Tag: NIST

Microsoft: Way to scare people

So this morning I was looking at my computer clock. Something was off – namely the time had set itself one hour ahead. “That’s odd” I thought. I know I had setup NTP or Network Time Protocol on my Windows 10 machine.

Couldn’t see the problem before I left for work. But I mentioned it to co-worker and said “I bet it’s because it’s using Microsoft’s NTP server.”

I was correct. Got home and change it to NIST time servers and presto change-o voila – the time is once again scarily accurate.

I further wonder – how many other people are running Windows 10 with NTP turned on and using Microsoft time servers and had the same problem?

I also wonder – could it be that the Microsoft IP I blocked a couple months back be their NTP server? Nah – it’s not.

How to destroy a hard drive

Or more specifically after you’ve used some Torx head screwdrivers and extracted the platters from you hard drive.

Anyhow smaller drives tend to use glass platters. And sure as shit the dead hard drive I removed from my Linux box had glass platters. You can test this – just hold a magnet to it. If the magnet is attracted to the platter it’s metal, otherwise glass.

In the case of metal – a 20 to 50 grit sandpaper is your friend. In fact for both metal and glass a vigorous rub with sandpaper will render it unreadable.

But in the case of glass you can go one step further. Smash the shit out of it with a blunt object. You’ll end up with something similar to this:

20140919_221947[1]Of course afterward I used a metal rolling pin to further turn it to dust. If you can recover data from that I’d like to meet you.