Archive for the 'General' Category

Appreciate your Sysadmin!

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

As noted by Mike McBride, tomorrow, July 30th is System Administrator Appreciation Day.

Bribe Treat your sys admins well, preferably with toys and baked goods. ;-)

1st lwst agnst txt msg spmmrs

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

According to this article on, Verizon recently sued spammers it claims sent unsolicited cell phone based text messages to Verizon customers.

Most U.S. cellular carriers operate email gateways that forward Internet emails to subscribers’ phones using a technology known as short message service (SMS). Cell-phone spammers target those gateways with software that attempts to automatically generate valid email addresses. Because SMS limits messages to around 160 characters, cell phone spam is usually brief and invites recipients to visit a Web site or call a toll-free number for more information.

Verizon, which boasts 40 million wireless customers in the U.S., said it blocks around 50,000 text-message spams per day. The wireless firm installed a spam filtering system in late February at a cost of around $600,000, according to an affidavit filed in the lawsuit.

Under one of its pricing plans, Verizon Wireless charges users two cents per message for receiving text messages. Verizon said it would credit subscribers who have been charged for receiving spam text messages.

Microsoft IIS Security Checklist

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

Interesting. As found on the Net security aggregator blog netsec a link to this nifty Microsoft IIS Security Checklist.

While I strongly prefer to work with Apache (better security and easier customization IMHO), this is a good reference for those of you who have to deal with IIS for your Web server needs.

spam for loans, spam for loans

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

My email filters have been getting a workout these past few weeks with variations on the foreign based website acting as a local mortgage broker and asking for personal financial information scams. Here is an example of what one of these emails look like. The Web page for the mortgage broker is actually hosted on a Brazilian Webserver. The email posted below has been copied and pasted (with the exception of the removal of my mailserver information) as it appeared in my inbox.

Received: from [] (helo=
by [my mailserver] with smtp (Exim 4.34)
id 1Blpd2-0000sc-VG
for [my email]; Sat, 17 Jul 2004 09:53:30 -0400
Received: from by; Sat, 17 Jul 2004 17:50:01 +0300
From: “Edwina Cobb”
Reply-To: “Edwina Cobb”

To: [my email]
Subject: We have approved your loan
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 17:49:01 +0300
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;

Content-Type: text/html;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Hi again.
I sent you an email a week ago and I want to confirm everything now. Pleas=
e read info below
and let me know if you have any questions. We are accepting your mo rtgage=
application. We specialize
in less-than-perfect cr edit, and our advisors are here to help you.
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Just visit this link and fill in short form.

Thank you.c

Best regards,
Edwina Cobb

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Techie Errata

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

An interesting etymology of the term Computer Bug.

I’m so cool…

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

I don’t need gmail to prove my nerdyness.

Tanned and rested

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Ah, the joys of going on vacation. I’ve done a bit of traveling, relaxing and socializing these past two weeks, and enjoyed every minute of it. Also, I’m jealous of my little sister, as this is the view she has just outside of her apartment in South Florida.

Also, I should note that I’ve done my part to keep the TSA busy as I’ve gotten the extra special TSA search, had my laptop swabbed for explosive residue, and my checked luggage searched. Funny thing was, on Tuesday at the Ft. Lauderdale airport just before handing over my bag that was later searched to the overly flirtatious TSA guy, I overheard some airline personnel talking about the FBI being at the airport busting these TSA screeners. Wonderful.

Zeus Webster Pro

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Interesting little bot as it looks to be so new that at present, there are no Google results for it. The IP addy is from AT&T WorldNet. I’m guessing email harvester as it came from a dial up addy and the bot crawled a large number of pages in a short amount of time.

Url: /archives/microsoft-linkage/
Http Code : 200
Date: Jun 17 14:10:03
Http Version: HTTP/1.0″
Size in Bytes: 13589
Agent: Zeus 83225 Webster Pro V2.9 Win32

OS X is so damn sexy, even Teddy Kennedy uses it…

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

From Wired

Ngozi Pole is systems administrator for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), whose office runs the only Mac operation on Capitol Hill. Pole administers about 60 Macs and a couple of PCs.

“(The Senate) got hit pretty hard by a worm recently,” he said. “When that happened they had to shut a lot of computers down to isolate the problem. Kennedy’s office was functioning normally during that time… OS X is just not as vulnerable as Windows.”

Tony’s linky love

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

I always enjoy getting linky love from Tony Pierce

Yes, the WEB is a bit slow today…

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004

I’ve been chatting with folks this morning who noticed big sites like Google and Apple were hard to reach. As suspected, Akamai, the company which provides DNS and Web caching services to large Web sites, is apparently experiencing some serious DNS problems.

Obligatory Slashdot thread.

Dear FoxNews

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Your new site design sucks. Please fix.