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  1. And no, I can't find a link, because my memories were wrong. The Tor team recommends Tor as it always did. Complete and sincere apologies. What stays is that the newspaper's blog can presently censor me despite Tor.
  2. Thank you for your well-argumented and documented opinion!
  3. Thank you!
  4. Hello you all! I couldn't find the option to move the "Program files" folder in TeakUI v2.10 (also known as TweakXP) running on Xp as I used to do in W2k, so I moved the folder using TweakUI v1.33 (the one for W2k). Meanwhile the XP works imperfectly, and I don't have the computer at hand to experiment further. Hence the question: Can the "Program files" folder be moved in XP? Is it safe to do this?
  5. Sad, but... From my observations, Tor is defeated in Europe. I'm covertly censored on one newspaper's blog. First noticed as some keywords combined with my name triggered an automatic censorship that raised a false "error 503" (further experiments showed that my messages passed through without my name, or by reformulating the contents, while my name and the keywords repeatably trigger the so-called error 503, even by retrying seconds apart). For some time I could continue posting by using other names. Then my IP address was censored, but I could go on by hiding my IP address using Tor. Just like in any other dictatorship, you know. Since Bernard Cazeneuve's visit to De Maizière and the subsequent European agreement (to combat terrorism of course), even Tor doesn't get through. From my observations, it could be that the European governmental agencies have identified nearly all the nodes of the Tor network. Keep also in mind that the Tor team now advises not to use it.
  6. It wasn't my job and I was questioned over several fully unofficial channels, so I can and do speak about it. The query was about destroying hard disk drives because the owners feared the data could be recovered after erasure. Why they didn't want a multi-pass erasure, I don't know. The query was around 2010, definitely after 2004 and before 2012, but the scrapped disks can perfectly have been older than perpendicular recording - weapons for instance use old hardware often. And given the general degree of paranoia of the people who indirectly asked me how to destroy the Hdd (I strongly suppose the French secret services), it doesn't need a workable method of data recovery: they would destroy the disks just on the remote suspicion of a possibility. This latest linked document supports your claim that perpendicular recording makes one-pass erasure safe. Though, not all technology is known. For instance, tunnel effect microscopes can detect the spin of individual atoms. The latest Pdf's argument was about magnetization force, but tunnel microscopes would read locations where the write head didn't pass exactly over the data to overwrite it.
  7. A single overwrite with zeroes is obviously enough against most attacks. On the other hand, "someone" (which means a secret service or a defence agency) questioned me few years ago over several channels, one of them linked with the French secret services, exactly about how to make disposed magnetic hard disk impossible to read, so at least the interrogation is very real if not the possibility. Also, people should tackle this potential risk depending on who the attacker can be, rather than depending on their own identity or activity. In 2017 you can't reasonably claim that secret services work against terrorists. This is not paranoia, it's thinking honestly within real life. Since overwriting a disk several times is no significant stress - only a big time consumption - I do recommend a safe erase to all people supposing a read attempt by a secret service, just like Peter Gutmann still does in the misquoted paper. ---------- Mind reading machines have been around for at least 30 years, about as long as the imaging radars they probably use to map the brain's activity in real time from a very limited distance. But since one can protect himself against these machines with a tinfoil hat, it's still useful to make disks unreadable, indeed. The study by MIT student is a bunch of nonsense produced by people too little skilled on electromagnetism. They even took argument of the propagation of a magnetic field at 200kHz to infer what should happen to an electromagnetic field at few GHz, the probable band of mind-reading devices. Nor is an attenuation a good argument when the goal is to prevent the acquisition of an image. Interestingly, you can observe how some people tell "tinfoil hat" as a synonym for "whacko". This is a method to suggest that tinfoil hats don't work or address a wrong concern. Better take a few plies of space blanket for you hat: it's more comfortable than aluminium foil and it resists corrosion.
  8. You mean, over 4GB on 32-bit Xp? The Sp3 is a hint to the 32-bit version. So, using the Pae, each task (or application?) can access its own 4GB, like in Server Windows, up to the 64GB Dram, is that it?
