Lessons Learned from the Massive Westhost Outage this Week

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

If you didn’t know, this has been a tumultuous week for clients of Westhost, my internet service provider. Their Primary data center is located in Utah and they share that space with a sister brand VPS.net. The datacenter is a Tier IV center managed by Consonus. Saturday afternoon there was a yearly fire equipment/alarm/suppression system [...]

Experiencing some turbulence

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I knew for some time that a server upgrade at my hosting provider was coming – they were essentially upgrading the underlaying software. (New versions of apache/php/etc. the entire system.) The original time was postponed and I breathed a little sigh of relief because I host somewhere in the order of 7 domains here. Well, [...]

Site hosting tons of email addresses

Friday, February 9th, 2007

A little over a year ago I was doing a web search for my email address (something that’s worth doing from time to time.) I ran across my name in a text file hosted at a domain called….. http://www.freestuffengine.com/ There is a different site active at that domain now (although I don’t know if it’s [...]

Being cautious with web links

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Once upon a time the bad payload of a malicious email was it’s attachment, that still happens, but in many cases the links are the real lure – like a worm dangled in the water in front of a hungry fish…. the links though hide a danger on the other side…. the hook in our [...]

Multihead PC

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

More than once I’ve wished for a second (or third) set of keyboard/mouse/video for my main desktop. Linux is a true multiuser operating system which means that it’s capable of hosting multiple graphical logins at the same time. For MOST things, a single, modern CPU is more than adequate to deal with this (memory is [...]

Google search for malware accessible to all…

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

The metasploit project is now hosting a malware search that uses Google. It essentially uses a binary google search technique that was referenced last week to find malicious files hosted on the web. Of course, this will be partly limited by Google’s indexing which recently has not been quite as thorough as before, but… all [...]

Windows Vista Beta 2 download torrent

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

After spending about 5 days using wget to resume the download of the vista beta 2 .iso file (which is a bit over 3 GB). I finally gave up seeing as how that 5 days had netted me about 2-3 MB of data. As I started looking around online, I found that Chris Pirillo had [...]

The Google Problem, or why I’m starting to use MSN and Yahoo more.

Monday, May 15th, 2006

This weekend has been a bit of an introspective for me on why google is still the primary search engine I use. I know, I’ve been a big “fan(?)” of google for quite some time, I’ve obviously incorporated many of their products into my pages and used Google for 99% of my web searching. In [...]

Search rankings and “where you stand”

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Search engine rankings are one of the concepts that I think is vaguely understood. It’s amazing to me how a subtle change in a series of search terms (or quoting a pair of words) can so drastically alter the results. Let’s say you’re searching for discount shoes, there’s a difference between a search for discount [...]

WMF Exploit Unofficial patch additional download locations

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

The unofficial WMF exploit patch now has multiple locations to download from. They’ve apparently run into some bandwidth problems at the main site. Sunbeltblog has an alternate download location, Sans is hosting a download here (direct download link)    Send article as PDF   

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