• New Site: https://ipinfo.idstein-online.com

    Hi everybody,

    ever wanted to know a quick way to see, what your IP-Address is and where the web thinks you are located based on the IP? Check out here: https://ipinfo.idstein-online.com. The page is still under construction, but already does what it should do. Have fun!

    Take care!

    Markus


  • Brexit – UK referendum to leave the EU

    Dear all out there,

    Today we may have witnessed an historical day, comparable maybe only to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 or 9/11. I stated both these events on purpose, as we do not yet know if this will turn out to be an historical good or an historical bad day in the history books of the future. My guess: it will be more comparable to 9/11 than to the Berlin Wall. Already, a lot of right-wing leaders within the EU announced that similar referendums should be held in their countries, and an independent Scotland willing to join the EU will not be able to make up on all the future events that may have triggered by the UK vote.

    Let me get things straight: I adore the UK people for such a bold move, and it is their good right to vote for such a change. Nevertheless I consider the UK as an important part of the EU. A EU without the UK loses a lot of strength, as does the UK, if it comes to that. I hope, the future will prove me wrong, but I see this as a bad thing for both EU and UK. As a big fan of the UK as a whole (except, maybe, for the Irish, you will nowhere in Europe find people more friendly, welcoming and open, that’s why this vote especially shocked me), I am afraid there will be sorrowful days ahead of us all.

    So, I wish you all the best in the coming days, also to David Cameron, even if he’s probably to blame for playing poker not only with his country, but with the whole continent, if not the world as a whole, just for the sake of securing another 4 years in the government.

    BTW: Just as a warning for people in other countries falling for big fake people asking their people to leave the EU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0ktojE6WQA


  • Perfect Spread for Toasted Sandwich

    Hi everybody,

    In my last post I explained a simple way to get the perfect toasted sandwich from the oven and hinted that there are some quite simple ways to create great-tasting spreads as a basis for the sandwiches. Well, here is one:

    • Cut 1/4 of an onion to small pieces
    • Add a piece of garlic, sliced
    • Add a pickled pepperoncini (or a piece of pepper/paprika)
    • Add other vegetables according to taste (olives, mushrooms, corn,… whatever you think may taste great)
    • Add as much mustard (I use Austrian Estragon, but every mustard should be fine as long as it is not too hot) that you can create a smooth paste

    Spread the created paste on the sandwiches as a base, add ham, bacon, pepperoni, salami according to your taste and a slice of cheese (Cheddar is very good, but also Gouda, Emmentaler or every other cheese may suit perfectly).

    Well, just try a little bit, whatever I do and try, the toasted sandwiches always taste great!

    Have fun!


  • Perfect Toasted Sandwich from the Oven

    Hi everybody,

    Long time, no see… Sorry, a lot of things in my head. Well, recently I dumped my sandwich toaster, a device, appliance, actually, I only used about five to six times a year. Nevertheless, it took up some room in a kitchen cupboard. I had really thought that we needed it, but recently I discovered a very good way to toast sandwiches in a standard oven that is found in every kitchen anyway. Well, here is how it works to make outside crispy and golden, but inside hot and soft toasted sandwiches:

    • Prepare sandwiches as used to (well, if you need ideas for some spread, please read my next post)
    • Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees Celsius (about 480 degrees Fahrenheit) upper/lower heat
    • Put the sandwiches on the middle rack
    • Bake for about 4 to 5 minutes (check the color and decide, here it depends on the kind of bread you are using)
    • Turn the sandwiches
    • Bake for another 3 minutes

    Well, and your’re done!

    Bon apetite!


  • Website Suspended Spam

    Hi everybody,

    Yesterday I received a strange E-Mail (Subject: Domain IDSTEIN-ONLINE.COM Suspension Notice)

    from my host provider, stating that my Domain has been suspended after several complaints about my page. Well, I have not heard anything about that yet, I wondered. Nevertheless, it seemed to come from my host provider Dreamhost and stated my website address. It also gave a link to a page, where the list of complaints could be downloaded.

    Well after checking the domain name of the link: It’s crap, bollocks! If you ever receive such an E-Mail (currently they seem to be sent for several host providers, using the data from the public Directory), don’t click the link. It tries to download Ransomware, obviously. Also check the following links for additional info: (obviously these are not yet recognised by a lot of AV-Scanners)

    https://www.virustotal.com/de/url/b912c7654fc1115f51bc03afea03dbf58d58e5961cab9731847986f9482659ea/analysis/1446297314/

    https://www.virustotal.com/de/file/913f7b9eb7d94a3eb76c384c5efc9db3f87de131b0b4f7835d5122fbcaf426d2/analysis/1446252138/

    http://blog.dynamoo.com/2015/10/malware-spam-domain-domain-suspension.html

    http://domainnamewire.com/2015/10/26/warning-domain-name-phishing-email-blast-going-on-right-now/

    So, take care when opening e-mails and expecially links in e-mails. Always activate Brain 2.0 :-).

