THANK YOU @sg_grc for reminding me of Daemon

  • SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
    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.
  • Be sure to checkout “Tips & Tricks”
    Dear Guest Visitor → Once you register and log-in please checkout the “Tips & Tricks” page for some very handy tips!

  • BootAble – FreeDOS boot testing freeware

    To obtain direct, low-level access to a system's mass storage drives, SpinRite runs under a GRC-customized version of FreeDOS which has been modified to add compatibility with all file systems. In order to run SpinRite it must first be possible to boot FreeDOS.

    GRC's “BootAble” freeware allows anyone to easily create BIOS-bootable media in order to workout and confirm the details of getting a machine to boot FreeDOS through a BIOS. Once the means of doing that has been determined, the media created by SpinRite can be booted and run in the same way.

    The participants here, who have taken the time to share their knowledge and experience, their successes and some frustrations with booting their computers into FreeDOS, have created a valuable knowledgebase which will benefit everyone who follows.

    You may click on the image to the right to obtain your own copy of BootAble. Then use the knowledge and experience documented here to boot your computer(s) into FreeDOS. And please do not hesitate to ask questions – nowhere else can better answers be found.

    (You may permanently close this reminder with the 'X' in the upper right.)


Oct 7, 2020
Steve and Leo,

I have been wracking my brain for the last few months trying to remember the name of a book that I had thoroughly enjoyed reading some years ago. You two casually mentioned it as an aside in the last SN, Daemon by Daniel Suarez. My pathetic memory needed to refresh just that one pointer. I'll be putting it on my kindle tonight so I won't lose it again.
By way of saying thank you, might I suggest the novel "The Birthgrave" by Tanith Lee. It was published by Daw some decades ago on low quality pulp so copies are hard to come by. It starts off with a little romance novel feel to it, as many stories with a strong female lead do, but the twists and turns on her journey of self-discovery take the story in surprising directions. Sadly, the follow-on books were not anywhere near as good and return to that romance novel pattern, yuck.
If your tastes trend more towards mystery novels, check out Sharyn McCrumb's "Bimbos of the Death Sun" and "Zombies of the Gene Pool." Both titles do not do these two works justice and their relationship to SciFi is a bit meta. The novels are classic mystery fare set in the arcane, mysterious and fantastical world of SciFi conventions. If you've ever been to a Con, prepare to meet people you've seen before.

Thank you again for your many asides in SecurityNow. I listen almost as much for them as the main topics which I also enjoy immensely.