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Fri, Jun 26, 2020 6:51 pm

Configuring Outlook 2010 to check AOL email

To configure Outlook 2010 to check an AOL email account, take the following steps.
  1. Open Outlook and click on Next at the startup window.
  2. When prompted as to whether you would like to configure an E-mail account, maintain the default option of "yes" and click on Next.
  3. At the Add New Account window, choose "Manually configure server settings or additional server types" and then click on Next.
  4. At the Choose Service window, maintain the default option of "Internet E-mail" and click on Next.
  5. At the Internet E-mail Settings window, you will need to provide the relevant information for your AOL email account. In the username field, include "@aol.com" as part of the user name, e.g., jdoe@aol.com. You will also need to choose whether you will access your AOL email account using the Post Office Protocol (POP) or the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP). The default option is POP3, version 3 of POP. With that option, the email in your inbox will be downloaded to Outbox and deleted from the server after a specified period of time; by default Outlook will leave it on the server for 14 days. If you log into the AOL website to check your email after you've downloaded it with Outlook and delete a message while viewing your email in a browser, it won't be available to download with Outlook, if you subsequently check your AOL email with Outlook, although that may not matter to you. A disadvantage of using the POP protocol is that it only downloads email from the inbox, not any other folders you may have created to hold specific email messages. Also, by default email is deleted from the email server after you download it to Outlook, so email you've already downloaded won't be visible to you if you check your email through a web browser at a later time—by default Outlook will leave the email there for 14 days, though. You can change that setting, though, once you've filled in account information by clicking on the More Settings button, then clicking on the Advanced tab and choosing how long a copy of messages should be left on the server.

    If you select IMAP for the account type, you can view email in other folders besides the inbox and Outlook's view of the email in your account is synchronized with the email messages maintained on the AOL email server, so you can check with a web browser or with Outlook and see the same messages in your email folders. You could also set up Outlook on another system and select IMAP there as well to see the same email messages on a separate system where you are using Outlook.

    The information you should put in the incoming mail server and outgoing mail server fields is as follows:

    ProtocolServerPort Settings
    POP3Incoming mail server (POP3): pop.aol.com
    Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.aol.com
    POP3: 995-SSL
    SMTP: 465-SSL
    IMAPIncoming mail server (IMAP): imap.aol.com
    Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.aol.com
    IMAP: 993-SSL
    SMTP: 465-SSL

    Put a check mark in the "Remember password" check box, if you don't want to have to enter your password every time you open Outlook to check your email.

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Thu, Jun 25, 2020 8:59 pm

Book Collector - Adding an author or publisher image

If you are using Book Collector to track your book collection and wish to add a photograph of an author to the information about the author, you may be able to do so by taking the following steps:
  1. Download the image of the author. If you wish, you can place the image in the location where book cover images are stored, i.e. the images directory beneath the Book Collector directory where you store the book database.
  2. If you are editing an entry for a book by the author, you can right-click on the icon of three horizontal bars to the left of the author's name while editing the book entry and select "Edit this author entry." Or from the main Book Collector window, you can select "Edit" then "Manage Pick Lists" to select the author picklist where you can select the relevant author—you can double-click on the author entry then to edit it.
  3. In the Edit Author window, click on the Images tab.
  4. For the "Template Image" field, browse to where you downloaded the image of the author. Once you have selected the image, click on OK. Leave the "Image (will be scaled to 16x16)" field blank. You can then close the entry where you are editing the author's information. When viewing the entry for a book by the author from the book list in the home screen for Book Collector, you should then see a small thumbnail picture of the author.

If you don't have an image, but want to add a picture to the author's entry, check to see if there is a Wikipedia entry for the author or if the author has a website.

You can use similar steps to add an image for a publisher's entry in the database.

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Thu, Jun 18, 2020 7:44 pm

Verifying a website's security certificate with openssl

You can verify a website's security certificate from a command line interface (CLI), such as a shell prompt, by using OpenSSL, which is available for Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows and other operating systems — for a Windows version, see the instructions at How to install the most recent version of OpenSSL on Windows 10 in 64 Bit. To check a certificate, you can issue the command openssl s_client -connect example.com:443 -showcerts, substituting the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the site you wish to check for example.com. The output for example.com is shown below.

