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Thursday, 31 Jul 2008

I know I complain when blogs reprint verbatim existing content but this already seemed too salient to mess with:

1. If a woman wants you, nothing can keep her away. If she doesn't want you, nothing can make her stay.
2. Stop making excuses for a woman's behavior.
3. If you have ANY doubt in your mind about a woman's character, let her go.
4. Allow your intuition to save you from heartache.
5. Stop trying to change her or yourself for a relationship that's not meant to be.
6. Don't force an attraction.
7. Don't let a woman push you into a relationship you don't want to be in.
8. A woman wants to be with a man she can be proud of at all times. Don't be a fool.
9. It takes a second to lose her trust, and a lifetime to gain it back.
10. If you feel like she is stringing you along, then she probably is.
11. Don't stay because you think "it will get better." You'll be mad at yourself a year later for staying when things are not better.
12. The only person you can control in a relationship is you.
13. Avoid women who have a bunch of children by a bunch of different men.
14. Maintain boundaries in how a woman treats you. If something bothers you, speak up.
15. Don't be with a mean-spirited person. Being "mad at the time" is not a good excuse.
16. Be with a woman you admire and trust.
17. Don't fall for the "I'm confused" role. Remove yourself from the situation to let her figure things out (but don't wait for her, move on).
18. There's more than physical abuse, there's emotional and mental abuse. If she causes any of them...flee.
19. You cannot change a woman's behavior. Change comes from within.
20. Don't let her place rules on you that she is not willing to follow herself -- double-standard.
21. Don't worry about what your friends say, think about how you feel.
22. Be with someone who shows kindness... to everyone.
23. Don't EVER make her feel she is more important than you are...even if she has more education or in a better job.
24. Do not make her into a goddess. She is a woman, nothing more, nothing less.
25. Don't be superficial, remember 25 years from now its not going to matter "who is cuter".
26. Actions speak louder than words. Don't play games.
27. If she cheated with you, she'll cheat on you.
28. Just because she says she loves you, doesn't mean that you are meant to be.
29. Love is a verb.
30. Learn to give up your lifelong task of trying to make someone unavailable-available, someone ungiving-giving, and someone unloving-loving.
31. All women are NOT bitches.
32. You should not be the one doing all the bending...compromise is a two way street.
33. If you don't love can't love anyone else.
34. You cannot mend someone else's broken heart.
35. You need time to heal between relationships...there is nothing attractive about with your issues before pursuing a new relationship.
36. You should never look for someone to COMPLETE you...a relationship consists of two WHOLE individuals...look for someone complimentary...not supplementary.
37. Never become your woman's "therapist".
38. When actions and words conflict, believe the actions.
39. Be with a woman who respects herself.
40. Give her space...let her go out with the girls, don't pressure her to spend time with you, You can't force a woman to hang out with you.
41. Never let a woman know everything. She will use it against you later.
42. Never co-sign for a woman or let her mess-up your credit.
43. Sex is a small part of a real relationship. Find someone you can talk to.
44. When it's time to let go; let go.
45. Good women should be treated like good women.
45. Good women do want good men.
46. You can't make a wh**e into a housewife.
47. Never date a girl who looks fake or acts fake.
48. If you want out, get out. Don't be complacent or lazy.
49. Compatibility in terms of educational attainment, values, beliefs, personal and career goals, and socioeconomic status, are important.
50. There is someone out there worthy to be in your life. Let out the trash, so she can come in.

Original Author : Unknown

Commonly cited as : "If a Woman Wants You", "50 Things A Man Should Know About His Woman", "72 things a MAN should live by", "How to make a woman FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU", "Women"

Different versions (often modified) available at multiple sources:

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008

Adobe Reader 9.0 Installed.....

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
Runtime Error!

Program: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe

This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.
Please contact the application's support team for more information.


.. and then uninstalled.
Despite having set the option "001 Microsoft Disable Netbios Option" to 0x2 in Microsoft DHCP as a "Microsoft option", I observed that some clients were not obeying it (i.e. my Windows Vista Home Premium computer).

The solution was to set the vendor class to "Microsoft Windows 2000" instead of "Microsoft Options".

As the "Microsoft Options" is supposed to be a "class to specify DHCP properties for all Microsoft clients" (Source), I believe this to be a bug. Though the MS KBID does list the operating systems it applies to I would believe "Microsoft Options" should apply to all Microsoft clients as the techrepublic interpreted it to mean and that Microsoft Windows 2000 options would be an even less relevant vendor class to a Windows Vista machine than a general Microsoft Options class (though this is probably being obeyed due to Vista being an NT OS).

