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Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli – Concrete Angel

by on Jul.22, 2012, under Music, Youtube

Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli – Concrete Angel
‘Concrete Angel’: the new vocal single by Gareth Emery.

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DNS Changer – Are you infected?

by on Jul.06, 2012, under News

DNS Changer a trojan botnet/virus kicked off around 2007 and has been spreading ever since. It infected computers using malware which modified a computer’s DNS entries to point toward its own rogue servers, which then injected its own advertising into web pages. Those ads have made millions for the hacker group that created the trojan malware.

To help combat such a large infection due to DNS Changer, the FBI had of course taken down the botnet, but to help infected computers still be able to aquire ip addresses for sites on the internet they used the ip address the trojan redirected people to and setup a clean DNS server.

This Monday July 9, 2012 those temporary servers are being turned off by the FBI. So any infected computers at that time will not be able to pull up a webpage, access email, or any services online. The way DNS works is we know websites and such by domain names, you type in a domain name your computer contacts a DNS server which acts as a sort of “phone book” and looks up the domain name’s IP address and returns the IP back to your computer so it knows how to contact the server you requested. If your computer was infected with the DNS Changer trojan then after Monday you may be connected online but unable to surf the web, check emails, or do anything online.

There are some websites setup to test your system very easily to see if you have been infected.

Just go to this web address: http://www.dns-ok.us/

if the background block is Green then you are fine and not infected.

if the background block is Red then you are infected,  but don’t fret here is some instructions to follow to fix your system and remove the DNS Changer malware.

This site has instructions for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 as well as Mac OS: http://www.dcwg.org/detect/

 

More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNSChanger

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Happy 4th of July

by on Jul.04, 2012, under Blog

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Excerpt from Declaration of Independence:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpation, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

 

Keep that in mind as we celebrate our independence. Of course in today’s world such a document as the Declaration of Independence would be seen by political correctness and Government to be hate speech and a terrorist document… We always remember our constitution, but our Declaration of Independence and list of Grievances to King George III fit in today’s situation almost as perfectly as it originally did to the British Monarchy during that time.

 

Full Declaration of Independence with Grievances against Parliament and King George III:
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

 

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