Updates: May 2001


May 30, 2001
Today I worked on re-writing the DNS section.  There was much confusion between the DNS servers your DSL/Cable provider gives you versus the DNS servers you need to host your own domain name.  These are not the same DNS servers and I realize that I did a poor job in differentiating between them in the previous draft.  I also updated the related documents to clarify this point.  I apologize for the confusion.

May 29, 2001
I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend.  I had the chance to go see Pearl Harbor with my family and I really enjoyed the movie.  You should definitely check it out.

If you look closely at the side menu bar, you'll notice our newest section, creatively named "Diagrams".  Here you will find diagrams of several different networks that you might setup for yourself.  So far I put up 10 different diagrams.  I've been told that this site needs some illustrations, so this is my attempt to add visual aids.  If there is a diagram that I left out, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

May 20, 2001
I have exams this week so there won't be much in terms of articles anytime soon.  However, I will still be lurking in the online forums so that's probably the best way to get in touch with me if you have any questions.

May 15, 2001
New Step by Step article: Port Forwarding on the Linksys Cable/DSL Router - Port Ranges (1.3x newer firmware).Actually, this doesn't really count as a new article, but is a revised version of the old one to include the port ranging feature that the newer firmware (1.3x) supports.  The older firmware (1.2x) didn't support port ranging.

May 13, 2001
Happy Mother's Day!  Don't forget to give your Mom a call or give your wife a hug today because it's their day!  Today I tried making chocolate covered strawberries for my mom so I bought the giant strawberries with the long stems, Girandelli (sp) chocolate, and some powdered sugar.  I heated up the chocolate in a double boiler and everything was ready to go.  I got through dipping 4 strawberries, then I noticed the chocolate had begun to clump.  I guess I overcooked the chocolate, no good.  So I looked around the house for some chocolate that I could melt down to use.  I found 6 bags of snack size M&M's (plain) so I thought, what the heck, and tossed them into the double boiler.  Nope, M&M's don't melt down smooth.  Oh, well, off to the store again.

In more computer related news, I stopped by the computer show last week and spent a good couple hours browsing around for cool toys.  One thing I must mention is that most vendors who sell RAM don't know the difference between CAS 2 and CAS 3 RAM.  When asked, they say it is definitely CAS 2 when the chips aren't even marked.  Also, all their RAM is supposedly from Micron even though the chips aren't labeled either.  Watch out for unscrupulous vendors out there.

I picked up a 3com 3c905TX network card since I didn't compare it in Network Card Roundup - Which is the Best PCI Network Card? I did some informal testing and found the speeds to be as good as the top network cards in the article, but the thing I was looking for was cpu utilization.  The cpu utilization was still at 100%.  I guess the only network card that doesn't have 100% cpu utilization is the Intel® PRO/100+ Management Adapter.   You can still get your Intel® PRO/100+ Management Adapter w/WOL for $17.50 shipped here from a member of our forums.  That's a killer price.  I think he has like 150 of these left.  He'll cut you a better price of $16.50 each if you buy two and register as a member of this website.

I corrected some info in the Connection page.  I previously stated that there were routers available to handle USB DSL/Cable modems.   However, there are not.  I apologize for this mistake.

I recently changed IP numbers for this website, then I changed it back to the original one again due to some problems with my DSL company.  Everything should be fine now.  Most of you didn't notice the downtime because the changes took place almost instantaneously.  This is one of the biggest advantages of using ZoneEdit.com.  I have some other domains that are still on GraniteCanyon.com and those same changes are still waiting to be effected (2 days now).  Seriously people, there is no good reason not to use ZoneEdit.com.

Because of looming exams and the upcoming USMLE 1 board exam, there will be less updates on this front page.  I will still work on the site every day, but those changes might not be listed here on the front page every day.  Sorry, school comes first.

Last thing I want to mention is that you should make sure your server is updated with the latest patches no matter what OS and software you are using, but especially if you're using IIS 5.0.  Now people have written scripts that go looking for holes in your webserver and hack automatically.  What's next, GUI tools for hacking?  Dang hackers.  Here is the latest security patch for IIS 5.0.  You should keep an eye on Microsoft's site since they have a new patch like every other day.   You think your site is too small to be hacked.  Think again.  Several people I know have been hacked running their sites on DSL and cable.  The most recent attack of a large company was Rockford Fosgate.  Their front page was hacked for over 24 hours.  It could happen to you.

May 8, 2001
This article took a lot longer than I thought, but here it is: Adding a FTP Service on a Non Standard Port Number in Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server.  Okay people.. I'm going to slow down writing new articles for a while, but instead I'm gonna concentrate on revising and adding new information to current write-ups.  This will keep the information on this site nice and fresh.

Also, I want to thank everybody who sent me emails with suggestions, tips, and words of encouragement.  I really appreciate it. <sniff sniff>. Take care everybody!

May 5, 2001
Cinco de Mayo is here!  Today's article is Adding a New User Account in Windows 2000 (Professional/Server/Advanced Server).  Sooner or later you're gonna have to add a user account so here is how to do it as painlessly as possible.

This morning, the site was difficult to get to because of DSL issues.  Once again, I called my DSL provider and they were helpful as usual.  Things should be back to normal by now.

GraniteCanyon.com was up and down sporadically for the past 3 days.  That's why I still strongly recommend ZoneEdit.com.

Two more weeks until the end of school!  Yeah!  Then I have 3-4 weeks to study for the USMLE 1 (United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 1).  Booo...

May 4, 2001
Here we go: Running a Subdomain in Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server using Host Headers.  That's the third article in 3 days!  I need a vacation!  Actually I have more and more articles coming so stick around.

May 3, 2001
So we keep churning out these Step by Step guides!  Today we have a continuation of our subdomain kick with: Adding a Subdomain to your Zone File at ZoneEdit.com.  This is for you people who have your DNS servers with ZoneEdit.com.  So you are asking: What good are two articles about adding a subdomain to your DNS without the article about how to configure your webserver software to handle to subdomain?  Well, my impatient friend, that article is in progress and should be out by tomorrow.  It's about how to run subdomains in win2k server.  Yes I know everybody doesn't use win2k server, but since that's what I have on hand, that's what I'm gonna work with! =)

May 2, 2001
Okay, a new article is up called Writing a Zone File with a Subdomain.  We show you how to direct a subdomain to a different IP address or the same IP address as your current domain.  Subdomains can be used in many cool ways.  Find out how to add one to your site.