geeky stuff

Authenticate email with GAFYD

Those ever so nice guys at Google have allowed GAFYD customers (yes the free ones included) to authenticate email with a domain key.

“Spammers can forge the ‘From’ address on mail messages so that the spam appears to come from your domain. To help prevent this, you can add a digital signature to the header of all email actually sent from your domain. Learn more

It’s dirt easy to do if you have already added your private domain to GAFYD and allows people to verify if you actually sent them that nasty spam message (which of course you most likely didn’t… did you!?)

Get your Domain key Authentication ON!

scanning loyalty cards

Anyone using their phone to store all their loyalty cards?
I know scanners work on old non-touch screens (ala KLM E-Check In) but I have not tried with my existing HTC Desire.
Reason?…
<rant> My wallet is so full of these goddamn cards
I have 2 for petrol, 1 for the DIY store, the Supermarket, Breakdown Service, Hospital, Video shop, Museum Card, Makro, Camping Card, Health insurance, Driving Licience, NL ID)

Anyone using their phone to store all their loyalty cards?I know scanners work on old non-touch screens (ala KLM E-Check) but not tried with my existing HTC. My wallet is so full of these cards (2 for petrol, 1 for  the DIY store, the Supermarket, Breakdown Service, Hospital, Video shop, Museum Card, Makro, Camping Card, Health insurance, Driving Licience, NL ID)

I’d much rather just have my wallet back thank-you very much instead of lugging round a suitcase in my pocket full of plastic </rant>

Someone tell me this is possible before I make a fool of myself at the checkout, .. also do screen protector make a difference (I’m not using a mirror type before you ask!)

thanks!

photo: CC Attributed Anne Helmond

y-cam baby monitor

Got us a IP-Cam at the weekend. It’s a Y-Cam Knight . We can now view the kids room over the internet, from a PC and from our phones.
It has sound /colour / night vision there’s a bucket of options for saving video to your local storage device or NAS and motion sensor email alerts etc etc.

We’ve not had a baby monitor since the old video one died a sorry death a few months ago. Basically we’ve been waiting for affordable technology and this ip-cam seems to be doing the trick. You need some knowledge of your router settings, port forwarding etc. But the tech support guys are extreemly nice and heelpful.

The kids get a new bedroom next week, we’re moving them to the attic, so they are even further out of ear shot, hence the need to install such a device, just now we can see it when (if) we go out aswell.

uploading to google storage

So after a few weeks of trial and error I can happily report back on a couple of useful apps for uploading/downloading to and from your google storage account/s.

Basically if you have a gmail address you have 7GB of  email storage, which you can fill with files/email attachments of upto 25MB in size. For something larger you may consider upgrading your gmail account with google storage , This allows you to store files of up to 1GB and you utilize your storage over all your google accounts such as Gmail, GoogleDocs and Picassa.

1. store files with a Windows Shell Extension for gmail (not an entirely useful way of storing your files, but it does the job and you get an email with the download link)

2. Upload/download files to and from your google DOCs account (yes this is the fabled GDrive) with Gladinet Starter edition (free if you don’t need sync capabilities)

Now go and back something up!

how updating changed

so about 6 years ago (see archived post here) I was trying to get this thing called a ‘moblog’ working using some 3rd party round about technique with 2 mailboxes a bucket of PHP and a lot of soap.

After todays play with URL shortening I have now the set up as follows:

  • post to blog using ‘WordPress for Android’ (HTC Desire phone) or from any web app.
  • blog automatically generates a short URL for the new post (using the scripts on the http://at.mrmule.com subdomain)
  • the post title and short URL are tweeted to mrmu1e
  • a post excerpt is posted to facebook

wo0t!

LOIC marked as threat by Mcafee

this mornings Security Advisory: MTIS10-233 includes this warning.

Low Orbit Ion Cannon (Tool)
MTIS10-233-A
THREAT IDENTIFIER(S) LOIC
THREAT TYPE Malware
RISK ASSESSMENT Medium
MAIN THREAT VECTORS Web
USER INTERACTION REQUIRED Yes
DESCRIPTION The Low Orbit Ion Cannon is an HTTP-based attack tool used to carry out distributed denial-of-service attacks. Created as a network stress-testing tool, LOIC has been used in several high-profile attacks against commercial and organized sites/entities.
IMPORTANCE Medium. This tool is being used in conjunction with the ‘Operation Payback’ attacks.
MCAFEE PRODUCT COVERAGE
DAT FILES Partial coverage (via file reputation) is available on systems with Global Threat Intelligence (formerly known as Artemis) enabled.
VIRUS SCAN ENTERPRISE SCAN BOP Under analysis
HOST IPS Under analysis
NETWORK SECURITY PLATFORM The UDS Release of December 9 (UDS-IRC: Possible Operation Payback IRC Activities Detected) provides coverage for the network traffic generated by this tool when communicating with specific IRC servers.
VULNERABILITY MANAGER Under analysis
WEB GATEWAY Under analysis
REMEDIATION MANAGER Under analysis
POLICY AUDITOR Under analysis
NETWORK ACCESS CONTROL Under analysis
FIREWALL ENTERPRISE Coverage is provided via native DDoS detection/protection features.
APPLICATION CONTROL Under analysis
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION McAfee: How to Enable McAfee Global Threat Intelligence in your McAfee product.