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  • All in One PC’s Finally Makes Sense #IntelAIO

    image.pngFor a long time All in One PC’s were a bit of a disappointing dream.  The idea was cool, but the implementation was horrid.  You ended up with beautiful computers that were about as computationally useful as paperweights.  These under powered beta tests gone wrong would would be used for ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Review – Button Placement is a Deal Killer

    20140115_115603.jpgThe day that I returned my iPad Air I went out and bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition with a Smart Cover. Although I used to hate Android devices I became a convert when I purchased the Galaxy S4 Smart Phone.  I adore the S4, and figured the ...
  • Facebook’s Decline in a Single Screen Shot

    image.pngAs a Tech Writer I always have to try to create “click bait” type titles for my content.  Basically if folks don’t click on a link, than they won’t read whatever insightful argument it is I’m trying to posit.  I have to create high quality content, but sadly sometimes there ...
  • CES Requires A LOT of Walking

    image.pngBeing that I was at CES, and this is the year of the Wearable’s Revolution it seems fitting that my Samsung Galaxy S4 kept track of how much I walked over the 4 days I was there.  It is almost impossible to describe the size and scale of CES to ...
  • Why I’m Going to CES 2014

    image_thumb.pngIt’s the time of year again right after the madness of the holidays I hop on a plane to Las Vegas for CES. It is an experience I look forward to with both amazement and resignation.  CES is one of those events that it seems everyone should experience once in ...
  • Downgrading Back to my iPad 2

    20140103_092440_thumb.jpgI have had my iPad 2 for a long time now.  I ordered it the morning that it became available and have been using it ever since. Honestly it took me a while to really find a use for it.  In the beginning all I did was play Plants vs Zombies, ...
  • All in One PC’s Make Great Computers for the Kitchen – #IntelAIO

    All in One PC’s Make Great Computers for the Kitchen – #IntelAIOAs a geek I am always looking at new places to add a computer.  A few years ago I tried putting one in the kitchen.  The idea was that I could read recipes off of FoodNetwork.com, listen to Pandora, and even surf the web while I was waiting for the ...
  • What Ethical Hacker Certifications are There?

    image_thumb.pngIf you have been thinking about becoming an ethical hacker, you would not be alone. Within the information technology sector, the ethical hacking industry is growing at an astounding rate. As more and more businesses maintain an online presence these days, the need for computer security has never been greater. ...
  • Who Should Become an Ethical Hacker?

    image_thumb.pngTo become an ethical hacker, you have to be good at what you do. More than good actually, you need to have a good understanding of everything that goes in and comes out of a computer system; from the software to the hardware, an ethical hacker has a solid understanding ...
  • UnSystem’s DarkWallet Project Uses Indiegogo to Bring BitCoins to Chrome and Firefox

    image_thumb.pngCombine Orwelling surveillance by the NSA and Congressional sanctions seizing bank accounts of their enemies with a social network of ideological open-source digital-gurus and you get a living world-wide human conscience transcending known hierarchies empowering individuals everywhere. The unSystem is the loosely organized network of such ideologues combining resources to ...
  • Tin Can App on Google Play Creates a Virtual Internet

    image_thumb.pngDeveloper Mark Katakowski wanted a social network app that worked even when the internet or even cell service is not working. TinCan app now available on Google Play allows phones in close proximity to each other to relay messages via their WiFi radios. It works even when there is not ...
  • What is an Ethical Hacker?

    image_thumb.pngThe term ‘ethical hacker’ might sound like a contradiction of ideas but you may be surprised to learn that there are actually very good (and legal!) reasons to employ a hacker. An ethical hacker is a computer and network expert who attacks a security system on behalf of its owners, ...
  • Ethical Hacking – What is the EC Council?

    image.pngThe International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-supported professional organization. The purpose of the EC-Council is to support and enhance the role of individuals and organizations who design, create, manage or market Security and E-Business solutions. The EC-Council is known primarily as a professional certification body. Its ...
  • Ouya Game Console Offers 500 Free-to-play Games and Counting

    image_thumb.pngIn July 2012, Julie Uhrman of Boxer8 led a Kickstarter campaign to build a new home video game console powered by the Android OS with an open developers kit and the requirement that every game should either be free to play or at least free to try out. The console ...
  • Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Agency Overview

    image_thumb.pngIn Saudi Arabia, the General Intelligence Agency is responsible for surveillance and intelligence actions and was formed in 1957. There are two Saudi Intelligence Agencies working for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Their names are the Saudi General Intelligence Presidency (SGIP) and the Saudi Intelligence Agency (SIA). The SIA operates ...
  • Solid Concepts Legally Makes a Gun With 3D Metal Printing

    image_thumb.pngTexas gunsmith and 25-year old law student at the University of Texas, Austin, Cody Wilson describes himself as a crypto-anarchist. He is a 2nd Amendment card carrying conservative that feels strongly about defending civil liberties. Wilson also works for and helped found Defense Distributed, a nonprofit corporation to aid the ...
  • Israeli Intelligence Community Overview

    image.pngIsrael is a country with a highly complex group of intelligence agencies. Combined they are called the Israeli Intelligence Community and are responsible for intelligence collection, distribution and research. Individually, the major organizations within the IIC are called Mossad, Shabak, SIGINT (otherwise called unit 8200) and Aman. A breakdown of ...
  • France’s Intelligence Service is the DGSE

    image_thumb.pngThe DGSE is a state Service under the direct authority of the executive power and operates within a very strict legal framework. The DGSE’s activities, defined by the Political Authorities, are exclusively tasked to protect French interests. Its activities particularly contribute to protecting French citizens anywhere in the world. For ...
  • Germany’s Active Intelligence Gathering

    image_thumb.pngBy now we have all heard the words ‘wiretapping’ ‘Merkel’, ‘Germany’ and ‘Obama’. They are probably four of the most searched words in recent times. In one respect we can all see why Angela Merkel might be upset that her personal telephone conversations were being (allegedly) listened in on by ...
  • A Short History of American Use of Drones

    image_thumb.pngOn May 1, 1960, F. Gary Powers was shot down flying the secret Lockheed U-2 aircraft through Soviet air space. Powers was a USAF pilot flying a mission for the CIA where a camera in the nose of the aircraft takes pictures as it flies by enemy territory. He lived ...
  • Moments Lost Indiegogo Project Seeks to Bring Blade Runner Back to Life

    image_thumb.pngBetween the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford starred in a 1982 dystopian science fiction thriller based on Philip K Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and now a cult classic: Blade Runner. It shares many deep similarities with another ...
  • Hövding Makes Invisible Bicycle Helmet With Airbag Technology

    image_thumb.pngThe very first rule listed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for bicycle safety is to wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Their slogan is “Protect your brain, save your life”. The most common reason riders give for not wearing a helmet is that it messes up their hair. ...
  • Silk Road 2.0 May Be Impossible to Stop

    image_thumb.pngThe original Silk Road was a series of trade routes connecting the Mediterranean Sea with China. This 4000 mile route got its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade that began in the Han Dynasty over 2000 years ago. The modern incarnation to use the name is an online anonymous ...
  • India’s IB is Reputedly the Worlds Oldest Intelligence Agency

    image_thumb.pngThe Intelligence Bureau (IB) is India’s internal intelligence agency and reputedly the world’s oldest intelligence agency. It was recast as the Central Intelligence Bureau in 1947 under the Ministry of Home Affairs. The objective then was to monitor Russian troop deployments in Afghanistan in the fear of a Russian led ...
  • China’s Ministry of State Security Spies to Stop Government Overthrow

    image_thumb.pngEveryone has watched a Chinese spy movie at one time or another. Deeply rooted in Communism, the idea that the government is spying on every thought and action of its citizens is not hard to imagine. China’s surveillance and information security is handled by the Ministry of State Security, which ...
  • DarkMail Alliance Wants To Upgrade Gmail’s Security

    image.pngAfter Texas based Lavabit was ordered to turn over its SSL private keys used to encrypt email, owner Ladar Levison decided it was better to just shutdown the whole enterprise. Levison shutdown his email service rather than let the US Government in the back door. Another company familiar with encrypting ...
  • Open-Source Bitmessage: A Decentralized Secure Protocol for Communication

    image_thumb.pngAll of the talk about protecting the privacy of emails lead to an idea published by Jonathan Warren who proposed an email system where messages are authenticated and delivered in the same way as Bitcoins. The experimental, decentralized digital currency called Bitcoin was first introduced by Satoshi Nakamoto using a ...
  • New Zealand’s GCSB Can Spy on Citizens and Pass the Information to NSA

