Sunday, December 19, 2010

Rebuilding a web server

Next thing to do, is upload web content, add DNS
and start loading configurations.Once the server
has the domains setup, user FTP and upload data.

I use FileZilla for FTP these days. Its free and easy
to use. It also lets you change permisions, which helps
when you start setting up php applications, ect. more
on this later!

Setting up new server

 I spent a few hours and downloaded my ISO's, burned my cd's. Testing the used server I was donated from an old friend , we  found one of the hard drives in the raid was failing. I simply pulled the old hard drives out, put in one fesh 160gig UFW (utra fast and wide) and created a new container in the SCSI system ( control a)

I test the systems ram one last time, as RAM is key here. The server has 4 gigs or ram and 160 gigs of space for OS & storage. Raid was disabled for this basic load. I loaded the complete server package, then registred the system online.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Creating the fix - Add a route in static route if needed

After arguing with support that I needed 5 minutes of REAL assistance I found myself in a funny spot. The router was configure , but did not have a static route added for return or reverse ARP to effectively work. DUH right ? Wonder how both myself and support  missed a simple thing like the route?

If your trying to route real world IP's on a LinkSys or Dlink you have to add the static route of the class c with 2 hops. Funny this was not found anywhere in or on their site, like no one ever uses real Ip's on a network any more. Ever wanted to just scream at it ?

Saturday, August 14, 2010


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Monday, May 31, 2010

10 WordPress Plugins That You Probably Should Have

Since WordPress is among the most popular CMS (if not the single most popular CMS), it is quite logical that there are so many WordPress plugins. Sure, not every single WordPress plugin is a masterpiece but undoubtedly there are hundreds of really great WordPress plugins. Because of this it was very hard to narrow down the list to Top 10 only – the competition was really fierce.
Anyway, even if it were possible to create the Ultimate Top 10 of WordPress plugins, this wouldn’t be very useful because webmasters and their needs differ. This means that there are hardly 10 WordPress plugins all webmasters like and use. Instead, we decided to compile a list of 10 WordPress plugins you could use on every site:
  1. All In One SEO Pack. SEO is one of the most significant areas where a webmaster could use help. It is true that even the default WordPress installation is relatively SEO-friendly, especially when compared to other leading CMS, but still there is a lot a webmaster needs to do in order to optimize his or her site. All In One SEO Pack is really valuable because it includes everything you need – the ability to manage keywords, descriptions, titles and heading, as well as duplicate content.
  2. Akismet. Akismet – the uncontested ultimate Wordpress spam guard – is another Wordpress plugin you can’t do without. Luckily, Akismet is among the handful of plugins that come preinstalled—just make sure you activate it. The spam algorithm used by Akismet is very sophisticated and you can rely that your blog won’t get filled with spam. If you use Akismet on a personal site, then it is free. The commercial license isn’t free but still it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
  3. Adsense Injection. We admit that Adsense Injection would hardly make it into many Top 10 lists of WordPress plugins because unlike the other WordPress plugins on the list, it isn’t that popular. However, similar to the other WordPress plugins on the list, it is also useful.
    The most notable thing about Adsense Injection is that it randomizes the places where your Adsense ads are published. Many other ad plugins publish ads in static places. Users learn where ads are and they tend to avoid looking at these places. Adsense Injection changes this – every time the page is loaded, the Adsense blocks are published in a different place in the text.
  4. Advertising Mgr. Advertising Mgr (short for Manager) is very useful because it allows to run ads not only from Adsense but from many different networks. This plugin has many configurable options and it does a pretty good job.
  5. Most Popular Posts. Most Popular Posts is just one of the many WordPress plugins that lists of the most popular posts on your blog. What make this plugin different is the vast customization abilities it offers. You can define the number of posts on the list, which categories to include/exclude, etc.
  6. Wordpress Backup. WordPress Backup doesn’t add cute functionality to your blog but it can save you lots of trouble. As the name implies, WordPress Backup creates a backup copy of your WordPress blog. However, you need to know that this plugin DOESN’T backup your WordPress database – it backups only the content outside of it. Therefore, if you want to have a complete backup, you need to get a plugin that backups the database – there are several such small plugins and they do a good job.
  7. Sociable. Sociable is one of the best promotion tools you can use on your WordPress blog. Sociable is a plugin with a list of social bookmarking and social networking sites and it allows users to bookmark/share a post on your blog they like. This is very useful because when users bookmark/share your posts, this is free publicity for you.
  8. External Links. External Links is a really handy plugin, if your posts and your site as a whole have many external links. This plugin allows to set global settings for external links – for instance, you can make all external links open in a new window, so that when users click a link to an external site, they don’t leave your site. Also, if you set a “nofollow” attribute, the external links won’t be followed by search engine spiders and this way you won’t harm your own SEO rankings.
  9. NextGEN Gallery. If your WordPress blog has many images, why not make an image gallery? With the NextGEN Gallery plugin this is easy to do. NextGEN Gallery uses jQuery and its concept is very advanced. At present many features are still under development but nevertheless, NextGEN Gallery has enough features (i.e. watermarking your images to stop image thieves) and it is a full-fledged image gallery.
  10. Zemanta. Finally, Zemanta is one more plugin worth checking. Zemanta isn’t WordPress exclusive because it is available for many other platforms but this doesn’t make it worse. Zemanta gives you the opportunity to add links to related articles from your own site or from all over the web and to display free photos from Flickr and other sites. The best thing about Zemanta is that if you opt to include your blog in the list of sites in Zemanta’s database, chances are that other bloggers will link to your articles, thus driving you free targeted traffic.
We don’t say that the list of great WordPress plugins ends with these 10. Not at all! There are many more WordPress plugins that also deserve attention but since we wanted to focus on some more or less universal plugins, this is why we chose these particular 10 plugins. You are free to explore on your own what WordPress plugins are available and pick your very own Top 10 WordPress plugins.
Complement your fully-armed Wordpress blog with the appropriate hosting. For small to medium blogs with moderate traffic, shared hosting is your best option.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Hosting Platform

