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  • NegBox 5:00 am on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Technology   

    Apple Gives Legal Enema to Leaked iPhone Blogger 

    Smooth move, everyone, smooth move: Blogger Raided

    Now you know, dude… Next time, you get a Halloween voice changer, head to a payphone (if you can find one) and hit up some Chinese ripoff manufacturers – or HTC. Or better yet – play nice and call Apple…

    Whatever happened to “Finders Keepers”?


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  • NegBox 3:55 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Backlinks, PDF,   

    Backlinks inside PDF PPT etc? 

    I’m wondering weather backlinks inside PDF or PPT files might be easier to disseminate and how they affect ranking… Hmm… Interesting idea.


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  • NegBox 6:34 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Smooth Move for Facebook – Liking is the new Lovin’ 

    Nice move!


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  • NegBox 4:20 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Emergency, , Java, Patch,   

    Update JAVA or get pwned – Sun Releases Emergency Java Patch 


    Nice one with my morning coffee: Sun Releases Emergency Java Patch

    A week ago, Oracle claimed the vulnerability that had been discovered in Java was not a big deal at all. Apparently, they’ve changed their minds on that.

    Yesterday afternoon, Oracle pushed an update to Java that fixes a vulnerability that exposed Windows users to drive-by attacks. While Sun had claimed that the issue wasn’t serious enough for them to release a patch prior to the next scheduled version’s release, once Google’s Travis Ormandy released details of how the attack could be used, Sun relented and released a fix.

    The vulnerability was independently discovered by Ruben Sanamarta as well, and occurs because ofthe Java-Plugin Browser which runs “javaws.exe” withough validating command-line parameters.

    The new version, Sun Java 1.6.0_20 is available at the Java web site, or you can wait until it’s automatically pushed to you version.  Which will happen within 30 days.  Which you probably shouldn’t wait for.

    You can also read the full release notes on Oracle’s site.

    Don’t walk, run to update your Java… This affects ALL YOUR BROWSERS.

    Personally after getting pwned two weeks ago I’m running all browsers inside Sandboxie – See here for other ideas.



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  • NegBox 7:52 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Offshore   

    How to Find a Good International / Offshore Hosting Company 

    After much searching I found a good host. I was exploring the maze trying to do a bee-line to the answer (Why do they call it a Bee line when bees do not fly straight at all?). In the end the way I managed to find them was by going into a hosting directory like hostsearch and NOT going with the companies they list. The process is simple:

    1) Go to HostSearch

    2) Pick your country and scroll to the middle/bottom of the list (avoiding the sponsored listings)

    3) Pick a random host

    4) Go here: Who Is Hosting This and figure out who hosts the hosting company. You’ll get their company name and IP. Check out the company and the IP on a geolocation tool. If the parent company is where you want it to be – geographically speaking – Go forth, young man!

    5) If not, repeat with next hosting company on the list

    This little process gets though the barrier of Crapellers – My new term for Crap Resellers. Sometimes the parent company offers only high-end stuff, but sometimes it offers the usual fare. You can go for a reseller account yourself!

    Have fun!

    • Mike Chiasson 8:52 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ld still like to know what diabolical deed you are up to in the oversees market.
      My recent post Dear Facebook, Fuck You

    • negbox 3:06 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Its not THAT diabolical. It isn't porn – I get too carried away to do that – it isn't warez or virii. Its just grey area and I prefer to stay on this side of trouble..

      There are just too many jerks with too much time on their hands and not enough Viagra hand cream… So it makes sense to take a little caution.

      Plus the folks I'm hoping to take over on SEO might not like it. But hey, its all fun and games… 🙂

      BTW, I finally found a host… I'm paying about 5x what I would be paying stateside – so this shit better work. Now! LOL!

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  • NegBox 5:31 pm on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Will Mein Fuehrer Host Mein Blitzkrieg Website? 

    There you go, that’s the extent of my German.

    I’ve spent around five solid hours combined searching for good international hosting. Good as in: More than 15GB, more than 10x the bandwidth, a reasonable price tag for an experiment and dealing with a hosting company and not a reseller.

    Challenge #1) Try typing Hosting anything in your favorite search engine and its a zoo. Mostly resellers. And msotly totally GARBAAAAGE.