$ openssl s_client -connect example.com:443 -showcerts         CONNECTED(00000003)
depth=2 C = US, O = DigiCert Inc, OU = www.digicert.com, CN = DigiCert Global Root CA
verify return:1
depth=1 C = US, O = DigiCert Inc, CN = DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA
verify return:1
depth=0 C = US, ST = California, L = Los Angeles, O = Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, OU = Technology, CN = www.example.org
verify return:1
---
Certificate chain
 0 s:/C=US/ST=California/L=Los Angeles/O=Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers/OU=Technology/CN=www.example.org
   i:/C=US/O=DigiCert Inc/CN=DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
MIIHQDCCBiigAwIBAgIQD9B43Ujxor1NDyupa2A4/jANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQsFADBN
<text snipped>
SSL-Session:
    Protocol  : TLSv1.2
    Cipher    : ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256
    Session-ID: 907C391C745555481A141A04D65B7CD175BD5E052FF39EFD17B30848D535F0D1
    Session-ID-ctx:
    Master-Key: 9DC337D789BB8DB7CCE82BBC3EAD28C4A9E98016C98D35AD9A6B737C0B76AE3118881303F7E7890BEE0567FFC402B5F9
    Key-Arg   : None
    Krb5 Principal: None
    PSK identity: None
    PSK identity hint: None
    TLS session ticket lifetime hint: 7200 (seconds)
    TLS session ticket:
    0000 - b1 7d 3a 56 0e 17 8f 5a-37 b0 4b 03 dd de 8d 98   .}:V...Z7.K.....
    0010 - 59 36 bb 73 43 e2 95 2a-9b 2e de ef 99 5e 92 d8   Y6.sC..*.....^..
    0020 - 3a 16 b6 4d 78 2b c6 a4-58 a5 5b 2e c0 8a 1f a6   :..Mx+..X.[.....
    0030 - e6 35 dd 8d 77 fb 4e 09-82 94 c0 8c 6e f8 56 41   .5..w.N.....n.VA
    0040 - 9a bb 82 a6 b1 30 5d bc-38 24 00 9c a6 a3 10 c5   .....0].8$......
    0050 - 6f cc e8 c8 25 62 6f e0-8f 7d 1a d9 18 6a db 32   o...%bo..}...j.2
    0060 - 48 07 df b0 15 fc 98 a0-5d 27 93 df 20 4c 6c ae   H.......]'.. Ll.
    0070 - cf 95 23 49 d0 c0 57 10-c1 8b 12 fa b0 c4 33 41   ..#I..W.......3A
    0080 - 2f 21 cf df dc 9a 1f 44-68 a3 76 81 0f b8 04 ab   /!.....Dh.v.....
    0090 - 59 e7 c4 29 79 28 f9 45-43 82 b9 a0 5a e5 6d 5a   Y..)y(.EC...Z.mZ

    Start Time: 1592522720
    Timeout   : 300 (sec)
    Verify return code: 0 (ok)
---
closed
$

If you wish to check on whether a particular cipher is supported, you can use the command openssl s_client -cipher followed by the particular cipher for which you wish to connect and then -connect followed by the FQDN, a colon, and then the HTTPS port, port 443, as shown below for example.com. If you see the response "handshake failure" as in the example below, the cipher is not supported.

$ openssl s_client -cipher 'ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-SHA' -connect example.com:443
CONNECTED(00000003)
140497569793952:error:14077410:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:sslv3 alert handshake failure:s23_clnt.c:769:
---
no peer certificate available
---
No client certificate CA names sent
---
SSL handshake has read 7 bytes and written 121 bytes
---
New, (NONE), Cipher is (NONE)
Secure Renegotiation IS NOT supported
Compression: NONE
Expansion: NONE
No ALPN negotiated
SSL-Session:
    Protocol  : TLSv1.2
    Cipher    : 0000
    Session-ID:
    Session-ID-ctx:
    Master-Key:
    Key-Arg   : None
    Krb5 Principal: None
    PSK identity: None
    PSK identity hint: None
    Start Time: 1592522976
    Timeout   : 300 (sec)
    Verify return code: 0 (ok)
---
$

If the cipher is supported, you will see "connected" instead, as shown below.

