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[#] Sun Dec 28 2008 14:04:51 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Yes that is what I was talking about. Couldn't remember the name.

[#] Sun Dec 28 2008 14:13:42 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Sun Dec 28 2008 12:16:47 EST from Nite*Star@uncnsrd

How do I find out who the registrar is of a given domain? I haven't done this stuff in a while ....


Use "whois" in a console on linux systems, or you can use web based services for windows.  I am guessing there is a similar command in Windows....but I am finally starting to forget everything I knew about that OS.  The only time I use windows now is to play certain games.

[#] Sun Dec 28 2008 16:04:50 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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I have a whois client for windows. I got that. But the registrar was evading me. I eventually called up a registrar and pretended like I wanted to transfer the domain but couldn't figure out what registrar was used (the domain belongs to the organization and the person who registerd it registered it under the org's name but their personal address and set themselves as administrator and tech contact, so only they can make changes to the domain info). The DNS came back as "NS1.CATALOG.COM" and I couldn't figure out who that was. Turns out it's Network Solutions. :p

[#] Sun Dec 28 2008 17:13:20 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I finally broke down and assigned static DHCP for all the computers in

my house because of these issues.

One of the advantages of using a Linux box at the Internet perimeter instead of a consumer grade router/firewall ... anything that needs to be exposed to the Internet, I just run on that machine.

*sigh* I really do want to get a faster, cheaper Internet connection ... but I just can't quite get myself to give up that static IP address, even if I'm not running Uncensored on it anymore.

[#] Sun Dec 28 2008 18:41:05 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Why don't you just set up for yourself what you set up for me?

[#] Sun Dec 28 2008 19:38:46 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I have this really silly hangup about keeping my home and work networks separate.
Right now if something bad happens I could still move everything back home and be up and running again in a couple of hours.

[#] Sun Dec 28 2008 20:47:12 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I have the static IP still too. But I might have to drop ace because I've been having problems for weeks and cannot get my work done here. The connection keeps dropping. I am sad but I might have to take my chances with cablevision.
I am actually just about to head to Manhattan where a certain girl I am seeing is catsitting for a friend with a great internet connection. I am going to work there all night while she sleeps :(

As far as using a linux box instead of a consumer ap/router.. well, for me it doesn't get me much because I don't have that much I need to run on that linux box.. I don't run a mail server here, or a bbs or a phone switch.
Really nothing that stays up full time. I have an ap/router and mostly a bunch of laptops. My phone is cell as we've discussed. I do have one desktop but if I want to run something there that takes inbound connections I just forward the port. At the speed my DSL runs it really doesn't matter that I am forwarding a port from my plastic router over wifi to the box...

[#] Mon Dec 29 2008 09:42:49 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I wasn't thinking of public services like mail or web quite as much as things which just work better when you can totally expose them to the outside world, like P2P software. BitTorrent is especially convenient when run on a public-facing host.

[#] Tue Dec 30 2008 01:43:14 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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*sigh* I really do want to get a faster, cheaper Internet connection

... but I just can't quite get myself to give up that static IP
address, even if I'm not running Uncensored on it anymore.

IG, You can get Cablevision's Optimum Online Boost service, comes with a static IP...

[#] Tue Dec 30 2008 02:10:46 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Well, I just signed up for Time Warner internet service today. Their cheapest service (capped at 1500 Kbps down.. approx what I get now when my DSL works) is $20. Their middle service is $30 and their uber-speed service is $45.
But they have a special for new customers.. you get the uber service for $30/month for the first year, with no committment. So I took the deal. It's still significantly less than I pay Acecape. They want an extra $5/month + $50 up front for wifi. I said no thanks I'll do it myself. Other than that they want a $30 install fee (new customers only, because they have to come wire the place.. otherwise no fee), and a $25 deposit on the cable modem which they refund if you're in good standing for 4 months or something like that. So far it seems rather reasonable. I'm sure I'll be cursing their names in a few months, but right now it seems reasonable. Right now I'm borrowing a neighbors connection (nice people, I knocked on their door and they were totally cool about it) and they clearly have cable. Speakeasys test is telling me 4377 down, 495 up. Super steady all night.. haven't pinged but ssh via VPN is downright snappy. Sure there's a delay but it's really small. I'm flipping around in my editor :) So yea, the thought of having fast functional internet service again is making me very happy.

[#] Tue Dec 30 2008 15:14:28 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm looking around a little more, and I see that Verizon is offering bundles that include DirecTV. I asked them if I can move my existing DirecTV service into one of their bundles and they said that this is doable. I think I'm going to have to get my bills together and see how much I can save if I make the jump.

[#] Tue Dec 30 2008 15:25:25 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Cool. Saving money is good :) I'm sad to leave ace but I'm happy to save the money. I'm sure I can find something to do with an extra $360 this year.

[#] Wed Dec 31 2008 13:27:50 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I looked up the service I'm getting from verizon via ace, and what verizon charges for that exact same service with ace out of the picture and it costs more. I actually save money because I have ace as my biller.
I have a feeling this is a grandfathered thing because I got screwed on the static ip thing, so I probably couldn't get it anymore, but I have it now I'm going to hang on as long as I can.

[#] Tue Jan 27 2009 22:55:20 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oh, this is lovely...

User Name Room Idle From host
------------------------- -------------------- ---- ------------------------
.- (not logged in) ec2-75-101-238-22.comput
.- (not logged in) ec2-67-202-0-89.compute-
.- (not logged in) ec2-67-202-43-222.comput
.- (not logged in) ec2-75-101-189-60.comput
.- (not logged in) ec2-75-101-205-17.comput
.- (not logged in) ec2-67-202-51-50.compute
.- (not logged in) ec2-75-101-249-99.comput
.- (not logged in) ec2-174-129-159-21.compu
.- (not logged in) ec2-75-101-202-157.compu
.- (not logged in) ec2-174-129-132-29.compu
.- (not logged in) ec2-67-202-53-216.comput
.- (not logged in) ec2-75-101-225-246.compu
.- (not logged in) ec2-67-202-0-157.compute
.- (not logged in) ec2-174-129-167-222.comp
.- (not logged in) ec2-174-129-173-112.comp
.- (not logged in) ec2-67-202-47-189.comput
.- (not logged in) ec2-67-202-2-222.compute
.- (not logged in) ec2-75-101-217-234.compu
.- (not logged in) ec2-67-202-61-89.compute

We're getting spam bombed by the Amazon EC2 cloud computing cluster. I had to throttle SMTP to make this stop.

I guess it was only a matter of time before spammers started cloudsourcing.

[#] Tue Jan 27 2009 23:20:16 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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and amazon does nothing to stop it?

[#] Wed Jan 28 2009 12:58:11 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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So far they haven't. I removed the throttle rule this morning and the attack started up again a little while later. Perhaps it's a benign application that went haywire.

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 00:56:47 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Have you notified Amazon? I miss the days when I used to be all about researching who owns and IP and to whom I could complain about SPAM coming from them but these days, I get more SPAM than mail so it's not worth my time . Just let the filter handle it!

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 11:26:50 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It isn't worth it. Spammers are seldom caught, and vigilantes tend to cause a lot of collateral damage.

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 18:55:45 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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But if it's a misbehaving cloud cluster or something that Amazon could fix, shouldn't they be notified about it?

[#] Sat Feb 21 2009 23:19:54 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Maybe, but it isn't worth my time.

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