June 27, 2005

What ports do L2TP and PPTP use?

Courtesy of Windows Tips and Tricks Update from Windows IT Pro,

- PPTP tunnel maintenance traffic needs TCP 1723.
- PPTP tunneled data needs Protocol ID 47.

L2TP over IPSec
- Internet Key Exchange (IKE) needs UDP 500.
- IPsec Network Address Translation (NAT-T) needs UDP 5500.
- L2TP traffic needs UDP 1701.

Posted by tony at 01:02 PM | Comments (0)

Program update for Microsoft's Anti-Spyware

Follow this link to get the program update that Microsoft released a few days go to its Anti-Spyware program. It extends the expiration date to the end of the year and also provides some fixes and enhancements. See the referenced page for more details.

Posted by tony at 07:10 AM | Comments (0)

June 24, 2005

Phishing - Just how stupid are we?

I just got the following phishing email. How many people will respond to it and click on the phishing link?
Received: via dmail-2000(11) for blah; Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:40:58 -0500 (CDT)
Return-Path: <duyen@duyen.nl>
Received: from server01.netbe.nl (server01.netbe.nl [])
	by blah (8.12.11/8.12.11) with ESMTP id j5ODetSO004797
	for <blah@blah.com> Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:40:55 -0500
Received: from apache by server01.netbe.nl with local (Exim 4.42)
	id 1DloPi-0007A8-Dk
	for blah@blah.com; Fri, 24 Jun 2005 15:40:10 +0200
To: blah@blah.com
Subject: Unauthorized Access: (Routing Code: P501-A11-G090)
From: <service@paypal.com>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
Message-Id: <E1DloPi-0007A8-Dk@server01.netbe.nl>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 15:40:10 +0200

Dear Paypal User,

U need to update ur account once again, u forgot fill in ATM PIN at 
from update, come to link below and do it.

You have added atv1buy5@yahoo.com as a new email address for your PayPal 

If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance with 
your account, please contact PayPal customer service at: 


Thank you for using PayPal! The PayPal Team 

Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be 
answered. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and choose the 
"Help" link in the header of any page. 


NEVER give your password to anyone and ONLY log in at 
https://www.paypal.com/.Protect yourself against fraudulent websites by 
opening a new web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Netscape) and 
typing in the PayPal URL every time you log in to your account. 


PayPal Email ID PP75001 
Posted by tony at 07:47 AM | Comments (0)

June 23, 2005

Pierceive's Adblock filters have moved

If you use the Adblock plug-in for Firefox, you may already know about this. Apparently the old filters site, http://www.geocities.com/pierceive/adblock/, used too much bandwidth and was shut down by Geocities so he moved to this new place. The filterset is available from here.

Posted by tony at 02:44 PM | Comments (0)

June 22, 2005

TechRepublic's view of XP Services

A lot of places have a list of XP services, what they do and whether you can safely turn them off including Black Viper's site which went missing a while ago. Anyway, TechRepublic has this article available for download which lists XP services, what they do and what can be turned off or disabled.

Posted by tony at 05:22 PM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2005

What port was that?

Digg.com, one of my favorite sites, has a link to this site which lists TCP and UDP ports that many applications use. Why would you need such a list? -- well, one good reason is so you can open up (or close) ports in your firewall to allow (or prevent) access. It lists all of the standards, like SMTP (25) and TELNET (23) but missed SSH (22) and Exchange (a whole range of ports). It's strength, though, is that it lists a lot of games.

Posted by tony at 12:30 PM | Comments (0)

June 10, 2005

Affordable Network Attached Storage

I've been waiting for this for a long time. Fry's has the Tritton Technologies Simple NAS (TRI-NSS001) on sale for $99 with a $30 mail-in rebate. That's $100 before rebate, folks ... for a box that you can populate with a drive of any size ... and access over your network ... SMB (i.e. Windows) or FTP!

And, yes, Outpost.com has it, too. Same price, same rebate.

Posted by tony at 08:01 AM | Comments (2)

June 07, 2005

CSS Tutorial

Digg.com has this article which links to this tutorial on CSS. Nice introduction if you don't know much (or anything) about CSS.

Posted by tony at 03:21 PM | Comments (0)

CSSCreator.com -- Generate A CSS For Your Site

This page on CSSCreator.com will generate a 3-column layout with fixed-width left- and right-columns and a dynamic center column, all of which are the same height with a header and a footer. Nice little page!

Posted by tony at 08:23 AM | Comments (0)

View Your Site On A Mac

Don't know how long this site will be available but if you type in a URL, it'll show a screen capture of what the site looks like in Safari 2.0 or IE 5.2.3 or Mozillas 1.7.7.

Got this info from this article on digg.

Posted by tony at 08:18 AM | Comments (0)

Firefox Vulnerable to Frame Injection Spoof

Desktop Pipeline reports in this article that Firefox is vulnerable to a bug that was first reported back in 1998. There's no word on that site when the bug will be fixed but they report that the problem can be circumvented if you close all other Firefox windows (and, assumedly, tabs) before opening a window to a secure site.

Posted by tony at 08:08 AM | Comments (0)

June 06, 2005

Firefox Extensions I Use

Here's what I currently run:

Clone Window 0.2.5
Ext2Abc 0.2.1
FLST 0.8.3
Greasemonkey 0.3.3
ieview 0.86
Image Zoom 0.1.7
LastTab 1.1
ListZilla 0.5.1
LiveLines 0.4.3
Minimize to Tray
MiniT+ 20050216.4
NoScript 1.0.7
Preferential 0.7
SessionSaver .2
Tabbrowser Preferences 1.2.5
undoclosetab 20041125.5
User Agent Switcher 0.6.6
xMirror 0.2

Posted by tony at 10:43 AM | Comments (2)

Good Firefox Tips Site

Nicely done page listing tips for Firefox as well as links to extensions and other tips is Scott Kingery's Firefox Help, Tips and Tricks page.

Posted by tony at 09:50 AM | Comments (0)

Optimized Firefox and Thunderbird builds

Moox maintains a suite of builds of both Firefox and Thunderbird that are optimized for various processor types.

Posted by tony at 09:40 AM | Comments (0)

Postfix and Fetchmail primer

It's intended to be a how-to article on sending through and fetching email from GMail but this article from Freshmeat.net gives a good tutorial on setting up fetchmail and postfix.

Posted by tony at 09:25 AM | Comments (0)

June 03, 2005

Comments, not such a good thing?

I've gotten email from quite a few of you stating that, while you're happy that comments are back, you're not all that crazy about registering. Well, I can understand that but it's just another level of protection from comment SPAM, don't'cha know? And comment SPAM was the reason I turned off comments in the first place. That's OK, though. If you don't want to comment, you certainly don't have to ... email's OK with me.

Posted by tony at 02:02 PM | Comments (0)

June 01, 2005

Comments are back!

After wrestling with the process, I've upgraded this installation to V3.16 of MovableType. Comment moderation is available in this version and I've turned it on. That means that you can comment again.

Posted by tony at 11:17 AM | Comments (0)