    image_thumb.pngOur New Zealand allies have their own national security agency that handles cyber intelligence. The Government Communication Security Bureau (GCSB) contributes to New Zealand’s national security by providing information assurance and cyber security, foreign intelligence, and assistance to other New Zealand government agencies. The GCSB was formed in 1977 and ...
  • Australia’s ASD is More Secretive, and Less Restricted then the NSA

    image_thumb.pngThe Australian equivalent of the NSA is called the ASD, or Australian Signals Directorate (formerly the DSD). The ASD operates under the Australian Government’s Department of Defense, Intelligence and Security. Unlike most other countries, the ASD has a slogan: ‘Reveals their secrets, protects our own’. Their website also states that ...
  • Canada’s CSEC Helps NSA Decrypt Data

    image.pngIf you think that the US Government is the only government in North America to operate some kind of NSA program on their own people then think again. Canada’s national security agency is operating a domestic spying program that is said to be either based on or parallel to that ...
  • GCHQ and NSA Swap Intelligence to Circumvent Local Law

    image_thumb.pngThe National Security Agency (NSA) has been hammered by the press for the strategy it employs to gain information which potentially may be of use to them in thwarting terrorism or other illegal activities. We all know what the NSA is now doing by way of information gathering, but what ...
  • Plair 2, NeoTV and Roku 3 are Alternatives to Google Chromecast

    image_thumb.pngFor those of you who have been asleep this past year, streaming TV and movies is a mainstay to main street America. For $35, you can add Google’s Chromecast HDMI streaming solution by just plugging in the Chromecast dongle not much bigger than a jump drive into the back of ...
  • Raspberry Pi Allows Anyone to Create Robots and Smart Devices

    image_thumb.pngEver think it would be fun to build your own smart robot, if only you had an electronics background, paid attention during Mr. Purcwell’s science class, or maybe just took a whole different direction in college? Ok, you do have to learn a little about electronics, but it won’t require ...
  • Intel, AMD and ARM Backstory

    image.pngThe portmanteau of “integrated electronics” serves as an apt name for the world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturer, and doubly fitting for it’s trademark Intel Inside. In 1978 Intel released a 16-bit microprocessor called the iAPX 86 or the 8086 chip launching the now famous x86 family of backward compatible instruction ...
  • How Emails Can Be Viewed by NSA and Others

    image_thumb.pngMost of us when we send an email to a specific person, think of that communication as being one between just the two of us, a private conversation. As many news articles about government activity including the NSA show, this is not necessarily the case. This reminds us of Big ...
  • How To Install Software in Ubuntu When There is No .deb Package

    image.pngIf you are a Ubuntu user you have already figured out how to download and install software via the Ubuntu Software Center selecting what you want, giving a password to authorize and let it be done. If you are using an older version of Ubuntu or perhaps a variant such ...
  • Rockstar Consortium is a Patent Troll with Industry Backing

    image.pngWhen an inventor of a new product or idea has his ‘Eureka’ moment, he can apply for a patent from a sovereign government which grants the inventor a limited duration monopoly on his invention. Monopolies are generally considered anti-capitalist and anti-competitive. However, the limited duration monopoly granted by the patent ...
  • No Bones About Gigabyte’s Barebones Brix

    image_thumb.pngNo longer are the days when buying a computer meant a CPU cabinet and a large box CRT Monitor. With advances in LCD and liquid crystal technology came the flat-screen followed by the dual screen. My office setup has four flat wide screens hooked to a still large CPU cabinet. ...
  • Battery Powered Personal Mobility Freedom is a DreamE

    image_thumb.pngI admit that I don’t exercise as much as I should. The treadmill did give me a work-out, but wasn’t much fun. Riding a bike was enjoyable until I got tired. After I got back home, sitting carefully on the sore spots, my quest via Google for a solution began. ...
  • Microsoft Office 365 is not the Only Viable Option in the Workplace

    image_thumb.pngBesides posting on Facebook or playing your favorite mind number game, computers are basically used for browsing the web, checking email and working in a productivity suite. Such a suite, often called an office suite, is composed of a word processor, a spreadsheet, and presentation program. Some suites have other ...
  • Building Electrical Circuits using Digital “Legos” in 3D with Minetest

    image_thumb.pngWhen I was a kid, I let my imagination go wild building forts and monster trucks out of Legos, the little colored blocks that interlocked together in endless reusable combinations. Ole Kirk Christiansen made the first Lego in 1949. As of 2013, the Lego Group has produced over 560 billion ...
  • WiFi 187 Times Faster with Existing Off-the-shelf Components

    image_thumb.png WiFi, or Wireless Fidelity, is the technology that send internet data packets wirelessly using radio signals. Laptops and mobile phones use this technology to connect to the internet via a nearby wireless router or hotspot. This is much like talking with handheld two-way radios or walkie-talkie. When a person talks ...
  • Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act and The Next Revolution

    image_thumb.png Back in 1996, I pitched a business idea that I thought was taking off. The idea was to assemble a large bank of routers and modems, buy a couple of T1 data lines, and offer residential internet access to every home in the rural town I was living in at ...
  • Ubuntu is The Free Operating System that is Changing Computing One User at a Time

    image.png A South African born tech entrepreneur named Mark Shuttleworth in 1999 sold his four-year old internet security company to VeriSign for a whole lot of money. What does an instant millionaire from South Africa first do with his new found wealth? He buys a ticket and spends a week on ...
  • Internet-of-things Devices Monitor the World Using Water Instead of Electric Power

    image_thumb.png This week a new crowdfunding project was launched called Driblet, an internet enabled water monitor. The device fits in between a faucet and the water pipe leading to it. It monitors the water usage and broadcasts that data to a web app that you can run on your phone. An ...
  • How To Setup TOR In Linux

    What Is It?: Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor works with ...
  • Setting Up A Virtual Network For Pentesting

    VirtualBox[1]Learning how to hack into systems and networks requires knowledge and understanding of how systems work in the first place, the best way to learn is by setting up your own private network with systems on it. This is the way I have learned and have found it the most effective ...
  • Introduction To Aircrack NGUI

    What Is It:? Aircrack-NGUI is a combination of the words “Aircrack-NG” and “GUI”. In short, it’s a program written in Java that provides a graphical interface to many hacking tools available for the GNU/Linux operating system. At the core of these tools lie the Aircrack-NG suite (airodump-ng, aircrack-ng, aireplay-ng, etc.), Nmap ...
  • Who is Sabu?

    image_thumb.png Sabu is infamous across the internet for his hacking ability and the fact that he eventually became an FBI informant, turning against those who he used to work with. He is notorious for his attacks on both US and Zimbabwean governments, along with a massive list of others. He was eventually ...
  • Goodbye Backtrack, Hello Kali Linux 1.0! – A Brief Walkthrough

    DesktopKali[1]It looks like the development team over at Offensive Security will not be releasing a Backtrack 6, but are introducing a new more mature and polished product. Enter Kali Linux 1.0 touting over 300 tools and a complete UI overhaul, it looks very clean and minimalistic. It was in secret ...
  • Online Hash Cracking In The Cloud With Cloud Cracker

    What Is It?: Cloud Cracker is an online password cracking service for penetration testers and network auditors who need to check the security of WPA protected wireless networks, crack password hashes, or break document encryption. This is really an excellent idea and it was only a matter of time until someone ...
  • Reveal Credentials That Have Been Saved At Login Screens

    Today I am going to show you a simple trick to reveal hidden passwords that have been saved on a computer. A lot of people have the web browser remember their credentials for convenience with just a few simple steps we can reveal what the saved password is. Let’s take ...
  • Fun With Physical Access To Windows 7 Machines (Bypassing Login)

    Today I am going to show you a clever little trick that can be used on Windows 7 machines, this type of exploit only works if you have physical access to the computer you are trying to compromise. It requires knowledge of a few basic Linux commands and just a ...
  • Crack Offline Password Hashes With John The Ripper

    What is It?: John the Ripper is a free password cracking software tool. Initially developed for the UNIX operating system, it currently runs on fifteen different platforms (eleven architecture-specific flavors of Unix, DOS, Win32, BeOS, and OpenVMS). It is one of the most popular password testing and breaking programs as ...
  • Who was Aaron Swartz?

    image_thumb.png Aaron Swartz, born in Chicago, Illinois, has been described as a computer programmer, political organizer, and Internet activist. During his short life, Swartz had many accomplishments including being a co-founder of the social media site Reddit, helping to develop the web feed format RSS and the website framework web.py, and ...
  • What Is Netcat? And How to Use It

    What Is It? Netcat is a simple Unix utility which reads and writes data across network connections, using TCP or UDP protocol. It is designed to be a reliable “back-end” tool that can be used directly or easily driven by other programs and scripts. At the same time, it is a ...
  • Exploiting Automatic Updates With EvilGrade.

