Archive for Category: "Internet"

Create Your Own Cloud Server

Create Your Own Cloud Server

Why do you need to pay a monthly fee for online storage when you can just as easily host your own cloud storage server? And that’s precisely what we’re going to do in this article. Give hackers, fees, and the NSA the finger.

Physically separate networks to finally fix server issues

Physically separate networks to finally fix server issues

Ever since I moved the site over to Linux, I’ve had weird, unexplained issues, most often the network would stop responding with no warning.

What Disney’s Purchase of LucasFilms Means for Geeks

What Disney’s Purchase of LucasFilms Means for Geeks

So what does that mean for us sci-fi geeks who liked Star Wars and those guys who still live in their parents’ basements, living and breathing the sacred trilogies? Well, apparently Disney has more movies planned.

Top 12 Fallen Tech Sites

Top 12 Fallen Tech Sites

For me, the early tech websites were not just a place to get information or look at the latest case mods; they were a virtual hangout where I felt like a part of a community.

We pay tribute to those sites that paved the way and are sorely missed because they are no longer with us.

Linux Firewall Part 6: Overcoming Email Server Problems

Linux Firewall Part 6: Overcoming Email Server Problems

As discussed in our article “Why Build a Linux Firewall“, there are many advantages to having a custom-built firewall appliance in your home.  While these Linux distributions are easy to set up and have nice User Interfaces, they still have some problems. Not every feature of Linux is exposed in the GUI, so while these firewalls are […]

Sometimes it’s best to NOT connect with old friends on Facebook

Sometimes it’s best to NOT connect with old friends on Facebook

Facebook has become one of the most popular social networking tools.  Once you get on there, it is amazing how many old friends and acquaintances you can find.  The question is if it’s in everyone’s best interest to rekindle these friendships. Since I run several successful online businesses and websites, I use Facebook mostly as […]

One-Minute Internet Reputation Management

One-Minute Internet Reputation Management

It isn’t by accident that we borrowed the headline from Spencer Johnson’s very successful book, The One-Minute Manager. When the book was first published in the early ‘90’s, it became an instant guide for managers at all levels on how they could hone and improve their management skills. Even as book sales soared the business […]

Making a tech site profitable

I have been working on ideas for the new OCMS 3.0 for a while.  Not only will the ideas I want to implement make for a better user experience, but they will also make the site more profitable, which realizes the dream of profitability like a “real” company. The biggest step a webmaster can take […]

A Deep Look at the State of the Internet

A Deep Look at the State of the Internet

The Internet wasn’t developed to be a dangerous place. It wasn’t developed for spammers/scammers which Australia-based Marshal’s Threat Research and Content Engineering Team estimates will represent up to 90% of the email by the end of the year. It wasn’t developed for you to use to buy/sell stuff on eBay, Amazon and the tens of […]

9 Tips on How to Mess With an Ebay Seller

9 Tips on How to Mess With an Ebay Seller

Everyone knows that Ebay is a great way to live the American Dream and get rich quick… but it’s also an excellent source of entertainment! An Ebay seller is usually a disgruntled sort, because they are already selling a product for half its retail value.  On top of this, they get additional ass-rapeage in the […]

Women Taking Over the Internet

Women Taking Over the Internet

If computer and consumer electronics technology is so entrenched in a man’s world, why do we have to get clearance before we make a PC/CE purchase for home? Yes we can buy the device without asking or discussing our decision but we do like our limbs and associated parts.  Don’t jerk us around…we aren’t alone!!! According […]

Twitter World

Twitter World

We see the value in Earth Day. We recognize the importance of World Peace Day. In deference to our wife we think even Mother’s Day is OK. But Twitter Day? Somehow Oprah coming online and saying “Hello Twitter World.” (or whatever) is not quite up there with the wizard of Menlo Park (Edison) calling one of […]

Linux Firewall Part 3: Selecting Your Hardware

Linux Firewall Part 3: Selecting Your Hardware

As mentioned in the previous segment, you can create a professional-level firewall using old hardware that you would otherwise throw away. Some people may choose to purchase new dedicated hardware, which can have several advantages. Either way, you can create a hardware firewall costs significantly less than the $1000-$3000 that professional hardware devices can cost. […]

Linux Firewall Part 2: Determine Your Network Setup

Linux Firewall Part 2: Determine Your Network Setup

Many firewalls make certain assumptions and use several standard conventions.  Understand the standard terminologies and you’ll have an easier time when setting up your firewall. Nearly every firewall’s first level of protection is NAT, or Network Address Translation.  This means that an external address is “translated” from external to internal addresses, so the public never has […]

Digg thinks EVERYTHING is a similar post

So, one of the things I do to promote the articles on OCModShop is to post an announcement onto Digg, as well as several other noteworthy sites. Digg gets so many posts every minute, it’s insane.  To (help) prevent spammers and bots, they extensively use Captcha and “we think your story might be a duplicate” […]

Building a Linux Firewall Part 1: Why?

Building a Linux Firewall Part 1: Why?

There’s no doubt that the internet today is more powerful than ever… and great power demands great responsibility.  There are threats everywhere that you need to protect yourself, your family, and your hardware from.  Not only do you have to worry about hackers, viruses, and spammers, but you need to worry about sexual predators and inappropriate content for […]

Left 4 Dead Used as Training Simulator by Military

Left 4 Dead Used as Training Simulator by Military

If you’ve ever been to Idaho, you’ll agree with me that’s it’s a nice place to visit.  They have more potatoes than anyone else really cares to brag about.  But there’s something else there just behind the thin veil of potato chips and skinheads.  There is a group of people living on a twenty-acre tract […]

Social Media: The Hunted Become the Hunter

Social Media: The Hunted Become the Hunter

“Nothing in those files makes their sacrifice worthwhile. You have to let go. We’re professionals, when an operation goes bad, we tie it off. “ – Ward Abbott (Brian Cox) – The Bourne Supremacy (2004) The world of new media – widgets and social applications – looks like a beautiful marketing hunting grounds. It’s like […]

Should You Host Your Own Blog?

Should You Host Your Own Blog?

So you’ve decided to blog, but aren’t sure whether you should host the blog yourself or sign up for a free service like blogger.com. It’s a dilemma that many bloggers face. There are pros and cons to both, which makes the decision difficult for many. Neither is perfect, and neither is for everyone. Fortunately, you […]