Who is Nicholas Stonob and why doesn’t he pay his bills?

Who is Nicholas Stonob and why doesn’t he pay his bills?

For years now, I have been receiving robo-calls for someone I’ve never heard of, with seemingly no way to make it stop. I get an operator, explain that I’m not him and they claim they take me off the list. Only for the calls to start again from a different collections agency!

Enable SNMP on Extreme Networks Switch

Enable SNMP on Extreme Networks Switch

The newer Extreme Networks XOS has a nice auto-secure sort of feature when you first set them up that locks down several things, one of them being SNMP. I was trying to add some X440G2 switches to Cacti and was having trouble enabling SNMP. These are the commands that seemed to work.

Automatic Ticketing Parking Meter

Automatic Ticketing Parking Meter

One of my hobbies is embedded electronics. I was thinking of how cities/municipalities/etc pay a lot of “meter maids” to go around and ticket parking offenses, and how it really should be automated. This way you could eliminate most of them (but not all) and increase revenue at the same time. Of course if you park at meters you probably won’t like this prototype I’ve made.

Laundromat Watcher

Laundromat Watcher

Back in 2009, I used to own a laundromat. It was a self-service unattended laundromat that was still coin-op, no card system. I wanted to know how much traffic my laundromat was getting, to see busy times of day and get some metrics without having to be there. Thus spawned a little invention of mine, the laundromat watcher.

Verizon Wireless Arena spam

Verizon Wireless Arena spam

I have unsubscribed many times over the past 2 years, and they keep sending me more junk. I got tired of the junk mail they kept sending so I set a rule to forward it to their abuse department. It has been a few months, and now their abuse mailbox is invalid. Guess they don’t care about spamming people, I’ll never go there again!

Orbitz.com sucks

Orbitz.com sucks

Just a quick note about my experience with Orbitz. I booked a flight/hotel combo, and then had to cancel it that same day and paid approx $25 cancellation fee. A few days later I re-booked the same flight/hotel, but then had to cancel a day later. I spent over an hour on the phone with an Orbitz representative waiting for their computer system to cancel the flight and hotel, and was told it was all cancelled and things were fine….

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HomeEscape.com texting spam

HomeEscape.com texting spam

When you are thinking about renting out your home, you want to list it on the websites that generate the most traffic and inquiries. Currently VRBO/Homeaway and AirBNB are the most popular listing websites. Most everyone else doesn’t get much traffic at all and in my opinion are not worth your time. But it seems there is a new player in town that wants to upset things, HomeEscape.com.

Cherry Framework Exploit

Cherry Framework Exploit

It seems there is an easy exploit in the popular Cherry Framework plugin for WordPress. It allows someone to easily upload or replace files on your website. Since it is in the “admin” section, I just created a simple Directory rule in my httpd.conf file:

So you’ve locked yourself out of your Sonicwall NSA

So you’ve locked yourself out of your Sonicwall NSA

I had a funny experience where I had accidentally locked myself out of a Sonicwall NSA series firewall. I was replacing the login page with a custom one, and I had accidentally clicked OK before pasting the full HTML code. So now the login page was broken!

Tips on securing and monitoring your vacation home

Tips on securing and monitoring your vacation home

So you’ve finally done it, you’ve gone and bought a vacation home! Now your next thoughts are on keeping it secured, since it is so far away and probably vacant most of the time. Be it on the side of a mountain, a tropical island, at the beach, or just in your favorite city, there are some steps you can take to secure it. This is how I secured and monitor my vacation home.