    What is it? Evilgrade is a modular framework that allows the user to take advantage of poor upgrade implementations by injecting fake updates. It comes with pre-made binaries (agents), a working default configuration for fast pen tests, and has it’s own WebServer and DNSServer modules. Easy to set up new settings, ...
  • Introduction To Maltego For Open Source Data Mining Operations

    What Is It?: Maltego is a platform developed to help show relationships and real world links between several different categories such as people, groups of people, social networking, email and much much more. Maltego is free for personal use and can be downloaded directly from Here. It is supported across multiple ...
  • What is ECHELON?

    image.png Reportedly created in the early 60’s to watch the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War, ECHELON is the term used by popular culture to name the signals intelligence and analysis networks of the “Five Eyes” – Australia, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand ...
  • Create A Bootable Backtrack 5 Thumb Drive In Two Easy Steps

    I like to use a Backtrack 5 thumb drive why? It’s quicker and a lot of netbooks don’t have CD-ROM drives built into them which means you have to either do it USB or an external CD-ROM drive. To accomplish booting off a thumb drive we use a program called ...
  • What is Carnivore?

    image_thumb.png Carnivore was implemented in October 1997 and until around 2005, it was the FBIs means of tracking and monitoring e-mail and electronic communication. It was able to track somebody’s movement and traffic. Based on a Microsoft Windows platform that required packet sniffing software, as well as a portable disk drive. ...
  • What is The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

    image_thumb.png The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, is a United States bill introduced into the House of Representatives in October of 2011. The goal of the bill was to increase the law enforcement’s ability to fight the online trafficking of copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Much controversy has stemmed ...
  • How To Check A Windows 8 Hard Drive For Errors

    8-When-Completed-Choose-Close_thumb.pngChecking a Windows hard drive for errors is a very simple process. Windows has integrated a series of tools to help users determine whether or not their hard drive contains errors. In many cases Windows can even repair those errors instantly. Hard drive errors can be a scary thing for the ...
  • Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605

    image.png In the early morning hours of November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes went to check on the thirty-six barrels of gunpowder hidden in a storage room beneath the British House of Lords. He and a group of twelve other men intended to reduce Westminster Palace to rubble and assassinate King James ...
  • Completely Uninstall Norton With The Norton Removal Tool

    11-When-Removal-Is-Complete-Choose-Finish_thumb.pngNorton Antivirus is one of the most popular antivirus packages shipped worldwide. Although Norton has made astounding strides in the past five years, there are still many reasons an individual may need to reinstall or remove it. Many people opt to download a free antivirus alternative such as Avast! Free Edition ...
  • Introduction To Subterfuge For Easy MiTM Attacks (Man-In-The-Middle)

    Subterfuge is a MiTM tool that automatically will own a network that is presented to it. It works by exploiting faults in the ARP protocol, if you aren’t familiar with MiTM attacks please click here for my previous blog on what MiTM attacks are and how they work. Subterfuge is very ...
  • Manually Map A Network Drive With A Windows 8 Batch File

    11-A-Command-Prompt-With-Your-Command-Should-Pop-Up-And-Automatically-Execute_thumb.pngSince the dawn of networking, mapping a network drive has been a strategic technique used by administrators worldwide. Networking opened unlimited possibilities for administrators to connect computers to one another and share resources quickly. Network drives are essentially remote network folders mapped to a local drive letter on a client computer. ...
  • Who is LulzSec?

    image.png LulzSec is a computer and Internet hacker group that has claimed responsibility for several high profile attacks on popular websites. The group officially lasted only a couple of months from May to July 2011 but managed to do plenty of damage, exposing the security flaws of major corporations and subsequently ...
  • How To Test Solid State Or Hard Drive Speeds

    7-Results-Should-Match-Read-And-Write-Times-Of-Drive-Manufacturer-Specifications_thumb.pngWith the release of top speed solid state drives, hard drive speed testing has become more and more popular. It is always recommended that users who purchase a brand new drive test their drive to make sure they are getting the read and write times specified by the vendor. In ...
  • Passive OS Fingerprinting With p0f

    What is it?: p0f is a tool used for passively fingerprinting Operating Systems on a network and can be downloaded Here. It has two main modes of detecting a host’s Operating System, active and passive. Active fingerprinting works by sending abnormally crafted packets to the host computer. The host computer then gives out ...
  • Why Crack Passwords When You Can Pass Them Instead? (NTLM Pass-The-Hash)

    We are going to be talking about how NTLM “Pass The Hash” attacks work. To start, let’s first discuss a very general outline of how authentication actually works. Generally an application or system will authenticate in a few simple steps. First, the supplicant initiates a connection with a service. At that ...
  • How To Get The Classic Start Menu On Windows 8

    12-Your-Classic-Shell-Should-Now-Be-Installed-Onto-Windows-8_thumb.pngIt’s no secret the Windows 8 Metro UI is wildly disapproved of in most tech circles. Thankfully, a completely free and open source solution to the start menu has been released. This solution is called the Classic Shell. Although Microsoft took a huge risk in it’s adoption of a touch screen ...
  • Harvesting Credentials With The Social Engineering Toolkit (SET)

    Harvesting Credentials With The Social Engineering Toolkit (SET)It may be important to try and get a user’s login credentials for any type of reconnaissance, we can achieve this by making a copy of the legitimate website / login page and then hosting it. We then get the end user to try and user their login credential on ...
  • Everywhere Else The Startup Conference 2013 Day 1

    The first day of The Everywhere Else Conference has generally been very good. There are a significant number of startup companies here that refreshingly cover a broad range of categories.  There are numerous consumer web plays, but there are also medical devices, apparel, hardware, finance and even a bakery startup. The ...
  • Introduction To Metasploit – The Basics

    In today’s blog I am going to kind of give you a crash course on Metasploit. We will go over some terms, commands and an overview of how Metasploit works. What Is It? Metasploit is a very valuable tool for pen testing networks and is written in Ruby. It may seem daunting ...
  • What is PCI Compliance?

    image.png The PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standard is essentially a robust and comprehensive set of standards and supporting materials to enhance the nature of payment card security throughout the world of electronic transactions (This generally means Credit Card Transactions). The materials included in this include a ...
  • RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and Online Piracy

    image.png Everybody knows the issue of Online Piracy. It costs artists and retailers dizzying amounts of money every year, but you’ll be pleased that somebody out there is fighting the good fight! They are known as the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA). The RIAA are the main line of vigilance against online ...
  • Who is Anonymous?

    image_thumb.png In January 2012, the Department of Justice and the FBI shut down the file-sharing website Megaupload for copyright infringement. In retaliation and in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act, an online group of protesters took down the websites of the DOJ and the FBI using distributed denial-of-service attacks. Members ...
  • Introduction To Armitage – The GUI For Metasploit.

    In this blog we are going to cover how to use some of the basics tools and functions in Armitage. Armitage is a Java front end GUI for the Metasploit Framework. It makes pen testing much quicker and easier without having to remember a ton of command line. Let’s fire ...
  • Using IMGBurn to Burn Perfect ISOs

    In this blog I am going to show you how to use IMGBurn a free tool that allows you to grab an ISO image and burn it and make it bootable. You can download IMGBurn Here: http://www.imgburn.com/  I use this program all the time for both burning ISO images and creating ...
  • How To Install Windows XP Mode on Windows 7

    Step-16_thumb.pngWindows XP Mode is an extremely powerful virtualization environment that is packaged with the Windows 7 operating system. Unfortunately, Windows XP mode is not currently supported by the Windows 8 environment, which means those who are using Windows 8 are effectively left in the dark for legacy computing unless they ...
  • How To Map A Network Drive in Windows 7

    Step-8_thumb.pngNetwork drives are quickly becoming a standard in every Windows environment. The demand for mapping network drives will become more common as the internet and network access storage, also known as NAS, becomes more prominent in work environments. Mapping a network drive in Windows 7 is not only limited to NAS ...
  • Creating A Backdoor Executable For Hacking (Using WinRAR To Disguise Our Exploit) Part 3/3

