DNS Mailer Scam coming to several hosting clients.

Several clients have been getting this in the mail. The PDF attachment shows a bill owed for $65.00 to DNS Services. At first glance it looks sound enough and DNS is one of those things that seem like something you need if you have a website. The icing on the cake is that they even point out a few things that are familiar including the current DNS (ns.csdurant.com / ns2.csdurant.com in this case), Mail servers, etc. The big things to note here are the items I highlighted in green. Name Server 3 and 4 while they seem to be from DNS services show inactive. Also in the glob of fine print at the bottom you see “You are under no obligation to make any payments on account of this offer unless you accept this offer.” And finally, “DNS Services is not affiliated with your current Name Server Provider. Despite the warnings several clients have called asking if they owe this bill.

Don’t be scammed by these mailings. This information is all available to anyone publicly via a command known as whois. These people are just trying to get your money much like the fake yellow page ad’s of yesterday’s scammers. While these people aren’t really doing anything illegal they are in my opinion performing shady business practices which try to trick people into becoming their customers.

Will hundreds of thousands of people be without Internet come July?

For those of you following the recent fbi.gov news release saying that users could lose their Internet:

I thought I’d give you some details of how DNS works and why you would/could potentially lose your Internet access. Let’s start by explaining what DNS is … Domain Name Services (DNS for short) is basically a telephone book for computers. In simplest terms, it takes IP Addresses ( which are numbers that are easy for computers to work with and matches them up with URL’s (www.google.com) which are website names easy for people to work with. This is done so that when you want to go to a website you don’t have to know what IP address the website is hosted at but just the name itself. DNS does that work for you.

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Roundcube for your Debian Squeeze Mail Server

I am a big fan of the workaround.org “ISPmail tutorial” for setting up mail servers. It works pretty good and is usually pretty detailed and to be honest, I’ve been using it for years to configure my mail servers under Debian Linux. After migrating to squeeze the first time, I just used the tutorials “Migrating from the Lenny” section to update my server.

I’ve always loved roundcube as well and even in the early days found myself stopping the tutorial and configuring my own copy of roundcube. The new tutorial actually makes mention of roundcube so I was excited when I got the opportunity to configure a new mail server. The only disheartening thing was that the mail server tutorial for squeeze isn’t finished to the point where it talks about roundcube configuration. I’ve set it up many times so I thought I’d try to use the generic debian apt packages and go ahead and document my steps along the way. Here we go…
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Dell 3115cn Scanner Support for OSX Lion

Several requests about getting the scanner working on their OSX Lion install with the Dell 3115cn have made me write this post. Some have had trouble getting it to work through SMB. So here goes instructions on how to get your scanner working with OSX Lion via FTP. Please note that this doesn’t actually work the way one might first expect. When most people think of connecting a scanner to a computer they think of the computer doing the work by prompting the scanner to do the scanning. This isn’t actually the case with the 3115cn. It has the ability to do a scan server which is how we will set this up.
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