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  • SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
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    The 3rd release of SpinRite v6.1 is published and may be obtained by all SpinRite v6.0 owners at the SpinRite v6.1 Pre-Release page. (SpinRite will shortly be officially updated to v6.1 so this page will be renamed.) The primary new feature, and the reason for this release, was the discovery of memory problems in some systems that were affecting SpinRite's operation. So SpinRite now incorporates a built-in test of the system's memory. For the full story, please see this page in the "Pre-Release Announcements & Feedback" forum.
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This may have been answered before, but how do I search ALL the transcripts of Security Now for a particular issue without downloading every one individually?
 
Hey @Mervyn Haynes,

We once had that in place for the Security Now transcripts. But some time ago Google changed their API which broke our previous SN-specific search. I've poked at the issue a bit and once I'm back to work on the site to update it for SpinRite v6.1, I will definitely be fixing that.

I've also “soured” a bit on Google overall (as have so many others). Since then, another GRC server has started running an instance of ElasticSearch — for fully search-indexing these forums here to make them content-searchable. So I've been planning to see whether, as I suspect, there's an existing drop-in (probably PHP based) content indexer that I could easily deploy (without taking too much time) to create an internal (non-Google) podcast transcripts full-text search facility.
 
I tried to search them for the CVE-2023-24932 issue, good job I did not download all of them & search each one at a time! Think the time it would have taken me would take me past the 999 podcast!
 
You can restrict Google's search to a specific site by using the prefix site: . So for example you might use this search: site:grc.com Security Now CVE-2023-24932 which will probably not find any useful results as I don't think it's been mentioned before.
 
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