Our group is developing a new multithread hosting platform
using blade servers, and  SAN arrays.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

9 Popular Youtube Clone - Video Portal Scripts Reviewed

For those of you who may be interested in setting up a niche video website based on the Youtube video sharing Social Media model - there are plenty of php scripts out there that will basically allow you to easily setup a Youtube clone website. I have worked with a lot of them - specifically the top popular ones, and this post is a brief review of video sharing scripts. These scripts can be installed on solo websites or within a sub-domain or folder within your current existing website. While there are now plenty of Video Share scripts out their (many of them just re-writes and refurbished clones of original ones), the scripts I review below are the ones that are on the top of the list.

PHPmotion - This is a free, opensource script and a good startig point if you do not have the money, but would like to experiment to see what kind of traffic your video niche portal can attract. I would not recommend it to anyone who is serious. It works well, but the design templates and the functionality is not that great. But, if you are on a shoestring budget and all you want to do is throw up something quickly and cheap - you can try this. Score: 7/10

Clip-Share - One of the initial players in this space. Has amazing graphical and layout templates that can be purchased in addition to the 4 basic templates that come pre-packaged. This is a solid script and a highly recommended choice for the serious. They sell 2 different versions - a Lite version at $99 and a Pro version at $199. You can purchase additional Web2.0 look-and-feel design template for $100 each. The template files can easily be customized as you wish. I had no problem whatsoever with their support and they were prompt to answer and get back to me with solutions to the problems I faced. If you have the budget go for this one. Recently that uses their script gota funding round of $30 million. Score: 9/10 - This script is not just for video sharing. It is a complete Social Media website that has has video, photo, music, files, articles, games, blogs and community networking built into the dash board. If you’re looking for a more than just video and a full fledged script of Social Networking around various media - then take a look at this script. Athough, I have not personally tested this script or worked with it - it seems to be alright. the price is a bit steep at $418. If you are serious about setting up a Social Netowrking site around media sharing content, it would be better if you installed Boonex (which has a free version). However, dont strike out Rayzz from your list - as it is quite powerful in its own way (it focuses more on the Social Media sharing tools and aspect than the Social Networking aspect, which is what Boonex does). Score 6.5/10

Attachmax - This script will allow users to download the videos in addition to viewing them streamed. The script comes with a basic database of videos so you can have pre-populated content on your site. While the layout and graphic design may suit some people, I thought the script was pretty average and not too focused. At $$ , this may be a good buy to some of you. Score: 6/10