    In this blog I am going to show you how to disguise the payload and listener we created in Metasploit in Part 1/3 of this short blog series. Then in Part 2/3, I showed you how to extract an icon from a legitimate tool (We used Kaspersky) to be used ...
  • Creating A Backdoor Executable For Hacking (Using Resource Hacker To Grab Icons) Part 2/3

    In this blog  we are continuing from where we left off from Part One of Creating A Backdoor Executable With SET. If you haven’t read it yet please go back and follow along it can be found Here How This Works: We use Resource Hacker to pull an icon from Kaspersky Scanner ...
  • How To Boot Windows 8 In Safe Mode with Networking

    Step-8_thumb.pngSafe Mode is an essential diagnostic and repair tool that every service technician or user should know. The basic idea behind safe mode is to boot Windows 8 with just the basic system device drivers and applications. This mode offers the capability of recovering a system that may have installed ...
  • How To Pin A Windows 8 Program Or App To The Metro UI

    Step-6_thumb.pngWhether or not you are a fan of the new Metro UI, it is here to stay. Windows 8 might have dropped the ball in this “innovative” user interface upgrade but it certainly left many of us fumbling in the dark to accomplish even the most basic of tasks. The ...
  • Creating A Backdoor Executable For Hacking (Using The Social Engineering Toolkit) Part 1/3

    In this blog we are going to create a listener and payload executable in SET (Social Engineering Toolkit) We are then going to use Resource Hacker to disguise the executable as a legitimate Kaspersky executable, and then package it all together in WinRAR. Social Engineering Toolkit comes with Metasploit. How it ...
  • How To Create A System Restore Point In Windows 8

    Step-1_thumb.pngSystem restore points are an essential tool for every administrator and user of a modern day Windows operating system. Windows 8 utilizes system restore much like it’s predecessors, it does, however, have a basic difference in accessing the console. As many already know, the metro UI has changed the way ...
  • How Man In The Middle Attacks Work (ARP Spoofing)

    Man in the middle attacks are whereby an attacker uses ARP spoofing to intercept traffic in between a victim and his private wireless router. I have made a little diagram to show you what I mean. (See Below)   The victim is on their private wireless network, getting web pages, reading ...
  • Brute Forcing FreeNAS Servers With FreeNAS Brute Forcer v1.0

    In this blog I am going to show you how to use a tool that brute forces user name and passwords for NAS boxes running FreeNAS. The tool is called FreeNAS Brute Forcer and can be found: Here This tool is also great because it has options to leave no trace ...
  • How To Modify Automatic Update Settings In Windows 8

    Step-6_thumb.pngAutomatic Updates can be a blessing or an annoyance depending on the user. If you are like me, you prefer to perform your Windows updates manually without the risk of installations interrupting your work and schedule. Although automatic updates have gotten much more intuitive over the years, the default configuration ...
  • Instantly Kill a A Windows 7 / Server 2008 Box With Link-Local IPv6 DoS.

    In this blog I will be showing you how to kill a Windows box using a Denial of Service attack. This attack uses router advertisement packets to flood the hosts on the network and force them to join a bunch of fake IPv6 broadcasting “routers” . This exploit works the best ...
  • Using SQL Ninja In Metasploit For Basic SQL Injection Attacks.

    In this blog I will show you a pretty sweet tool called SQL Ninja in the Metasploit Framework. There are a lot of SQL injection tools out there but this one is my favorite because instead of extracting the actual data it focuses on getting a interactive shell on the ...
  • How To Add Windows XP Mode Shortcuts To A Windows 7 Desktop

    Step-14_thumb.pngFor those who use it, virtualization has quickly become one of the most powerful tools available to the IT technician. Virtualization opens the door to making legacy software packages compatible with modern day operating systems. Though legacy support is often neglected by Microsoft, they were nice enough to include one ...
  • Hacking SAMBA / SMB Servers in Metasploit

    Today, I am going to show you how to exploit an out of date SAMBA server I have running here for demo purposes. Now if you aren’t familiar with network enumeration I have a blog on how to use the Basics of Nmap to get you started. Instead of using ...
  • DDoS Attacks Using Low Orbit Ion Cannon. (LOIC)

    In this blog we are going to be covering DDoS attacks, what they are, and the tools that are used  to attack. What is a DDoS attack you ask? Well in its simplest form a DDoS attack is used to make a server’s resources unavailable to clients requesting information from ...
  • Using Nmap For Ping Sweeps, Port Scans, IP Spoofing and OS Fingerprinting.

      NMAP is a free open source tool available for download for many Linux distributions it comes loaded in Backtrack 5. There is also a version available for Windows users as well. It’s a versatile tool great for performing a variety of network scanning and security functions. The functions I want to focus on ...
  • Cracking WPA Secured Networks with Backtrack 5 (Exploiting WPS)

    So for whatever reason, you’re interested in cracking a secured wireless access point. We all know (or may not know) how easy it is to crack WEP encrypted wireless access points, but what about the new WPA encryption? Well this is a little more tricky. Instead of cracking the actual ...
  • Startup Life: Why I Don’t Trust Fullscreen for YouTube

    I have received a few messages over the past week from Fullscreen asking me to become part of their “YouTube Network”.  Both messages have talked up how great a CPM I can make, and that they help with “support and career management”.   The first message I received went into the trash ...
  • Startup Life: Don’t Do This at Home… or at Work… or Anywhere… Just NEVER DO THIS!!! (BetaPunch.com Loses it’s Mind)

    Holy crap on a cracker… I just… I mean… What the hell… Has he lost is darned mind..? These were some of the more politically correct comments that were going through my mind as I witnessed BetaPunch.com  commit Social Networking suicide.  An associate of my mind forwarded me a blog post ...
  • How To Find Online Solutions Using The Windows 7 Event Viewer

    Step-8_thumb.pngThe Windows 7 Error Log, also known as the Event Log, allows users and administrators to check the most recent errors that have occurred within their operating system. In many instances, these errors are non-critical (which means the computer will still be stable despite the errors). The Windows 7 error log ...
  • How To Partition An External Hard Drive in Windows 7

    Step 10Creating external drive partitions is extremely easy to do in Windows 7. Partitioning becomes essential when a user either wants to remove data from the drive or change the file system format so the drive is compatible in Windows. Windows NT and up primarily use the NTFS file system format. The ...
  • How To Format External Hard Drives And Flash Drives in Windows 7

    Step-7_thumb.pngFormatting is the process of wiping data on a drive and configuring it to read and write to a known file system. The most common file system for Windows 7 machines is NTFS. NTFS has been around since Windows NT and allows users to format very large drives to communicate ...
  • How To Change External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Letters

    Step-8_thumb_thumb.pngSometimes it is necessary to change the drive letter of an external hard drive or flash drive. This is especially true in earlier operating systems such as Windows XP where an overlap can occur between the E: and F: drive letters if they are mapped to a network drive. Changing a ...
  • Startup Life: Thank Golly Christmas is Behind Us!

    Some businesses depend on the Christmas season to make them profitable.  Sadly I have found the opposite to be true for my tech businesses.  Both when I was a consultant, and now, I have found that my worst time of year is between Thanksgiving and the second week of January.  ...
  • Startup Life: The Great Defriending

    Well… It was fun while it lasted…  The great social networking experiment has come to a close for me, and as I say, “Now I’ve gotta go make some money.” Over the past 3 years I have delved into the world that is Social Networking.  I had around 1500 Facebook friends, ...
  • Review: Kindle Paperwhite is the Best eReader Yet

    I’ve been an eReader enthusiast ever since I bought my first Kindle a month after it debuted. Over the years I’ve read hundreds of books, and countless newspapers/magazines on my original Kindle and then the first generation Kindle DX.  I have always thought the Kindles were good little devices and ...
  • Review: Disqus is a Comment System for Your Website that Takes User Interaction to the Next Level (And Can Pay You Too!)

