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Mars Rover ‘Draws’ Penis On Red Planet & NASA Picture Goes Viral (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Giant penis and ballsack grafitti drawn on the surface of Mars by Mars Rover.

Mars Rover ‘Draws’ Penis On Red Planet & NASA Picture Goes Viral (PHOTO, VIDEO).

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  Ok this was news about 3 weeks ago but I just heard about it last night and had to post about it anyway.  Was this truly accidental, or some sophomoric “Easter Egg” deliberately programmed into the rover?  Only time will tell)

Fix Your Broken AVI Files For Free With FIX PLAYER from Movie Toolbox

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Move Toolbox with Fix Player

Just a quick note.  One of the the things you can spend days researching is HOW TO FIX BROKEN VIDEO/AVI FILES?  I tried various utilities.  For those new to to this topic let share what my experience has been:

  1. DivFix and VirtualDub (NanDub) are the venerable standbys that folks in the know have been using for a very long time.  They are either free or shareware.  There are some known bugs in both of these but basically DivFix used to hang and crash on certain file types and VirtualDub is easy to use once you’ve figured it out.  It helps to follow tutorials and RTFM.  If you are new to Video editing software, VDub is not very intuitive.
  2. DivFix++ –> I have used this.  It is the updated version of DivFix, and seems to have resolved many of the bugs –> no issues with hanging.
  3. I tested Video Fixer.  It was a trial edition (10 days).  Last update was in 2006!  It said that it fixed several avi files, but when I tried to run the with VLC, VLC reported that the file was still broken.  VERDICT:  Video Fixer is garbage.  Don’t even bother.
  4. Fix Player –> I was able to consistently repair broken AVI files with this software today (MAY 6, 2013).  It has a simple interface.  I can’t tell you if there are any bugs, because I didn’t run into any.  All I can say is it worked for me all day long today. 🙂

Ultimately, I recommend you check out Fix player.

Analyzing E-mail .Msg files and Attachments without Outlook

May 1, 2013 1 comment

CYBER ARMS - Computer Security

I had a copy of an e-mail that had a virus in it that I wanted to analyze. The problem was that the Outlook e-mail message was in .msg format. My virtual machine that I was using to analyze malware was Windows XP based. The problem was that the included Outlook Express would not open the Outlook saved .msg file. And I did not want to install Outlook on the system.

So is there a way to read the file and recover the attachment without using Outlook?

Of course, like other Office file formats (like .docx) the .msg file is just zipped!

I tried several techniques to open the Outlook .msg file, even downloading an open source program that reads them. I could read the message but could not get to the attachment. And I needed the attachment so I could analyze it for malware. On a whim, I tried…

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