Last updateSat, 25 May 2019 4pm


Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Online Managers Online Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

July 9 – Prepare For No Doom [Update]

More than 300,000 computers will be disconnected from the internet on 9 July. How can you be one of them?


[Update: The day came...with all the attention, the amount of computers with the trojan plummeted. The US FBI tracked the numbers fall by half in the US. On the day of the event, ISPs also started diversion practices of their own. No one is predicting how that will work out, but it mitigated the effect while allowing compromised computers to continue. Applause, though short-lived perhaps.]

DNSChanger Trojan is the name of a piece of malware that was discovered in 2008. It had the effect of calling home to a network server that was subsequently taken down by the US government in 2011.

The concept was that computers would rid themselves of the trojan in the course of upgrades and running security programs...which has happened – except on the 300,000 unlucky few....or maybe more. Regardless of the number, any computer that has the code will attempt to connect to the internet in their usual manner and find an error message. The reason is that the DNS server that their computer has been going to for routing onto the world wide internet was set up as a temporary measure by the US FBI.

These FBI computers were only supposed to be online for 120 days, until March 2012, but there were still a million or two computers banging into the system. So an extension was granted by the court...until 9 July 2012.

To check your computer: DNS Changer Check-Up

Krebs mentions this site if you don't get the Clean sign: Detect | DCWG

See the following article at Krebs on Security for the details: DNSChanger Trojan Still in 12% of Fortune 500 — Krebs on Security

Good luck to us all.