Friday, June 30, 2006

Printers That Use Ports That Do Not Begin With COM, LPT, or USB Are Not Redirected in a Remote Desktop or Terminal Services Session

Printers That Use Ports That Do Not Begin With COM, LPT, or USB Are Not Redirected in a Remote Desktop or Terminal Services Session:

"1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default\AddIns\RDPDR
3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
4. Type FilterQueueType, and then press ENTER.
5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
6. Type FFFFFFFF, and then click OK."

Boom goes the light bulb

Yesterday (06/29/06) at about 7:30pm I was relaxing on the couch when .....boom. Wow what was that. Apparently the fluorescent light bulb exploded in the bathroom. Luckily the bathroom is not used very often, and nobody was in it at the time. Check out the pictures, quite amazing actually. (the bathroom still has that sharp burnt electronics smell)




Friday, June 23, 2006

Firewall Leak Tester

Firewall Leak Tester

Has many other online tools and other good info.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Security Developer Center: Columns: Browsing the Web and Reading E-mail Safely as an Administrator

Security Developer Center: Columns: Browsing the Web and Reading E-mail Safely as an Administrator:

Running with an administrative account is dangerous to the health of your computer and your data.' So, whenever someone says they must operate their computers as administrators, I always try to persuade them it's not the correct thing to do from a security perspective. That said, every once in a while I meet someone who has a valid reason. For example, I use one of the computers in my office to install the latest daily build of Windows, and I need to be an administrator to install the OS. However, and this is a big point, I do not read e-mail, browse the Web, or access the Internet in any form when running as an administrator on that machine. And I do not do so because the Web is the source of most of the nasty attacks today.

Worker flicks wrong switch, costs Nova $11 mln - Yahoo! News

That's a big oops.
Worker flicks wrong switch, costs Nova $11 mln - Yahoo! News

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Kevin Mitnick, the great pretender | Newsmakers | CNET News.com

Kevin Mitnick, the great pretender | Newsmakers | CNET News.com:

"Rather than overt technical hacks, he was able to convince employees to hand over information that enabled him to hack systems, while redirecting telephone signals to avoid detection by the authorities."

What users hate most about Web sites | InfoWorld | News | 2006-06-14 | By Sandra Rossi, Computerworld Today (Australia)

What users hate most about Web sites | InfoWorld | News | 2006-06-14 | By Sandra Rossi, Computerworld Today (Australia):

"The top five Web site quirks that users hate the most, according to iFocus are:

1. Invasive advertising: Cunnington says users widely despise ads that cover content, ads that flash wildly and ads that chew broadband.

2. Re-inventing the wheel: people do not want to have to learn how to use a site before they can browse it, Cunnington said.

3. 'Leap of faith' links: that means disclosing information on content and file size.

4. Attention-deficit Web sites: 'Users have a special hatred of flashing icons and banners, because they draw the eye away from what is important and hinder their progress,' Cunnington said.

5. War and Peace length: 'A common mistake in Web design is to just [convert] a brochure to the Web. But the Web is its own medium, and communication has to change to reach users. Users are known to read 25 percent slower on the screen than on paper, read fewer words and don't like long pages which require scrolling down,' she said.

Another problem is site blindness. 'We are now seeing right-column blindness, where users do not see information and links down the right hand side of the screen. This occurs because the right hand column has become known for advertising,' Cunnington"

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

XFOR: Telnet to Port 25 to Test SMTP Communication

XFOR: Telnet to Port 25 to Test SMTP Communication

Security Guide for Windows - Random Password Generator

Security Guide for Windows - Random Password Generator:

"The WinGuides.com Password Generator allows you to create random passwords that are highly secure and extremely difficult to crack or guess due to an optional combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and punctuation symbols."

dlperry.com What Search Engine Spiders See

dlperry.com What Search Engine Spiders See:

"Have you ever wondered exactly what those search engine spiders actually see each time they visit your website?

Wonder no more.....this useful little tool will scan your page and show you the results, as well as provide useful page data such as word density, meta keywords, links, etc."