What I do, think, see or dream about. Updated regularly with things I've been up to, movies I saw, music I'm really into at the moment and other personal things. In the first place as an outlet for *me*.
If you happen to enjoy reading it and can kinda know what I'm going through, then that's fine. If I offend you, I'm sorry... write me and we'll sort it out.
I honestly cannot believe this hasn't been submitted before. You go to the website, pick a name, and voila! Temporary email address! It deletes after 30 minutes unless you choose to refresh the address. You can use it for all those websites you want to sign up for, but don't want to deal with the spam. Try it out for yourself!
Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition arrives tomorrow and introduced a load of new features for Ubuntu servers. Virtualization, a complete Java stack including OpenJDK, better mail capabilities including anti-virus and anti-spam measures, default encrypted home directories if you so choose, hardening of packages and easier firewalling. Last but not least: integrated system management using Landscape.
Hyves, LinkedIn, Hi5, Facebook, Xing and so on and so forth. There are so many networking sites out there, that choosing which one you support and which you don't is becoming a sensible thing. Plaxo is a sites where people let yourself maintain your contact information and changes are distributed to people who've added yours to their list. While I think it is a good idea, I'm a bit weary of leaving so much information at just one site... So I used the Plaxo Opt-Out to get rid of requests from anyone. Kudos to Plaxo for offering this.
Splogs... as spam blogs are an increasingly bad phenomenon. Robots create a blog and fill it with optimized content on a regular basis. This results in a high ranking in Google. Add AdSense to the blog, et voila, a nice income can be generated, especially if you create 1000 of these splogs.
Splogs and spam on blogspot blogs is getting so bad that some sites have stopped scanning blogspot for new blogs. Google has been getting a lot of abuse because they themselves don't seem to hindered by these blogs in search results. But Google won't share their secrets with anyone. probally because then spammers will find a way once again... vicious circle... viscous circle.. whatever.
Sometimes it pays to check your spam folder to see if anything accidently got canned when it shouldn't. I'm glad I did because I found out tha T3 has revamped their website and put up a lot more info and useful stuff! :) It's still not where I'd like to see it (all previous issues archived online, including info, pics and links), but it's a good start! They also used current XHTML design so it's minimal and looks great and works across all platforms. Even if you'd surf in from a PDA or phone. B)
And last but not least... the T3 girls... :drool: (y) Whadda sight for your eyes!
Google Blog writes: Any link that a user can create on your site automatically gets a new 'nofollow' attribute. So if a blog spammer previously added a comment like:
Visit my <a href='http://www.example.com/'>discount pharmaceuticals</a> site. That comment would be transformed to:
Visit my <a href='http://www.example.com/' rel='nofollow'>discount pharmaceuticals</a> site. MSN and Yahoo have also incorporated this technique and many tools are following rapidly. B) I love it when a plan comes together! (y)
Thunderbirds are go! Last monday (jeez, I'm so slow!) Thunderbird 1.0 has been released! This extremely good Email and News (nntp) reader (like Outlook Express but safer) has reached production stage. It features an RSS reader, Baysian trainable spam filter, common inbox for all your Email accounts (very cool) and there's even a cross-platform calendar for all those Outlook junkies at work! ;)
If you're thinking about ditching Outlook on your home PC or laptop, be sure to give it a try. Installation automatically adpots your settings, so you're up and running in a jiffy! (At least, I was...)
Looking to put your old Pentium PC or PII to good use? Why not turn it into a firewall, mail server and virus checker. Or maybe also backup station by reusing that old 2x or 4x CD burner to auto burn important data every night onto a CD-RW? Makes sense, huh?! Of course!
SLAX Linux Live is a minimum bootable Linux installation that runs directly from CD. So no hard disk required! Cool! Based on Slackware it features most necessary things and that's all. Config a shell, mail server, firewall, ClamAV and SpamAssassin and you're set! :respect:
SpamAssassin has released v3.0! This free, open source, enterprise-strength, anti-spam solution is even better now! SpamAssassin can be easily integrated with many mail systems out there. Commercial implementations also exist, if you'd rather buy something.
Read the story of Arjen's PC? Remember that he had a dialer trojan horse? Well, these dialers together with other dialers form what are called "Zombie networks". And they're dangerous because all the PCs in a particular network can be controlled at the push of a button to do anything the hacker wants. On one day, 75,000 PCs were "recruited" into Zombie Networks...
"BBC NEWS: "Once created the networks of zombie PCs are used as anonymous relays for spam, to launch denial of service attacks on websites or simply to steal confidential information about a PC's owner."
Are you wondering if your PC is infected by something and is being used for illegal and unwanted purposes (DDoS, Spam, trojans, etc)? Check your IP against the DShield system and see if it comes up. If so, it's very possible that there is something in your system that is making it slightly more upblic than you'd want...
Netcraft reports that spammers have a new tool on their hands. Appearantly, a webmaster has won a search engine optimization (SEO) contest using links in Wiki "sandboxes" - pages where users are urged to test drive the Wiki format and learn how to use it. By doing so, the webmaster made Google see that may "sites" and pages were linking to him, something which raises your importance according to Google because the algorithm thinks you are an important content creator. :)
Finite Monkeys is a blog where a guy posts poems created by copying lines from the various spam messages he receives (500+ a day). Some of the lines are really great! But the combination he makes results in, I think, pretty good poems! :) Who said nerds can't do anything useful...?
"DSPAM is currently effective as both a server-side agent for UNIX email servers and a developer's library for mail clients, other anti-spam tools, and similar projects requiring drop-in spam filtering. DSPAM has been implemented on many large and small scale systems with the largest systems being reported at about 125,000 mailboxes."
If you have a (large) mail server for several accounts, for your family or for the place where you work, check out SpamAssassin or DSPAM for protection from spam and use ClamAV against Email viruses. Remember that I told you so! :)
Calgary Herald - canada.com network: "Five new variants of a malicious e-mail virus released overnight Thursday on the Internet break new ground in that recipients are no longer required to open attachments to infect their computers.
The new variants of the Bagle virus -- which was first discovered in January -- exploit known flaws in Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Outlook and Media Player programs to run a small hyper text language message that downloads the virus directly into the target computer." Fortunately, patches from MS have been posted last October...
What should you do?
* Patch your Windows PC using WindowsUpdate asap!
* Update your virus scanner software to include the latest definition files
* Try using an intermediate mail server like SpamAssassin or SpamCop or read your mail using your provider's web interface instead.
More detailed info is here and here.
Slashdot warns against the spreading of a new virus/trojan threat: Phatbot. It will use your PC for a DDoS and to send large amounts of SPAM. "Phatbot snoops for passwords on infected computers and tries to disable firewall and antivirus software, albeit it is detectable by antivirus packages."
Gibson Research has a reasonably OK test called ShieldUP! to check if your particular PC is vulnarable for trojans and hacks in general... Check it! And make sure you have all the latest security patches from WindowsUpdate!!!