Alstrasoft Video Share Enterprise - Stay far far away from this one. Its got holes in it and the people behind it have a very bad reputation. I don’t want to bash them too much, but just do a search on Google with their name and you will see what other disgruntled people are saying on various forums. At $300 this is a complete waste of money (even though I would not pay even $10 for it). You have been warned! Score: 0/10

MediaMax Script - This script is a recent re-branding of Video Watch Pro. They have videos, pitcure, audio and social networking too - built into this script. The site and demo looks pretty impressive at $299 and they even have a Google Adsense flash video integration - which will allow you to earn more money within the flahs player. I have read elsewhere that their customer service is not up to mark - but this is not from a confirmed source. I think - you are good to go if you like their look and feel and functionality. Quite impressive. Score: 8/10

VShare - This is the script with the highest value-for-money at $10 !! The features are very advanced and their are plenty of them. I was quite taken by surprise to see the amount of features this script had packed into it - such as, alternate video server uploading, youtube direct embedding etc. The only drawback was the graphical template… it looked a bit ordinary. So, if you have the time and resources to alter template files - then i recommend this script highly. Although there are a few vendors on their site forums who are selling laternate templates, I am yet to see one which is “professional looking”. Also, I’d like to point out that their support and forums are extremely good and I got answers very quickly. Install this script if you have the ability to dabble around with the template and improve its basic look. Score: 9/10

osTube - This script is a media sharing model and offers Video, Photo, Audio, Documents, Community and Blogs. The pre-packaged templates look quite impressive and the functionality and video player look good. I don’t have any idea what it costs - but you should test drive their free version, which has limited features, before you buy their paid versions. They are definitely the most impressive “media sharing” scripts out their from what I can see. May not have as many functions as Rayzz (above), but definitely a better and sleeker dashboard - although I dont know how the engine is under the hood. On what i’ve seen and assuming this script works well, I give them - Score: 8/10

PHPmelody - If you’re looking to setup a Music Videos website, then this is script is fantastic. It does not allow you and your visitors to directly upload videos to the site - but one can embed videos from Youtube - which is a fantastic feature, as not only does it save bandwidth and server resources but it also allows you to quickly add content. They also have a neat “keyword” based search that the admin can use to find videos on Youtube and add them with one click! The script comes pre-packaged with thousands of pre-populated music videos - if you want to get content included right away. A breeze to install, and definitely worth the price at $39 with additional layout templates at $10 to $19. Support is excellent and prompt. Score: 10/10 if you are creating a Music Video website.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

GIGS Gets Educated !

 With the demand for colaberation more every day, GIG's and Total Access Networks have agree to combine resources to deploy work together to deploy not only services but help develop an educational system of those resource.

Education is a key element in this worlds existsance and will go on , after those of us typing these pages are long gone. The residual repositories will shared world wide, unlike most education systems with agrue about infinite details , but must the basics or a solid education.

demo accounts are available to educational institutions & schools world wide upon request.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Using Gizmo5 ? Here’s your iNum !

Using Gizmo5 ? Here’s your iNum !


If you are a Gizmo5 user, you now have an iNum.
To know what’s your iNum number look for your Gizmo5 SIP number, which looks like 1-747-XXX-XXXX and replace the [1-747] with [883 510 07].
Example: If your Gizmo5 SIP number is 1-747 123 4567 then your iNum is +883 510 071 234 567.
For more info on Gizmo5 go to
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Are You Buzzing? Get Your Google Profile Verified

Seeing that shiny “Verified” badge on someone else’s Twitter profile can cause envy in some users — there are many cases of impostors on the service and, yeah, I know it’d make me feel special too. It’s OK though, if you’re a Google Buzz user in the U.S., you may be able to verify your name.

DISCLAIMER: Before you read any further, keep in mind that this only works in the United States right now. One of the two methods of verification is unique to the country.

It’s actually not a new feature but something that was simply forgotten over the past year or so — thanks to EndofWeb for remembering. The process is completed through Knol, one of Google’s side projects. It’s easy, free, and important to be able to give people the peace of mind that it’s really you.

