Comes Back Online

WikiLeaks came back online after members fought to find a DNS company to host the domains.

Access was returned at 4:23am CET after members worked with different DNS providers to help get the domains back online. Currently the domain points to a WikiLeaks mirror page, listing all of the leaked documents it originally posted.

WikiLeaks’ recent domain hassles were prompted by EveryDNS, a DNS provider for the Web site at the time which pulled its services from the site, making WikiLeaks accessible by its server IP address.

This prompted WikiLeaks to move to Switzerland, and acquire the domain name.

Access to comes after a series of events led Wikileaks supporters to hate against EveryDNS, but after a confusing turn of events, EasyDNS was brought into the mix getting some hate as well because of the mixup between EasyDNS and EveryDNS. After facing some serious heat, EasyDNS was contacted directly by WikiLeaks, asking it to provide DNS services for three domains:,, and should the other domains get revoked.

With the horrific domain disaster, WikiLeaks has asked for its supporters to host their own copies of the Web site, providing access to documents if the WikiLeaks Web site becomes unavailable. Current stats show there are 1885 mirrors of the Web site.

What’s The Easiest Way To Create A Free Web Site?

There should be an image here!I’d always wanted to create a Web site, but I was held back because I couldn’t pay for my own domain and I didn’t know how the first thing about HTML. Then, in computer class one day, we were assigned the task of using to make our own Web sites.

I found to be a perfect, uncomplicated introduction to the world of Web site creation. It allows the user to choose from more than 300 templates, and it assigns a desired domain name within its own structure, so you don’t have to go buying one from somewhere else. I really recommend it.

My name is Alex Ferreira, and I am 13 years old. Right now I am living in Panama; I love everything related to tech, and I create tech-related YouTube videos.

Wired Daddy

In July of 2009, my wife and I were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. Naturally our families wanted to be involved with watching our son learn and grow, however, the grandparents (8 of them to be exact) were geographically spread out. We needed a solution that would allow the grandparents, family, and friends to have access to pictures and the latest news — thus DaddyBlogging was born.

Mommy blogging has been around for a while and there are not as many daddy bloggers, but since I am the geek in this relationship, the blogging fell under my area of expertise. There are many solutions out there for bloggers: WordPress, Blogger, and MobileMe. Then there is having one’s own domain, which is what I have done. Along with help from YouTube and Blogger, I am able to access and publish content quickly and from almost anywhere where I have Wi-Fi or a cellular phone signal. Here is how I do it:

Chris Pirillo got me hooked up with GoDaddy when he gave out some discount coupons for registering a domain at $7.95 per year. I have been renewing with GoDaddy for three years now. I also take advantage of GoDaddy’s free hosting service. My out of pocket cost for my blog is $7.95 per year. You can use other services that have no cost, but there is a big advantage to using my name as my domain: anyone who can remember my name will easily remember my domain. This is well worth the negligible cost.

So now that I have a domain and free hosting, I can build a Web page. I can use 1000 plus applications for doing this, but I like doing things the easy way, so I have a Blogger account that publishes my content to my own domain instead of using a address. I can access my Blogger account from anywhere. I used to use iWeb on my MacBook, but I found that my Web content was always tied to my MacBook, which I didn’t like. With Blogger I can use the Blogger interface or I can use the email address that I have with Blogger to upload content.

Publishing Pictures On The Go

As I mentioned above, I have an email address set up, so when my son is looking really cute, or my cat is where he isn’t supposed to be, I can snap the picture using my iPhone 3G and publish pictures instantly to my blog anywhere I have Wi-Fi or a 3G signal.

Publishing Pictures From An SD Card

The iPhone is great for pictures taken in good light and on the go, but sometimes, I need to publish a picture of decent quality. My father-in-law has a fancy camera and has a knack for catching great shots; he will email me a copy of the picture that he took and I will upload that to my blog, using Blogger. After logging into Blogger, I simply attach the picture and a brief description and then hit send. Within seconds, the picture is accessible to the world via my domain.

