcoin BTC ransom.

    Several city employees said they received a ransom note saying: “All your servers and data have been hacked. We have dozens of back doors inside your city. We have control of everything in your city. We also compromised all passwords and sensitive data such as finance and personal population information.

    https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2019...0k-in-bitcoin/

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    Quote Originally Posted by TxllxT View Post
    Since a few days the program Mailbird (for Windows 10) doesn't work anymore: SMTP server error. I was advised by Mailbird help to reinstall everything from scratch, but I keep getting stuck in the initiation phase of 'edit settings'. What to do?

    I found the solution: change Gmail's settings to 'allow less secure apps'. That will do the trick.
    This morning the same trouble returned. Strange, all settings were kept unchanged and now Mailbird is in limbo...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TxllxT View Post
    This morning the same trouble returned. Strange, all settings were kept unchanged and now Mailbird is in limbo...
    I looked around a little bit to see if I could find someone that had your exact problem. I didn't see anyone or FAQ that gave a solution so I would just create a support request and let them tell you what to do. Most of these companies are pretty good about getting back to you. They'll probably be able to give you the answer what to do.

    https://support.getmailbird.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luchesi View Post
    A group of cybercriminals calling themselves the “Shadow Kill Hackers” has reportedly attacked the City of Johannesburg (South Africa) administration website — and is threatening to upload the stolen data on the internet unless it receives a Bitcoin BTC ransom.

    Several city employees said they received a ransom note saying: “All your servers and data have been hacked. We have dozens of back doors inside your city. We have control of everything in your city. We also compromised all passwords and sensitive data such as finance and personal population information.

    https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2019...0k-in-bitcoin/
    At first I thought this was ransomware and thought they should pay. With what they are demanding though I might not. If Johannesburg has been breached so badly, they'll probably try to sell the info on the dark web anyway. My guess is that they could get more than $30,000 for the information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haydnguy View Post
    At first I thought this was ransomware and thought they should pay. With what they are demanding though I might not. If Johannesburg has been breached so badly, they'll probably try to sell the info on the dark web anyway. My guess is that they could get more than $30,000 for the information.
    I really don't know what the opinion is among TC members, but I think penalties for hacking should be much more severe. These hackers affect many many thousands of people and unless prison sentences have been increased since the last one I read about, they get off too lightly in my opinion.

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    For those interested in the history of some of the most potentially dangerous hacking beginning several years ago to the present that reads like thriller, get the book (available also on Audible) Sandworm, just released a day ago. It also provides a concise history of Ukraine related to Russia, particularly interesting given the subject in present-day American election-related politics. I can’t put it down. It will hit the best-seller lists pretty quickly.

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    Since most cell phones today are essentially computers, I'll post this here:
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
    --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Put tape over the lens

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    I want to transfer some cassettes to CD and wondered if there is an easy way to do it. I have a cheap portable cassette player with a headphone jack so if I can plug a male male line into that and into the microphone jack on my computer (assuming I have a microphone jack--think so), then the sound can feed in. All i need then is a program to capture the sound and convert it to mp3 or whatever. I have Linux so it would likely be something off the Linux provided programs. I haven't looked yet so maybe the answer is staring me in the face when I do. I remember when I wanted to subtitle an opera video, I found a program on Linux and it worked out well (PM me if you want the opera Martha from German television with my subtitles).
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
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    Audacity runs on linux, I think. I have used it for editing audio files, I think it can record as well.
    There are two kinds of music, good music and the other kind. - Duke Ellington.

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    Audacity.................................... should be easy to find in the software manager or just use apt
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