1. Go to Knol.
Look to the top right corner of the page, and sign in with your main Google information. Once signed in, look back up to that same spot and click on the preferences link. You’ll be directed to a dashboard of all sorts of options, but the tab you want is Name Verification — click on it.
Now, you’ll see two options once you click on the tab, that will look like this:


2. Choose an option to verify.

So, it’s really up to you which way you’d like to verify — either with your credit card info, or your Social Security Number. Both work just as well. How does Google get this information? We’re not sure, but it’s safe either way.

I used my SSN (it also asked me for my current address) and I received verification within five minutes.
If it doesn’t work as fast, don’t worry, it may take some time — just keep an eye on your inbox.

Notes from site:

For verification by credit card number, we will securely pass your verification information to a third-party credit bureau, which will confirm that your information matches a record in their database. Your credit card will not be charged, this process will not result in an “inquiry” to your credit profile, and no one will look at any credit rating information or specific financial information in connection with this verification. Google will not see or have access to your credit profile or other credit bureau information. Instead, the credit bureau will simply provide us with a status indicator to let us know whether or not the information matched their records.
For verification by US social-security number, we will securely pass your verification information to a third-party credit bureau, which will confirm that your information matches a record in their database. This process will not result in an “inquiry” to your credit profile, and no one will look at any credit rating information or specific financial information in connection with this verification. Google will not see or have access to your social security number or other credit bureau information. Instead, the credit bureau will simply provide us with a status indicator to let us know whether or not the information you provide matched their records.

Please Note: Your verified name will be identical to the name we verified through your credit card number, so if you don’t want that exact appearance of your name to appear on Knol, you shouldn’t use Name Verification.

We will not share your information with anyone other than the third party database providers that process these verifications for us, and your verification information will be treated and stored securely throughout this process. After the verification process is complete, Google will not display or share any of the information you provide except your name, which will be displayed on Knol as your verified author name. If you’d like to learn more about how Google handles your personal information, please read our Privacy Policy.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

5 open source VoIP softphones to watch

Open source softphones can be deployed on as many devices as required throughout the enterprise -- without additional licence fees.

The steady rise in people using IP telephony to communicate -- for personal and business reasons -- has led to the development of a number of different VoIP “softphones” that can be used on a PC or notebook.
Softphones offer the flexibility of making a call without the need for a dedicated device. If you’re a Skype user you’re probably used to the benefits of free and cheap international calls while you’re on Facebook.
In this edition of "5 Open Source things to Watch" we take a look at VoIP softphones. Unlike their proprietary counterparts, open source softphones can be deployed on as many devices as required throughout the enterprise -- without additional licence fees.

1. QuteCom

QuteCom began life as OpenWengo developed by French VoIP provider Wengo as a free softphone for its telephony service.
QuteCom is cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) and integrates voice and video calls and instant messaging. The number of protocols supported is on the same level as other multi-protocol IM clients. The application is developed with the Qt cross-platform toolkit.
Licence: GPL

2. SIP Communicator

SIP Communicator is a cross-platform VoIP and instant messaging client developed in Java.
Like other multi-protocol IM clients, SIP Communicator supports the popular protocols like Jabber, AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo! Messenger.
As the name indicates, voice communication is done with SIP and file transfers between clients is now supported for the XMPP, MSN, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ and AIM protocols.
SIP Communicator recently received development funding from the NLnet foundation.
Licence: LGPL

3. SFLphone

SFLphone is a SIP and IAX2 (Asterisk) compatible softphone for Linux developed by Canadian Linux consulting company Savoir-Faire Linux.
The SFLphone project's goal is to create a “robust enterprise-class desktop phone” and is designed to cater for home users as well as the “hundred-calls-a-day receptionist”.
Its main features include support of unlimited number of calls, multi-accounts, call transfer and hold. Call recording is another useful feature.
SFLphone has clients for GNOME (integrated options), KDE and Python and it now supports the PulseAudio sound server, so users can experience additional functionality like sound mixing and per-application volume control.
The softphone is designed to connect to the Asterisk open source PABX.
Licence: GPL3

