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I’m in Greece

So my real job has brought me to Chania, Greece on the Isle of Crete. Here’s a couple cool pictures. 

” Celebgate” hacker gets 18 MOS, We’ve learned nothing.

Today CNET, among other outlets is reporting that the man behind the “CelebGate” ( AKA,  “The Fappening” phishing scam that lead to the release of  nude photos of celebrities,  was sentenced to 18 months in prison. 36 year old Ryan Collins used phishing, a technique to surreptitiously obtain information by posing as a legitimate company or person, … Read more

The DDOS attack on Dyn and the Dangers of the Internet of Things

Todays DDOS attack against DNS Service provider DYN brought caused outages at several prominent websites. Reuters published a great piece on the attacks, but something stood out about their post. They stated in their reporting the following: “attacks were coming from tens of millions of Internet-connected devices — such as web cams, printers and thermostats … Read more

Massive DDOS caused outages for Twitter, several other major websites

It has been a rough day for Managed DNS provider Dynamic Network Services, more commonly known as Dyn, and many of their largest clients.  Their engineers have been combating a series of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks, or DDOS, targeted at the infrastructure that runs their popular Managed DNS products.  Dyn reported on their service … Read more

Domain Investors or “Domainers” are often hated, but is this fair?

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If you have ever tried to register a domain, you have likely encountered the work of Domain Investors. The business model of a domain investor, also known as domaining,  is on a basic level, quite simple. Their goal is to find a domain they believe will be in demand and register it for the purpose of reselling it at a profit. Alternatively, if the site generates traffic they may use it for an advertising-filled site that provides no real value to the public, but will generate revenue for the registrant.  Domain investors, or “Domainers”, as they are called, register hundreds of thousands of domains for their purposes. They can invest very little per domain, to walk away with a big payday, if they pick a winner.

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Why the T-Mobile fine by the FCC is a good thing

I believe the FCC’s recent decision to go after T-Mobile and impose a $48M fine for lacking transparency in their throttling policies for “unlimited” plans is a case of our government working for us, and protecting consumer rights. I truly believe that transparency and clarity in business dealings is of the utmost importance and companies … Read more

T-Mobile busted throttling unlimited data. Will pay 48M FCC fine.

The Federal Communications Commission announced that wireless carrier T-Mobile will is the latest carrier to be caught throttling heavy data using customers who subscribe to the companies “unlimited” data plans, without adequately informing the customers of this policy. The settlement was reached between the two parties, in a case where the FCC accused T-Mobile of … Read more

Cloud Server Quick Review – GoDaddy Cloud

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A relative newcomer to the cloud market, GoDaddy, through their “GoDaddy PRO” brand is offering cloud servers with features which are comparable to the likes of Digital Ocean or Vultr. Some of the features you will find here include KVM virtualization, SSD drives, private networking, and instant server creation. Pricing, platform, and plans are similar to the competition. The cloud control panel at GoDaddy is pretty good, and fairly straightforward. Although GoDaddy has only 3 data centers so far they appear to be building out this product, having announced a 4th data center in Singapore is on the way soon.

Read moreCloud Server Quick Review – GoDaddy Cloud

I too wish George Carlin was still here…

The folks at the F- Sensitivity Facebook page (rated pg-13), posted this to their feed, it got me to thinking how much I actually miss George Carlin. The man was a comedy legend, and he was among the most irreverent, albeit insightful comedians I have ever had the pleasure of watching on an HBO Special. … Read more


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