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Internet Connectivity / Re: Broadband speed checkers
« on: May 29, 2019, 12:46:09 am »
Oops. OneDrive doesn't support linux. I suppose that's obvious, if I'd thought about it....

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Internet Connectivity / Re: Broadband speed checkers
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:55:26 pm »
Blimey. Not "hyper-accurate" hardly begins to cover it.

I've just tried four within a few minutes of each other.

Netflix 19Mbps
AT&T 55.5Mbps
Broadbandspeedchecker 70Mbps
Testmy.net 7.4Mbps

My router says 72.98Mbps.

I think I'll create a 999Mb file and upload it to OneDrive. Then I can upload and download it to my heart's content and time it myself.

Can you see any reason why that wouldn't be more accurate?

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Internet Connectivity / Broadband speed checkers
« on: May 17, 2019, 11:34:13 pm »
Upgraded our broadband recently, and pretty happy with the results - especially as it got BT out of the equation and costs less than the previous, much slower, deal.

However, I've tried multiple broadband speed checkers and get wildly differing results - from 6mbs to 65mbs. Just wondering whether anyone has any clues..

I'm thinking of creating a large file I can upload and download at will with one eye on the clock. I know someone is offering me 5gb of free cloud space, but I can't remember who. I'd never entrust my real data to the cloud, but a big folder of meaningless test data is a different proposition.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Partitioning SSD
« on: May 09, 2019, 01:21:16 am »
Just a thought. It sounds like your data is important to you (as it should be - data is really the whole point of a computer).

The safest way to protect data is by backing up to a different physical drive/cd/dvd.

I've lost count of the HDDs that have failed on me, but backups have preserved my data. I even keep a couple in my locker at work, in case of burglary/fire.

And I've given up installing more than one drive in a computer because I got fed up with expensive, branded PSUs failing and killing disks. These days, my data lives on external drives, each with it's own power supply.

Call me Mr Paranoid, but I've come to realise that PSUs and HDDs are unreliable, and the only really important component in a computer is data. Everything else can be recreated...

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General Help & Advice / Re: Virtualbox machines failing to start
« on: April 20, 2019, 07:24:04 pm »
Mark, you've done it again! Thank you.

VB is back up and running nicely.

I had to install the extension pack before it would work - something to do with the version of USB 2 I'd set up in the VMs. Having done that, it's fine.

Thanks again.

Mike

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General Help & Advice / Re: Virtualbox machines failing to start
« on: April 02, 2019, 08:50:56 pm »
I'll do as you suggest in the next couple of days Mark, but first I'll back up my VMs, especially as we're doing a fresh install rather than an update.

I'll report back asap.

Thanks.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Virtualbox machines failing to start
« on: March 30, 2019, 09:46:59 pm »
mike@xubuntu:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=16.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=xenial
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS"
mike@xubuntu:~$ dpkg -l | grep virtualbox
ii  virtualbox-5.2                              5.2.22-126460~Ubuntu~xenial                amd64        Oracle VM VirtualBox
mike@xubuntu:~$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list | grep -i virtualbox
###### Oracle VirtualBox repo
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian trusty contrib
mike@xubuntu:~$

I checked the links you provided, but half the info went over my head!
VB keeps offering me an upgrade to vn 5.2.26, but I've been leaving well alone thus far. I'm willing to give it a go though - I just hope I don't lose my VMs in the process.....

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General Help & Advice / Re: Virtualbox machines failing to start
« on: March 29, 2019, 11:05:04 pm »
Here are the three commands..

mike@xubuntu:~$ sudo /sbin/vboxconfig
[sudo] password for mike:
vboxdrv.sh: Stopping VirtualBox services.
vboxdrv.sh: Starting VirtualBox services.
vboxdrv.sh: Building VirtualBox kernel modules.
vboxdrv.sh: failed: Look at /var/log/vbox-setup.log to find out what went wrong.

There were problems setting up VirtualBox.  To re-start the set-up process, run
  /sbin/vboxconfig
as root.
mike@xubuntu:~$ uname -a
Linux xubuntu 4.4.0-143-generic #169-Ubuntu SMP Thu Feb 7 07:56:38 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
mike@xubuntu:~$ dpkg -l | grep linux-modules
ii  linux-modules-4.4.0-143-generic             4.4.0-143.169                              amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
ii  linux-modules-extra-4.4.0-143-generic       4.4.0-143.169                              amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 4.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
mike@xubuntu:~$ ^C
mike@xubuntu:~$


and here's /var/log/vbox-setup.log

(click to show/hide)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Virtualbox machines failing to start
« on: March 28, 2019, 08:56:30 pm »
Thanks Mark,

I ran the first two commands. Module-assistant got installed but everything else was already on the newest version.

