Today, I guess my virus streak was broken.ï¿½ This is
not going to be one of those “I got infected and everything is
gone” posts…because that didn’t happen.ï¿½ I received an
email..saw the text, and knew immediately it was a SirCam email.ï¿½ I
saved the headers, took a look at the attachment name, and then deleted
the email.ï¿½ The strange thing about this was that I had never
received an email from this person, nor did I know who this person
was.ï¿½ I guess you never know who has your email address in their
address book :).ï¿½ I sent this person a friendly email letting them
know that they have been affected, gave them a link that described the
virus and also a link showing them a download to get rid of the
virus.ï¿½ Just about an hour later, I received a second virus email
from this person…this time with a different subject, and different
attachment name.ï¿½ Actually both the attachment name and subject of
the email were the same.ï¿½ The attachments both had extensions of the
So, moral of the story, is to beware.ï¿½ If you want to
know more about this virus check out this link.ï¿½
If you think you’re infected with the virus go to this page to download
a program that will clean your system of the virus.
They’re At It Again
They have been at it again in the past couple of days, they have spammed the newsgroups and people using the email addresses that they obtained earlier.ï¿½ The email that they have sent out had the text:
yea it may be a worm but again they need to check the definition of “exploited”.ï¿½ These little kiddies make a bunch of claims about the insecure servers at Berkeley, but they have yet to show any proof of such supposed insecurity.ï¿½ The only “exploit” that they ever have used was one that I could have done just by changing some info in the user.sah file the client spit out (before S@H changed the info that it contained).
Matt Lebofsky posted to the sci.astro.seti group today to refute their claims and lay some smack down on them:
Perhaps I should clear this up:
Redoin’ da Stats
1 Day to 100K
Movin’ and Shakin’
Something related to the graphs, I noticed that the graphs for the Top team WU/Day, and the WU/Day averages are kind of screwed up.ï¿½ I see that my Excel spreadsheets aren’t right and they need to be fixed.ï¿½ I will have to do that sometime soon!ï¿½ Speaking of Excel charts…I have in the past week, moved over the statskeeping from my WIn98 machine over to my Win2K box.ï¿½ The switchover has gone well and I hope it will stay that way.ï¿½ I can’t say the same about my install of Win2K on my Win98 machine.ï¿½ That sucked big time.ï¿½ I should write an article on “the n00bie’s guide on how NOT to install Win2K”.ï¿½ I think I have my install straightened out though…I am writing this on that machine!
News From Berkeley
The next addition is “The SETI@Home User of the Day”.ï¿½ The User of the Day selection seems to have a different criteria than the Cruncher of the Week.ï¿½ The Cruncher is a randomly selected person from all active S@H crunchers, but to be chosen for the User of the Day a person needs to submit a user profile.ï¿½ “Exceptional user profiles will be chosen as “User of the Day” and shown on the front page”.ï¿½ If you want to submit a user profile, you can submit one here.ï¿½
The last improvement (well I think it is new!), is the availability of downloadable “User Certificates”.ï¿½ Members can download the certificates from their user statistics pages.ï¿½ They should show up at the bottom of the user’s statistics pages.ï¿½ It looks like they come in some different flavors, 100 WU, 1000 WU, 10000WU, and 100000 WU Certificates. Check them out.
TLC Back On-Line!
