The ideal Mandriva 2006 setup (for ISP’s and hosters)

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

How-to forge has what they describe as a copy and paste how-to up on the Perfect setup for Mandriva 2006 to meet the needs of ISP’s and hosters. It’s copy-paste because they suggest copying the commands and pasting them into the putty/xterm/console window on the machine that you’re setting up. It’s welcome to see this […]

How much is it worth to you to have a responsive website?

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

How can I say this…. this is one of the worst ideas I think I’ve heard this week from an ISP. (Maybe in a long time, but I’d have to think on that a few minutes.) An executive at Bellsouth thinks that ISP’s ought to be able to charge certain websites/companies to ensure responsiveness for […]

Malicious .biz site and browser vulnerabilities

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

This from as well… A user visited a webpage and got redirected to hxxp:// (tt changed to xx to protect anyone from getting there…)    Send article as PDF   

Interesting problem

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

In doing a routine Google for my name… I ran across a website which has my email address and too many others to count in a plain text file. The site is configured to allow browsing of all files/folders and the text file claims to be 1 of 2, and has reference to the name […]

Zotob aftermath and analysis

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

The dust over the zotob worm infection has settled a bit at this point. (You can bet there are still infected machines out there though so if you haven’t patched yet – DO IT and check for signs of infection.) Among other things, The Security Fix is analyzing the impact.    Send article as PDF […]

Linux home office best practices

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Desktoplinux has the second in their series of Best Practices for the Linux Home Office. This time around they talk about security (updates, turning off unneeded services) and choosing an ISP.    Send article as PDF   

Raft of Microsoft updates out – time to get updating

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

The promised batch of windows updates for today are now out and it turns out there were 3 critical updates out of the 6 released. It looks as though the biggy is an RPC problem with the plug and play system (Plug and play needing a remote procedure call?) This is one that could likely […]

Pay per click hijacking

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Interesting article at on pay per click hijacking, which is really an extension on old DNS poisoning attacks. Essentially the DNS poisoning attack works like this…    Send article as PDF   

DSL competitor access to lines ending

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Among other sources, media law professors blog notes the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband. Effectively the decision will remove the requirement of phone providers to allow for competitors to have access to their lines for the providing of DSL service.    Send article as PDF   

Ways to deal with Junk Mail (2 of 2)

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Okay, in a previous post I talked about a server side solution for junk mail filtering. Now it’s time to ask…. “what if I can’t install filtering software on our mailserver?” Here is one way to deal with the answer…    Send article as PDF