Publishing Video

Unfortunately, I have not mastered being able to do this one on the fly due to file sizes and the ability to send via email to Blogger in an acceptable format. But for the videos, I usually have to edit them to make sure they are quality clips and no longer than 45 seconds or so, so I don’t bore my readers. I use iMovie on my Mac to do this, and the nice thing about iMovie is that I can upload directly to my YouTube account. Once my file is on YouTube, I simply copy the HTML from YouTube and then log into Blogger and paste. Blogger then sends that video to my domain to be accessed by anyone who cares to watch.

I am sure there are many other solutions, but this is the one that works for me. My solution is easy to work with, I can upload some content remotely, and the price is low. The only caveat to the free hosting is that I get a weird GoDaddy ad that is partially obscured by a Blogger bar at the top of the page on my domain, but I can live with this minor error for the savings I gain in not paying for hosting.

Clinton Middleton is a full-time registered nurse, working in emergency care, a full-time daddy, and a part-time technology enthusiast. He looks for ways to leverage technology to make tasks easier and more efficiently performed at both home and work.

The Owners Of Sex.Com Forced Into Bankruptucy While Trying To Sell Domain

How much is a domain name worth? When Escom LLC bought the domain name they paid a whopping $14 M. They were planing on selling the domain name and in order to be invited to bid you needed to put up $1M as security. But just when Escom LLC was about to auction the name off, up popped 3 creditors that stopped the sale because, guess what? They funded the money that Escom LLC used to buy and hadn’t been paid back.

But there is more to this story. According to one article it states that:

Richard Maltz, vice president of David R. Maltz & Co. Inc., which was handling the auction, said there was “considerable interest” in the domain name sale.

Maltz declined to give specifics on the interested parties. One of them was People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which sent a letter to the lender’s lawyer asking him to urge his client to donate the domain name to them.

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Males who consume meat, eggs and dairy products often suffer sexual side effects, according to PETA.

“Donating the domain to us is a win-win situation for everybody: Your client will enjoy an enormous tax write-off, and people will learn how to help spice up their love lives while helping animals,” wrote Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.

You must admit that this is humorous. PETA just doesn’t remind me of sex! LOL

Comments welcome.


Top 5 Tips For Learning How To Make Your Own Web Sites

Gnomie Ryan Peden writes:

Hello Chris,

I am 14 years old and I have just started learning how to make Web sites. Over the past couple of months I have made a few mistakes and also learned a few things that I’d like to pass on. Here are five tips (in no special order) for learning how to make your own Web sites.

  • Use the “View Source” feature of most Web browsers. On Firefox, you simply right click on any part of the screen and select “View Source.” This will display the HTML coding used to create the specific Web page or selection.
  • Watch tutorials. I have learned so much just by taking some time to watch video tutorials online. These are very helpful and it often enables you to download the files used so that you can try what you are learning for yourself.
  • Don’t begin trying to hand-code in a text-editor such as Notepad or PSPad right away. Acquire a program like Dreamweaver and use the design mode or use some templates for a while. Peek at the coding every couple of minutes and see what is actually happening.
  • Take a Web design class. If your school offers a Web design class, I highly recommend that you take it. It is a great way to learn the “textbook” way of coding and you’ll have an instructor there guiding you through the entire process. If your school has a class but you don’t have room in your schedule, go in when the instructor is free and pick their brain. Even though they are not your teacher, they will probably be more than happy to help you… so ask questions!
  • Read. Go to your local library or bookstore and see if they have any books on coding. If not, look online. Such books give you a very in-depth view of how coding really works. And if you don’t like to read, then programming isn’t for you!

Love your videos, Chris… Keep up the good work!

Domain Name Thefts Are Going Unreported

A New Jersey man has been arrested on felony charges of theft, after he stole the domain name from its lawful owners. To add insult to injury the thief than sold the domain name to an unsuspecting NBA player for $110,000. But that is not the entire story. What is amazing is that the domain names owner didn’t even know it had been stolen for some 13 months.

Here is what happened:

Marc Ostrofsky, one of the legitimate owners of, estimates that the ownership group spent 30 months and $500,000 trying to reclaim the domain name. They have a pending civil suit against Goncalves and his brother, Madsen and Go Daddy Group, which runs the system Goncalves allegedly hacked.

