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U.S. may want to create new internet infrastructure to combat cyber-terrorism

July 17, 2011

A Foxnews report describes a suggestion by the former director of the American Central Intelligence Agency Michael Hayden for the creation of a domain name of ".secure" in which users would waive fourth-amendment right protections to allow constant monitoring by government, the idea being a way to limit the pervasive level of cyberspying and foreign nation espionage:

"The idea goes something like this: China and other regimes around the world inherently have an upper hand when it comes to cyber defense because their lack of civil liberty protections lets the government freely monitor online activity. Things like "deep packet inspection" (which gained notoriety during Iranian election protests back in 2009) that let governments monitor citizens traffic also let them monitor for unusual activity.

That activity could be cyber criminals at work, or it could be foreign-backed cyber warriors and cyber spies working to weaken a nation's infrastructure or penetrate sensitive government systems. Regardless, other countries are better protected.

The U.S. Internet, by virtue of its adherence civil liberties, is more like the wild west. Everyone does everything online anonymously, and while that's great for liberties, it's also dangerous when cyber criminals/foreign hackers are roaming the cyber

countryside. The proposed solution: a dot-secure safe zone (basically, a separate Internet) where things like financial institutions, sensitive infrastructure, government contractors, and the government itself can hide behind heavier defenses."

The entire article at Foxnews is here.

NEWS ITEM:

Facebook Fatigue

June 16, 2011

An article ("Facebook fatigue sets in for 100,000 Brits: Users bored with site deactivate accounts amid privacy fears") at the UK Daily Mail by Daniel Bates posits that there may be a 'natural limit' to the super-popular social networking site, and that the drop in users in certain countries is the result of privacy issues and a sense of boredom for some users:

"Worldwide, the rate of growth has slowed for a second month in a row – and as it aims to reach its goal of one billion active users, Facebook is having to rely on developing countries to boost its numbers.

In the U.S, user numbers dropped from 155.2million to 149.4 million throughout May. In Canada there was also a fall, of about 1.5million users, while in Russia and Norway numbers also fell by more than 100,000 users."

Facebook is supposed to "go public" for investment sometime toward the end of this year or early 2012.

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Wall Street Journal: China's Cyberassault on America

June 15, 2011

Richard Clarke at The Wall Street Journal on the internet mayhem that comes from Chinese hackers, and some speculation on Chinese government involvement:

"Senior U.S. officials know well that the government of China is systematically attacking the computer networks of the U.S. government and American corporations. Beijing is successfully stealing research and development, software source code, manufacturing know-how and government plans. In a global competition among knowledge-based economies, Chinese cyberoperations are eroding America's advantage.

The Chinese government indignantly denies these charges, claiming that the attackers are nongovernmental Chinese hackers, or other governments pretending to be China, or that the attacks are fictions generated by anti-Chinese elements in the United States. Experts in the U.S. and allied governments find these denials hard to believe. "

Recommendation for protection on your personal equipment: I have been using Avast Anti-virus on both my Apple Mac and Windows PC machines here at my office with good success.

NEWS ITEM:

Malware rise seen coming for Macs everywhere

May 6, 2011

Ed Bott at ZDnet has an examination of how the three-year climb in the number of Apple computer users means they are getting the attention of more and more hackers who see a financial bonanza by going through browsers and especially social networking web sites like Facebook.

"...the argument goes, Windows users are victimized by drive-by downloads, and Macs are immune from those!

Sorry, but that’s not true either. Like any modern operating system, OS X contains flaws that can be attacked fairly easily. That is why Apple updates it so regularly. Let’s take just one recent example…

In Apple’s security bulletin for the April 22, 2011 release of OS X 10.6.7, I counted 23 separate fixes for vulnerabilities that allow “arbitrary code execution” in the current shipping version of OS X. At least three of those vulnerabilities are new in Snow Leopard and did not exist in previous versions of OS X.

For those who aren’t familiar with security terminology, “arbitrary code execution” means “no user interaction required.” It is the nightmare scenario of online security: The attacker sets up a web page containing hostile code or creates an ordinary looking document, image, or movie file. When you visit that web page or open that document or look at that picture or play that video clip—or even if you just download a file—the attacker’s code runs, potentially giving him complete control over your machine."

Recommendation: I have been using Avast Anti-virus on both my Apple Mac and Windows PC machines here at my office.

NEWS ITEM:

Google shakes up its search engine method; some sites penalized, others gain page-rank

March 9, 2011

A major shakeup in the online world occurred last week for web site owners and SEO specialists. Google has changed an estimated 12% of their "secret formula" (a mathematical algorithm) for producing what they believe are the best search engine results.

Many sites have seen their traffic from search engine results drop significantly, while other sites have had a boost.

Google has done this to apparently weed out web sites specializing in "content accumulation" by amassing often-times nearly incoherent written info which was nonetheless punctuated with keywords and phrases that did well in Google indexing.

Wall Street Journal story by Amir Efrati summarizes the shake-up:

"Google Inc. is creating a new set of winners and losers on the Web following its move to punish sites that it believed offered little useful information yet still ranked high in its search results."

"Websites affected by the change are retooling themselves to try to adapt to Google's new standards. At the same time, several companies that benefited from the change—such as Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc.—have praised Google and are predicting increased revenue."