$ openssl s_client -cipher 'ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256' -connect example.com:443
CONNECTED(00000003)
depth=2 C = US, O = DigiCert Inc, OU = www.digicert.com, CN = DigiCert Global Root CA
verify return:1
depth=1 C = US, O = DigiCert Inc, CN = DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA
verify return:1
depth=0 C = US, ST = California, L = Los Angeles, O = Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, OU = Technology, CN = www.example.org
verify return:1
---
Certificate chain
 0 s:/C=US/ST=California/L=Los Angeles/O=Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers/OU=Technology/CN=www.example.org
   i:/C=US/O=DigiCert Inc/CN=DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA
<text snipped>
   Krb5 Principal: None
    PSK identity: None
    PSK identity hint: None
    TLS session ticket lifetime hint: 7200 (seconds)
    TLS session ticket:
    0000 - 27 d3 5d a3 cf ac 34 0b-92 af c6 00 17 0d 15 bc   '.]...4.........
    0010 - 6b be b4 92 dc 1a 01 97-98 9c f4 2b 68 f7 fd 69   k..........+h..i
    0020 - 1c fd 25 16 21 ba aa f9-43 2b 1a 4b 54 d8 48 37   ..%.!...C+.KT.H7
    0030 - 90 f7 2f 3f 76 d1 88 22-cf db 43 77 55 40 d2 41   ../?v.."..CwU@.A
    0040 - c8 3a 8c f5 75 02 9b 88-92 92 38 f3 53 46 e7 48   .:..u.....8.SF.H
    0050 - 9a bf 2d db 78 00 cd 12-2c 30 fc f8 81 20 e9 89   ..-.x...,0... ..
    0060 - c0 8f 3c e3 e6 22 69 af-cb cd b0 ec dd 06 1b c9   ..<.."i.........
    0070 - f3 82 cb ee 85 f1 c8 6a-27 29 5b 42 7e bb 87 60   .......j')[B~..`
    0080 - c3 17 4a ff 54 41 b3 1a-8e 3b e3 30 b6 48 fa 9d   ..J.TA...;.0.H..
    0090 - b3 50 a5 2b 73 8d 59 16-4c fd b4 24 54 48 14 08   .P.+s.Y.L..$TH..

    Start Time: 1592523392
    Timeout   : 300 (sec)
    Verify return code: 0 (ok)
---

closed
$

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Sun, Jun 07, 2020 7:58 pm

Resetting a HostGator cPanel Password

If you are hosting a website through HostGator, you can take the following steps to reset the cPanel password for the HostGator account associated with the website:
  1. Click on Manage, which is under Hosting Packages.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on Reset Password.
  4. You will see the username you should use under Username. You will also see the fully qualified domain name (FQDN), e.g., serverxxxx.hostgator.com, where "xxxx" is a four-digit number, of the server you will connect to under Server. Or you can use the IP address shown, instead. Click on Reset Password.
  5. When prompted for a new password, enter one that is a minimum of 8 characters in length with a mixture of uppercase and lowercase characters (at least one of each) and which also contains at least one digit and one special character, such as a dash, exclamation mark, dollar sign, etc. Click on the Change Password button to reset the password.

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Fri, Jun 05, 2020 5:22 pm

Call from 616-465-0071 purporting to be from Amazon

My wife received a call today that was a recorded message purportedly about a suspicous Amazon charge for an iPhone. She asked me to pick up the phone, but by the time I got to the phone the call was disconnected. I used *69 to determine the calling number was 1-616-465-0071, though of course the number may have been spoofed. I searched online and didn't find anyone else reporting a fraudulent call from that number purporting to be from Amazon. I checked our Amazon account just to be certain there was no recent charge for something neither of us ordered, but I didn't see anything ordered after a recent purchase of ink for my wife's printer. I tried calling the number using *69 just to see whether I could get anyone at the other end or any identifying voice message, but only got the message "I'm sorry we can not connect your call at this time." Subsequent attempts I made to call the number resulted in a busy signal. At this point, I'm presuming the call was an attempt by a scammer to obtain information about our Amazon account or a credit card number associated with the account.

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Sun, May 24, 2020 1:37 pm

Saving a YouTube Video transcript to a text file

When watching YouTube video lectures, I often wish to save the dialog to a text file that I can search. You can obtain a text transcript of the audio for a YouTube video lecture by clicking on the three dots to the right of "Share", which will give you the option to "Open transcript." When you choose that option, you will then see a transcript displayed to the right of the video. But when you copy that text to a text editor, you may see the dialog on separate lines from the accompanying timestamps. You can put each line of dialog on the same line as its timestamp using the regular expression 1,$ s/\(:\d\d\)\n/\1 / within the vi or vim text editors.

