‘Broom Smoke’ an at…

If you’re not from Pittsburgh you don’t understand the ‘an at’..

but anyway, so the people who had this house before us decided to add an addition to the house, it’s small room that is the laundry room, room enough for washer/dryer a little space to walk around and some shelves and cupboards, it’s off of the kitchen. It’s, I would estimate 10 feet x 15 feet, Nice idea but bad design, it’s actually a ‘real addition’ to the house, they knocked out some bricks, added a couple doors, plumbing and that’s it.. no heat at all, so every year the pipes would freeze, so of course they burst over the winter and ruined the floor and wall so I’m in process of repairing it.

The floor, well it was bad when we moved in, but throw a nice rug down and it’s fine, one of those things that I’ll get too eventually… well eventually is here, I decided to take a closer look at the damage and it’s not repairable without a whole lot of work and money, the floor that is, the walls are an easy fix, some drywall/paint and it’s done.

So I decided to just refinish the original hard wood flooring in the kitchen, three sub floors, two sets of tiles and one layer of linoleum later I’ve gotten down to the wood and surprisingly it’s not that bad, all of those layers protected it from the water. There were slight watermarks but they sanded right out with no problems, there is a funky patch in the back corner but no one will see it as the shelves and fridge will be there anyway so I’m not too worried about it.

Anyway I was doing a bit of this work on Saturday while my kids were home, and my 2 yr old thought it was really cool and watched me most of the time doing this, he says I broke the kitchen and floor… anyway I was sweeping up and of course there was dust there as well, a lot of dust actually and the baby was watching me and he says ‘daddy, you made broom smoke!’  Kids are a trip, especially him, he just comes up with the wildest things..

anyway, I’m just extremely busy, but then again when am I not? I’m also in process of redoing my steps as well, they’re concrete and I’m averaging every two years I need to repair them, it’s getting tedious and annoying. So I’m trying a new approach, I went and spent a few hundred dollars on treated wood planks to cover the steps with, those things are expensive at $13 a piece. Of course though that’s not the only expense, I needed special screws for the wood, and tapcons (special concrete anchor screws) and some liquid nails as well to be safe! Now I just need it to stop raining for a few days so I can get the steps done!

Oh well..

A new server…NOT!

So, I went and purchased a VPS server, only to run into all kinds of problems with it.. I spent close to $400 on this thing and it’s junk…  in the companies advertising for the VPS, they failed to mention that it only comes with 128mb of ram which is not even enough to run Plesk/Virtouzzo control panel…

From my research you need a minimum of 256mb for the control panel to run decently and then that doesn’t leave much for the rest of the site and services like email etc

so I made the site live and it was down every 5 minutes and I had to reboot the server numerous times… I called them before I made the site live and specifically asked what would happen if I went over the 128mb of ram and had to use the ‘burstable’ ram of up to 1gig, they told me that the site would just slow down a bit until resources were freed up.. not true from what I found out.

I had the site in one window and the control panel in another window on different monitors, in the cpanel I was monitoring the resources usage, and sure enough I hit 100% very quickly with the ram, then hit 100% with the swap, of burstable ram, well the site didn’t slow down it crashed, all the services just shut down and it needed re-booted, so either the tech support was lying to me or just didn’t have a clue what he was talking about..

so of course I figured out the problem, not enough ram, called them over 8 hours ago to talk to them about the problem, and ask how much would it be to upgrade the ram.. it’s a simple question really, but no one could answer me on the phone and I still have not heard back yet either

as of now that version of the site is essentially offline and only accessible through the IP address, but yet it still crashes.. with no visitors it crashes, that’s amazing really…

so I’m back on a shared hosting account, at least it runs…

Finally site is fixed…

So finally, this site is not listed as possibly harming your computer…

That was a fun, interesting process… I still think it’s quite flawed, but I guess with any new system there are bound to be flaws..

What pisses me off the most though is that even if you know who hacked you the hackers ISP won’t do anything about it, but yet Google and the likes are more than happy to jump and essentially convict the owner of the site for distributing malware/badware or whatever…

Here’s the final email response from StopBadware.org, who works with Google to put these wonderfual labels on sites:

“We have received and processed your request for review of your website, kristoferbrozio.com/.  Google’s most recent test of your website found no badware behaviors on the site.  As such, the Google warning page for your site has either already been removed or should be removed shortly.  In addition, if your site has been listed in our Badware Website Clearinghouse, we will remove your site from the Clearinghouse list.