NEWS ITEM:

Flood of custom domain name suffixes coming

February 7, 2011

Washington Post story by Ian Shapira on the coming avalanche of custom domain naming suffixes coming, and the expected rush to grab the most lucrative naming.

"The pillar of the basic Web address - the trusty .com domain - is about to face vast new competition that will dramatically transform the Web as we know it. New Web sites, with more subject-specific, sometimes controversial suffixes, will soon populate the online galaxy, such as .eco, .love, .god, .sport, .gay or .kurd.

This massive expansion to the Internet's domain name system will either make the Web more intuitive or create more cluttered, maddening experiences. No one knows yet... "

"...These online territories are hardly free. The price tag to apply is $185,000, a cost that ensures only well-financed organizations operate the domains and cuts out many smaller grass-roots organizations, developing countries or dreamers, according to critics. (Rejectees get some of the application fee returned.) That's on top of the $25,000 annual fee domain operators have to pay ICANN.

Lauren Weinstein, co-founder of People for Internet Responsibility, a grass-roots firm in Los Angeles, alleges that the new domains are designed purely to make money for ICANN and the companies that control the domains... "

It looks like final decisions are due in March or April 2011, but a date for street implementation still unknown.

Site Update:

August 8, 2011
Updated Web Site: Darlene Sykes Real Estate in Hot Springs Arkansas: New photography

Darlene SYkes

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August 3, 2011
Updated Web Site: Vermont Bride Magazine has new articles and photography added. Vermont Bride Magazine

VERMONT BRIDE

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July 7, 2011
Updated Athens Greece Now

Athens Greece Now

Site about the Greek economic crisis and the impact on world finances and history

Site Update:

Aug 3, 2011
Updated Breath Matters Web Site

Breath Matters

Lung Disease Support Group in Richmond Virginia

Site Update:

July 21, 2011
Updated Needlemans Bridal

Needlemans Vermont

Needlemans is having a 20% off sale at their four locations in Vermont.

Site Update:

July 21, 2011
Updated Catamount Country Club

Catamount Country Club

Catamount Country Club in Williston Vermont. Golf and weddings.

Site Update:

July 20, 2011
Updated Pro-Home.com

Professional Home Services

Home improvement and commercial property improvement from Professional Home Services in Richmond VA.

Site Update:

July 7, 2011
Updated Athens Greece Now

Athens Greece

Site about the Greek economic crisis and the impact on world finances and history

Site Update:

June 16, 2011
Updated Vermont Bride Magazine

VT Bride Magazine

New 116 page issue of the magazine, art direction and layout.

Site Update:

June 16, 2011
Updated Alex Keisch Foundation

Alex keisch Foundation

Web site for the speaker and author Alex Keisch

Site Update:

June 10, 2011
Updated MSA Sport

Prototype Design

Web site prototype design

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June 3, 2011
Updated Athens Greece Now

thens Greece Now

Site covers the EU / Greece economic meltdown

Site Update:

June 3, 2011
New Website Duboy Inc

Duboy Inc

National marketing advertising and marketing firm based in Central Virginia

Site Update:

June 3, 2011
Updated Breath Matters

Breath Matters

Site is a support group for lung disease sufferers in the Richmond Virginia area

Site Update:

May 6, 2011
Updated Powhatan County Fair

Powhatan County Fair Virginia

The Powhatan County Fair takes place this year in Powhatan County, Virginia, May 19-22

Site Update:

May 6, 2011
Updated Athens Greece Now website

Athens Greece Now

Site Update:

APRIL 25, 2011
New help page abut Craftsman Model 917 Lawn Mower: Trouble with gas and how to solve for starting and unexpected quitting of the Briggs and Stratton engine. Based upon my personal lawn mowing experience.

Craftsman 22 mulcher model 917

Site Update:

APRIL 13, 2011
Updated Darlene Sykes Real Estate Web Site

Darlene Sykes

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APRIL 12, 2011
Updated Goya artist timeline

Goya Update

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APRIL 11, 2011
Updated Carroll County Arkansas

Carroll County

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MARCH 9, 2011
Updated Needlemans Bridal and Formal

Needlemans

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MARCH 28, 2011
Updated web site comicbookbrain

Comic Book Brain

Site Update:

MARCH 9, 2011
Updated Hot Springs Arkansas real estate web site for Darlene Sykes Realtor

Darlene Sykes Real Estate in Hot Springs

Also recently added was the Darlene Sykes online Word Press Blog

Site Update:

MARCH 9, 2011
Updated web site about Greece and the current economic problems in Europe Athens Greece Now

Athens Greece Now

New page added on the Greek ELSTAT and GSS statistical authorities

Site Update:

FEBRUARY 23, 2011
See the eeweems online gallery of flash animation samples Animated Flash samples

Site Update:

FEBRUARY 19, 2011
Updated Web Site: Darlene Sykes Real Estate serving Hot Springs, Arkansas. Darlene Sykes Real Estate

Darlene Sykes

Site Update:

JANUARY 12, 2011
Updated Web Site: Richmond Virginia based company who does replacement windows, siding, and many other home improvement projects. Pro-Home Services

Pro Home Services Virginia

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