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Securing Samba against WannaCry

WannaCry is a cryptoworm, now spread to more than 150 countries, affecting end users, as well as numerous organisations by encrypting existing data on a Windows computer's hard drive, then demanding money. The demanded amount increases as the seven-day deadline approaches. When the deadline is reached, the data is deleted. WannaCry can spread through the windows SMB protocol, which is used to reach printers on a local network, or to share files between devices. Samba is a SMB server for unix-like operating systems, which one can use to easily host a home file server. In this post, I will talk about how to secure Samba against WannaCry. Continue reading "Securing Samba against WannaCry"

Looking ahead in the post Window-eyes world: What improvements i'd like to see in JAWS, NVDA and Narrator

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If you’ve been following the goings on in the blind community in any sort of capacity, you’ve no doubt heard about the death of Window-eyes. This is something that myself and many others suspect would happen for a long time. The reactions to this can be summed up into a few categories. There are those who applaud VFO for their assistance at a smooth JAWS transition. Then you have those who think NVAccess is next, and that screen readers are doomed. And then there are those who say there is now a huge monopoly with only JAWS and NVDA being options for someone looking for a Windows Screen Reader. In this post, I’d like to offer my personal take on the situation, the current state of screen readers, and what could be improved with an emphasis on JAWS, NVDA and Narrator.

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