January 2009 - Posts

How Spammers Obscure Links in Phishing Scams
Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:28 PM

By now most people have heard of a phishing scams on the Internet. Incase you live under a rock and haven’t, I’ll go over it briefly. A phishing scam is where someone will typically send you an official looking e-mail from some company that you may or may not use, such as Bank of America, PayPal, etc. They tell you that you need to log in to confirm something because you account has been accessed or some other BS excuse. Well when you click the link you think your on the real website but your really not and you end up giving them you login information.

So I learned something that I didn’t know before and that’s how to obscure a URL so people don’t know where it’s going, until they click it. This would come in handy in phishing scams because I have always been told to look at the URL first to make sure it’s going to the right place. When you obsure the URL you can trick people into thinking they are going to the right place.

Here is how it works.

Most URLs look like this, Right.  http:www.paypal.com well what if it looked like this. http:www.paypal.com@phishersite.com? You can see where I’m going with this can’t you. The first URL goes go to paypal the second one goes to phishersite.com.

You see the @ sign is used to signify a user account login so if there is no login then it just ignores it. So you really can put anything before the @ sign and it will work.

So you might be thinking that it’s obvious what they are trying to do. Well lets keep going shall we. What if the URL looked like this http://www.paypal.com@128.121.148.75/ where would this URL take you? Well not to PayPal but to Blogiversity.org’s home page. You see the 128.121.148.75 after the @ sign is the actual server address of Blogiversity.

Anyways there’s a lot more to this subject but I thought I would stop there before it got too technical. I just thought I would share that with all of you so you don’t get taken advantage of.
 
For more information on the subject go here.
(Via) http://www.pc-help.org/obscure.htm

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Connecting your Xbox 360 to Your Mac to Stream Music and Video
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 5:07 PM

Connecting your Xbox 360 to Your Mac So I don’t know why this is the case but when you read information on the Xbox media center it tells you that you have to have Windows Media Center version for XP to connect to the Xbox. Well that is not true you can use Windows Media Center or just a regular version of XP. Something they don’t tell you is that you can watch media from your Mac as well. How does one accomplish this task you might as well just watch the video. The software that he mentions is connect360 and can be found here:Link

 

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How to Run the Same Version of Office on Two Mac Computers on the Same Network at the Same Time
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:05 PM

If you have more than one Mac on the same network and you installed your version of Microsoft Office on both of them you might have noticed that you can't run them at the same time. The Office program has a little script that runs and checks for versions of itself on the network. This can be really frusterating for people who bought and paid for a full version of Office. Having said that I am not sure if loading it on two computers violates the license agreement but, I guess running them at the same times does.

So I found the solution not because I am a Mac geniuses but because someone else is a Mac geniuses. I found the solution on this website: link . He is the one that wrote the little script that takes care of out little Office problem.

So if you want to run the same version of Office on two computers at the same time on the same network this is how you do it.

1.    Open script editor and paste in this code:


try
  set theConfirmation to (do shell script ¬
  "/sbin/ipfw add 0 deny tcp from any to any 3464" password ¬
  "MyPassword" with administrator privileges)
  set theConfirmation to (do shell script ¬
  "/sbin/ipfw add 0 deny udp from any to any 2222" password ¬
  "MyPassword" with administrator privileges)
on error
  beep
end try


2.    Where it says MyPassword put your admin password, if you don't want your admin password in plain text in this file you can simply leave it like it is and when you run it the OS will ask you for it. You would do this for security reasons.

3.    go to file "save as." And save it as a script and check the run only button and name it something whatever you want.

4.    When you done with that all you have to do is run it by double clicking the icon. You can also have the script run itself by adding it to your login items in the preference menu.


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Remember Lemmings?
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 5:35 PM

I have never understood why people love to play old crappy video games so much. There is a whole community of people that enjoy and still play those really old simple DOS video games and love them. I have never really understoof why people love them so much. I have my weakness when it comes to old video games and thats Lemmings. Lemmings was an old DOS game and NES game that I used to play all the time. The object of the game is to get all the green lemmings into the gateway without a curtain amount of them dying.

I love this game and I'm not sure why. It's a puzzle game and I have never been a fan of puzzle games in fact I hate puzzle games. But I love lemmings. I found a place that you can play the original game online. It's pretty cool. No doubt spend way too much time playing it.

   HERE is the Link http://www.elizium.nu/scripts/lemmings/

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Boxee media center application for Mac and Ubuntu
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 3:13 PM

 

So I found this Program called Boxee. Boxee is a media center application kind of like front row for your Mac. The advantage that Boxee has is that you can not only watch and listen to your media on your local machine but watch videos and movies from online websites like Hulu and Netfix. You can also listen to online radio stations as well. The navigation is setup so you can use your front row controler or just the arrow keys. 

 This application can do everything that an apple TV can do plus you can watch thousands of hours of free TV shows and Movies from several websites. You can sync your Netflix queue to your Boxee account and veiw and play your instant watch movies right from your couch. You can also make friends on Boxee and recommend video clips and movies to eachother. You can rate content and have Boxee automaticly tweet your rating and recomendations.

Now you might be saying, "But Will I have an Xbox that can do all this" No you don't because your Xbox can't play media right from Hulu, WB, CNN, comedy central, ect. I don't believe that XBox does online radio either. So yeah. 

 

Ubuntu Version

Boxee also solves a couple of problems for the Ubuntu users. I don't know about you guys but I can't seem to get the new version of flash installed properly on my ubuntu 8.10 . With Boxee you can still watch your Youtube and hulu movies and videos sorry still no Netflix support for Ubuntu. Over all this is a great application for ubuntu especially if your using you machine as a media center. 

 This software would make a great media center software for a computer connected to a TV. If you have a Mac mini you could use it to record shows and then watch them with Boxee.

