Archive for November, 2006

Approaches to beating form spam submission

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

I’ve replaced bare email addresses on web page with either an encoded variation of the email or with a contact form to discourage spam scrapers and other automated tools from using it for a spam magnet. Well, it seems there are some tools that automatically submit forms – after all that’s what’s brought us the [...]

Good idea to help limit phishing attacks

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

I saw this a few weeks back and think it’s a good idea. Essentially why don’t we have a .bank domain registration and limit it to just financial institutions the way .gov is limited to government registrations. (and .mil for military, .edu for educational institutions…..) Let’s face it, anyone can register a .com .net or [...]

Network swiss army knife

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

There’s no better way to say it, netcat is SOO useful, and there is an encrypted variation… cryptcat, you can do quite a few interesting and useful things VERY easily with these two utilities. (*It’s one of the utilities I used to image a live running system to a file on a network server.) The [...]

Major botnet building and the massive jump in spam

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

For a few months now (since the demise of bluefrog actually) I’ve noticed that the level of junk mail has gone up on my own mail server. Yes, I use spamassassin to filter and tag, but the volume of stuff that’s tagged has gone up (as well as the volume that slips through.) I’ve had [...]

Create a sitemap for Google

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

WordPress has a great plugin available to automatically keep your google sitemap updated, but I’ve done a few static websites in the last few days and just wanted a good, quick, web generated sitemap. http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ seems to do the job quite well, it generates a Google sitemap xml, compressed xml, and a ror sitemap (I [...]

VMware guest unable to access USB devices

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

I ran into this some time back and found the solution a few months later and was reminded today to document it here…. The situation is this… Linux host for VMWare server, the guest machine has usb support and in vmware, you can go to VM, Removable devices and in spite of the fact you [...]

Vmware Server web interface tricks…

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

I haven’t been overwhelmed with VMware server’s web interface. You can start a virtual machine, or see statistics, but you can’t create virtual machines. Well, from the VMWare forums I did find a couple interesting “hidden” features. First, is a file manager at https://youriphere:8333/fm-properties and second is a GSX interface (which gives the ability to [...]

PDF printing in Ubuntu

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

One of the things I have a tendency to do is save licence key – web confirmation pages to a pdf by printing. It gives a good capture of the document and saves me from actually having another paper to find a place to file. But, ubuntu (dapper) doesn’t seem to be setup for pdf [...]

Linux software raid notes

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Here are a few other notes on linux software raid. I created a directory called raidinfo to keep information in to make it easy to maintain the raid array. First… from the software raid howto, I’ve done the following…. sfdisk -d /dev/hda > /raidinfo/partitions.hda sfdisk -d /dev/hde > /raidinfo/partitions.hde So…. I’ve now got a good [...]

Nxclient into xubuntu box

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

I like nx server and client, it can really make good use of low bandwidth connections to get a gui link. But, by default it’s quick and easy to setup gnome and kde login sessions within nxclient, but if you’re using xubuntu then you will need to setup a “custom” session and the command is [...]

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