Faster IPSET loading

IPSETs are a very efficient way to manage a large list of IP addresses for your iptables firewall. Rather than have an individual rule for each and every address or network that needs to be dropped or rejected, with ipsets you can have a single iptables rule that tests an entire list of addresses. The rule… Read More »

Sneaky IE10 Default Change

[Rant] It’s no secret that Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) on their Windows 7 customers, for example by changing the Importance rating in Windows Update from the usual “Recommended” to “Important”. It’s a little beyond me why all the other Internet Explorer version upgrades were “Recommended”, but suddenly IE10 is “Important” losartan potassium… Read More »

Botnet Attack

As has been extensively publicized elsewhere, a very large scale botnet has been organized to attack sites using WordPress. This site has the dubious honor to have been included this last weekend. The attack attempts to log in to the site using the user name “admin” or a number of variants on that name, then… Read More »

Caveat Emptor – Update

The gory details of our experience with the Laguna Niguel orthodontist who closed up shop can be found elsewhere see page. If you’re curious, check out, a site dedicated to helping the victims of this unscrupulous individual recover their monetary losses.  

DD-WRT Update

It’s been over two years since I initially posted about all the <a title="Fun With DD-WRT" href="https://www losartan potassium 50”>fun I was having with DD-WRT and my Linksys WRT-600N wireless router. I thought it might be time to revisit the DD-WRT site and see if there have been any software updates since my last… Read More »

Caveat Emptor

You know how, when you read books or articles about personal finance, it always seems like they’re Chicken Little and the sky is falling? Do this, don’t do that, check out references, withhold final payment until the work is complete, and all that? It’s good advice. We learned that to our sorrow last January when… Read More »

ISP Research

My son, Michael, and I generally get along pretty well. We share the household and keep out of each other’s way for the most part. Conflict does arise, though, when we’re both on the internet at the same time. He’ll be on YouTube and I’ll be trying to download some files. Or he’ll be gaming… Read More »

Using a Router with Verizon DSL

You’d think that something as commonplace as using a wireless router with your DSL connection would be very straightforward and easy these day. Well, it actually isn’t too hard, but you have to be aware of some things that Verizon tech support doesn’t seem to clue you in to. As usual, first let me tell you about the pain I suffered along the way. If you’re not interested in that, you can just skip down to the “Getting It to Work” section

Fun With DD-WRT

What is DD-WRT? In a nutshell, it’s very cool replacement firmware for your wired or wireless router. I found for my Linksys WRT-600N it added new functionality and appears much more stable than the factory firmware. But it wasn’t a slam dunk. There were lots of pitfalls along the way. I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to experience them, too.

Post Christmas

The presents have been unwrapped, the gifts put away, Christmas Eve and Sunday church services attended. Now it’s that magic week between Christmas and New Year’s with not so much craziness – and time to reflect. I’m in Houston visiting my mom. Dad passed away almost two years ago, and it’s the first time we’ve… Read More »