  9. Your quote is about using MFM, not about using any method. It stands that the author still recommends multi-pass erasure software. "No attack published" isn't the perfect argument. In 1975 the chief of an embassy's encrypted transmissions invited me in his department and told me about knowing what someone types on the keyboard or reads on the screen through the unwanted radiations. The public heard about "Tempest" in 1995 more or less, and it had been operational meanwhile, since some people used it during their military service. So, yes, things exist that the public isn't aware of, even over decades.
  10. Fun. Offline computers can be useful for games too, but a PIII doesn't run recent ones. And, yes, I'd know someone who uses a computer to type letters, but she has already all she needs. I modernized her computer to 200MHz P1mmx, 128MB FPM, 7200rpm 80GB single-platter disk on RocketRaid-100 for UDMA, and installed W95b and o97 on it. Rock-solid for >10 years, <10s boot time, zero-delay Office. No need to propose her an upgrade.
  11. Grazie Jaclaz! I should have made clearer that said PC would not be for me but for normal users without knowledge of hardware, OS and the like. This disqualifies Haiku for that job, despite the attempt is naturally sympathetic. I'll have a deeper look at Vector Linux. My short attempts with Kaella, Ubuntu (v9) and Mint (v14) were encouraging before these got bloated too, and for the users I consider, which have never had a computer, there is no compatibility worry. I just wonder if there is some small browser that displays the sites properly in 2017. Meanwhile, Firefox 50 on Xp takes 590MB just for Msfn, porca miseria! If not, that computer will still be fantastic offline, then with Win Me (8s boot) and Office 97 (no perceivable delay on first launch), but I know nobody needing an offline computer right now.
  12. Thanks for the link to the paper! I read quite the opposite conclusions in it. The paper states that the "Epilogue" section(s) are updated. There, I read: "You never need to perform all 35 passes" [because you can target the specific writing method, so you can reduce the passes]. "For any modern PRML/EPRML drive, a few passes of random scrubbing is the best you can do". [My emphasis] In the Further Epilogue [my rewording]: other people didn't succeed reading data overwritten once. That's because they used the wrong technique. In the Recommendations: "to delete individual files under Windows I use Eraser" [which is a multi-pass eraser], "To erase entire drives I use DBAN" [again a multi-pass eraser] So unless I missed something, perpendicular recording didn't change the picture, and the author still recommends multipass erasure.
  13. Presently, I have a PIII Tualatin computer on my desk, with no use. 1400MHz/133MHz/512kB Cpu (TDP 32W), oversized cooler, Ga-6oxt with i815ep+ich2, 512MB pc133 2-2-2-5, if needed R9600xt. Has worked flawlessly for the past 10 years until replacement 2 weeks ago.
  14. Installing W2k from a Usb stick is known to be non-standard at all. There is a special project here just for that. Even to install W2ksp4 from a Cd drive on Usb rather than P-Ata or S-Ata, you can have worries. Some MS Usb patches exist just for that.
  15. Thanks a lot for the download address of Google Earth! It must be installed from a session with admin rights (if not, the installer fails silently...) then it runs from an Xp poweruser session and maybe from a normal user session, and is multilingual. Built-in display of Pdf in Firefox: yes, but it doesn't fill Pdf forms, that's why I do bother with Foxit. I've noted down carefully the archive pages for Firefox, Opera, Flash Player, Java. But as a seasoned W2k user, I want to warn the Xp users that archive webpages use to disappear without warning, don't mention the program's language all too often, give wrong information about what Windows can run the application, tend to become incomplete as time passes, and so on. It is paramount not to rely on them, but instead note down this information and store the complete installers on one's hard disk. Check for instance Google Earth's download page: it offers only v7.1 and v6.2, without any indication about what version fits W2k or W98-Me. Within 2 years, the information about Xp compatibility will be lost ( versus will become "take v7") and the full installers will have vanished. Right now is the proper time to download and make notes.