” 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?


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


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.

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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

Cloud Servers – Digital Ocean vs Vultr

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When we talk about cloud providers many people think about the big three, Google’s Compute, Amazon’s AWS, and Microsoft’s Azure. While these are powerful services, they are generally complicated, and can be expensive. In some cases pricing may as well be written in hieroglyphics. There is relief for those of us who only need the basics, and value simplicity, enter cloud servers.

Cloud servers are the new iteration of what we knew as VPS (Virtual Private Servers), but greatly improved. These systems run on a cloud platform, and are generally cheaper than traditional VPS providers. Cloud servers also offer many add-on services and features that are invaluable to the busy developer. The cloud server companies that I looked at offer low, per hour, pricing. They also offer instant server creation/destruction and simple interfaces.  I narrowed it down to 2 competitors, Digital Ocean vs Vultr, and both are great services.

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Dude your phone is on fire! ( Oh Samsung… smh)

So for those of you who have been living under a rock, Samsung is facing major issues with their Note 7 phones. Their flagship mobile product is literally a ticking time bomb. The situation over there is grim, this faux pas has cost the company billions, and tarnished its reputation worldwide. With the fierce competition in the mobile arena, this could not have been worse timing. Many are calling this a massive win for those Apple guys out in Cupertino, and I can’t say that they are wrong. Samsung is a big company, and I’m sure they will survive the storm, and their shareholders will recover their losses, but the question that remains on my mind is simple, How in the Hell did they let this happen.

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