    I have been playing with a new plugin for my site EliTheComputerguy.com for the commenting system called Disqus.  I’m not sure where I ran across Disqus originally because so many websites now use it to manage their comments. At it’s heart Disqus is a system to allow you to manage the ...
  • How To: Change A WordPress Homepage To A Static Page

    There are a variety of reasons an individual may want to configure their Wordpress installation to display a static page for incoming users. Static pages have the distinct advantage of familiarity and consistency that dynamic pages cannot offer. Static pages also have the advantage of increased load times because they ...
  • How To: Automatically Block Comment Spam On WordPress with Akismet

    Wordpress is one of the most popular web development platform today. As a result, programmers and hackers are always in full force to bypass comment posting and login security to spam the countless websites that run on the platform. Once upon a time, security from spammers was a task that ...
  • How To: Install The Windows 7 OPK OEM Preinstallation Kit

      For those who purchased the official OEM version of Windows 7 the licensing clearly states that the installation must be built and deployed using the official Microsoft Windows 7 OPK (OEM Preinstallation Kit). Although the link is placed right on the box where to download it, this process isn’t clearly ...
  • How To: Manually Add Windows 7 To A Network Domain

    Adding a computer to a network domain is one of the basic networking concepts that every budding IT professional will eventually need to learn. Microsoft has allowed for the inclusion of their operating systems onto network domains since networking first hit the market. Thankfully, they have streamlined the process so ...
  • How To: Locate A PCs IP Address In Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7

    Since the dawn of Ethernet IP communications, network administrators have developed a large number of ways to determine the unique identifier, also known as an IP address, of a computer on an Ethernet network. Most home and business networks now retrieve an internal IP address from a “network router or DHCP ...
  • Review: Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender is Great Way to Enlarge Your Wireless Network

    I picked up the Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender a couple of days ago and frankly did not have high hopes.  I had used the Linksys G Extender a few years ago and found it to be a pain in the butt.  This version on the other hand worked very ...
  • Startup Life: When Will Your Startup Hit the Trees? (Bizelo.com’s Numbers Problem)

    When we talk about the progress of a Startup we generally talk about Success or Failure.  Success means the startup is tracking on a acceptable course and is giving returns the founders and funders appreciate.  Failure means… well… the startup failed…   Success and failure is easy to talk about.  They are ...
  • Startup Life: Is Your Work Environment Conducive to Getting Work Done? (Eli the Computer Guy’s “Cool” Work Space Turns into an Icebox)

    It is surprising how easy it is to not actually do work on your startup.  With the best of intentions many of us can diligently do a lot of things that have nothing to do with getting paid.  One of the greatest obstacles to a successful startup is having a ...
  • Startup Life: Marketing as Orwell Would Have Envisioned (MindMe Provides Text Message Marketing Platform)

    I had the pleasure of seeing a demo today by the Text Message Marketing company MindMe at the Baltimore Tech Breakfast offshoot held in Columbia.  MindMe seems like a solid idea and the Founder Jeff Cohen has a solid grasp of what he’s trying to accomplish.     Essentially MindMe is a Text ...
  • Startup Life: Will Meetups Kill Coworking? (Is Betamore 2 Seconds Too Late?)

        (For full disclosure please know I am supportive of the Betamore Project, but I’m not very hopeful…)   An interesting thing has been happening in the Baltimore Tech Scene over the past year and a half.  Meetups have come from no where to become an ever present component of our scene.  Every ...
  • Startup Life: The Metrics Behind Changing Direction (Eli the Computer Guy Stats After He Stopped the Daily Blob Show)

    There is the way we believe the world works, and then there is the way the world actually functions.  By having a solid way to gather and analyze metrics you can see whether or not your Startup Business is on the right track.   Approximately six months ago I decided to try ...
  • Startup Life: What Can You Offer New Talent in Addition to Pay? (Finding Ways to Sweeten Offers In Lieu of Money)

    Now for all the startup founders out there reading this please notice that I said, “in addition to pay”… Some of you cheap skates have the ill informed view that qualified talent has any interest in helping grow your company for free. (And No… “equity” in a company that has ...
  • How To: How To Install The XAMPP Free Web Development Suite

    XAMPP is an all encompassing web server solution for Macs and PCs. It allows users to install their own personal development environment locally on their machine or onto a remote server. This server can then be enabled and accessed directly though any web browser.   One of the significant advantages of XAMPP ...
  • Startup Life: BetaPunch Gets a Gut Check (BetaPunch Asks Eli the Computer Guy for an Unvarnished Review)

    After my rather scathing review of Given.to last week a surprising thing happened…  Other startup founders started asking me to review their apps.  To my shock, and a bit of local pride, I’m finding that local founders actually want down and dirty, no holds barred reviews so that they can… ...
  • Startup Life: But… This IS My Business… (Defending My Business as a Business)

      One of the hardest parts I’ve found about being a successful technologist over the years is being able to take my job seriously.  I enjoy technology so much that many times it’s easy to not see it as real work, and many people don’t understand what I do so it’s ...
  • Startup Life: Know When to Logoff and Get Back to Work (Eli the Computer Guy Extricates Himself from the Crap Storm He Helped Create on the Baltimore Tech Facebook Page)

    He’s a douche… a big douche… a GINORMOUS DOUCHE… but… … I have promised myself to limit my comments to the Baltimore Tech Facebook Page to one per day, and so here I am plucking away at the keyboard creating the content I get paid well to create.   The Baltimore Tech ...
  • Startup Life: Does Spec Journalism Help the Startup Community (Betamore’s Opening Gets Lame Coverage)

    I feel that “Spec Journalism” is the Bain of our times.  I refer to “Spec Journalism” as content that is created about current events and products that essentially just reiterate the talking points presented by the vendor and nothing more.  There are countless blog posts and articles published everyday where ...
  • Startup Life: Bringing on Talent for Your Startup (Eli the Computer Guy Hires Freelance Writer)

    So I named this piece “Bringing on Talent” rather then “Hiring Employees” because frankly I hate employees, and I think employees may just be one of the biggest dangers to startup companies.  Once you are no longer a startup and have 20 people on staff, a medical plan, and possibly ...
  • Startup Life: How Valuable is a Win? (What if KnotFriends.com Succeeds?)

    What if you are successful?  What if you really do have a genius idea and take over an entire untapped market?  Would it be worth it..? This is a question that many new Startup Founders do not ask themselves enough.  They see an opportunity.  They see a solution, and then they ...
  • Startup Life: Creating Different Distribution Channels (Eli the Computer Guy Restarts Blogging)

    One of the hard things for many startup founders to deal with is how narrow their fans interests really are.  As professionals we see all of the many products and services we can offer and we figure that the best way to sell them is by using one store/ website/ ...
  • Review: Windows 8 Desktops and All in One’s Don’t Have a Windows Button on the Monitor…

    I was at Best Buy this morning playing around with the new Windows 8 computer and came across a curious problem.  I was looking at the All in One systems that were on display and started playing with them.  To my chagrin I found that the Keyboards and Mice seemed ...
  • Review: The ASUS VivioTab RT Shows what the Microsoft Surface RT Should Be…

    As many of my fans know I think the whole Windows RT thing is a bad idea on Microsoft’s part.  Basically Windows RT is an operating system that looks like Windows 8, but has been built to run on ARM processors.  The benefits are supposed to be that you can ...
  • Craig Chamberlin of the PCM Tech Help Show Joins the ETCG Team!

    I’m proud to announce that Craig Chamberlin of “The PCM Tech Help Show” has joined my team as freelance writer.  He will be creating up to 40 written articles every month on topics such as WordPress Administration, Computer Hardware, and Practical How To’s and Troubleshooting Techniques.   Craig has been a YouTube ...
  • Startup Life: Should You Join a Startup Accelerator? (The Tragedy of NoBadGift.com)

    I remember a year and a half ago when I first started to delve into the world of Tech Startups.  It seemed like a magical place full of digital fairy dust and server rooms crammed with cotton candy.  Money apparently was like mana from heaven, high quality mentors appeared to ...
  • Startup Life: The $100 Bet…

    “I bet you $100 you won’t have a saleable app done by this time next week.”   I was sitting with my buddy Ron as he discussed his Startup company and talking about how impressive it will be.  The core concept of his startup is that he has created a web based ...
  • Startup Life: Cool Schwag = Cheap Advertising (FreeNAS.org Knows How to Say “Thank You”)

      As I discuss in many of my posts about starting a new business or project the most overlooked and underappreciated component to success is advertising and marketing.  You can have a great idea, an awesome team, a phenomenal product and delivery system, BUT if potential customers don’t know you exist ...
  • The Real Problem with Facebook Promoted Posts – Paying for Irrelevant Interactions

    There has been a lot of discussion recently about how greedy Facebook is for pushing Promoted Posts.  Many people seem to feel that Facebook should not charge for brands and businesses to be able to easily communicate with their fanbase at a fraction of the cost of any other form ...
  • EverymanIT.com Implements Marker.ly so Visitors Can Share Specific Text

    So today I implemented Marker.ly’s text highlighting and sharing service today on EverymanIT.com.  This now means that if you highlight text you will be given the option to share that specific text on Facebook, Twitter or by email.  When someone clicks on the shared link they will be brought to ...
  • LinkedIn Makes Me Feel Like a Kid Wondering Which Girl Likes Me…

    One of the things I find interesting about how modern Social Networking is changing our lives is how it does so in a fashion that most of us would never think of.  We create an account on something like LinkedIn… spam the hell out of other users and figure that’s ...
  • YouTube Video View Count on Video Manger is Back to Normal!!!