4. Empathy

Empathy is a unified communications client that supports text, voice, and video chat and file transfers over a variety of protocols. Empathy uses Telepathy for protocol support and is the default chat client for the GNOME desktop. Fedora Linux has also adopted Empathy as its default UC client.
Being multi-protocol Empathy supports popular messaging services like XMPP (Jabber/Google Talk), MSN, IRC, Salut, AIM, Facebook, Yahoo!, Groupwise and ICQ. Voice and video call support is also multi-protocol and can us SIP, XMPP, Google Talk and MSN.
Empathy’s other features include sharing and viewing of location information, group chat, and support for collaborative applications (“tubes”).
Licence: GPL

5. Ekiga

Ekiga (formerly known as GnomeMeeting) is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application for the GNOME desktop, but it can be used with KDE as well. Ekiga uses both H.323 and SIP for voice and has a number of enterprise features like integration with Novell Evolution and LDAP support. Administrators can block some settings if required.
To improve the user experience, Ekiga supports jitter buffering, echo cancellation and wideband codecs. Simultaneous account registration is supported as is multiple network interfaces also offers free SIP accounts for VoIP.
Licence: GPL

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Create a PPPoE client connection - Windows XP

This step-by-step article describes how to install the PPPoE client and to create a PPPoE connection. Windows XP includes a built-in PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) client. The PPPoE client connection is a high-speed connection that uses hardware such as a cable modem or a DSL modem.

Create a PPPoE client connection

You can install the PPPoE client just like you install any other dial-up networking connection. To create a PPPoE client connection, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network and Internet Connections.
  2. Click Network Connections, and then click Create a new connection in the Network Tasks pane.
  3. After the Network Connection Wizard starts, click Next.
  4. Click Connect to the Internet, and then click Next.
  5. Click Set up my connection manually, and then click Next.
  6. Click either Connect using a broadband connection that requires a user name and password or Connect using a broadband connection that is always on.
  7. Type the Internet service provider (ISP) name that your ISP provided, and then click Next.
  8. Type the user name that the ISP provided.
  9. Type the password that the ISP provided.
  10. Type the password one more time to confirm it, and then click Next.
  11. Click Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop.
  12. Click Finish to complete the wizard.

CPE - Customer Premise Gear - Explained

What is a CPE ? CPE stands for Customer Premise Gear.

A CPE in the wireless areana consists of an
enclose pocket type antenna , Radio, and
POE/Ethernet weather proof port. The CPE
is and OUTDOOR mounted unit in most
cases for fixed wireless service. The CPE
comes with stainless arm, for easy aiming
and durability. Most CPE's like the Total CPE , comes
complete, all you do is install cable, configure, point
and aim , alignment, and even enable remote access if applicable.

The CPE above lists for $399 but is sold with service for $199
plus installation & 1 year service agreement.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Windows XP Server - Part 2

After you PC/is running and online, make sure its current with service packs.

note: It is always important to be running with the latest service packs in any OS,
due to the security issues on the Internet.

Next we load our server software.  All the software and programs used here
can be found online or at list at bottom of article.

We played with a few packages, too many to list, and settled on a
complete package called WAMP Server, which has Apache, Php, and

After I installed WAMP, it was a breeze
to install any software needed simply
by adding a folder and dropping in code.
I tested a complete system
and setup a free eLearning package.

Next: Remote Access

WAMP Server - Link 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Free web sites and free web based tracking tool

You can only imaging the amount of web sites from 1993 to now have been created, We have seen almost every type and even few that scared us ( lol) , but the same this is needed. Simple easy to work tools, with reliable services. add free and your in business both fro your home or work.

I build the web sites first them hook up the domains afterwords. Marketing can always re-steer a path.

creating free sites for friends , family and businesses , I found the following very reliable and easy to use:

websites: - 5 stars
google sites - 4 stars ( more complex, not less value)

At simply sign up even with your gmail , yahoo, or other email address
once you pick you site name and choose the free web choice,
you can start adding content. If you need a domain they sell it cheap for 19.95
per year and that includes the hosting and I think one email address.

For those who want just the basics of whats with the web site I just created
I recommend since its advanced features give you real time information,
where, and even helps promote your site.


300 High Quality Free Web Templates and Layouts

(from their web site)

The main reason why we decided to create is simply because we wanted to create an online gallery for our web design templates, and also to allow others to download and use them for free. For us, this is one way of sharing and giving something back to the web community. At the same time, we learn and develop our skills in designing web pages.

