Updates: September 2001

September 24, 2001
Here is something good for those of you have port 80 blocked by your ISP and are using Personal Web Server (PWS).  Will from our forums emailed me with the following registry tweak to change the port from port 80 to your choosing.  I will get a "step-by-step" written for this soon, but right now I don't have access to a win98 box so I can't do it yet.
  • You can change the PWS port via the registry:
  • Go to Start --> Run --> regedit
  • Go to this key in regedit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\control\ServiceProvider\ServiceTypes\W3svc
  • Within that key there should be a setting called TCPport. Just change that value from 80 to something else. 
  • If you are using dns2go, here is how to change the port number in their service.
  • Here's how: Run the dns2go client and click the service settings tab click redirect web requests. Select to my current ip address on port and put the port you want to use in.
  • Thanks Will!

    September 20, 2001
    It's been several days since the WTC attacks, but the images are all too clear in many of our memories.  We as a world are at a major turning point in history.  How things resolve themselves is anyone's guess.  But remember, good always triumphs over evil.  Take comfort in that fact.  However, we must all remember this is a battle against terrorism and NOT against a race, a religion, a people, or a country.  This is a battle against evil-doers.  We must not stereotype people based upon their appearances, dress, or affiliations.  Otherwise, we become as evil as our terrorist enemies.

    This quote says it all: "God is love not hate"

    On a whole different subject, once again we face a new Internet threat named W32.Nimda.A@mm.  This worm is by far the most virulent one yet, even more prolific than the various Code Red's.  Norton has some more info on this worm.  The target of this worm is again IIS 4.0 and 5.0.  If you don't already have the patch, get it here from Microsoft.  The patch is actually about a year old which goes to show that many people are out there running very insecure webservers.  Don't forget to run an antivirus scanner on your webserver as well.  I don't know why, but people who run servers never seem to run antivirus software.  Do us all a favor and do it!

    To illustrate how much this new worm spreads, here are the sizes of my log files for my root directory.  Since I use host headers here, I should get nothing at my root directory, but I do when worms try to access my server or when people try to hack.

    Before Code Red: 1 KB
    After Code Red: 60 KB
    After Nimda: 400 KB

    I don't expect these numbers to go down because as long as there are people who are running IIS unpatched, this worm will still be around.  This is important to us who run webservers at home since we have limited bandwidth.  This probing activity by the worm is wasting some of that bandwidth.  Kinda like a small Denial of Service (DOS) attack.  I'm afraid that eventually the Internet will be so full of this useless activity from viruses and worms, that everything will slow to a crawl and running a webserver from home will be impossible.  Let's hope it doesn't get to that level.

    There is another thing that I would like to address.  I've been getting a lot of emails condemning the use of Windows.  They point to the fact that we hear about security flaws in Windows everyday while on the other hand, we almost never hear about security flaws in Linux.  Well aren't you a genius!  Maybe this has something to do with the fact that for every Linux box out there, there are 100 Windows boxes.  Sheesh.  I don't hate Linux or anything, but I've met quite a few unreasonable Linux fans out there who condemn Windows users with an upturned nose.  Maybe if Linux were compatible with all hardware, software, games, an utilities, more people might give it a try.  But Linux simply cannot compare with the depth and breadth of hardware and software compatibility out there.  Kinda like Apple's Power Mac.

    That's all for today.

    September 11, 2001
    Today will be remembered as one of the darkest days in American history.  If you don't already know, 4 airline jets were hijacked and directed in terrorist activity against America.  Two of the jets were crashed into the World Trade Center which later collapsed.  One of the jets was directed at the Pentagon and crashed into a section of the building.  The last jet crashed in a wooded area away from any buildings.

    The loss of life is unimaginable.  Watching the video of such destruction and death chills me to my bones.

    My heart goes out to everybody involved in this needless tragedy.  If you are a religious person or even if you are not, take a moment to say a prayer for those people who have passed, those people who have lost, and for America as a country.

    Things will never be the same.

    September 9, 2001
    I apologize for the lack of updates on the front page.  It's been really hard to type with my left hand in a splint due to my broken finger.  I pretty much have to hunt and peck with my index finger.  Also, this time of the year is always kinda slow on the Internet.  More people are actually going outdoors before winter and fall take over.  Just wanted to let you know we're still alive over here!