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New Sony VAIO E a little to colorful…

Sony's new laptops might be a touch to colorful.  I mean look at that thing, it has to be the ugliest combination of colors I've ever seen...

[Via Engadget]

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Interesting Issue: Connecting a USB device leads to BSOD (0x000000FC)

BSOD_2Ran into an interesting problem the other day. I was working on a clients machine that every time you connected a USB device the machine would blue screen and throw up a 0x000000FC stop message. The station was a Dell with XP Home SP3 installed and after some digging I found the solution.

If you have a XP disc handy just pop it in and after the pre-installation fun is over enter the Recovery console and replace the following files:

c:\windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys with c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\usbport.sys

c:\windows\system32\drivers\usbohci.sys with c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\usbohci.sys

c:\windows\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys with

Simply use the copy command to copy the files over the originals. Be sure to backup the originals just in case. After a reboot everything was copacetic. You gotta love Windows. :-)

[Via Microsoft TechNet]

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Net connected games becoming hackers new playground

wowWell it looks like the bad guys are turning to another source of mischief. Attacking and stealing user accounts of popular online games such as World of Warcraft, Lineage, and Maple Story.

In the last six months, Microsoft has seen more than 4.9m infections caused by Taterf - a figure up 156% on the total seen in the last six months of 2008.
Mr Evans said the virus used a variety of tricks to steal login names and passwords for the most popular online games.

"It's all about getting login credentials," he said. "The question is what might they do with those credentials."

"They might sell them because they are worth something," he said. "By using them they can obtain certain things within the game or they can buy services through some sort of market place."

"There's clearly a financial angle to it that makes it worthwhile," he said.


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Pesky internet filter? Why not SOCK it with SSH

routeHave you ever been behind an internet filter and really needed to get to a filter url?  With a little prior setup it can be pretty easy to, well we'll say, bypass...

First you need a machine somewhere out on the net you have access to running SSH.  What is SSH?  If your running a Mac or a Linux box you already have it.  For the purposes of this tutorial I'll show you how to do it on your Mac.  The first thing to understand is that the remote machine either has to be directly connected to the internet (cable modem to computer), or you will have to enable port forwarding on your router.  Because port forwarding will differ from router to router I'll assume your computer is directly connected to the internet.

Now for the simple part, enabling SSH on your "home" Mac.  Just open System Preferences, click on Sharing, and check the Remote Login option.


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We're in the home stretch.  Your Mac actually tells you almost everything you need to know.  If you look under the status indicator it states "To log in to this computer remotely, type ssh 'username@ipaddress'".  Now one thing to realize here is that your IP will probably change from time to time.  So you may want to look at a service like dynamic dns.  It allows you to install a client or setup your router to update your ip address automatically so you can enter a URL like Instead of having to remember an IP that might change at any time.

Okay , now for the remote machine all you have to do is open the Terminal application (Applications -> Utilities) and enter the following command:

ssh -D 9000 username@ipaddress

Let's look at that command.  We are telling SSH to log into your machine using your username at the IP address that was supplied by the sharing window.  Then create a socks proxy (-D switch) on port 9000.  You can use any port you want but I would keep it over 9000.  You will be presented with a password prompt.  Enter the password that corresponds to the username on the remote machine.  If everything works out you should see a welcome to Darwin message and have a terminal session running.

All you have to do now is enter the proxy information on your computer.  Just enter the localhost address of your machine and port 9000.  Fire up your browser and give it a try.  If all went well you should be able to view the page that was being filtered.  Now there are a lot of things that could get in the way of doing this.  Allowed ports, setting up your router correctly, and so on.  But hopefully you get right out.  Good Luck!

Hack the future!!!

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Ubuntu 9.10 ‘Karmic Koala’ is out

ubuntuWell it may be time to update my 'Jaunty Jackalope' install.  I can only say good things about Ubuntu so far.  I use it as my media server at home.  It serves up all of my movies, music, and photos to my PS3.  I think it can only get better from here.

Check it out yourself download it today.

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Windows Fail


Powered by Windows... No Coke for you :-)

[Via TechEBlog]

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Flu Season? Help your PC avoid infection

utilityWith all the different options out there to defend or more likely remove viruses, spyware, malware and just general badness on your PC.  I thought I would share my favorite three.  Oh and they are also FREE!!!

After working in the I.T. field for almost a decade now, I've seen a lot of poorly protected computers.  They tend to be home machines that the user thought had antivirus software but the subscription ran out a year ago.  Well hopefully with this three punch combo you'll feel a little safer on the net.

AVG Free has been around for quite a while now, and I believe it is one of the best options out there. If your looking for an effective and very affordable antivirus package look no further.

Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware fall into the same category but they are both worth their weight in gold. Both packages do a great job removing spyware and malware.  They will remove things that other packages won't and in my experience even some of the popular payed for apps.

Get protected.  If you aren't running any type of multilevel protection it's time to start.