Better DNS Service

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Today I would like to take a moment and tell you about a FREE service that does more than just DNS for you. This service can be utilized by a single user or an entire data center. OpenDNS.com is a website that allows you to utilize it's services by adding them as your primary/secondary DNS servers or as a forwarder for your larger networks. OpenDNS offers a Safer, Faster, Smarter and More Reliable DNS Service. Ok, now for what the service really does. Taken from OpenDNS' website: Safer Phishing Protection: OpenDNS can identify and stop sites trying to phish (steal) your personal information or money.The OpenDNS phishing protection works with all operating systems and browsers, complementing any other security measures already in use. Adult Site Blocking: OpenDNS lets you block…
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Broadcom BCM4306 on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Linux, Ubuntu
In my last post I mentioned that I needed to install a non standard package to get my laptop wireless device working. Well, I decided that because it took me about 20-25 minutes to find the fix for this I would post it so I can save someone some unneeded grief. To get the wireless hardware working with the OS most people recommend NDISWrappers but the easiest and most supported was is to use Synaptic (the package manager) to install bcm43xx-fwcutter which is nothing more than the firmware that the kernel needs to load during the boot process to make the Wireless NIC usable. After installation just reboot and the viola you have a working Broadcom wireless NIC which supports pretty much any encryption method available.
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And then there was Ubuntu…

Linux, Ubuntu
Quite recently my eyes were opened to a Linux distribution called Ubuntu. The latest release from the open source company Canonical is called Feisty Fawn. How can you deny or refuse a name like that. :) Well, I figured I would dedicate a post to how much I truely enjoy the OS vs it's or Linux competitors as well as the big Microsoft. The installation disk is easily available via http://www.ubuntu.com where you can either download it or have 1 or more copies sent to you via snailmail (I get 25 because I'm a consultant). On the install CD (not DVD) there are a few cool features that make the product stand out from the rest like a suite of open source Windows apps that can be installed directly from…
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Helpful Cisco Commands

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Well, this is my first tech post so I'll make it an easy one. I'll put a few of the commands that I regularly utilize on Cisco routers and Switches to make my life easier. | (Pipe) command output modifier - Alrighty, this truly is a basic command. You issue a normal command at the privilege exec level and add the | (pipe) afterwards followed by an i (include) e (exclude) or b (begin). Begin is not available in all IOS versions. Command Example: show run | i ip route would show something like this: ip route 10.0.0.0 255.255.255.0 11.24.1.1 name default ip route 10.1.255.0 255.255.255.0 11.24.1.2 name backup_net If you were to replace the i with a b the output would begin at "ip route" and continue on with…
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