IADB - another paid DNS Whitelist with no way to report abuse

Posted at 10:02:34 AM in Vendors (37)

I just received more spam through a paid DNS whitelist. Though the whitelist claims it is valid, it is still spam. This email did not OPT-IN and the message was completely unsolicited. The manager of this whitelist can be found at ISIPP which claims management options which they have no way of verifying. i.e. "You must have true opt-in - the knowing permission and consent - for every email address on your mailing lists;" There is simply no way to verify this without ISIPP managing the list and they do not.

Here is a recent email I received:  

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This is obviously advertisement. The sender is on a fishing expedition, trolling for unwary internet site managers. The fact that there is no actual link to any of the actual web sites this recipient manages that would have visit information is one clue, but also that they use coded links to identify which email address actually clicked on their link. Once you've clicked on their link, they could technically say that you opted-in, even though that's not what you were intending to do. This particular recipient does manage web sites, but that email address can easily be gleaned from the whois database.

This was not an opt-in email. ISIPP has no idea who or where the email lists come from that use their whitelist service. One more step removed from this is the source of lists that are used with agencies like constantcontact.com whose users bring their own lists. And no one knows where those lists come from; not constantcontact and surely not ISIPP.

I posted in another link a different DNS whitelist that had two entries with high scores on spamassassin. Take a look at the scoring lines from this email: 

	*  4.8 BAYES_99 BODY: Bayes spam probability is 99 to 100%
	*      [score: 1.0000]
	* -0.7 RCVD_IN_DNSWL_LOW RBL: Sender listed at http://www.dnswl.org/, low
	*      trust
	*      [ listed in list.dnswl.org]
	* -0.0 RCVD_IN_IADB_LISTED RBL: Participates in the IADB system
	*      [ listed in iadb.isipp.com]
	* -0.0 RCVD_IN_IADB_VOUCHED RBL: ISIPP IADB lists as vouched-for sender
	* -0.0 RCVD_IN_IADB_SPF RBL: IADB: Sender publishes SPF record
	* -0.0 RCVD_IN_IADB_DK RBL: IADB: Sender publishes Domain Keys record
	* -0.0 RCVD_IN_IADB_RDNS RBL: IADB: Sender has reverse DNS record
	* -4.0 RCVD_IN_IADB_DOPTIN RBL: IADB: All mailing list mail is confirmed
	*      opt-in
	* -0.0 SPF_HELO_PASS SPF: HELO matches SPF record
	* -0.0 SPF_PASS SPF: sender matches SPF record
	*  0.0 HTML_MESSAGE BODY: HTML included in message
	*  1.0 NIXSPAM_IXHASH BODY: iXhash found @ ix.dnsbl.manitu.net
	*  2.5 DCC_CHECK Detected as bulk mail by DCC (dcc-servers.net)
	*  0.1 DKIM_SIGNED Message has a DKIM or DK signature, not necessarily
	*      valid
	*  0.7 LOTS_OF_MONEY Huge... sums of money
	*  0.1 RDNS_NONE Delivered to internal network by a host with no rDNS
	*  0.0 T_DKIM_INVALID DKIM-Signature header exists but is not valid


Six lines. Only one is marked with a high negative because I thought I could trust their OPT-IN, but obviously I cannot. Luckily there were enough other factors to block this spam. Even though it's on a whitelist, it is not legit email and ISIPP is touting something they are not providing.

Written by Leonard Rogers on Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Scanners and Cameras Windows 7

Posted at 2:44:41 PM in Recovery (44)

Where is the Scanners and Cameras icon in Windows 7? It doesn't appear to exist.

I changed a wireless printer from one network to another and the PCs needed to be able to find it on the new network. With all the printers set to static, this created a problem on the new network. The printer portion was easy. Just change the IP address in the Port settings on particular printer properties you need to change. But the scanner on the same printer isn't so easy. I looked for scanners everywhere and couldn't find it.

Then I found that if you just type in the keyword scan in search from the start menu, under control panel you will see the Scanners and Camera's icon. It must be a sub icon of another set, but I couldn't find it for anything. Once I found the Scanners and Cameras in the search menu, I was able to open my scanner properties and select the network tab and change the network settings for the scanner.

Everything fixed. 