Madsen, who did not know was stolen when he bought it for $111,000, retains the domain name to this day. Madsen did not comment in response to a reporter’s calls.

“The reason this case is so important is that it brings to light the lack of specific laws protecting domain name owners,” Ostrofsky said, insisting that Go Daddy Group was slow to respond to the ownership group’s theft report.

Laurie Anderson, Go Daddy Group’s disputes manager, said safeguards exist. They include a 60-day waiting period before a transaction is finalized, during which time owners are sent an e-mail informing them of the pending sale.

The owners of didn’t report its alleged theft in May 2006 for 13 months, she said. That’s one month after Goncalves allegedly sold it to Madsen.

It appears that someone was asleep at the switch when the lawful owners were told of the ownership change, even after being properly notified. The owners made it very easy for the theft to happen. Now that the case is being brought to public attention, it makes one wonder how many others have had their domain name stolen behind their backs.

Comments welcome.


Vista’s Firewall Profiles

Vista includes three firewall profiles: Domain, Private, and Public. A firewall profile stores the configuration information for a specific network environment.

The profile that is active determines the firewall rules that are used to protect your computer. If your computer cannot authenticate with a domain controller using any available interface or if all interfaces do not have their location type set to Private, then the Public firewall profile is set to active.

The profiles themselves are fairly self explanatory. You would use the Domain profile when connecting your computer to a domain, the Private profile when connecting to a private network and the Public profile when connecting to an unsecure, public network such as a wireless network in a coffee shop.


March 13, 2009 – Virus Set To Call Home To Southwest Ailrines

According to a blog entry at Sophos, if you are scheduled for a flight on Southwest Airlines on March 13th, you may have trouble logging in online. It seems that the virus known as Confickeris scheduled to call home to for further instructions. But the virus won’t receive any directions. Instead the site which is owned by Southwest Airlines will redirect the traffic to Southwest Airlines. If this happens, than the site could suffer a denial of service attack.

According to Sophos in their blog posting, it also states that:

The key sites whose visitors may indeed see a disruption to their service include:

jogli.comBig Web Great MusicMarch 8
wnsux.comSouthwest AirlinesMarch 13
qhflh.comWomen’s Net in Qinghai ProvinceMarch 18
praat.orgPraat: doing phonetics by computerMarch 31

Other, less frequented, sites of interest that appeared in the list include “The Tennesse Dogue De Bordeaux” dog breeders site (, March 14) and the coy “Double Super Secret Message Board” site (, March 11) — dogs and secrets won’t be moving too well on those days. One last domain turned out to be infected with Troj/Unif-B (site not listed here for obvious reasons) — so I will go ahead and block that one all the same!

As for options, the simple solution, say for Southwest Airlines, could simply be to stop resolving to for the day — so long as that wouldn’t hinder any of their operations. Another option would be to filter out the Conficker HTTP requests of the form http://<domain>/search?q=<N>, though this requires that (a) your site does not currently use a “search” page (with no file extension) and more importantly (b) the filtering decision is made at a point along the network path that can cope with the load. This is a bit trickier as HTTP is an application layer protocol — a network connection must already be established before the two endpoints start speaking HTTP — necessitating a highly provisioned web proxy be used on the front lines to (1) establish the connection (TCP 3-way handshake), (2) examine the HTTP request, and (3) drop Conficker requests and pass along any remaining (presumably legitimate) requests further downstream. In any case, I have contacted the owners of the domains listed above to draw their attention to this matter.

Time will tell whether making it on the Conficker list will be viewed with prestige or lowliness. Perhaps stories of surviving a Conficker call-home flood will carry a badge-of-honor in the network operations world. I do know one thing for certain though… I’m glad did not make the list.

MikeW, SophosLabs, Canada

So hopefully Southwest Airlines won’t experience any problems.

Comments welcome.