The third command fails because vboxdrv doesn't exist in etc/init.d/

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General Help & Advice / Re: Virtualbox machines failing to start
« on: March 26, 2019, 12:41:53 am »
Anyone? Was it something I said?  :-\

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General Help & Advice / Virtualbox machines failing to start [Solved]
« on: March 19, 2019, 08:38:39 pm »
My working installation of Virtualbox has just stopped working. I haven't made any changes, so I assume a recent update broke it.

The error is as follows.
Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Windows XP.

The virtual machine 'Windows XP' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1 (0x1).

Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
Component: MachineWrap
Interface: IMachine {85cd948e-a71f-4289-281e-0ca7ad48cd89}

Followed by..
Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or
there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the
kernel module by executing

'/sbin/vboxconfig'

as root.

where: suplibOsinit what: 3 VERR_VM_DRIVER_NOT_INSTALLED
(-1908) - The support driver is not installed. On linux, open returned
ENOENT.


I've tried running vboxconfig, but that failed as follows,

mike@xubuntu:~$ sudo /sbin/vboxconfig
[sudo] password for mike:
vboxdrv.sh: Stopping VirtualBox services.
depmod: WARNING: could not open /lib/modules/4.4.0-141-generic/modules.order: No such file or directory
depmod: WARNING: could not open /lib/modules/4.4.0-141-generic/modules.builtin: No such file or directory
vboxdrv.sh: Starting VirtualBox services.
vboxdrv.sh: Building VirtualBox kernel modules.
vboxdrv.sh: failed: Look at /var/log/vbox-setup.log to find out what went wrong.

There were problems setting up VirtualBox.  To re-start the set-up process, run
  /sbin/vboxconfig
as root.
mike@xubuntu:~$ sudo /sbin/vboxconfig
vboxdrv.sh: Stopping VirtualBox services.
vboxdrv.sh: Starting VirtualBox services.
vboxdrv.sh: Building VirtualBox kernel modules.
vboxdrv.sh: failed: Look at /var/log/vbox-setup.log to find out what went wrong.

There were problems setting up VirtualBox.  To re-start the set-up process, run
  /sbin/vboxconfig
as root.
mike@xubuntu:~$

Any suggestions much appreciated. Virtualbox keeps telling me a new version is avaiable but so far I haven't upgraded. I'm now thinking that might fix this problem..



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General Discussion / Re: Email hacked?
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:19:12 pm »
Thanks Mark,

I only access my email account from my linux PC or via my android phone. I suspect android - and, in fact, everything google. My next phone will be an iphone.

The two outgoing emails I definitely did not send must represent some sort of breach though, whether a browser hack or a virus in an incoming email.

There doesn't seem to have been any other suspect activity since I changed my password though. I'm keeping a careful eye on it. I still haven't reconnected my phone to the account (the fact that it got disconnected in the first place also seems to suggest a problem)...

Thanks SeZo,

Sounds perfectly plausible. There lies the problem. Who do we trust? Would a non-web mail be more secure? Haven't had one of them for years..

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General Discussion / Re: Email hacked?
« on: February 22, 2019, 11:00:37 pm »
Thanks Rich,

I've tried the site and it says I'm ok as far as data breaches are concerned, which is good. But it doesn't prove that neither I nor any of my contacts haven't been targeted by malware.

The real worry is that my account sent two emails to recipients I don't know, but with a subject line referring to a social group I do know, suggesting that some piece of malware is using address books to spread itself. More worrying is that those 2 emails were sent despite the fact that I'm running linux, so presumably it's a browser-hack. Hopefully any payload contained in an email is sitting on my computer looking in vain for Windows files, but I don't like to think that such payloads can be transmitted from my computer to my contacts, who probably ARE running Windows/playing russian roulette (delete as appropriate).

M

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General Discussion / Re: Email hacked?
« on: February 21, 2019, 06:31:05 pm »
I can't be sure it wasn't my phone trying to sync, but I can't be sure it was.

But it baffles me why the IP lookup suggests three possible locations hundreds of miles apart, and why my phone suddenly stopped syncing with outlook. And Microsoft seems to think something suspect was happening...

I think outlook does offer two factor authentication. Will look into it, although I don't really like giving MS my phone number. Mind you, Google has it by default. How much worse could it get?

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General Discussion / Re: Email hacked?
« on: February 21, 2019, 01:00:42 am »
Thanks Mark,

So what would you do in these circumstances? I changed my password, and have noticed no further suspect activity so far..

Also, any thoughts on what happened? Phone hack, computer hack, 3rd party computer hack, browser hack? I'd appreciate your opinion...

M

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