All featured products here are ready-made designs, that can be used as a basis for fast and high-quality website. They are completely customizable and ready for immediate download.

site link

Software Review: KisMAC - 5 Stars

KisMAC is an open-source and free stumbler/scanner application for Mac OS X. It has an advantage over MacStumbler / iStumbler / NetStumbler in that it uses monitor mode and passive scanning.

KisMAC supports several third party PCMCIA cards: Orinoco, PrismII, Cisco Aironet, Atheros and PrismGT. USB devices with Intersil Prism2, Ralink rt2570 and rt73, and Realtek rtl8187 chipsets are in progress towards full support as well. All of the internal AirPort hardware is supported for scanning.

Software Review: Cain & Able - 5 Stars

Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft Operating Systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, recovering wireless network keys, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols. The program does not exploit any software vulnerabilities or bugs that could not be fixed with little effort. It covers some security aspects/weakness present in protocol's standards, authentication methods and caching mechanisms; its main purpose is the simplified recovery of passwords and credentials from various sources, however it also ships some "non standard" utilities for Microsoft Windows users.

rating - 5 star
type - hacking / sniffing

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Elgin Community Network Completes 60 mile wireless footprint

As the wheels of time move forward, the ECN and its helpers (way too many to list) has completed applying broadband, switches, DHCP server, and launches wireless meeting a 60 mile foot print plus. We are extreemly pleased to see the restoration of a wireless footprint removed in December 2007.

The city of Elgin Texas now has complete coverage again , with wireless speeds up to 10 megabits ( supports b/g) . The data facilities are hosted separate to reduce hacks/attempts, and un-needed network traffic. The network now has combined speeds of 40 megabit.

With the demand for remote everything, wireless is more in demand now than ever. The network has several additional towers being built and interconnected, building the largest wifi network , in central Texas, once completed, by end of 2010.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Windows Xp Server 101 (part 1)

Have been asked to demo a few applications that are built for Windows (tm) platform without the server platform cost. Can an XP sever be deployed with limited issues? Up until recently I would have said not without a physical firewall , just for the exploits alone of needed things like PHP, Apache and mySQL.

I found this current pattern that seems to survive network attacks and is free except windows license or hardware. On our donated unit, its a dell 1500 ( dual 1 GHz proccessors, with 1/2 gig of ram) with
standard raid , cdrom, dual nics and dual USB 1 ports. This unit came with an 18 gig drive installed in a sled, with expansion in both raid formations and capacity if needed.

First I start with my OEM cd, from Dell. Reloading orginal OS takes time, so kick back and relax.

Once machine is running on the net visit out archives for the cd ISO of selected setups:

VOIP PBX for windows - under production
VMware for Windows - under production
WAMP server for Windows


current status:

building cd ISO's and eLearning system for those needing support.

Once you have the machine running, start on your service pack upgrades.
Again dont get in a fuss, relax and give your machine time to update.
nothing worse than rushing and having to do all over again, because you
accidently hit the wrong key.

Burn Cd's using freeware IMGBurn to Cd's
(IMGBurn support / web site / download)

More to come ( part 2)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Software Review: Nmap - 5 Stars

Nmap runs on all versions of Windows since NT, including 2K, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Server 2003/2008. Please read the Windows section of the Install Guide for limitations and installation instructions for the Windows version of Nmap. In particular, read about the special Windows 2000 (Win2K) dependencies if you use that platform. You can choose from a self-installer (includes dependencies and also the Zenmap GUI) or the much smaller command-line zip file version.
The Nmap executable Windows installer can handle WinPcap installation, registry performance tweaks, and decompressing the executables and data files into your preferred location. It also includes the Zenmap graphical frontend. Skip all the complexity of the Windows zip files with a self-installer:

Latest stable release self-installer: nmap-5.20-setup.exe
We have written post-install usage instructions. Please notify us if you encounter any problems or have suggestions for the installer.
For those who prefer the command-line zip files (Installation Instructions; Usage Instructions), they are still available. The Zenmap graphical interface is not included with these, so you need to run nmap.exe from a DOS/command window. Or you can download and install a superior command shell such as those included with the free Cygwin system. Also, you need to run the Winpcap and Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package installers which are included in the zip file. The main advantage is that these zip files are a fraction of the size of the executable installer:

Latest stable command-line zipfile:
Nmapwin installer:

