January 17, 2022

OMG I’ve Been HACKED!! (Or Not)

I had to laugh when I got this email posted to the “postmaster@” address of this domain. For those unfamiliar, the “postmaster@<domain>” address is required by an Internet standards for SMTP mail domains. Every domain that supports the SMTP protocol for electronic mail is required by RFC 5321 and, as early as 1982, by RFC 822, to have the postmaster address. So the “postmaster@<domain>” is the email for the administrator of the domain. Note that the Postmaster (computing) Wikipedia entry also adds, “Since most domains have a postmaster address, it is commonly targeted by spamming operations.” As this is the...

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January 1, 2022

Looking for a New Shared Web Host and the SSL Trap

I use shared web hosting services for several of my personal websites. None of them get much traffic and they’re not critical (except maybe to me) so I can’t justify the cost of expensive web hosts for them. So I’m a budget hosting buyer. That said I’m always on the lookout for a good web hosting deal. Last year my domain hosting service, Namecheap, had a special on shared web hosting so I thought I’d give them a try as I’ve always been satisfied with the domain hosting services they provide. Last year their “Stellar Plus” plan was offered for...

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September 28, 2011

Setting up a Static Subnet with PPPoe

I recently changed from a copper wired telephone service and DSL line to a fiber optic connection. When I lost my DSL, I also lost the five fixed IPs that I was using to host some devices I was using (including webcams) With my DSL I had five IPs that I could access from the Internet.  But technically speaking I had five IPs on a static subnet my ISP had set up. It’s not my intent to get into the details of subnetting itself.  Suffice to say that subnets are a way for ISPs to have more IPs for its...

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