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Google Introduces Backup and Sync to Replace Drive for Mac/PC

Written by Super User 20 June 2017


Google recently announced it would soon release an application labeled Backup and Sync to help users backup the files and photos stored on their computer to Google Drive. The new app is likely to replace the Google Drive client and the Google Photos Backup app as it combines both apps’ sync features in a more unified client interface.

As the latest version of Google Drive for Mac/PC, Backup and Sync allows users to monitor and backup files present inside the user’s specified folder. For far Google Drive for Mac/PC requires to create a new folder on your computer and all the files in this folder will be synced to the cloud, and therefore you have to first move files into Google Drive folder and then wait for Drive to sync them to the cloud, while the new Backup and Sync tool will be able to backup and sync any file and folder from the Desktop, Documents, Pictures, or other desired directories on your computer.

Backup and Sync app will be available for download starting on June 28th for all G Suite editions. Drive for Mac/PC users will be able to upgrade to Backup and Sync, which will be included in the update of Drive and integrated into Google Photos desktop uploader. According to Google, the new version will “respect any current Drive for Mac/PC settings in the Admin console”, to make the transfer seamless.

Google added that Backup and Sync is primarily intended for consumer users. G Suite customers are recommended to persist on Drive for Mac/PC until the new enterprise-focused solution, Drive File Stream, is made generally available to all G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, Education, and Nonprofit domains later this year.

Google Drive is a cross-platform cloud storage services that allows users to store, manage, sync and share their data easily. Free Google accounts have a 15GB online storage, and paid accounts start from $1.99 a month for 100GB to $299.99 a month for 30TB, with the most popular tier currently $9.99 a month for 1TB of storage.


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Source Code of Panic Apps Stolend by Compromised HandBrake

Written by Super User 19 May 2017

In early May the developers of HandBrake (a popular open-source video transcoder) informed an alert that a mirror download server hosting the app for Mac was hacked. The legitimate version of HandBrake for Mac was replaced with a version infected with a variant of OSX.PROTON, a trojan that allows hackers to remotely obtain root privileges in infected computers. HandBrake warned that anyone who has installed HandBrake for Mac needed to verify if their system was infected with the malware.

Here is the notification posted on the thread of HandBrake forum: "Anyone who has downloaded HandBrake on Mac between [02/May/2017 14:30 UTC] and [06/May/2017 11:00 UTC] needs to verify the SHA1 / 256 sum of the file before running it". The post further offers detailed steps to remove the malware involved. Besides removing any installs of the, users should also change their passwords that may reside in the OSX KeyChain or in any browser password stores.

Though the affected server has been shut down soon, and Apple has initiated the update of its XProtect definitions to defend against the new variant of Proton malware, some people still got caught by the hacking. On Wednesday, Panic developer and co-founder Steven Frank said in a blog post that much of the source code behind Panic's apps was stolen by someone who utilized the malware-infested version of HandBrake. He inadvertently downloaded the infected app on his work Mac, confirmed the admin privileges request, bypassed the Gatekeeper warning, and then, his Mac was "completely, entirely compromised in 3 seconds or less". 

As a result, the git credentials had been stolen and used to clone several source code repositories. The attacker(s) demanded a large bitcoin ransom to prevent the release of the source code, and Panic decided to say No to the request after internal discussion.

Panic makes iOS and macOS apps including web editor Coda, FTP app Transmit, SSH client Prompt, and Firewatch, an adventure game. In Steven Frank’s words, "somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps". But he later addressed three points as following to assure the affected app users:

  •     There’s no indication any customer information was obtained by the attacker.
  •     Furthermore, there’s no indication Panic Sync data was accessed.
  •     Finally, our web server was not compromised.

According to the post, the theft of some source code may lead to the malware-infected builds of the company's apps available on the Internet. Therefore, Panic reminded users not to download its apps outside the official website or Apple’s App Store.

Panic has cooperated with Apple and the FBI: Apple is now "standing by to quickly shut down any stolen/malware-infested versions of our (Panic) apps", and the FBI is actively investigating. Panic also calls for users to report infected versions of apps, or any related information that could help with the investigation into this incident.

What’s your opinion about this security incident? Let us know in the comments.


How to Fix Error Code 1314 on Windows OS

Written by Super User 05 April 2016

The Reason You Receive Error Code 1314

You will receive this error when a required privilege is necessary to proceed, but the client attempting to execute the task does not hold that privilege. This error may result from several different situations, where the settings and permissions have not been set or modified to allow the action to take place.

Method One: Manually Fix Error Code 1314

If you are getting a message saying “ERROR_PRIVILEGE_NOT_HELD’”, then your settings and permissions need to be changed to reflect the appropriate permission levels.

> You may need to change permission levels, or alternately, “Run as administrator” to gain the necessary permission level to execute the action and resolve Windows Code 1314.

In case of using a Windows 2000 machine, there is an issue where the wrong security context is being used to obtain the registry security, and a handle is closed by the operating system.

> To solve the issue, please make sure that you have applied all of the appropriate service pack for Windows 2000, or upgrade to a newer version of the Windows OS. This problem was corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.