Nmapwin has been removed from this download page because it is obsolete. Try Zenmap (included in our installer) instead. By the way, eEye's old NmapNT is even more obsolete, don't use that either.
If you have trouble using the Windows version of Nmap (strange error/compile/install/runtime messages) (and you have read the instructions, try the following:
  • Does the error say "INSTMSIA.EXE not found"? Then download and run it from here. If the error asks for "InstMsiW.exe" instead, get it here.
  • You might want to try installing the Windows Network Monitor Driver Protocol.
  • Check for error messages in the Windows event log (On at least WinXP, the Event Viewer can be opened by running "eventvwr").
  • Ensure that you have the latest version of WinPcap installed.
  • Perhaps someone else has reported the problem. Try reading recent Nmap-dev list archives.
If Nmap still doesn't work for you, please send a detailed report the problem.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Software Review: EASYIDS - 5 Stars


EasyIDS is an easy to install intrusion detection system configured for Snort. Based upon Patrick Harper's Snort installation guide and modeled after the trixbox installation cd, EasyIDS is designed for the network security beginner with minimal Linux experience. 


Built upon a secure and stable operating system
CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from the source packages provided by RedHat. Referred to as the Community ENTerprise Operating System, CentOS is a secure and stable Linux Distribution with large community support. CentOS is developed by CentOS.

Passive detection of network probes and intrusion attempts
Snort performs protocol analysis and can passively detect a variety of attacks and probes such as buffer overflows, stealth port scans, web application attacks, and OS fingerprinting attempts. Snort is developed by Sourcefire.

Web-based analysis of intrusions
BASE is the Basic Analysis and Security Engine; a web-interface that provides a visual representation of intrusion data and allows analysis of possible intrusions that Snort has detected on your network. BASE is developed by the volunteers at Secure Ideas.

Automatic rule updates
The Snort rules are updated daily using Oinkmaster. EasyIDS can be configured to use and update the official Snort (VRT licensed) rules, the community rules and third party rules such as the Bleeding Snort rules. Oinkmaster is developed by Andreas Östling.

Web-based analysis of network traffic
ntop is a network probe that provides a visual representation of the bandwidth usage and protocol analysis of the traffic on your network. ntop is developed by Luca Deri.

E-mail notification of alerts
SnortNotify is a lightweight script that searches the database for new alerts meeting the configured priority and sends an e-mail containing specific information about those alerts. SnortNotify is developed by 780INC.

Snort performance graphs
PMGraph is a perl script that generates Snort performance graphs. Some of the graphs include: Dropped Packets, Alerts Per Second, Average Bytes Per Packet, Open Sessions, CPU stats, and much more. PMGraph is developed by Andreas Östling.

Scheduled local or remote FTP backups
Custom scripts allowing for the automatic and manual backup of EasyIDS to local or remote FTP hosts.

Integrated help system
Mouse-over style help messages on most of the configuration pages to provide details about what each of the options mean. 


Company:  Skynet Solutions
Rating: 5 Stars

Notes: dedicated PC needed for project with two ethernet ports. ISO wipes all data from hard drive on unit your are installing on. You have been warned.

Quick Install Guide
Challenge Log
Complete Setup Guide

Software Review: WinSock XP Fix - 5 Stars

WinSock XP Fix offers a last resort if your Internet connectivity has been corrupted due to invalid or removed registry entries. It can often cure the problem of lost connections after the removal of Adware components or improper uninstall of firewall applications or other tools that modify the XP network and Winsock settings. If you encounter connection problems after removing network related software, Adware or after registry clean-up; and all other ways fail, then give WinSock XP Fix a try. It can create a registry backup of your current settings, so it is fairly safe to use. We actually tested it on a test machine that was having a Winsock problem due to some Adware removal, and after running the utility and rebooting, the connectivity was restored.

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Notes from editor:

This application can fix most machines and at least get them back onto the net , where you can download and update your antivirus , malware and other protection software. Awesome software!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Haiti Resources site completed

thanks to the tons of people who put these resources together.
From people search to photo's and videos ( content warning)

The new site supplies resources that are proved (real) and all authentic.

Please visit our site to see what you can do
to help so many in need and in desperation.

The site is dedicated to the people of Haiti!

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