The recent problems surfaced mainly because of the dot.com crash and because of that Austin, TX which once was a budding internet hotbed, fell by the wayside along with may other dot.com companies.ï¿½ Somewhere in the past month or so Jason decided to move shop to the San Francisco area, and that is where the troubles began.ï¿½ Some time within the past month and half the normal system that Nimbus Networks was running on was dismantled, and it became a “home shop” (most likely in preparation for the move).ï¿½ï¿½ Unfortunately this goofed up the DNS servers during this time.ï¿½ The primary DNS server wasn’t running, but the secondary DNS server was up and running.ï¿½ The problem was the secondary DNS server was not “seen” to the entire world through some upstream connection or what not.ï¿½ Most of the world could not see the site through the teamlambchop.com address because of this.ï¿½ BUT, I actually could read the site fine on my end (some other could also).ï¿½ Unfortunately, I thought things would get straightened out with the upstream ISP (which never did) and Jason assured me that things were set up correctly on his end.ï¿½
Sometime over a week ago Jason switched the DNS pointer for the TLC domain over to Hagabard’s mirror site, but again people couldn’t access the site because the DNS server was “hidden” to most of the world.ï¿½ (Again, I could access it fine though).ï¿½ Things went completely dark for the TLC domain just about a week ago when Jason took all of his servers offline so he could move things to California.ï¿½
I have to admit, that I really didn’t know much about how DNS works, what computer does what and what is needed to keep a site online.ï¿½ Now I know a heck of alot more than I did a month or so ago :).ï¿½ I quickly realized that the way things were set up with the domain registration, I could not make any quick adjustments, and I needed some control over the domain name.ï¿½ Up until last week, I was listed as the registrant for the TLC domain name, but Jason was the Administrative, Technical and Billing Contact.ï¿½ In the past week I have gotten this changed.ï¿½
A bit into the problems, Hagabard offered his server for a mirror site for the TLC site, at tlc.hagabard.com.ï¿½ This has been up and running for a while and I thank him for the space on the server!ï¿½ In the past week I have gotten myself listed as the Administrative Contact, and when that went through I put in a change of both the Registrant and DNS service over to easyDNS.com.ï¿½ The DNS service changeover was easy and painless.ï¿½ It took only maybe two hours until everything was setup and confirmed.ï¿½ The next morning (Sat Jan 7th) the information was changed in the Whois Database….and over the next several hours the teamlambchop.com site was available to many people again (it finally propagated to me sometime Sunday afternoon).ï¿½ The change of registrant is still in the works (I don’t think NSI works over the weekend ;).
Chalk it up to a lack of communication and understanding of was was going on and needed to be done.ï¿½ Right now the teamlambchop.com domain is pointed to Hagabard’s servers….so in effect typing in tlc.hagabard.com and teamlambchop.com will point you to the same site.ï¿½ Right now things are still up in the air concerning hosting on Nimbus Networks.ï¿½ Jason said he would still be happy to host the TLC site, but it may be a little bit before he is up and running in California.ï¿½ Guess we will have to wait and see on that end of things.
Changes at Ars Technica
If things didn’t change, there was the possibility of severe cutbacks in the Ars site, most likely getting rid of several of the forums on the site.ï¿½ If that didn’t help, there was also the possibility of the site shutting down completely by the end of the summer.ï¿½ To help alleviate the financial situation over at Ars, this weekend they have unveiled a Premium Membership plan for the site.ï¿½ The membership is not meant to limit access to the content of the main Ars Technica site, but it is a “value added” subscription model.ï¿½ All information on the main site is available, as well as the technical forums on the Ars Forums (Including the Distributed Computing forum).ï¿½ There may (or may not) be restricted posting access to the non technical forums, but that has not been determined as of yet.ï¿½ For the latest information I suggest you check out the Membership page listed above, and there are some discussions about the plan(s) in the forum Lounge and Feedback forums.ï¿½
I am not writing this trying to force anyone to go subscribe, but I want to point out the option to everyone.ï¿½ Many of you may not think the $5/month they are asking is worth the added “value” that they are offering.ï¿½ I personally dont think of it in that way.ï¿½ To me my $5/month is going towards keeping Ars up and running.ï¿½ I value Ars Technica as a service, and I would hate to see one of the independent and honest hardware sites on the net to disappear.ï¿½ Yes…I know that Caesar et.al. could sign on with an advertising company that paid more than they do with the one they have now.ï¿½ But they have the integrity NOT to sell out to corporate entities for exclusive sponsorship, nor do they want invasive and intrusive advertising that will irritate the reader to no end.ï¿½ As it turns out the pop up, pop under, interstitial, and other advertisements that take over the browser are the ones that pay the most money.
I believe that Ars Technica has been a tremendous help for me in the past two plus years of reading the site.ï¿½ The site and forums have helped me in shaping my choices for the computers I have built, and the home networking I have going.ï¿½ The forums has been a great recruiting tool for Team Lamb Chop, and distributed computing has a home in the forums now.ï¿½ Needless to say without Ars, There would be no Team Lamb Chop site!ï¿½ It is a great community and a great site, and I have did my part to help the site out.ï¿½ :).
News From Berkeley
The info isn’t on the account summary anymore…maybe it will turn up later.ï¿½ If it does, then now you know what it means :).
In the same thread there were several requests for some other stats for the site…and Eric responds again:
Some more of Eric is in a thread talking about the stats.ï¿½ Some people were wondering why they would make progress in the rankings for a while, then while doing the same amount of work units they would get knocked back down the rankings quite a bit.ï¿½ There is an explanation for that: