Month: January 2009

FreeNAS as Media Server

We all have a lot of media on our computers, music, movies and even Ebooks. What you need is to put all of the media in one place so everyone in the house can access the media easily. Network Attached Storage or NAS is the perfect solution. There are many NAS solutions out there but many carry a large price tag. I have found a great solution called FreeNAS. FreeNAS is just the way it sounds – FREE Network Attached Storage. You just need some old hardware and away you go. FreeNAS is packaged with basic file transfer services such as CIFS (SMB), NFS, AFP, FTP, SFTP, and SCP. In addition, FreeNAS sports some more advanced backup and file synchronization services, namely rsync for *NIX users and Unison for cross-platform file synchronization. Also included is a UPnP media server with a built-in web based control page. This is great for sharing your media with your PS3, Xbox360 or even your Windows Media Center computers. FreeNAS also comes with a iTunes compatible server built in. You can now serve all of your music to multiple computers on your network. FreeNAS also supports iSCSI as both an initiator (client) and target (server). iSCSI is an alternative to Fibre Channel, common in large storage networks. To round things out, FreeNAS also supports Dynamic DNS which periodically updates DNS servers with the NAS’...

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Led Zeppelin Encore?

I have been a Led Zeppelin fan since 1973, and I had the privilege to see them once. I was really hopeful for one last encore to see them again before geriatrics takes over the greatest rock band of all time. Led Zeppelin band members held auditions to replace lead vocal Robert Plant who did not wish to make a comeback. There will not be a swan song as none of the singers for the audition worked out, the band decided to do away with the idea of a tour, revealed guitarist Jimmy Page’s manager, Peter Mensch. American singer/songwriter Myles Kennedy of the Alter Bridge has revealed that he is grateful to have been given the chance to play alongside Led Zeppelin. Kennedy himself revealed that he did try out for a place in the group, and is disappointed not to have been included in any of their future plans, though he is happy he was able to join them for a jam session. “I am not singing in Led Zeppelin or any offshoot of Led Zeppelin, but I did have a great opportunity and it was something that I’m very grateful for. But Alter Bridge will go on, and that’s that,” the Daily Star quoted him as saying. Farewell Led Zeppelin, you will never be...

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Valentine’s Day Spam Storm Begins

Holidays are usually targeted with spam that comes with many dangers that you should be aware of. If you receive any email in the form of a Valentine’s greeting, don’t open it or click on any links embedded in the message unless you are absolutely 100% sure it came from someone you know. These messages flood inboxes weeks before Valentine’s Day, also typical of previous Storm spam runs. Clicking on the link redirects a user to a site with heart images. When this page is clicked, the user is prompted to download a file, malicious of course, detected by Trend Micro as WORM_WALEDAC.AR. WORM_WALEDAC.AR propagates by spamming email messages with malicious links where copies of the same worm are downloaded. Like other WALEDAC variants, it compromises the security of infected systems by opening random ports to listen for commands from a remote user. These other earlier threats by this same malware family exhibit routines and characteristics very similar to Storm: Fake Obama News Sites Abound What is Old is New Again: Malicious New Year e-Card Spam Merry Malware Greetings Flooding Inboxes Beside the social engineering techniques used in email, following are the similar methods applied by this worm family: Fast-flux networks and several different name servers used per domain Files names ecard.exe and postcard.exe In some instances, the installation of rogue antispyware Be safe and make sure your antivirus...

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Desperation Time for Illinois Gov

It seems Gov. Blago is trying all angles to win over confidence that he didn’t try to sell his Senate seat. Rod Blagojevich is now suggesting Oprah Winfrey to fill the Senate seat. I am sure this move was intentional considering the popularity of Oprah. I just don’t understand why Blago is on talk shows defending himself when he should be at the impeachment trial doing the same. Talk shows are not part of the voting process, or did he not know this? This really isn’t sitting well with Illinois residents as it looks like he is avoiding questioning. Blagojevich said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday that a friend of his had suggested asking Winfrey to fill Obama’s seat. “She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way become president,” Blagojevich said. “She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators.” But he said he decided that the talk show queen, one of the richest women in America, was unlikely to accept the offer. “She probably wouldn’t take it, and then … if you offered it to her, how would you do it in a way it didn’t look like it was some gimmick and embarrass her?” Blagojevich is doing the interview circuit and said he will not attend Monday’s impeachment trial in the state Senate which could remove...

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OSX Trojan on the Loose

A trojan that affects OSX is being circulated within pirated software earning the name the “Pirate Trojan”. This is a trojan that first showed up in pirated copies of OSX called iWork09 Trojan. Pirated versions of Adobe Photoshop currently in circulation are the latest carriers of the Trojan. The attack had previously been limited to pirated copies of Apple’s iWork suite. The trojan disguises itself as part of the application’s installer package. Once installed on a system, the malware launches a “back door” program which allows an attacker to remotely access a targeted system. This strategy has been used for years in pirated Windows software. “The Attack could indicate a new phase of malware activity within the MacOS X World.” said Pedro Bueno from McAfee in a recent blog post. He also wrote “Before this we saw mostly lame malware for Mac OSX, but the iWork09 Trojan represents a new element to Mac Trojans, sophistication”. The trojan has peer to peer-like characteristics and even encrypts its traffic. It looks like regular traffic going in and out of the infected machine. Be careful when running installing any software. Make sure it’s from a good...

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