    As I discuss with my fans day in and day out, end user usability of your web app is of paramount importance.  And even if something technically works correctly the end user may still be horrified with changes and “improvements”.     I was truly horrified last week when YouTube changed how they ...
  • Replying to YouTube Contents Increases Twitter Followers

    There is a point when in the life of a Content Creator that they are excited to see, read  and respond to all of the comments that fans, subscribers and trolls leave as comments.  Then there comes the point when 50-100 comments are left everyday on top of emails, private ...
  • How to Earn More Ad Revenue… Talk About Specific Companies/ Products

    Description: Eli the Computer Guy talks about how to earn more revenue from your web content.  He discusses how to attract and retain viewers, and how to earn more for the content you create.
  • Pull Tab Signs and Flyers Still Have the Best ROI (Return on Investment)

    Description: After all these years Pull Tab Signs and handing out Flyers are still the best ROI for small businesses when it comes to marketing.  Eli the Computer Guy talks about why he is using flyers to advertise his new Meetup group, and that he’s basically using the same techniques he ...
  • The 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Display is Magnificent!

    Description: In this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer Guy talks about why Apple’s 27″ Thunderbolt Display is an amazing piece of hardware. 2560-by-1440 Resolution Three powered USB 2.0 ports FireWire 800 port Gigabit Ethernet port Thunderbolt port Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone Built-in 2.1 speaker system
  • Windows 7 on a a new iMac Using Bootcamp is Awesome!

    Description: In this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer Guy explains why he bought his new iMac, then explains how much he hated his new iMac, and then talks about how his iMac was saved by installing Windows 7 on it using Bootcamp.
  • Form Factor and the Operating System

    Description: In this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer guy talks about how he LOVES OSX on his MacBook Air, but hates it on his brand new iMac. He dislikes OSX on the iMac so much that he used Bootcamp to install Windows 7 on the iMac. How the Form Factor and ...
  • Inoculate Yourself from Windows 8 By Using Volume Licensing

    Description: In this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer Guy discusses how you can use Microsoft Volume licensing to inoculate you and your client’s companies form the scourge of Windows 8.
  • Why I’m Using ManyCam and Google Hangout to Create YouTube Videos

    Description: In this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer Guy discusses why he uses Google+ Hangout and ManyCam to create his videos
  • Windows 8 Review… Why Does Microsoft Hate Us?

    Description: In this Point to Ponder video Eli the Computer Guy demo’s Windows 8 and explains why he thinks it will be an absolute nightmare for users and consultants.
  • YouTube TrueView Ads Now Playing on Videos Embedded on Websites!

    YouTube has been good to me over the past year and a half.  At first they just hosted all of my video content for free.  Then they allowed me to monetize my content and after a year I now make a decent living off of my videos.  The only little ...
  • Google and the Beginning of the End of Online Anonymity

    So as I was about to reply to a comment on one of my YouTube Videos and I was suddenly presented by a popup box from Google asking that I start using my Full Name for use on YouTube instead of my username.  Thankfully I was able to say, “No” ...
  • List Category Posts WordPress Plugin is a Great Way to Display Specific Posts on a Page

    As EverymanIT.com has grown it has become more and more difficult to manage how to display content based on topics.  Originally I just had pages that I created and then I would manually enter in Lists with hyperlinks to specific posts.  This was a painful option even in the beginning, ...
  • The Simple Way to Use Social Media to Get More Traffic to Your Website…

    Sadly Social Media Marketing is now being sold the same way SEO has been for the past few years.  Greasy people who can’t do a lick of real tech work try to sell naïve business owners on the idea of “complicated” Social Marketing Campaigns.  But just like SEO, Social Media ...
  • Embedding AdSense Ads Above the Fold May Be Ugly, But it Increases Your Revenue…

    There can be agreement from my fans and detractors a like that my websites are not the prettiest things to grace the Internet over the years.  Blocky, functional, rather ugly… all these words can be used, and I would be hard pressed to disagree.  My sites are not works of ...
  • Blogging… It Brings in More then Coffee Money…

    Now that I’m making a real paycheck off of YouTube I can sometimes forget about my old faithful Blog EverymanIT.com.  EverymanIT.com is basically a repository for my blog posts, and a place to embed the videos that I upload to YouTube.  I have a nasty tendency to forget about it, ...
  • Google Drive is the Best Option for Easily Sharing Large Files and Folders on the Web

    As a web publishers that distributes content with large file sizes to his fan base I have found it difficult to find a good solution.  Many off the shelf solutions are too expensive, and hosted solutions that I tried to tweak to make due were too darn slow.   Building my ...
  • Why I’m Sticking With Google Hangout for Livestreaming My Daily Web Video Shows.

    So… an hour and a  half into my three hour Daily Blob livestream show Google Hangout booted me off today.  With no warning or reason I was suddenly logged out of Google and the show stopped literally in mid sentence. On days like this many fans, and even myself, begin ...
  • Results of the “Low Orbit Ion Canon of Love” Test…

    So last week I ran another test of the “Low Orbit Ion Canon of Love”.  The basic concept is that I ask all of my fans, across all of my social media, to both “Like” a Facebook Page and Say that “Eli the Computer Guy thinks _____ is the coolest” ...
  • Apparently the Magic Number of Twitter Followers is 10,000

    I was discussing Social Media Marketing and Sponsorship with a VC last week and he let me know that apparently the magic number of Twitter Followers for companies to want to sponsor you is 10,000.  The theory goes that  if you have 10K Twitter Followers you are in the running ...
  • PHPFox Review: PHPFox is a Great Social Networking Script / Platform

    I can’t say enough about how thankful I am that I am using PHPFox for my Social Networking Site.  A few years ago one of my employees built a very complex social networking site for a client of mine using PHPFox.  It worked great, and had every function the client ...
  • Distilled Intelligence 2.0 Is a “Must Go” Event for New Start Up Founders

    Another day, another Meetup/ seminar/ get together/ crappy industry event…  I remember a year and a half ago when I was excited to go to tech events.  I would search out events and dutifully plug them into my Outlook calendar.  It made me excited to think that I would get ...
  • Hin.ge (…Apparently…) Gets You Laid…

    As high technology moves closer and closer to the everyday lives of people I find myself more and more amused with the comments I hear about new tech.  Gone are the days when bland people will try to tempt me with dry information about tech that is as boring as ...
  • Why I Have Faith Marker.ly Will Succeed

    Many people who hear me talk about the Baltimore and DC Startup communities may come to the conclusion that I think all startup founders are idiots, and that  I find their supposed innovations to be no more then a giant helping of cotton candy and fairy dust wrapped tightly within ...
  • 1and1.com Dedicated Servers: Great Customer Service… Horrible Default Partition Sizes…

    Have you ever had one of those days where you are forced to look at your own resume and wonder if you made it all up?  Yesterday was one of those days for me…   On Friday my Online Community started crashing and the dedicated server it was running on started throwing ...
  • Empire Avenue Traffic Boost is at Least Semi Permanent

    image_thumb.pngThe BIG question whenever you start using a form of marketing is whether the results the marketing brings will last beyond the marketing campaign itself, or if you keep having to dump time and energy into it to keep the results going.  Empire Avenue has been a boon to my ...
  • Empire Avenue’s Rocket Fueled Glide Path

    image_thumb.pngEmpire Avenue’s Rocket Fuel seems to have put me into a nice orbit.  In 10 days I went from 5,250 views per day on my YouTube Channel to a high of 10,835, and now I seem to be coasting on a slow decent down currently dropping to 9,117.  As I ...
  • $300 REAL Dollars for 1.4 MILLION Fake Ones on Empire Avenue

    image_thumb.pngIn case you have not heard me screaming with joy over the past week I LOVE EMPIRE AVENUE!!!  It has been a tremendous marketing tool for my YouTube Channel increasing my daily views from 5000 to 10,000!  These are not fake, or spam visitors, these are real visitors that help ...
  • Why Doesn’t Empire Avenue Want My Money?

    image_thumb.pngI decided yesterday that I was going to throw myself into marketing with Empire Avenue fully.  Full steam ahead! I was going to burn through my saved eaves as quickly as possible, and if necessary I would start paying REAL money to buy more.  Imagine my joy when I saw ...
  • How Social Networking Sites Rank for Me for Use in Empire Avenue