Method Two: Fix Error Code 1314 with a system repair tool

1. Install the system cleaning tool from here

2. Launch the tool, click "Scan Now" to quickly run a full scan for the operating system. Then you will see how many issues are currently existing. 

3. Click "Fix All" button to fix Error Code 1314 and other issues found. 

Other Things You Can Do to Optimize Your System

  • Remove The Programs You Don't Need At All

Programs are using a lot of system resources while you don't even notice. They use memory to run in the background with the functions you might not need at all. If they are installed on C: drive, well, that could be part of the reasons that your PC is running slowly. Just make a little time and clean them out of your system. 

  • Remove Temporary and Unnecessary Files

You are getting these files every day when browsing the web pages, and they are usually stored in C: drive. As I mentioned at the last part, that will slow down the system performance. If you don't like to do the cleaning every week, do it once a month. There is no certain rule, just regularly maintain your system, so that you can have a better using experience. 

  • Defragment

Over time, files are removed and new files are added. If one can't be stored in adjacent blocks, they become fragmented. Defragging is officially a way of eliminating empty blocks and putting files back together. 

To do this, click on Start button > choose "Computer/My Computer" > right-click on C: drive > choose "Properties" > "Tools" > then click on "Defragment Now". It may take some time depending on your computer's configuration. 


Turn a barebones PC into a graphics powerhouse with AMD's new FirePro server GPUs

Written by Super User 02 February 2016

AMD has your back, if you have an under-powered PC but need the horsepower to see high-definition video or edit intense graphics.

AMD's new FirePro S7150 and S7150 x2 GPUs, which sit in servers, can deliver "virtualized GPUs" to client devices and remote desktops. A virtual GPU mimics the functionality of a GPU on local hardware, and users can run graphics, engineering or even VR applications on virtual desktops.

The virtual GPUs on remote desktops can do everything regular GPUs can do on a computer, AMD claims. The processing load of virtual GPUs is handled by the FirePros in servers.

Virtual desktops are becoming popular in businesses that are looking to reduce spending on PCs and secure data in centralized servers. Some examples include architectural firms, which are using CAD/CAM on remote desktops, and hospitals, which use it for medical imaging.

AMD's virtual GPU technology is important as thin clients have just basic processors to run virtual desktops. Today's thin client hardware aren't designed to run intense graphics applications, said Tonny Wong, product manager at AMD's Radeon Technologies Group.

The new FirePros can overlay virtual Windows desktops with virtual GPUs. Beyond business applications, it'll also be possible to run games and virtual reality applications, AMD executives said.

Users will be able to run games written in DirectX and OpenGL. The virtual GPUs will also support applications written in OpenCL, many of which are image- and video-editing programs.

The first servers with the new FirePros will come by the middle of this year. Top server makers are testing the hardware, Wong said.

The virtual GPUs for now will work only with VMWare's virtualization technology. Support for Xen and Microsoft's RemoteFX will come in the future, Wong said.

AMD has added instructions to enable the virtual GPUs. The technology runs on an I/O protocol called SR-IOV (single root I/O virtualization), which virtualizes the functionality of PCI-Express connected devices.

With virtualization, workloads can be provisioned among servers to balance system usage and power consumption. The FirePros, though, can't provision virtual graphics workloads among multiple GPUs in a server installation -- virtual GPUs are tied to specific FirePros. As a result, some FirePros could be overloaded while others are left idle.

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Some must-have skills when utilizing Adium on Mac OS X

Written by Super User 17 December 2015

Adium brings benefits for many users, many users may be familiar with how to use Adium in daily life, yet some of them might not know how to fix troubles when they meet. There are some users who raise some questions and ask for help on some platform. For example, how to delete a contact, how to delete Adium account safely and so on. Today, we will provide the corresponding solutions to solve those problems for you as well as provides some other basics of using Adium.

How to delete the protocol account safely?
Internet is a open platform, bridges the distance and makes our life convenient. Adium is one of the applications that provides a convenient way for people to connect to different instant messaging accounts via one program . Yet as the saying goes. "Every coin has two sides", the defects will also exist when you are enjoying the convenience. It will be dangerous when the account information leaked, anyone who knows your nickname and password of your Adium account. But when it just happened, what measures will you take to protect your privacy and also your friends’?

One solution to solve the case is to log in your account via another computer, and change your password. However, what if your boyfriend is the one who always log in your account secretly? Then I guess Some users may wanna delete the protocol account. To delete a protocol account, you can go through it according to this route:
Adium Preferences --> Accounts --> Select them and press the minus icon

How to delete a contact from your list?
Deleting a contact actually is a basic operation to manage your Adium account.

  • Highlight the contact unwanted


  • Click the contact menu on the toolbar at the top of your desk screen and select Remove Contact, or alternatively press down CTRL key and click the contact name, and then click Remove.


  • Click Remove at the prompt to confirm your operation


Moving or reordering contacts
Moving or reordering contacts is easy. You can simply drag the contact to a new group or a new location within the same group to change the orders. Yet this act can also failed if the Adium keeps your contacts in the sorted order. In such case, you need to do something before you perform the dragging move, that is to make sure that the Sort Contacts Manually was selected under the View menu.

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