    Markus


  • RIP Wes Craven

    On the 30th of August, a great filmmaker has left the earth. If you like horror/slasher movies, you will also mourn the death of Wes Craven, one of the biggest in this category (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Craven).

    RIP Wes Craven, we will miss you!


  • chart.apis.google.com error in Internet Explorer 11

    It seems there is a problem with the chain of referrers with IE 11.

    If I try to connect with IE11 to http://chart.apis.google.com, it seems I am referred to https://chart.apis.google.com – the check of the security certificate here fails and exceptions to the rule are not allowed.
    If I try to connect with Firefox to http://chart.apis.google.com, I seem to get referred to https://developers.google.com/chart/?csw=1 direcly, which works. If I try to connect to the https://chart.apis.google.com, I also see a fail of the check of the security certificate and the rule permits to add the page to the exception pages.

    It seems to me, that IE11 is trying to always connect to the SSL-version of a website, which in this case fails, because the certificate is not valid.

    The solution to this is obviously to replace all instances of “chart.apis.google.com” to chart.googleapis.com”

    Have a nice day!


  • Ways to resolve error code 0xc0000260 when upgrading to Windows 10 on a VirtualBox

    Hello everybody,

    Another post about upgrading to Windows 10, this time on an Oracle VirtualBox. Well, after several failed attempts, the following setting solved it for me: In the settings of the virtual machine, click the “Enable PAE/NX” to activated (find the detailled description with a screenshot here: http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/4032-your-pc-needs-repaired-error-0xc0000260-2.html?s=c8602c42ab3c48baaa23fbbb324e5557.

    Please be aware though, that for this to work in the BIOS of your host system the virtualisation support has to be activated (e.g. AMD-V, VT-x). After that, the installation was snooth and made not any problems whatsoever!

    Good luck!


  • Ways to resolve error code 80240020 when upgrading to Windows 10

    Hello everybody,

    As probably a lot of people lately, I tried to get some of my devices to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. However, it was not easy, since I was not one of the first in the queue for MS obviously.

    Well, anyway, there are some descriptions out there how to force your Windows to download the update (if you are not good with Google, take a look here for example: http://www.itechtics.com/download-internet-explorer-all-versions/). Anyway, if you are looking for the error code 80240020, that my Asus convertible displayed after I did this, most pages will just suggest to retrace that steps over and over again.

    Now, after downloading about 2 GB of data (thanks, flatrate broadband!) for 3 times, I realized that a corrupt Download- or DataStore could not be the right solution. Therefore, I did some more research and stumbled over a page by Microsoft themselves, that suggested to add or create a registry key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade\AllowOSUpgrade] to 0x0000001 (DWORD-type). The detailed solution can be found here: http://answers.microsoft.com/de-de/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/windows-10-fehlercode-80240020/5404b1f0-aa17-440e-848a-2dff0ace41c9?auth=1

    As always, please be cautions when changing anything in the registry, because I cannot take any responsibility for any crashed computers :-).


  • TTIP – Or: The miracle of mining money without losers

    Hello everybody,

    Today’s topic is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (short: TTIP): Basically, it is an agreement between the USA and the EU regarding lifting some obstacles that appeared when selling from the USA to the EU or vice versa. On the whole, one should think that this is a good idea. Well, maybe it is, who knows? Nevertheless, there are some points, that made me thinking:

    • Politicians (even the ones in the EU, that we did not actually vote for) are working for the people. So I do not understand, why these negotiations have to be so secretive, without openly dealing with it. What do they have to hide?
    • Investor-state dispute settlement: Well, so we do not want genetically manipulated foods in Austria (thanks Monsanto, we actually do not want to buy new seed every year, because we are not allowed – if their goods are still able to reproduce anyway – to use the seeds to sow it next year without buying licences). Nevertheless, there is a chance, that they will be able to force states to allow them selling their products.

    And the biggest point, that does in my opinion need a special attention: Money is not created out of nothing. There is never such kind of agreement, where everybody wins (not even in the EU, see the countries with weaker production). If it is easier to export from the USA to the EU, products where the EU is less productive (so less competitive, because more expensive) will vanish from our markets. So, if everybody would win, where would the money to buy the new products come from? If local products vanish, also the people producing them will lose their jobs and have less money. And one thing is for sure: The countries in the EU have a very good (but expensive) social security system, other than the USA.

    So, where will the production of goods be more expensive? Definitely in the EU. Do we invest in education in the EU currently? Not as much as we should, because we are fighting the crisis of 2008 and there is not enough money to concentrate on small topics like “will our people be competetive on the market regarding education?”. Well, so where can we win in such an agreement? I am afraid, that the answer is nowhere – such an agreement does definitely lead to people living in the EU being losers of globalisation in the long run. Our only chance would be to invest in people, but we are far behind Asia and the USA if it comes to the education quality.