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I love the all-in-one printer we have at the house. Unlike any other that has come before it, it just works. It talks Bonjour, and what ever PNP Windows uses these days, prints form its own built-in wireless access point, and through the cloud. It is pretty rock solid.

But, when one of the cartridges goes empty, a counter kicks in. I have not quite found out the number yet, but there will be a limited window based on either time or page count that the printer will  print in black ink only mode. The printer no longer will print anything until the depleted cartridge is replaced.

So, now my home office productivity is held hostage by a printer that requires me to purchase one of the most expensive liquids on the planet, 30 bucks for a couple of fluid ounces.

Which brings me to my point, you don’t own your printer, you lease it. The printer manufacturers make more money on the sale of inks for these InkJets than the printers themselves.

508-824-3278

Apparently my domain is going to just drop off the domain name search engines, unless I send this spammer $75.00. This is among some of the latest deceptive emails that I have been receiving lately. On first glance, this letter looks similar to those you might get when your domain is about to expired with your domain registrar. But in reality, this “company” is trying to sell you Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In my personal experience,gaining rank on the major search engines requires mounds of cash to be effective. You could also just create great content or post controversial topics and gain rank as well. The more users looking up your domain, the higher your rank will be.

For the record, my domain names will never just stop being listed, they will appear just as they are currently,  since I don’t use any of the “popular” rank gaming techniques, or pay for listing preference in order to gain a higher rank in the search engines.

When looking at these type of emails, here is how I usually break them down:

  • Look at the email headers to dig out the origin of the email, this particular one was served out by ffxivgatherer.com.
  •  Go to this website using wget or curl (don’t use a browser, unless you like cleaning up viruses or spyware). Turns out this host active but not hosting any content or providing any information about the company or services they are trying to “sell” you.
  • The company claims to be located in New York, but looking up their number, 775-349-7002, it is actually located in Austin Nevada.
  • The server that originated the email, 66.85.47.64, is hosted on Host4Geeks LLC in Walnut CA.

Based on the information found in just a couple of minutes, I have seen more than a couple of red flags. A legitimate company, especially one that offers SEO services, would put their website in their email where you could get more information about them and the services they offer.

Doing a reverse lookup on the phone number, apparently these guys have really pissed someone off:

Having just recently dealt with domain theft, I’m particularly sensitive these days about my domains and the correspondence I receive about them. In this case, I zipped off an email to the hosting provider where this email originated, and let their sales department know that emails coming from their hosted services could badly affect their reputation.

If you own any domain names, a good measure is to go ahead and pay the private registration fees. These types of scammers will not be able to dig out any email address you may have used during the registration process. Apparently, these guys are working off an old list, as all of the domains I own are listed privately,

We’ll just have to wait to see what happens.

From: Internet Services <info@ffxivgatherer.com>
Subject: Domain Alert: ****** *********** This is your Final Reminder of Domain – ROGERS-RANCH.ORG
Date: April 14, 2018 at 10:59:00 PM CDT
To: *********@***************.ORG

Attention: Important, DOMAIN SERVICE
Domain Name: ROGERS-RANCH.ORG

Call: 1-775-349-7002

ATT: Domain Owner MARK ROGERS
ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT
NONE
*********@***************.ORG
##### *************** – – ************* – ** – #####
UNITED STATES
WWW.ROGERS-RANCH.ORG

Requested Reply Before
April 16, 2018

PART I: REVIEW SOLICITATION

Attn: Domain Owner ***** *************
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification for your business Domain name search engine registration.

This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration and save.

Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the expiration date may result in cancellation of this proposal making it difficult for your customers to locate you on the web.

Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engine subscription includes domain name search engine submission.

You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated below unless you accept this proposal. Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register your domain name search engine registration so your customers can locate you on the web.

This Notice for: WWW.ROGERS-RANCH.ORG will be terminated on April 16, 2018 Act today!

[ ] 1 year 04/16/2018 – 04/16/2019 $75.00
[ ] 2 year 04/16/2018 – 04/16/2020 $119.00
[ ] 5 year 04/16/2018 – 04/16/2023 $199.00
[ ] 10 year -Most Recommended- 04/16/2018 – 04/16/2028 $295.00
[ ] Lifetime (NEW!) Limited time proposal – Great value! Lifetime $499.00

Payment by Credit Card or Check
Call our New York main office: (775)349-7002

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By accepting this proposal, you agree not to hold DS liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this proposal. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. There is no pre-existing relationship between DS and the domain mentioned above. This notice is not in any part associated with a continuation of services for domain registration. Search engine submission is an optional service that you can use as a part of your website optimization and alone may not increase the traffic to your site. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DS reply with Remove to unsubscribe. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this letter is strictly prohibited.