 Currently Boxee is being released as an Alpha so it's still trying to work out the bugs. I downloaded it and it seems to be a great application and has worked famously.

 

Website: Boxee.tv

 

Apple TV Owners Read This

 You can install Boxee and load it onto your Apple TV and have all the advantages that Boxee can offer. There is a website that shows you how to make a bootable USB drive that installs the application to your apple tv. It's a great option that allows all kinds of stuff. 

You need this link to make the USB patch stick that he has in the video. 

http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/

instructional videos on how to do it.  


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Smart Parking Meters - What's Next?
Monday, January 12, 2009 3:12 PM

So I found this article on TimesOnline and it was about these new smart meters in France that have these Magnetic fields around them so they can sense when a car is parked by them. The meter is then set to start the counter for the time period that is allowed in the space. So if the space is designated for 30 minute parking then the timer starts the count down. Now here is the crazy part not only will the meter show you when you time is up it will also inform the police that your time is up and the signal is sent to the mobile phones of the officers in the area. Then they show up and write you a ticket.

 The manufatures of the parking meter wanted to take it even further. Using cell phone software the meter would send you a warning and then inform you that you have been fined. You would then receive the fine in the mail later.

This is what I don't understand, why do governments spend so much time and money trying to figure out how to catch people breaking laws that arn't that important. I can see that in a city with little parking that this might be a big deal but I bet there is some other crime that is worse than staying in a parking spot too long. Why don't they figure out how to stop bank robberies with some high tech device. 

I just want to see governments spend money on things I want them to catch people doing. I'm not really concerned about cars being parked illegally. I understand traffic camera's that catch people speeding and running red lights because that can save lives. I can see it now. Camera's that catch Jay walkers. You cross the street outside a cross walk you get a ticket in the mail. It's the future. I hope not.

 

 

 

 

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What's the Easiest Way to Download YouTube Videos?
Friday, January 09, 2009 5:04 PM

 You might be askig yourself what is the easiest way to download YouTube videos onto your computer. Well you can download programs or plugins that allow you to extract YouTube videos but there is an easier way. 

To download a youtube video all you have to to is type the work kick in front of the word youtube. Like this, http://www.kickyoutube.com/watch?v=-nsPE9rxndY.

 

 Once you get to the site just click the format you want at the top

 

then click the GO button on the far right side, which will start the encoding. This can take a while depending on the file size.

 

Once you see the "go" button turn to a "Down" Button you can right click it and select "Save Link As" or "Save Target As"

 

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Stop Motion Animation with FramebyFrame for Mac
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 2:22 PM

Stop motion animation is the technique of taking a picture of an object and moving just a little bit and then taking another picture. You do this a couple hundred times and you have yourself a stop motion animation. Stop motion has been around for many years and everyone has seen it in some manner. The show Robot Chicken is all stop motion animation. This is why the shows are only 15 minutes long because it takes forever to mold and move objects. This kind of animation is commonly refered to as claymation. There has been many claymation movies and TV shows out there like the popular kids show Gumby from back in the day.

 Anyway stop motion annimation can be a lot of fun and there is a cool little program called FramebyFrame for your Mac that will allow you to make stop motion annimations easily. All you have to do is connect a camera to your computer and use the application to take pictures. The application has a mirror mode that allows you to see the previouse frame as you postion the next frame.

 Screen shot of the program sorry I don't have a camera connected so I can't really show what it looks like when one is connected, but you get the idea.

Here is the link to apple.com were you can

 

 

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Google’s Picasa now on beta for Mac
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 2:15 PM

Wow so Google at the MacWorld expo released the new beta version of Picasa for Mac. Picasa for those of you who don’t know is a free photo management program. It integrates with Google’s free online photo sharing service. So you can manage your photos and upload then to Google’s servers share them with anyone. Picasa allows you to do some simple modifications and touchups as well as add text to your photos. Picasa unlike Apples iPhoto does not copy the images to it’s own folder it just uses them from where they are. Picasa also allows you to modify images and revert back to the original image if you would like. This is a great feature to have in a free application. So go to the site and check it out.

http://picasa.google.com/mac/

 

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Free Mac Screen Capture
Friday, January 02, 2009 5:34 PM

I have been Looking for a free way to do a screen capture on a Mac. I think that I may have found just the answer I was looking for in Copernicus. It is a free application that will allow you to do screen captures as well as screen shots. There are a couple of other application that will allow you to do screen captures but they are not free, and I am all about the free. The only thing I didn't get at first is that you have to hit f8 and sometimes you have to hold down the fn button and then it f8 to stop the recording or it seems as if the program has frozen up. So with that bit of warning you will be good to go.

 Link: http://www.pure-mac.com/downloads/copernicusdl.html

 screen shot of the program in action.

 

 

Okay I found this other program that does this better but of course you have to pay for it. The program is called ScreenFlick and it's $25 bucks. It's a great program and you can use it for free and try it out but they put a lame watermark on the center of the screen so it's not really usable. anyways here is a link.

 http://www.araelium.com/screenflick/

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Facebook's New Trick!
Friday, January 02, 2009 3:23 PM

So a saw something on facebook that I thought was interesting and maybe it's not really new but It's new to me so just humor me. So old facebook you could post pictures and then tag the people who were in them. Then facebook allowed people to untag themselves from photos that they didn't like. Well I use to play this game with people where I would just retag them in the picture so they would have to untag themsleves again. I just thought it was funny and I liked playing this game. well the other day I tried to do this and guess what facebook told me.

 

Cannot add tag. This person cannot be tagged because they have previously removed their tag from this Photo! WHAT! That's not cool I guess my days of playing tag wars are over. I guess that facebook is just too smart for me. 

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