Written by Leonard Rogers on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Modified the RSS feed script to build a sitemap, some observations

Posted at 10:04:49 AM in BP Blog (7)

One thing I noted in the RSS script for BP Blog is that it builds a text file used for RSS feeds. It limits the number of entries in the file to 10 which wouldn't work for a sitemap. But it does build a file and it builds it when changes are made to the site. There is a link to update RSS on the blog update page, but it also runs when you add a new blog entry which would be an ideal time to create sitemaps.

My blog is integrated into the rest of my web site, albeit; the CSS is all jacked up. My main page lists the last 10 blog entries so anytime I update the blog, the main page is updated. I created the sitemap in xml format from a sitemap generator web site to get an idea of what the file would look like. In the header there is a link to the definition of the sitemap standard (http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9) which I also used. 

Basically, the header stays the same and the loop through the blog table provided in the RSS script is all that was needed to create a sitemap. After I tested the sitemap script by itself and confirmed that it worked (the date format in the RSS script was not compatible with the sitemap, so I had to redefine that function), I removed all the redundant code that was already in the RSS script and then added the sitemap script to the RSS script as an include file. Now every time the RSS feed is run, I build a new sitemap file which is basically every time I update my blog.

Written by Leonard Rogers on Saturday, June 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

MSI g51 laptop WiFi and Webcam Stopped working

Posted at 3:33:37 PM in Installations (48)

Recently I had a MSI G51 laptop that lost it's WiFi signal. No switches on the side and no Alternate Fn keys that would turn the WiFi on. Even worse, I assumed the webcam was broken on it though I had just purchased it, so we never used the webcam.

There are 4 labels on the laptop up by the power button, which I never paid any attention too. They are positioned next to what appears to be indicators, but they are actually switches. The WiFi switch appears to be a radio antenna, but it's not what I'm use to seeing as a WiFi icon which look like this  or this . The one on the laptop doesn't match any I've seen. 

Well, as I was pressing around, I decided to check the the webcam switch and the camera turned on as well. The WiFi also turned on, so apparently, someone accidentally turned it off and didn't know it. I have yet to figure out what P1 and Eco are for.

Written by Leonard Rogers on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | Comments (2)

Dell has stopped producing the Vostro line of Desktop and Laptop computers

Posted at 12:48:41 PM in Vendors (37)

Sad to see this line of products go. I have come to rely on this model of PC. Though Dell stats that their Optiplex PC is a business class PC and has their full backing and support, I got tired of constantly calling them for support on that model. The Dimension line of products are really a low end home product and are available in retail stores. I don't shop for Dell products in stores because, I prefer them to build the specs I want and not have to rely on the Geek Squad to convert and upgrade to the product I need.

Out of the hundreds of Vostros I've installed, I can count the number of failed products on one hand. Now I'll have to search for a class of PCs that both meet the price and performance requirements that I'm looking for. Here's the chat with Dell today concering this new change.

1:21:12 PM System
You are now being connected to an agent. Thank you for using Dell Chat
1:21:12 PM System
Connected with Dell Rep
1:21:22 PM Dell Rep
Welcome to Dell US Small Office Chat. My name is Dell and I will be your Dell.com Sales Chat Expert. I can be reached at xxx. You can now chat with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week !
1:21:22 PM Dell Rep
Hello Leonard! :)
1:21:27 PM Dell Rep
How may I help you?
1:21:37 PM Leonard
Where have all the Vostro's gone?
1:21:52 PM Dell Rep
I would be happy to assist you with that. First, allow me to thank you for Chatting with us!
1:21:57 PM Dell Rep
Vostro is no longer offered as of June1
1:22:07 PM Dell Rep
Some Vostro systems are offered on clearance
1:22:12 PM Dell Rep
in limited quantity
1:22:20 PM Dell Rep
What Vostro system are you looking for>?
1:22:24 PM Leonard
Why is that?
1:22:56 PM Dell Rep
We change models from time to time
1:22:57 PM Leonard
It's the only model I ever ordered from you. Your other models are not worth buying
1:23:22 PM Dell Rep
Currently we are integrating features of Vostro with Inspiron systems
1:23:40 PM Leonard
well. I have to look around then
1:23:45 PM Leonard
This is really disappointing
1:24:09 PM Leonard
thanks for your time
1:24:27 PM Dell Rep
I am sorry that the system that you want is no longer offered, do you want to check on comparable systems?


Written by Leonard Rogers on Friday, June 7, 2013 | Comments (0)