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One Legged men, domain names, and Mobile Phone Tracking – A Year Ago on Port 16

Just to take a little walk down memory lane. A Year Ago I had just registered the domain, and had to immediately go out of state on vacation. I did return on August 1st.

Darn it, I wish I could have gone on vacation this year too! Oh well. I do have a couple of days off coming at the end of this week, and then I’m turning next weekend into a 5 day weekend. I can’t wait.

Well, just getting back into the swing of things, I didn’t have too much going on. I showed you how to track a Mobile Phone’s location for free, and was shocked at what a One Legged Man was charged with doing (I think this may be one of Art’s favorite all time posts).

The last post that was noteworthy was about Bust a Name, a domain name generator that was pretty darn cool.

Now, I know that last week I didn’t post much of anything, except for my links and Wallpaper post. This week I hope to do a little better. Thanks for everyone who’ has stuck around and put up with me.

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Since you’re going to be posting anyway…

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So I finally caved in, I joined Twitter.

I’ve been talking myself out of joining it, but it seems like Pownce has died, and although I started posting more on Pownce, there just doesn’t seem to be anything going on over there.

Maybe I’m following the wrong people, maybe I don’t have the right people following me. Who knows.

I’ve had kind of a posting spree lately, and not only have I been posting regularly on both Port16 and Two Guys Tech, but I’ve started to post more often on Pownce as well. So yesterday I figured, what the heck, the more the merrier.

I’m not going to re-post, at least not at this point in time. Pownce messages will not appear on Twitter and vice versa.

If you want to include me in the party, here’s my twitter page, and here’s my pownce page. If there’s anyone you follow, and would like to suggest them to me, let me know.

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5 Useful WordPress Posts

Sorry, I’m running a little late on my links post today. I have to say thanks to Phil for inspiring me on what category to use for these links.

Checklist for Setting up WordPress – Phil has been building WordPress sites like crazy for quite awhile now, and lucky for us, he’s distilled his knowledge into a checklist. Great list Phil, Thanks!

A Rule of Thumb for Categories – Here’s another Gem from Phil. On  our Drupal site, I’ve had to create categories by hand, which makes for far fewer categories then what you see in most WordPress blogs. Phil shares his rule of thumb on categories, and why it’s his rule.

WordPress: The complete post install checklist – Like they say about checklists, you can’t have just one. Well, maybe that’s chips or something, but you get my point. Might as well have a couple of check lists, it always helps to have another’s perspective.

9 Easy Ways to Secure your WordPress Blog – This time, a list about security. This list tells you how to lock it down a little more.

3 WordPress Security Tips I learnt from Matt Cutts – Well, I didn’t learn them from him, but the author of this article did, and I learned them from him. Knowledge transfer in action!

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CBS is buying CNET for $1.8 Billion

image CNET has always been one of the better known names, at least when it comes to Tech reviews and news. So when I ran across this headline on TechCrunch, it really caught my attention.

CBS is set to acquire NET for $1.8 Billion Dollars, and TechCrunch says that the move is aimed at expanding CBS’ reach.

Not too long ago, I posted about how much I liked CNET.TV, and the more content I see, the more I like what they’re doing. Here’s hoping that CBS doesn’t mess it all up.

Heck, maybe they can get more money and a higher production value, since CBS has to have more resources than CNET did.

I’ll be curious to see what happens.

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eDoxs – Dealing with SPAM so that you don’t have to.

imageThe eDoxs service is an excellent way for companies to deal with SPAM. Once you sign up, you replace your domain mail server (MX) records with eDoxs servers, and they accept or deny the e-mail on your server’s behalf. Any valid mail gets forwarded on to your mail server.

eDoxs is the service that my company uses. This is not a pay for post, I was just reminded recently how much I love their service, and I wanted to post about it.

I’ll explain what reminded me a little later in this post. First, let me explain a little bit more about this service.

The SPAM and Nothing but the SPAM

There are a whole lot of anti-spam services and software out there, but eDoxs’ big selling point, for me at least, was that eDoxs has a 0% false positive for their SPAM scanning. In other words, not a single legitimate email is going to be labeled as spam.

I’ve had to deal with other companies blocking email from my company for really dumb reasons, and I didn’t want others to have to deal with that when they were sending email to my domain.

It isn’t a perfect system, but I prefer to know that I have some spam that gets through, rather than have valid email that get blocked.

Saving you Bandwidth and Server Space

Mail that is accepted is scanned for viruses and malware, compared to known black lists, and scanned to see if it matches any known SPAM. The virus definitions that are used get updated every 4 minutes, from Symantec, before the updates are available to the general public.

I signed my company up with eDoxs years ago, and have been a very happy customer ever since. As soon as I signed up, I saw a dramatic drop in my bandwidth utilization, and I think I would’ve  needed at least twice the bandwidth that I have now, if it wasn’t for eDoxs.

What brought this up

The reason this came up is that eDoxs called me a couple of days ago to let me know that for some reason, I have had a dramatic increase in the number of email coming into my company’s domain.

It looks like some bot net has singled my company’s domain out for a dictionary attack.

You see, lately we have been receiving about 3 Million emails a day.

Yes, that is a whole lot of email. About 2,083 emails a minute!

Thankfully only a fraction of them are sent down my Internet connection, and on to my mail server.

If you’re looking for a corporate email solution, I highly suggest eDoxs. The money saved in circuit costs, not to mention employee time, makes the service a bargain.

Thank you eDoxs!

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