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Unfortunately, I have an email address that was lifted from a mailing distribution list on a compromised server operated by a major youth organization. Since that date many years ago, I receive tons of advance fee fraud emails weekly, also known as 419 scams.  I received one today I had to share from the ‘IMF’.  I’m quite confident this author is from the I Make Fraud (I.M.F.), not to be confused with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The subject states it all:

Victims of authorized push payment (APP) scams

So they have, in fact, stooped to using advanced fee fraud reimbursement scams to perform advanced fee fraud, brilliant.IMF AFF SCAM

iCloud Woes

Mac MiniFor a while I have been using some of my virtual resources on my lab gear to host my iTunes collection, but my collection is beginning to take over my limited storages capacity. To alleviate my storage issues, and regain some space for other VMs, I purchased a Mac Mini. Setup went as expected for any Apple product, no issues. Since I use iCloud, when prompted to logon using my iCloud credentials, I thought, sure, why not. I proceeded, finish the setup and migrated all of my data. (330) 662-4188

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916-565-8836Bad news for the PL-2303 chipset, apparently it is not the de facto standard  anymore.

Recently I needed to get into the switch in my rack after our wonderful power company had an issue that left several thousands of us without power for almost and hour. When the power came back on my old 3750 was having issues coming up. So I grabbed the trusty old PL2303 USB to Serial dongle, the new Macbook Pro and low and behold, there was no tty.usbserial to be found. Now this is a new company provided Macbook Pro 13″ laptop with a fresh install of Mavericks on it, so I started researching. Since I have never had to install a driver for this particular dongle on any machine before, Microsoft or Apple, I felt certain it was a laptop issue on the new Macbook.

After a few searches it became apparent that the drivers for this chipset  are no longer built-in on the latest Windows and OS X operating systems. To get my USB dongle to show up in hardware, I had to install the Prolific 2303 chipset driver. I guess it’s time to start looking for the next standard supported USB dongle that uses the native drivers.

The Apple Watch Review Update

w38ss-sbbk-sel_GEO_USWell it has been a while since I posted the first review, so I thought I would post my first impressions of WatchOS-2.

But first, how has the watch held out so far. If you read my first post, you will already know that the screen cracked on me in week two, (stress crack originating at the digital crown). I still have not taken it in to get the ION-X glass replacement and have another crack at the bevel just above the bottom part of the frame. Since I am constantly wearing the watch, I have not had a time where could do without it enough to go and get it taken care of. Continue reading The Apple Watch Review Update

The Apple Watch Review

w38ss-sbbk-sel_GEO_USThe first thing I can say about this watch is battery life has certainly surprised me. After having this watch now for about two weeks, I can confidently say that I can go for a couple of days between charges, unlike what was previously reported. I use the watch all day in glances, notifications, passbook, email, twitter, alarm clock, fitness, and of course time keeping. I do have to admit here that I took the advice from the guys over at Tested.com and pared down my notifications to the bare minimum. But after the end of the work day, I have been typically left with 75% of the available battery power. Paired with my iPhone, it has shown itself to be a useful extension of the smart phone. Continue reading The Apple Watch Review

Tips for upgrading Data ONTAP on HA pair

4035251136I recently performed a Data ONTAP upgrade on an older FAS2040 system. Here are some steps to follow for a successful upgrade.

First of all, if you, or your customers, are not using Auto Support, you really should consider it. If not just for getting your storage issues in your mailbox, then at least for the ability to use the online Upgrade Advisor. Upgrade Advisor will take all of the data collected by ASUP, parse it, and spit out into the exact steps needed to complete the Data ONTAP upgrade, with guidance for performing a non-disruptive upgrade.
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Lessons learned from FabricPath

FabricPath is a technology to drive Layer 2 in the data center. FabricPath works around most of the limitations that affect traditional Ethernet Layer 2 networks. These classic Ethernet networks use the Spanning Tree Protocol. But, spanning tree does not make use of redundant links. In a typical Spanning Tree Protocol deployment half the links are blocked and do forward traffic. And, each time there is a network change, the spanning tree protocol has to reconverge, which can take as long as a 50 seconds with default parameters. FabricPath introduces a new control protocol (based on the Intermediate System to Intermediate System [IS-IS] Protocol) and a new data plane.This provides benefits of both Layer 2 and Layer 3 technologies, along with Equal Cost Multipathing (ECMP). Using ECMP,, FabricPath has the ability to take advantage of all of the connections to other switches without any of them being in a blocked state.
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Bit off more than I could chew …

WindowsUpgradeIf you are considering this move, I have a couple ideas for you:

  • Do a fresh 8.0 install over your Windows 7, be sure to backup user data first.
  • Despite what they say, machines that can run Windows 7 may not run Windows 8 or 8.1, or install it easily.
  • The Metro UI is really not that bad.
  • Be prepared for a lot of reboots, really?, I don’t have this issue with an OSX or Linux OS refresh.

Continue reading Bit off more than I could chew …

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