    Like many of you I have accounts on all the major social networking sites, and frankly until I started using Empire Avenue most of the accounts were left unused.  I used my Facebook Fan page to update my followers, used my Google+ page to distribute the curious/ random web pages ...
  • This is Why They Call Empire Avenue “Rocket Fuel”

    image_thumb.pngIt’ ain’t a gimmick.  It ain’t a joke.  Empire Avenue REALLY does drive traffic to your web properties.  The below screenshot is from my honest to god YouTube Analytics.  ALL of my metrics correspond to what you see below.  EA sends honest , genuine traffic to my web properties, and ...
  • Empire Avenue Strategy: Create an Inventory of Missions

    image_thumb.pngMy strategy for deploying Missions in Empire Avenue is to only ever create Missions with 10 Rewards, and then to Archive Missions that are over 2 hours old.  I have found that this has the best results.  The problem is that this means that I have to spend a lot ...
  • My Empire Avenue Mission Strategy: Holy Hell EA is a Wonderful Thing

    image_thumb.pngSo as you know I’ve been raving about Empire Avenue for the past week.  I think it’s the greatest thing for social networking since Facebook and Twitter!  It has truly done wonders for my online marketing.         The results from Empire Avenue are so good I’m afraid to ruin it by telling ...
  • The Value of Publicity – With That and $2.50 I Can Buy a Starbucks Coffee…

    entrepreneur_thumb.jpgI was honored a few days ago to be featured as one of the “10 YouTube Channels to Follow for Tech Help” on a prominent web magazine.  Not only was I surprised to be mentioned, but this was also the headline story for the day.  When I posted that this ...
  • Are You Working, or Are You Just Busy..?

    One of my latest blog posts to create a fire storm in the Baltimore Tech scene was a one on a personal questioning about whether I thought our local tech scene was on the precipice of collapse.  There was much more to this question then I fully outlined because frankly ...
  • Empire Avenue – Using Game Theory to Get Real Work Done.

    image_thumb.png One of the big issues that you run into once you decide to go out and start your own business is how to stay motivated to do “real” work.  It’s easy to stay busy, but that is not the same thing as working.   Especially now that my business is web publishing ...
  • Stalking Chris Pirillo – Using Empire Avenue to Learn What Other Web Publishers are Doing Right

    image_thumb.pngCreating a web publishing business seems like it should be a pretty simple affair.  You create content, publish it to some platform, wait for some mystical “viralality” to happen, and then you make money.  So you create your content, you create your advertising accounts, you follow all the instructions, and ...
  • Beware of Sharks–Is the Baltimore Tech Scene About to Die..?

    Do you know the feeling you have when you go to a party that you have been anxiously waiting to attend and then you get there and all you really want to do is go home?  I’m starting to have that feeling towards the Baltimore Tech scene…   Some people are going ...
  • The Baltimore Funding Model

    Funding Start Up Companies in their initial stages in the Baltimore area can be a frustrating, and disappointing experience.  Highly excited, energized and impressive individuals try to launch their ideas only to find that the community is not willing to gamble on their success.  I believe this is not due ...
  • EverymanIT.com: Not How I Expected the Year to End

    image_thumb.pngThe little web project that I left for dead almost exactly a year ago has clawed its way back to life and surprisingly netted me an extra $3000 to boot.     January 2012 ended with the site earning $662.02 in Google/ YouTube Ad Revenue, We had 135,449 video views on YouTube, and ...
  • Thoughts on Creating Volunteer Positions in the Baltimore Tech Community

    Currently the Baltimore Tech community is a vibrant place with lots of people doing lots of great things.  Not only do we have the mass of startup companies with their entourage, but we also have numerous people giving their time, space, and some money to foster Meetups and other events ...
  • Thank God the Holidays are Finally Over!

    image_thumb.pngApparently I now have more to fear from the Holiday season then a stale fruit cake.  Total Daily Views on the “Eli the Computer Guy” YouTube Channel were steadily doubling every one and a half months last year until the week of Thanksgiving.  From Thanksgiving till New Years our stats ...
  • Faith in the “Internet Generation” May Be A little Overblown…

    Sent to my YouTube Channel: ‎Hey, I really lvoed your vids and subbed. im 14 and I know alot about computers regarding my age. So I want to get someones facebook login details. She goes to teh same school as me and I talk to her alot. ...
  • My YouTube Hero…

    image_thumb.pngI ran across the YouTube Channel for LockerGnome today, and I think I have found my new hero.  He has 4235 uploaded VIDEOS, and has 128,734,945 views.  Doing a back of a napkin calculation that means he’s probably made around $700,000+ off of his YouTube Channel! You can check the channel ...
  • How Do You Hang Christmas Lights on a Cow? Thoughts About the How National Holidays Effect Web Based Businesses.

    image_thumb.png  The holiday season here in the good ole’ US of A is finally behind us.  The holidays are a time when retail businesses do their best, but many other businesses grind to a halt.  When I had the computer service business I expected from Thanksgiving to the middle of January ...
  • The GBTC Diatribes Part 4: “What Were We Arguing About?”

    While I was backpacking through Nepal a few years ago I had the enlightening and frustrating experience of traveling with a Cambridge educated Philosophy graduate for a month.  When we first agreed to travel together and trek the Annapurna Circuit I was excited at the prospect of being able to ...
  • The GBTC Diatribes Part 3: The Huffington Post Rule

    Back when I was in college in the 90’s my Electronic Crime Professor introduced to me a concept called the “New York Times Rule”.  What this rule means is that you should feel comfortable with any information you send to someone else using electronic means being published to the front ...
  • Eli the Computer Guy is Kicked Out of GBTC (Greater Baltimore Technology Council)

    Do you ever have one of those days where you stare blankly at the end of a chain of events and wonder, “How the hell did that happen?”  My expulsion from the GBTC was one of those days.     Basically GBTC is supposed to be a dues based membership organization to support ...
  • GBTC Cuts the Cord: A Rudderless Organization Throws the Anchor Overboard

    I received an email from the new head of GBTC (Greater Baltimore Tech Council) stating that the GBTC will be going Nomad.  Apparently they are bailing out of the office space they have had for years and are going to try out the co-working model.  They are asking business members ...
  • Review of Amazon’s Kindle Fire – Buyer Beware

    I have been a huge fan of the Kindle since I ordered my first gen one years ago. I have read countless books on Kindles and every morning read the Wall Street Journal on my Kindle DX.  When I heard that Amazon was coming out with the Kindle Fire I ...
  • And Then it All Changed… Dangers of Running a Business on Someone Else’s Platform

    image_thumb.pngYesterday I finished typing a blog post explaining how hopeful I am for the prospect for EverymanIT.com.  I explained how YouTube was driving traffic to my videos, and providing income to boot.  I spoke about the upward momentum my YouTube Channel was exhibiting, and discussed why I was so excited ...
  • EverymanIT.com: A Company Reborn.

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  • Monetizing a Suggested Reading List

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  • Eli the Computer Guy Earns YouTube Revenue Sharing

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  • $99 Flat Rate Pricing

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  • I Was Right… It’s back to Wipe and Reloads for Virus Laden Computers

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  • AdWords Denial of Service Attack

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  • You Can’t Say “Mac” in Google AdWords

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  • Google Places Tags are a Cheap Way to promote Your Business

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  • I Am a Very Happy Boy..!

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  • Motorola Xoom Review: Reminds me of an overpriced netbook…

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  • Creating Your Own JW Player Embed Code

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  • Is it Time to Migrate to YouTube?

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  • Tungle.me Review: A Great Way to Make Scheduling Clients Easier!

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  • Review of Migrating to WP Engine for Our WordPress Site

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  • Why “Real” Schools Cost so Darn Much…

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  • Reason #5012 Why I Question “Formal” Education and Training

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  • BullZip PDF Printer Review: A Great Free PDF Printing Tool

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  • Gwabbit Review: A Great Tool for Extracting Contact Information in Outlook

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  • AdWords Strategy: The Title is What is Important

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  • Paying Yourself

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  • Play with Amazon Web Services for FREE

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  • Using Landing Pages to Determine Web Marketing Effectiveness

    When you setup your online web marketing it can sometimes be difficult to determine how well your paid advertising is working.  If you are like me and use Facebook both for Social Network Marketing, and for paid ad placement when you go to Google Analytics you may find it difficult ...
  • Personal VPN for Security and Hacking

    VPN’s are very useful for securely getting around the security, or lack there of, on a local network.  Basically a VPN allows you to connect a secure tunnel to a server or gateway on the internet and interact as if you are on the local network of that remote server/ ...
  • FourSquare and Facebook Places = TMI (Too Much Information)

    I thought FourSquare was going to be a real up and coming service.  When Facebook Places arrived I was sad to think FourSquare would die, but figured that Facebook Places would take off.  A few months on it seems that people are not as interested in sharing their current location ...
  • The Death of Facebook?