Domain Names Of Yesterday

Due to a number of personal events taking place in my life right now, I have felt myself looking back at what I have done with my time in the online arena. For the most part, I feel that I have done fairly well for myself. Despite that, there are always some things that people such as myself do come to regret. Allowing specific domain names to expire is among some of my top irritations.

One example of the all time dumbest domain lapses has to be that of Goes to the BBC now, right? Hit the “wayback machine” and shockingly, it used to be the domain used for an audio podcast that myself and Lockergnome’s Brandon Watts hosted together. Well known guests to the show included Eric Rice and Rodney Rumford, in addition to the show’s hosts covering a number of tech/media related topics.

Yeah, the show was perhaps a bit ahead of its time as I have revisited the idea with others years later. Many people have stated that it could have been something incredible had we been able to stick with it. But life happens, domains lapse and other people register them. Life goes on.

I guess if there is one single piece of advice I have when it comes to really great domain names – hang onto them. This may seem obvious, but believe me when I tell you that it is really easy to let them lapse. And who knows, you might find that one day that otherwise not so important domain strikes up inspiration that could lead to great things.

Then again, there are some domains that are so specific to one brand, that you cannot really use them for anything else. Like for instance. As you can see from this link once thought to be promo video, the idea behind the program was to put an entertaining spin on current events with the help of a foam filled friend and a lot of green screening. Initially, we had some interest from folks that could have helped propel this forward, but needless to say, it did not work out and the domain was not really something I could have used for other ventures.

Do you have any domains you let lapse that have you doing a double take today? Hit the comments, share your experiences.

Internet Changes Coming Soon – Net Regulators To Make Changes

It took six years in the making but the Icann, the group that regulates the Internet, has approved an overhaul on domain names. The overhaul will allow companies to use their own brand names and not be saddled with .com, uk, or others. Icann also is going to allow Asian, Arabic and other script as well. In a recent article it states:

“We are opening up a new world and I think this cannot be underestimated,” said Roberto Gaetano, a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann).

Others believe it could begin to bridge the digital divide.

“At the moment, there are one-and-a-half billion people online and four-and-a-half billion people for whom the Roman script just means nothing,” said Emily Taylor, director of legal and policy at Nominet, the national registry for .uk domain names.

“This is a huge step forward in the development of the internet – it will unblock something that has prevented a lot of people getting online.”

 Individuals will be able to register a domain based on their own name, for example, as long as they can show a “business plan and technical capacity”.

I recall a time when someone could hold hostage a .com name and demand a huge hunk of cash for it. Hopefully this will end when the new regulations start in 2009.

So what do you think of this idea? Is the Icann trying to get changes made for domain names going to help or hinder the way we use the Internet.

Comments welcome.


Comcast Blocking Some Yahoo Emails?

I received an email this morning from a relative asking for help in receiving email thru their Comcast account which is being sent via a Yahoo account. It seems that Comcast is filtering out some Yahoo emails because of spaming. In their response Comcast states:

“Thank you for contacting Comcast. My name is Patricia, and I appreciate
you taking the time to contact us.

I understand you are unable to receive messages from a e-mail address. Comcast has recently made changes to our filters and is now
blocking e-mail messages sent from domains that do not have their Reverse Domain Name System set up correctly.

In keeping with industry standards and best practices, any e-mail sent from an IP address that resolves to a hostname determined to be in Dynamic IP space will be r ejected. When that happens, the following error message will be returned: “Comcast does not support the direct connection to its mail servers from residential IPs. Your mail should be sent to users through your ISP.” You will need to contact your ISP with this information so the server your e-mail is being sent from can be configured correctly.

You can find out more information about Reverse Domain Name Systems, as well as information for your ISP or Network administrator by following
this link:

Please respond to this e-mail if you have any further questions. ”

Interesting. I seriously doubt contacting Yahoo is going to elicit a response nor is Yahoo going to change their server settings for one email client. Especially since these type of accounts are free and only affect Comcast so far.

My advice was to switch to a Gmail account instead.

But I guess my questions is does anyone else have this problem? If so, was there a work around for it?

Comments welcome.

[tags]comcast, yahoo, email, filter, domain, server, dns, change, response, [/tags]

Google – Links – I've Never Seen Before – And Maybe Don't Want To Again!