Related Reading:
Microsoft DHCP Vendor and User Classes
How to disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP by using DHCP server options

Sunday, 27 Jul 2008

After installing the Windows Server 2003 DNS Spoofing patch (MS08-037: Vulnerabilities in DNS could allow spoofing) (aka. KB951746 and KB951748) and rebooting, Internet connectivity was lost:

Security Log:
Event Type: Failure Audit
Event Source: Security
Event Category: Policy Change
Event ID: 615
Date: 26/07/2008
Time: 02:18:57
Computer: SERVER
IPSec Services: IPSec Services failed to initialize IKE module with error code: Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted.
. IPSec Services could not be started.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at

Event Type: Failure Audit
Event Source: Security
Event Category: Policy Change
Event ID: 615
Date: 26/07/2008
Time: 02:18:57
Computer: SERVER
IPSec Services: IPSec Services put IPSec driver in block mode due to previous failures error code Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at

System Log:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: IPSec
Event Category: None
Event ID: 4292
Date: 26/07/2008
Time: 02:18:57
User: N/A
Computer: SERVER
The IPSec driver has entered Block mode. IPSec will discard all inbound and outbound TCP/IP network traffic that is not permitted by boot-time IPSec Policy exemptions. User Action: To restore full unsecured TCP/IP connectivity, disable the IPSec services, and then restart the computer. For detailed troubleshooting information, review the events in the Security event log.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
0000: 00 00 00 00 01 00 54 00 ......T.
0008: 00 00 00 00 c4 10 00 c0 ....Ä..À
0010: 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7023
Date: 26/07/2008
Time: 02:20:19
User: N/A
Computer: SERVER
The IPSEC Services service terminated with the following error:
Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at

The DNS service is trying to randomly reserve ports on start up and sometimes that conflicts with the ports that IPSEC uses. IPSEC can't run and by default will thus block all connections.

The solution is to add port "4500-4500" (Used by IPSEC) to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\ReservedPorts as per this website (please ignore the references to SBS). Do not delete any existing port reservations. Do not remove the MaxUserPort key. I believe you do not need to reserve all of the ports listed on the SBS page if you are only running IPSEC.

I believe the reason this patch also affects ISA Server installations with the DNS Server Service (and not just SBS) is that the MaxUserPort value is altered on a system with ISA installed.. I learnt this from this otherwise irrelevant Microsoft article that clearly states that the MaxUserPort is altered on a system that has Microsoft ISA installed.

This matters because when that registry key is set, ports from 1024 to the value of MaxUserPort is used (and not what others have written online). Without the registry key set only the 49152 - 65535 range is used (Source). Your computer is more secure with a wider range, so do NOT remove this key.

Note: This patch is very important, just not installing it is no longer an option (See: )

Thursday, 24 Jul 2008

The news seems pretty active this week. There's a lot one can talk about.

The LHC is a new experiment which will almost run at the speed of light, consumes as much power as the residents of Geneva and will be the coldest thing on earth. The experiment is set to run soon. Others are trying to block the LHC experiment on the grounds it might create a black hole and destroy the earth in the process (LHCDefence). Whether you stand on the pro LHC or anti-LHC mark, it's definitely disconcerting to see scientists admit they don't actually know what they're doing. Even more so when the LHC will go to -271C and consume 7 TeV (trillion electron volts) in the process.

BMW are behind some amazingly clever designs (worlds largest hourglass), thoughts (why metal car bodies, why not fabric?) and buildings (BMW Museum Before Re-opening).

Soy beans might reduce male fertility reports the BBC today. "A regular diet of even modest amounts of food containing soy may halve sperm concentrations" (

And if that weren't enough, the Arctic is estimated to hold 90bn barrels of untapped oil ( It's unlikely its going to be left there with a certain US president already urging to end a "ban on drilling for oil in US coastal waters".

Still at least these scientists don't have weird names. "Russell Sprout", "Craig Gogay", "C. Shaw" and "Justin Kayce" all leaving their mark on this BBC News story.

This week has also seen old news stories making a come back. Cancer and mobile phones, China's censorship and how the public has yet to forgive ISPs for selling their usage data to third parties and sending threatening letters. VirginMedia has unfortunately emerged the worst from all of this, numerous sites across the Internet have reported irritation at mis-leading customers (a 4Mb line is only 4Mb until you download your first 1GB before 9pm and then it's halved), selling your surfing history to advertising companies (Phorm, a thing that BT were also guilty of) and allowing "agents" to monitor your connection for copyright infringing P2P traffic. I'm sure things aren't as bad as they sound, but VirginMedia is certainly getting a lot of bad press around about now (and has ever since they "lost lost" and fell out with Sky). VirginMedia's marketing department will have to come up with something good and quick to regain trust.

Oh and the forever charismatic David Cameron has had his bicycle stolen presumably by teenage knife wielding hoodies.