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Minecraft now lets you export your creations in 3D — but only on Windows 10

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 Minecraft players will now be able to easily save their in-game creations as 3D models. A new update adds the capability, but it’s among the few features that can only be enjoyed by players on the Windows 10 edition of the game. Read More




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It’s just gotten a lot easier to reprint keys from photographs

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 If you’re in the business of opening locked doors for business or pleasure, it just got a little easier. Using a parametric file for SCAD, you can easily recreate a Kwikset key with a few keystrokes. Kwikset is particularly vulnerable because it has only five pins and five positions – 1 being not cut at all and 5 being cut very deeply. This means you can look at an image of a… Read More




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Denver Failed To Land Boeing. Now It's Using Lifestyle To Woo Amazon

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Denver is pitching its high quality of life to draw Amazon to build a new headquarters there.

Boeing picked Chicago instead when it was looking for a new headquarters in 2001. This time around, Denver is pitching its quality of life to draw Amazon to build a new headquarters there.

(Image credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Amazon Denver. Hmmm.
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KRACK WPA2 exploits, which only partially affect iOS, have reportedly been patched in iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
KRACK WPA2 exploits, which only partially affect iOS, have reportedly been patched in iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas  —  Apple has already patched serious vulnerabilities in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks, the company told iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning.

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Go Apple.
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Microsoft issued Windows patch for KRACK exploits; Android fix expected in "coming weeks", first to Pixels; researchers: devices with Android 6.0+ are affected (Tom Warren/The Verge)

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft issued Windows patch for KRACK exploits; Android fix expected in “coming weeks”, first to Pixels; researchers: devices with Android 6.0+ are affected  —  Technology companies are starting to respond to a new Wi-Fi exploit affecting all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption.

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"coming weeks" ... hmmm.
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NetBeeze Quickstart (by Tony Fortunato)

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There is no shortage of utilities, applications and full blown network troubleshooting systems out there.  Some are free, and some cost a pretty penny.  Spoiler alert, they ALL have their place in the analysts’ toolbox.

When I present or work with a client, I explain the tools only accounts to 50% of the equation to successfully fixing a problem.  The other 50% is split between knowledge and practice. Think about it for a moment, anyone can buy a pocket knife, but only a few of us can carve something recognizable out of a block of wood.

NetBeez provides a very helpful free version of its product so you can get a feel of what it can do and where it might fit into your specific environment.  In the past I would have to figure out how to schedule, report results and then compile them for a report. Any one of those challenges would immediately turn off most analysts since we have plenty on our plates already.

Look at good old ping for a moment. Sure anyone can ping something

I tested the free virtual appliance, which you can find here https://netbeez.net/product/plans/netbeez-free. The free version supports; one agent, three targets, 1 user, Cloud server account, SMTP alerts, 1 and week data storage which is plenty for me and some of my clients who tried it.

Setup is pretty simple, go to NetBeez and create a cloud account and download their ova file. I used VMWARE workstation with no issues.

Some of the measurements that I tested are:

  • PING, Packet Loss, Round-Trip Time,
  • TCP-based PING test, Round-Trip Time, Packet Loss, Custom port numbers
  • DNS Availability, Query time
  • HTTP Availability, Response time
  • Traceroute using TCP/UDP/ICMP protocol
  • iPerf • TCP Download and Upload speed test

I have provided the full list of tests in the video or you can go to the NetBeez site using the following link http://resources.netbeez.net/hubfs/Resources-PDF/NetBeez_Specs.pdf NetBeez can also perform wireless monitoring such as recording signal strength and link quality which requires their Raspberry wireless solution.

The cloud option makes the product very handy since I don’t need to figure out a way to access the test computer or spend time summarizing the results.

Here is a sample iperf results where I documented the impact of microwave on my Wifi network at noon.  You can clearly see the performance drop.

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Don’t forget, documenting the issue is half the battle since you need something to reference when you make changes.

In the accompanying video, I show you some of the setup screens and results. The help screens and video which should be enough to get you going.

 

 



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