Tech Nonsense

How to save 78% on your business software

Posted by on August 7, 2006 at 12:36 pm

Sounds like spam from a software pirate or some other flighty come-on, doesn’t it? I’ve been looking at Novell’s new SuSE Linux Enterprise software and thought I would do a little cost comparison between Novell’s Open Workgroup Server and Microsoft’s latest Small Business Server. Check the how to buy page for yourself for pricing. Now, […]

eBay Javascript Injection

Posted by on April 12, 2006 at 8:09 am

Most of the phishing emails I get for eBay are pretty obvious. Besides the typos and poor english, they usually link directly to arcane websites. Today I got one that took me to a listing on eBay which contained a login intercept. The script presents a reasonable looking signin form, obfuscates your login and the […]

The Route To Hell…

Posted by on September 28, 2005 at 12:22 am

A year ago, I finally got a new laptop to replace my aging Fujitsu LifeBook 420D. By aging I mean decrepid. By decrepid, I mean Pentium 120 with no USB, a broken CD-ROM and a misaligned floppy drive. The kind of laptop that makes me cringe when I show up at a customer’s site and […]

Hacked Off

Posted by on September 20, 2005 at 11:58 pm

The other day, one of my websites was defaced by a scripted hack. I’m still not sure exactly how they got in, but I assume I can thank the recently identified SQL Injection exploits such as this one since the hack was accomplished by replacing the footer values in my PHP-Nuke configuration database. During the […]

Universally FUBARed

Posted by on September 14, 2005 at 11:14 am

For the second time since they opened in 1990, I was talked into going to Universal Studios in Orlando. It took all of 10 minutes to remember why I hadn’t been back. (cue flashback fog) The two things that stood out from my last visit were the pointless herding of visitors by employees and the […]

What the F

Posted by on September 2, 2005 at 11:27 pm

Today, I had to build a computer for delivery on Tuesday for a very good customer of mine. He really likes using zip drives, so I offered to move his existing Zip 250 into his new computer. I was ripping the old computer apart anyway to copy the old hard drive onto a partition in […]

Voicemail Hell

Posted by on August 31, 2005 at 1:32 pm

Today’s job involves rebuilding a PC based voice mail system that was struck by lightning. I was hoping to get lucky and find merely a bad power supply, but Thor was not smiling when he smote this old box and it looks like the mobo took the hit too. This is going to be so […]

Outlook and Open Standards

Posted by on August 29, 2005 at 11:31 pm

I spent some time this morning chasing down an odd problem. I got a call from one of my customers regarding a puzzling email issue. For at least a month, he’s had no luck sending email from Outlook. The send dialog would sit forever trying to deliver a stack of phantom messages (i.e. not from […]


Posted by on August 23, 2005 at 10:36 am

Back to tackling the recalcitrant VM/386 system for me. I went back into the warzone with a primary plan and three backup plans. In that I was still unsure of the health of the dumb terminals and the complete lack of response to anything plugged into the Digiboard, I decided I needed to cover my […]

Dropper Agent

Posted by on August 20, 2005 at 7:10 pm

Two weeks ago, I finally quit procrastinating about updating my Antivirus software. I’d been running Norton Systemworks 2002 for a while and the updates expired in late June. My intentions were to remove Systemworks and install the latest release of Norton Antivirus. I’ve been holding back only because it seems that about a third of […]

My very effective spam-annihilator has blocked 434 access attempts in the last 7 days.