    Challenge #2) You find a company – Do the plans match what you need or do they have 250MB for $50?

    Challenge 3#) Are they REALLY located where they say they are? – The company may be, but check their customers and their datacenter if you can. I’ve used Discover Who Hosts Any Website | Who Is Hosting This to successfully sniff out companies in India reselling a server around the corner from me – all you need to do is nab the name of one of their clients and put them though that site. That and nice IP geolocation tool like http://www.ip2location.com

    Challenge #4) Are they for real? Or is it fly-by-night hosting on Grandma’s PC? This is a combination between a judgment call and the info you’re able to gather.

    This doesn’t sound like much of a challenge until you try. The US market is dead simple – Great offers and easy to tell apart the good from the crap. The international market – not so easy my friend.

    I tried the Warrior Forum, Digital point and some others – People are not talking much about this so came up really empty.

    The single most useful resource I found in this hunt was Hostsearch.com – The decision isn’t final on where I’m plunking this stuff down but I’m taking the plunge in the next few minutes… I’m just going to spin the wheel of fortune here. If you have recommendations, I’d love to hear them.


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  • NegBox 4:38 am on April 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Offshore Hosting – Shore being ‘US’ Shores 

    Now that was stupid. I spent the past 60 minutes trying to find a good recommendation for international hosting. Panama, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, UK… Nothing was fitting the bill (ie: the bill was huge) Then it hit me like a brick: India. Doh!


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  • NegBox 9:31 pm on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Opportunity,   

    New Site: Countdown Initiated 

    I decided to give that low-hanging-fruit I mentioned a while back a GO. What the heck, lets go for it. Its an SEO job, essentially. If it works out, it will be stellar – if it bombs, I hope it doesn’t splatter.

    I had four 2Ghz cores crunching the data for the site for about 48 hs during the weekend… My back-of the-envelope calculations say that it should take about 15 hours to shuttle the content to the site – even with the 4x bigger pipe I asked for. I have no clue how long it will take to get everything online and accessible – there’s a couple of things I still need to figure out how I’m going to pull them off.

    Ideally, shortly afterwards this scene should unfold in the market space I’m entering:

    However, for visitors, the site should look and feel like this:


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  • NegBox 3:47 pm on April 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Browser, , , Sandboxie,   

    Securing Web Browser using Sandboxie and an Unprivileged User 

    After last week’s fiasco of getting pwned by what looked like an overflow bug exploited in the latest Firefox (3.6.3), it dawned on me today the simplest way to lock this one down – Way simpler than a Virtual Machine and with zero impact on performance – and a mild hit on ease of use…  User privileges!

    Hello! McFly!! I should have been running my browser as an unprivileged user already. Doh!

    Then I remembered there is a very useful little program that does sandboxing really well called Sandboxie – How well does it stand up to getting pwned? Probably pretty well, unless the exploit is targeted at the browser and the sandbox tech – which is extremely unlikely. In that case, running in a sandbox with an unprivileged user would take care of pretty much everything – but it might be a bit of overshooting. Sandboxie loads a kernel-mode driver and provides really nice controls over what is allowed and what isn’t, it boxes up whatever changes the app wants to do but is not directly allowed, and lets you review them. Not only can you see what you’re doing, prevent malware, but actually see that something bad was about to happen. Really cool tech.

    Using just an unprivileged user is pretty rock solid safe – but it is also a royal pain in the ass. Operations fail all the time – especially in Windows where every program thinks they ought to own the box, you’ve got to mess with the event viewer to figure out what the program tried to do that failed and made it explode, then figure out what permissions to give it – and remember to take them away if it was just a temporary thing – Then to top it all off, half the settings get stored in the profile or home directory of the unprivileged user the browser was running under – so when you try to run it under an administrator ID to change that something that wasn’t working as a regular user – whatever you wanted to change is not there anymore. Enough rant… Lets see what happens.

    I’ve got no ties to Sandboxie other than its a fine piece of software for a decent price (around $30) – Anyone have any other similar tech to recommend in this area of Windows browser safety?

    PS: Anyone who suggests either Linux or a Mac will be cursed to have hair grow out of their ears until it looks like ponytails.


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