Sometimes website owners are confused about why Google placed a warning in the search results for their site.  In many cases, a website run by an innocent site owner has been hacked by a malicious third party, causing the site to distribute badware without the site owner’s knowledge.  If your site was distributing badware because it has been hacked, then simply removing the bad code from your site is not enough to keep your site clean in the future.  You will also need to work with your hosting provider to fix all security vulnerabilities associated with your site.

Please note that we will be retesting your website at periodic intervals in order to monitor that it remains free from badware.  If we find that you are hosting or distributing badware in the future, the reviews process may take considerably longer than the original review.”

Answers to commonly asked questions from site owners who are the subject of Google warnings can be found at:  http://stopbadware.org/home/faq#partnerwarnings
For tips on keeping your website clean and secure, please visit:  http://stopbadware.org/home/security

I like how it says that they’ll be re-testing my site at periodic intervals and that the process will take longer the next time… longer than a month eh? great, something to look forward to then…

It still feels to me like it assumes your guilt, like ‘we’re going to be keeping an eye on you!’

blah…

Noctua NH-C12P CPU cooler

OK..  I have been like dying to let the proverbial cat out of the bag for the last couple of weeks… but today is the day I can officially let it loose.. DragonSteelMods is the official US launch partner for Noctua.

today we’ve posted the only US based review of their newest cooler, this thing is amazing, it has the lowest temps out of all of the coolers I’ve tested on my Quad-Core CPU,  at first I didn’t believe the testing results so I took it all apart and re-tested it again and then tested it again… it’s small and it’s the best so far..

read the full review HERE

Site Re-Design and still BLAH!

So, I’ve completed the re-design of DragonSteelMods, and fully SEO’d it finally… it’s time to get serious now… next week I believe we’ll be starting the migration process to a new host as well, a much speedier one that should change things quite a bit..

and as for this site, well i finally heard back about the review about it being listed as possibly harming your computer, well it still is now.. they found another one.. what I don’t quite understand is why they didn’t tell me about the other instance int he first place?!?! Why keep going back and forth like this, just tell me what the problem is and I’ll fix it already…

ah well..

Google page Rank Time Again Apparently..

Hmm.. dunno when the new Google PageRank hit but I just noticed that my main site (DragonSteelMods) is now a PR5 site, and my new site (dsmtechNews) is now a PR4 site..

Not bad for dsmTechnews considering it was just launched on November 27th of last year…

This site remained the same, oh well, I was actually expecting it to drop since it is still listed as possibly harming your computer.. bah.. that will get fixed soon, I’m just waiting again for them to re-review the site.

I hate hackers and spammers, really I do.. I’ve had a few more attempts today actually, like the one I posted about previously… I like Counterize that way, it’s tells you so much information about who is visting your site and what they are trying to do…

today I found some very odd entries in Counterize tracking, whoever it is put these weird strings of characters at the end of my URLs and tried to access them:

/%5C’+AFv_tag.URL.AF+%5C’images/%5C’+AFv_tag.URL.AF+%5C’images/

%5C’+AFv_tag.URL.AF+%5C’cover.php?w=\’+w+\’&h=\’+h+\’

Can anybody tell me what hell that is? I’ve got quite a few of them that look like that and similar to that just different by a few characters.. they went to one URL and added different variations of that to it 10 times in about 10 minutes…

Counterize tells me the IP originates from Telekenex in San Francisco, never heard of them though..

dsmTechNews gets a whole lot of spam and hacking attempts per day, I’m amazed really at all of it.. but since I’ve installed WP-SpamFree and Simple Trackback Validation the amount of spam has dropped by at least 95%, but STV doesn’t seem to be doing it’s thing correctly, although there are numerous settings to play with, so maybe I need to change something in there…

WordPress 2.5.1 out now

Well I’ve done what I was told by WP security and re-installed everything, and I even upgraded to WP 2.5.1 from the original 2.5 so now I should be nice and secure…

so the new WP is out now, I suggest you go and get it ASAP and upgrade your installation.

Here’s to hoping anyway..

Maybe now I’ll get that stupid warning off of my Google listing eh?

and as for the new WordPress, honestly I don’t like the new version.. I don’t like how things have changed in it, the layout of the backend etc… dunno maybe it’s just me, but I liked it much better back the way it was