The Life of Josh

Computer Engineer, Security Consultant, and Tech Nerd.



Getting started with Blogging using

So you’ve decided that you wanted a platform to write. Why not use FaceBook, Google+, or even MySpace? In my opinion those platforms are good for argume…. Err.. I mean conversations, but they aren’t really the best place to publish a review of a piece of software, or articles to help configure routers, or most things that are more information than a blurb or rant. Blogging gives you the ability to categorize, tag, provide permanent links, and control formatting on your writing. It lets you share what you want, in the way that you want. For me I’m sharing links to my blog through other platforms so that anyone who finds an article will find it, but that’s about all. I will say that I do like the way that LinkedIn has approached writing articles, but not all of mine will be worth sharing there so I’ll opt to write it all here, and share to LinkedIn as appropriate.

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YouTube black screen

If you go to YouTube and you see a black screen when you want to see a video it’s because YouTube seems to be having problems. We searched Twitter and found many others with the same problem today. The workaround seems to be to use SSL. So instead of “http://whatever” you should make it “https://whatever” and then you correctly get the video.

Moved away from Squarespace

If things look different.. and probably a little messy right now… it’s because I’ve decided that the $14/month I was paying for Squarespace was not really something I needed to be spending. They are of course one of the best CMS systems out there, but we’re trying to cut back so I’ve moved back to Blogger. Hopefully Google will re-index me and folks will find any articles they care about.

Website for BBS operators

I have always loved BBS’ and have run one forever. I still have running but I don’t take care of it the way I should. In the near future I’m going to spiff it up so it’s nicer. Anyway I had a thought to build a community for BBS enthusiasts past and present. Today folks run web based forums and I consider those to be the BBS of today. The website is if you want to check it out. If it takes off I’ll keep it going.

Hack attempts from Afghanistan

I have a couple of servers that sit out on the Internet, and every day I get a little report on how they are doing, and if someone is trying to break in to them. Today I got this report;

Authentication Failures:
root ( 1353 Time(s)
unknown ( 1148 Time(s)
root ( 582 Time(s)
root ( 165 Time(s)
root ( 99 Time(s)
unknown ( 93 Time(s)
unknown ( 60 Time(s)
unknown ( 42 Time(s)
root ( 23 Time(s)
adm ( 6 Time(s)
bin ( 3 Time(s)
dbus ( 3 Time(s)
ftp ( 3 Time(s)
games ( 3 Time(s)
gopher ( 3 Time(s)
halt ( 3 Time(s)
lp ( 3 Time(s)
mail ( 3 Time(s)
mailnull ( 3 Time(s)
mysql ( 3 Time(s)
mysql ( 3 Time(s)
named ( 3 Time(s)
news ( 3 Time(s)
nobody ( 3 Time(s)
nscd ( 3 Time(s)
operator ( 3 Time(s)
pcap ( 3 Time(s)
root ( 3 Time(s)
rpc ( 3 Time(s)
shutdown ( 3 Time(s)
smmsp ( 3 Time(s)
sshd ( 3 Time(s)
sync ( 3 Time(s)
unknown ( 3 Time(s)
uucp ( 3 Time(s)
nfsnobody ( 2 Time(s)
rpcuser ( 2 Time(s)
haldaemon ( 1 Time(s)
unknown ( 1 Time(s)

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GoDaddy Cash Parking vs. AdSense for Domains

The other day I posted about how I was trying out GoDaddy Cash Parking for a few domains I wasn’t doing anything with. Since then I have looked at Google AdSense quite a bit. Google has AdSense for Domains which is essentially the same thing GoDaddy sells, but for free. As an experiment I have moved some domains from GoDaddy to Google, and the result is pretty interesting. I was getting some page impressions, but no clicks on the Cash Parking solution, but with AdSense I seem to actually be earning some money. Even though it’s not very much, GoDaddy charges almost $4/month so each month I have to earn at least $4 before I make anything. In Google’s case if I earn $2 then I’ve earned $2 without the overhead of a monthly fee. Here is a breakdown of the features;

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SmoothWall vs. PlayStation 3

A few days ago I wrote about my installation of SmoothWall on my home network. Tonight I guess was the first time I tried to use my PlayStation 3 because I saw an ad that the demo of MAG was posted on the PlayStation store for public beta. I couldn’t login to the PlayStation store with error 8002A535 and it was not clear why. A Google search didn’t help me out. Eventually I found a reference to the IM Proxy in SmoothWall being the source of the issue. Through elimination I found that it is the “Jabber and Gtalk” filtering specifically that breaks the ability to login to the PlayStation store. You may leave the other filters on although I do not use the man in the middle option so I did not test if enabling that breaks things. If you use it and this doesn’t fix you then turn off the man in the middle option and it will definitely fix you.

I had been playing my XBox 360 a lot since the SmoothWall. The XBox does not have the same issue. It should be noted that for either system you want to enable UPnP support in Networking -> Advanced or I suspect neither system will work.


Joomla Content Management System (CMS)

For my consulting business I wanted to build a nice website that was very functional and had a modern look. I’ve never been very artistic so most of my options are Content Management Systems that are popular so creative people have made so many templates that I could make my site look unique without very much effort. Another issue I have had in the past is that I would build a site using various open source products, but none of them would talk to one another. So I might have a calendar on a site that has one set of usernames and then a forum that has another set. It can be pretty frustrating to integrate sometimes.

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JNux Web Hosting business

I’m chugging right along with building my consulting business. Through GoDaddy I now have a full reseller site branded under my own domain. If you visit you will be doing business with me. I’m still working on all the pricing but I already enabled some discounts to make the pricing good. The great thing about buying domain names, SSL certs, or web hosting through my domain is that you’ll get GoDaddy support as well as support from me should you get stuck. You get the uptime and reliability of GoDaddy on the back end that I couldn’t even begin to provide.

If friends could make an account there, even if you don’t buy anything, I would appreciate it so we can kick the tires to be sure it works well.

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