I got a email last night from a friend of mine in Georgia. He noted that I have posted a lot of information on my website concerning Google. He stated I might be interested in taking a look at some other Google sites that normally are not posted.

Sure, why not. How secret could this stuff be? Well it’s not earth shattering but it is different and hopefully interesting to those who read my articles. So here are some Google pages to stop by at:

Google has a newsletter called Google Friends Newsletter. You can sign up for free issues sent right to your email account if you wish. Google Friends Newsletter

They also have listed archives of their previous newsletters. And my friend was correct. I was not aware that Google produced a newsletter.

Have a domain parked somewhere on the Internet? You can have Google Ads displayed while the page is sitting idle. This is kind of a unique offering, also one that I was not aware of. Google Domain.

One of the features of Google Search is that it offers stock information right from the search engine, by merely typing in the stock symbol. This link explains how. Get Google Stock Quotes I don’t think the second one is working. :-(

And last but not least, everything you really wanted to know about Google but was afraid to ask. Google Sets. If you see a use for this, congratulations. Maybe you can leave me a comment and explain it to me. :-)

No offense to anyone, but I didn’t bookmark any of these links, but I did sign up for the Google newsletter.

[tags]google, newsletter, stock, domain, set, [/tags]

Arm Whois v2.0

ArmCode development team today announces the unveiling of Arm Whois v.2.0. This utility is designed specially for network administrators and computer security professionals, who need correct and fast retrieval of all country information for an IP-address or a hostname, allocated IP-address blocks and other network data details. At present, when hundreds of domains resembling each other appear everyday, Arm Whois becomes a real must-have tool not only for network and PC security professionals but also for ordinary users.

Arm Whois helps to obtain the answers to such questions as: who the owner of the domain is and when the domain was registered. In addition, it shows the owner’s contact information. As Arm Whois is able to view an allocated IP-address block, it also provides the information on the owner of the IP address block and the host location. This utility finds out the administrator and technical support contact information. Unlike standard Whois utilities, Arm Whois can find detailed information about a computer located in any part of the world by automatically performing intelligent search of the right database and then make a query within it. It enables a user to look up all available information about an IP address, hostname or domain, including details concerning country, state, city and the name of the network provider.

The program has an extremely convenient interface, which lets a user start searching right from the main window without the need for a user manual. A user only has to type the name of the domain into a search line and specify the necessary settings. Thus, Arm Whois offers to choose the query type: by IP-address, domain, or choice. Or, there is an option adding or removing comments. Querying starts with a click on the ‘Go’ button. Then, the results of the request will be displayed in a large field below in a readable and accurate form. What is important, Arm Whois delivers all the related records within a few seconds. Arm Whois can save the obtained information to a text file, process lists of IP addresses or domains.

Arm Whois 2.0 helps you find answers to important questions such as:

  • Who is the owner of the domain?
  • When was the domain registered?
  • What is the owner’s contact information?
  • Who is the owner of the IP address block?
  • Where is the host situated?

Pricing and Availability
Arm Whois v. 2.0 runs under all 32-bit Windows systems and costs US$29.95. Registered customers are entitled to the unlimited functionality, information on the latest releases, updates, and free lifetime technical support.

[tags]Arm Whois, security, domain, ArmCode, whois[/tags]

Google Offers Applications For Your Domain

For only $10.00 a year Google is offering a way to extend its calendar, e-mail, and instant messenger services to customers currently without a registered domain name.

The applications include private-labeled version of Google’s:

  • Gmail – online email client with over 2G of storage
  • Calendar – organize your schedules and share events
  • Talk – send instant messages to your contacts for free
  • Page creator – create and publish web pages
  • Personalized start page – central location to access content

Google Apps for Your Domain users have a choice of .com, .net, .org, .biz, and info.

To sign up or for more information take a look here.

And Google also has a offering for education located here.

And you can attend one of their online seminars here.

[tags]google, apps, domain, education, seminar, gmail, calendar, talk, page creator, personalized start page.[/tags]