Strange Problem Made Simple | Verizon DSL Modem confusion

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I had a machine that I picked up to test internet connectivity. They were able to do email, but not visit web pages. My first thought was that internet explorer may have been a bit sideways, but when I got it to the workbench I figured I had solved the problem. No ethernet port. They’ve [...]

Where did Expert Mode go on my Westell DSL modem?

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

My brother does a variety of things, as I do including the front line of dealing with todays technology. This means looking to calls about DSL modem outages and problems. Well, he was passing along that in the last several days he’s come across several Bellsouth AT&T DSL customers with a problem with the control [...]

Residential VOIP

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Of course, we’ve heard of skype, vonage, and our dsl/cable providers hawking VOIP. I thought I’d make a note of this one though as the name is a bit more obscure… packet8    Send article as PDF   

Using DNS servers other than your ISP’s

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

As I mentioned earlier, Bellsouth seemed to be in the midst of a big DNS meltdown when I got up this morning. I spent some time getting various bellsouth customers “worked around” the issue by setting up an alternate DNS server for them. For starters…. DNS translates addresses like into numbers (like Think [...]

x11vnc recompiled to be as widely compatible as possible…

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

As I said in the earlier posts, I was essentially looking for a “Single click” solution for linux VNC remote desktop support. A solution that doesn’t require the remote support client to change firewall settings, install software, etc. What I’ve settled on is closer to a single cut and paste solution, which is fairly simple. [...]

Network Security – how should an open wireless access point be run beside a safe network?

Monday, January 30th, 2006

So, let’s say we want to have an open wireless access point for some reason. (Maybe offering it to guests if you’re a business?) There are certainly a lot of BAD ways to give open wireless access. As we’ve seen in this series so far, it could be quite easy to hijack all connections in [...]

Cleaning up after WMF exploit third party boot disc

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

At this point, I needed to rename or delete some files that windows would not let me touch. I had this winlogon.exe running from a suspect directory c:\windows\inet20001 and windows wouldn’t let me kill it, or remove it’s start entry in the registry. So, I booted my image from a dsl linux cd and opted [...]

Top 10 spyware tricks of 2005

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

You can tell we’re in the last 10-12 days of the year when we start seeing all sorts of year end retrospectives, year’s in review, countdowns of the top ___ of ___year ending___. Well, spyware has seen a banner year in many respects and Suzi at Spyware Confidential has a rundown of the top 10 [...]

Old hardware has new legs with linux

Monday, November 28th, 2005

This isn’t actually news in the “new” sense, but to many people this is newsworthy. From slashdot… aselabs is running a bit on DSL linux on an older laptop (Pentium 266MMX with 64 MB RAM). Most people would agree that is old/slow hardware by current standards and this is something that can be useful still [...]

ABC news weighs in on the new browser wars

Monday, November 28th, 2005

ABC News has an article weighing in on the renewed browser wars in a comparison of the upcoming release of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. Basically, they say that those with little motivation to move from Explorer will have even less after the release of 7 (the user interface will be similar to the others…tabbed [...]


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