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Sat, May 23, 2020 2:09 pm

Installing the PubPeer Plugin for Zotero

PubPeer is a website that allows users of the site to anonymously review scientific research. If you wish to install a plugin for Zotero, which is free and open-source software that you can use for reference management, take the following steps:
  1. Download the Zotero PubPeer .xpi file from GitHub at PubPeerFoundation / pubpeer_zotero_plugin.
  2. Within Zotero, click on Tools on the menu bar, then select Add-ons.
  3. Click on the gear icon on the Add-ons Manager window, and select "Install Add-on From File."

    Zotero install add-on

  4. Navigate to the location where you downloaded the .xpi file and click on it to select it, which will open a Software Installation window where you can click on the plugin to select it and then choose Install Now.

    Zotero software installation

  5. Next, click on "Restart now" to restart Zotero and complete the installation.

    Zotero - restart to complete add-on install

After the add-on is installed, when you select an item you've saved in Zotero, you will see a "PubPeer" tab next to the usual "Info," "Notes," "Tags," and "Replated" tabs.

Zotero PubPeer tab

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Mon, Apr 27, 2020 9:44 pm

Formatting endnotes in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style

If you are using Microsoft Word to write a paper adhering to the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) guidelines for citations that appear in the endnotes section of the paper, references to endnotes should be made in the paper using Arabic numerals at the end of sentences with the numbers put in superscript.

Example

Ludwig considered it an honor that his books were among those burned by the Nazis in 1933.1

Endnote

1. Emil Ludwig, Three Portraits: Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin (New York: Alliance Book Corporation: 1940), 49.

You can configure Microsoft Word for CMS style citations by clicking on the References tab and then selecting a Chicago option for the Style option. Microsoft Word 2010 lists "Chicago Fifteenth Edition" as the CMS option.

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Wed, Apr 22, 2020 4:44 pm

Disabling the execution of JavaScript in Foxit Reader

If you are concerned about malicious JavaScript being hidden inside a PDF file, you can upload the file to Google's VirusTotal site which will scan the file with many antimalware programs. The scan results will show if any of the dozens of antivirus programs the site uses in its scans have detected malware in the file. However, for additional security, you may want to know if the file contains code that will automatically be executed when you open the file in a PDF viewer or if it contains embedded JavaScript. The VirusTotal site will provide that information. For PDF files, you will see "pdf" displayed in a gray oval underneath the file that was scanned. If there is code within the PDF file that will automatically be executed when you open the file, next to that oval will be another one with "autoaction" in it. Embedded JavaScript is denoted by an oval with "js-embedded" within it. Just because you see "autoaction" or "js-embedded" doesn't mean the JavaScript is malicious, but if you want to ensure any malicious JavaScript isn't executed, if you are using the Foxit Reader program to view PDF files, you can disable its execution of JavaScript.

To disable the execution of JavaScript in Foxit Reader Version 5.3.1.0606, take the following steps:

  1. From the menu at the top of the Foxit Reader window, click on Tools and select Preferences.
  2. Click on JavaScript on the left side of the Preferences window that will open and then uncheck the check box for "Enable JavaScript Actions."

    Foxit Reader - disabling JavaScript

Also click on Trust Manager from the Prferences menu and make sure that the "Enable Safe Reading Mode" check box is checked. In the description of that setting, you will see "Foxit recommends that you check this option for controlling unauthorized actions and data transmissions; including URL connections, launching external files and running JavaScript functions to efficiently avoid attacks from malicious documents."

Foxit Reader - disabling JavaScript

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Mon, Apr 20, 2020 10:45 pm

Removing an email address from a SparkPost suppression list

I use SparkPost to distribute a newsletter by email for an organization I support. A member of the organization reported to me that she has not been receiving email copies of the organization's newsletter, so I logged into the SparkPost account after this month's newsletter was sent and clicked on Events on the Dashboard, selected "Last 7 Days" in the Events Search date range selection field and then put the member's email address in the "Filter by recipient email address" field and hit Enter. I saw an "Injection" and a "Bounce" event whereas I would see an "Injection" and a "Delivery" event for email successfully sent to a recipient. When I clicked on the View Details button, I found that the email sent to the member bounced with SparkPost listing the reason as "554 5.7.1 [internal] recipient address was suppressed due to customer policy." At the SparkPost page on the problem, 554 5.7.1 — Recipient address was suppressed due to customer policy, I saw the possible reasons for that bounce message appear listed as those below:

  1. The address was invalid (address does not exist)
  2. The user clicked the list-unsubscribe header
  3. The user clicked one of your emails and flagged it as SPAM. This FBL (FeedBack Loop) event should add that email address to your Suppression List.

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