    3 years ago I thought Facebook was a waste of time.  2 years ago I thought Facebook was a curious way to waste time. 1 year ago I came to believe that Facebook might just be a great way to communicate with friends, family and clients. Now..? Facebook is ...
  • Get a Business Phone Number for Only $65 per Year.

    The first mistake we all make as new consultants is putting our personal cell phone number on our marketing materials.  You are already paying for the number, so it seems to make sense not to waste money buying a new cell phone, or getting a land line number.  The problem ...
  • Sometimes Google AdWords Can Really Piss You Off…

    Google AdWords is hands down the best advertising platform available for small business.  Even so it can be a royal pain in the butt sometimes…   In order for your ads to show up in Google your ad has to have a high enough rank.  The rank is determined by ...
  • Don’t Open the Box! Take Your Christmas Tablet Back and Wait Until February!

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  • This Tablet Does Not Support Flash

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  • About.me is a Hub for All of Your Social Networking

    About.me is a web service that gives you a very basic web page that allows you to write a profile, and link to all of your social network sites.  It’s dirt simple to setup, and looks very nice.  In a day and age when an average person may have ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: I Love the Tablet, but I Hate the Price

    The only thing worse then tech companies trying to rip off a good idea is when they say they’re going to rip off a good idea, but then don’t do it.  Ever since the iPad came out there have been countless press releases stating that iPad competitors are ...
  • Thoughts on Buying My PhD…

    After spending 2 months in a Masters Degree program last year I said, “Screw this… If I want a Masters Degree, I’ll hire one.”  Now I am debating nailing the final nail in the coffin of modern education.  For $599 I can buy my “accredited” PhD and become Doctor Etherton.  ...
  • The Color Nook Makes a Nice Multimedia Tablet, but is Not an iPad Replacement.

    I got to play with the new Color Nook from Barnes and Noble a few days ago and I have to say I was very impressed.  The color LCD screen is very crisp, the controls were about as responsive as my Kindle DX and it played videos off of EverymanIT.com ...
  • Be Patient with Your Spam…

    While playing with YouTube I ran across one of those nasty auto spam systems that targets YouTube called “Tube Toolbox”.  The tool basically friends and subscribes to other YouTube users automatically in order to increase your viewership. Everything seemed stock and standard and spammy as hell until I wandered over ...
  • Maybe I Dismissed AdSense Too Soon???

    Having looked at numerous ways to monetize websites I have used Google AdSense and in the past dismissed it as a decent way to pay for a cup of coffee, but found it wasn’t so great for paying any actual bills.   I reinserted AdSense code onto EverymanIT.com yesterday simply ...
  • YouTube’s New Rules Allow for Video Uploads of Files up to 20 GB in Size!

    A couple of days ago I found out that I could now upload long form videos to YouTube (Videos over 15 minutes in length).  I started uploading many of my classes and now have videos on YouTube that are well over an hour in length.   One problem though is ...
  • YouTube Now Allows You to Upload Long Videos! This Could be a Game Changer!!!

    When I was first testing out ways to distribute Everyman IT video classes I took a look at YouTube, but then dismissed it fairly quickly.  The (main) problem was that all videos had to be under 15 minutes in length.  If you had longer videos you had to chop them ...
  • ShareThis Analytics Review

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  • Google Blesses EverymanIT.com with Sitelinks!

    There are certain benchmarks that you try to achieve when promoting your website on the Web.  The big one is trying to get your site to appear first in organic searches.  Another benchmark is when Google blesses you with Sitelinks when you come up as a search result.   Sitelinks are the ...
  • Groupon Stores Video Review

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  • Bits on the Run Now Allows You to EASILY Create Video Sitemaps

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  • Bits on the Run Video Delivery Platform Video Review

    Bits on the Run is a terrific service for delivering your video content.  You only pay for what you use, it is simple to setup and it provides all of the functionality that you will need.  I chose Bits on the Run for EverymanIT.com because it offers far more functionality ...
  • F1 Social Networking Add-on for Firefox Video Review

    The F1 add-on for Firefox allows to to easily share websites with your followers and friends on Facebook and Twitter through Firefox.  It’s a very easy to use, robust add-on.  My only complaint is that it only offers the ability to share through Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail.  There is ...
  • Google Instant Preview Video Review

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  • ShareThis Buttons Video Review

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  • Google Indexing is Now REALLY Quick

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  • Subhub Lite Video Review

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  • RockMelt Browser Video Review

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  • The Google Sidebar Ensures that I’m On Top of the Latest News

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  • The RockMelt Web Browser is a Glimpse Into the Future

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  • Folder Size Shows You What Is Filling Up Your Hard Drive

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  • 1ShoppingCart is a Feature Rich Shopping Cart Solution

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  • Honestly.com Brings Personal Recommendations into the Internet Age

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  • Exam Cram are the Best Books for Studying for Certification Tests

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  • Lesson #584 on Why Domain Names Matter…

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  • CloudBerry Lab Helps You Better Interact with Your Files in Cloud Storage

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  • Allway Sync is a Great Tool for Backup and PC Synchronization

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  • JW Player Now Supports Both Flash and HTML5 Video Embeds

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  • Centrify Enables Mac Active Directory Integration

    One of the biggest problems I ran into as a consultant was when my clients wanted to add their fancy dancy state of the art Mac computers to the Windows Domain that they were using.  This usually turned into a tedious mess since Mac OSX does not natively support Windows ...
  • Increase Profits for Your Brick and Mortar Business by Using Affiliate Ad Networks

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  • The Cheapest Way to Get Microsoft Software for Your Business – Microsoft Action Pack

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  • MyLinksMyAds = Darn Good Idea of the Day

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  • Microsoft Office Web Apps are the Best FREE Web Based Office Suite…

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  • Xobni Helps Make Outlook More Useful

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  • Drive Traffic to Your Site with Paid Placement on StumbleUpon

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  • Windows Live Writer is a Bloggers Best Friend

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  • VirtualBox is Your Best Bet for Running Virtual Computers on Your Desktop

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  • ArtISteer is a Required Tool for WordPress Bloggers

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  • Redirecting 404 Errors in WordPress to Your Home Page

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  • You Can Now Use StumbleUpon with Chrome!

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  • If You are a Web Publisher You MUST Check Out ShareThis

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  • PayPal Standard Edition Now Offers Recurring Subscription Option

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  • LinkedIn is Proof that Humans Share a Common Ancestor with Lemmings

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  • 7 Zip is a Good Free Windows Utility for File Compression and Extraction for ZIP and TAR Files

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  • SpamArrest Could End Your Spam Problems Forever

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  • Add Contacts from MAPILab is a Nifty Tool for Harvesting Email Addresses Out of Outlook Emails

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  • Bits on the Run’s Analytics Show You How People are Viewing Your Videos

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  • Amazon Ads Seem Like a GREAT Platform for Web Marketing

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  • Bits on the Run… Is It Possible to Love a Video Delivery Platform Too Much..?

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  • Google Tags MAY be a Very Cost Effective Marketing Tool

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  • Amazon Web Services are a Commodity Option for Commodity Computing

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  • Bits on the Run May be a Good Video Delivery Platform for Sophisticated Content Developers

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  • IOBit Toolbox Really is a “Must Have” for Your Toolkit

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  • Stumbleupon is a PHENOMINAL Driver of Web Traffic to Your Site

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  • Combofix is a Great Tool for Getting Rid of Viruses/ Spyware/ Malware

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  • NetBalancer is a Must Have App for Anyone Administering Web Apps

    One of the most ironic problems that I have had lately is that my Internet service is too good.  My Comcast Business Class service regularly gives me over 30Mbps download speeds and for once this is actually a bad thing.  I have been testing the video distribution system for EverymanIT ...
  • Thoughts on Brightcove for Internet Video Distribution

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  • Adobe FMS (Flash Media Streaming Server) is a Great Platform for Streaming Videos

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  • Adtonomy Plugins for JW Player are a Good Way to Show Ads on Your Flash Videos

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