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As they come up, I’ll post explanations about what some of the errors thrown on Facebook mean. This one is one of the more serious issues:

Internal Server Error – Read
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Reference “This number will vary”
Internal Server Error – Read
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.Reference “This number will vary”

Service Unavailable – DNS failure
The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later.
Reference “This number will vary”

These errors mean that your account has fallen victim to a “PEBKAC” attack. The traffic you are sending to Facebook is being intercepted, altered, and re-transmitted by someone who is likely not very bright. The recommended resolution is to email all of your friends and tell them you have fallen victim to a “PEBKAC” attack. Next, when you are able to regain access to your account, post “PEBKAC here!!!” on your Facebook wall to warn others of this common brand of attack. They will appreciate the warning, I know I would. Feel free to link back.

Diaspora get hacked? or is it a joke?

Posted: 15th September 2010 by Chris in Development, News, Software, Web
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I popped in on the site to see if they had opened the code.The project link at now takes you to I hope it’s a joke and not a vaporware indicator. I wonder what the hell they were on at Burning Man?

Looks like Maxwell is taking credit for it, github is up.

Thank you Cyberduck

Posted: 8th September 2010 by Chris in Development, Software, Web
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Thank you for the quick update. The permission resets and chmod’s were really starting to wear me down.

No, I’m not a wizard.

Posted: 30th August 2010 by Chris in Web
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I’m in banning more IP addresses from referral spammers today and have a little time for a quick aside. In the last week, I’ve been asked to help with several home networks. Three times I’ve been asked how in the world I knew what the routers’ IP addresses were.

I’m not a wizard… There are three options for “internal” networks. Your router has an outside IP address that is visible to the world. I won’t know what that one is unless you hit and tell me what it is.

The three options for internal networks are the following ranges of IP addresses: – 10.255-255-255. This range of addresses is typically used by Apple devices as the default. So your router, unless you have changed it, will usually be –  I have never run across a router in the wild that uses this range by default, but there probably are some. – Linksys usually runs in this range and the router address for their most popular models generally comes in at

See, no magic.

If you want to check and see what the router address is, open a cmd window and type in “ipconfig” without the quotes. The default gateway will be your router. If it says nothing and it also says your ip address is, it means you have no network connection. is the “local loopback” address that your computer gives itself if it can’t connect to a network.

I so want this

Posted: 14th August 2010 by Chris in Biking, Denver, General
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Today I read a little Wallace Stevens and I tuned my bike. And look what popped up via the Starving Artist Cafe:


The Google Gambit

Posted: 14th August 2010 by Chris in General, News, Web
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The Google and Verizon deal. Man, it’s got to suck to be Verizon at this point. I bet they thought they had a powerful ally in Google and were slobbering at the chance to cash in.

It’s pretty plain to see that Google can’t lose in this scenario.

  • Net neutrality = big win.
  • Tiered internet = meh.

Google has forced the issue, and it seems it might actually come down on the side of the consumer, who is sick to death of being nickel and dimed by the telecoms. Come on EFF and FCC, take this opportunity to make it stick and keep the net neutral. Maybe Google can sabotage it’s own defense in this case. It will certainly work in their favor.

Kinda reminds me of the frog and the scorpion getting across the river. Except this time, the scorpion has wings. I’ve always liked Google, they have good products. I’ve also always kept a wary eye on them. It looks like Verizon should have been doing the same thing.

Half full or half empty?

Posted: 8th August 2010 by Chris in General, Rant
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It’s all over the news recently, Bill Gates and 40 billionaires will give away half of their wealth, to charity.

I have a better idea. How about instead of giving away fish, you teach people to fish. Small business and the middle class are in trouble. If you want to help, how about some low cost business loans or grants that will help people open their own shops and then hire other people to work there and then the money kinda stays in the community instead of being soaked up by the market which sits predominantly off-shore and thumbs their noses at us while we work our butts off and pay taxes while they don’t. Whew, that’s a helluva run on sentence, glad to get it off my chest. Oh, and keep the net neutral, while you’re at it. I wouldn’t stand for people telling me which roads I can drive on, so I have no interest in letting it slide on the “information superhighway”.

You can start by sending me a check for $100K to open a coffee/geek/hosting biz. Or, you can go ahead and put that on your charge card by hitting “Custom Deal” over here, just make the quantity 100,000.

Dogs and soap.

Posted: 27th July 2010 by Chris in General, Web
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Who knew? Fight club style soap (minus the midnight run) and dog training. This will be a hoot.

NSFW – Hamell on Trial

Posted: 22nd July 2010 by Chris in Music
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Cyveillance bot

Posted: 20th July 2010 by Chris in Rant, Web
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The scenario:

You set up a new website and are excited for the client to kick the tires. You check logs regularly, and see someone from the correct town hitting the site. But, it looks like they aren’t really sure what’s going on, and then send something that resembles someone fishing for an old exploit.

You talk to the client and mention it to them in passing, and it turns out they haven’t hit the site. So you email an abuse notification to the registration, and what comes back? A canned reply, it turns out to be the cyveillance bot “protecting and serving” by masquerading as a person. Hrrm. That earns a ban. Get some couth, cyveillance.