Family Tech Support Myths: Don’t login as an Admin user

Tech Support Myths
It's time again for another family tech support mythbusters episode. This time we'll tackle the premise that it's more "secure" to login to your system as a user rather than an administrator. The idea to limit your logged in privileges on a system is a sound one, provided the system that enforces privileges actually works. Often the reason a system is compromised has little to do with a user being logged in as admin or not, it's more basic than that: it's just a simple security hole that skips right on by any sort of privilege enforcement system. When a virus exploits the security of a machine, it really doesnt matter that said "security" has you running in user mode or admin mode. If its compromised, the system's compromised. The…
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Fixing EMMA’s coverage.out.file System Property

If you're using EMMA for java code coverage report generation, you may quickly jump to EMMA's property reference table in the documentation. There you will see documentation such as this: Property: coverage.out.file Default: This would lead an average java developer to quickly attempt using EMMA with a JVM arg such as: -Dcoverage.out.file=/my/path/ Unfortunately, you'll discover that EMMA ignores your system property. This is because EMMA uses a non-standard "system property" lookup scheme which entails differing prefixes on system property names depending on execution context. The lookup scheme is is documented here (in the "EMMA property lookup order." section). Instead, on the command line, the JVM arg should be: -Demma.coverage.out.file=/my/path/ But pay special attention to the EMMA property lookup order doc mentioned above if you need to specify the properties…
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Tough Luck: The comics industry is crazy.

Midnight Ramblings
Remember way back when, in high school, when your friend introduced you to that great album that you instantly fell in love with? Remember going down to the record store or perhaps online and buying a copy of that album you liked so much? How did that go? What happened if the record store didn't have the album in stock, did the clerk tell you "tough luck"? Did the clerk tell you it was too bad that you liked that band and that it was unfortunate that you didn't come by when the album was in stock earlier that month, b/c the album was only printed once, in limited quantities? Did the clerk try to upsell you after your big let down, something like "but now that you're into music,…
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