Spam filtering cloud service

Looking for a neat spamfilter that is easy to manage and reasonable priced?

I suggest you take a look at http://www.mailroute.info, from what I can gather it is the same guys/technology that was behind the original “Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange” (yes long and stupid name :-)) just further developed.  Pricing seem fair and as we use “Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange” at work with very great success it is worth considering.

Easy Photo Uploader For Facebook

Do you often upload your photos to Facebook?  You may well know that although it is not overly complicated it is time consuming, well at least it used to be 🙂  here is a utility that will help you to quickly upload your photos to Facebook – ain’t the world a wonderful place 🙂

The utility offers to;
Create new categories
Re-size photos
Upload single or multiple photos

Read all about it here;
http://www.ghacks.net/2010/11/17/easy-photo-uploader-for-facebook/

Download it here;
http://www.brainfight.com/facebook/wall/index.php

URL shortener news / new cool feature

You may recognize the domain;


from URL’s, it’s used by what is called URL shorteners – basically a simple/short link to a link.  Let’s say you wanted to call a friend on the phone and explain to him how to reach this website; http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/11/clue-kryptos/  now that would take time to explain over a voice line!?  Well along came URL shorteners(eg. Bit.ly, TinyURL, SnipURL and others) and allowed you to convert the link to a short and friendly link and thus http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/11/clue-kryptos/ can become http://bit.ly/a0H0aD and when you enter this shorter link into your browser then it redirects to http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/11/clue-kryptos/ ….

Anyway this is all old news.

What is new is that Bit.ly now offers to bundle several links into one shortened URL!?
Thus;
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/11/clue-kryptos/ 
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/author/kimzetter/
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/11/kryptos-web-site/
may all be embedded/bundled into just one link
eg.
http://bit.ly/dTW815

Now that is really cool 🙂

Untangle – a cool open source TMG for your lan

In these days Internet security is more important than ever, would it not be neat if you could run all your Internet traffic through a big filter to filter out all those nasty viruses, malware and privacy concerns!?   Well, if you happen to have an old PC lying around or as I have a server running MS-Hyper-V then you actually can fairly simple (and free)..

Ok, you may have heard about such solutions as; Smoothwall, monowall and others like them?  These are basically routers/firewalls, and could with a PC (and two nics) replace your broadband router, they contain complex firewall capabilities and maybe even VPN connect possibility.  All very cool and quite easy to setup and use..

Untangle go a step further than this, to the basic router capability is added firewall, vpn, antivirus scanning, privacy filter, ad filter, spam filter, captive page and much much more.  The best part is that most of this is free, you can download a bunch of apps and install these (this is point and click, so no linux knowledge is required).

So how does it work, is it a proxy or is it a gateway or what?  Well once installed you set the LAN nic IP as the default gateway and viola all traffic is now filtered against malware, virus, spam, privacy concerns and what not..

I setup my Untangle box as a Hyper-V machine on my Windows 2008R2 server, gave it 640mb ram and two cpu’s and a 120gb hard drive (of which it is now using aprox 6-7gb).

Once installed you configure everything via the web-interface (not on the box itself if you use Hyper-V, but on you own pc);

So a few notes on installing the app as a hyper-v virtual server;

  • Obvious disadvantages, you will never be able to install the Hyper-V additions into the Linux box, thus no mouse ever which leaves the user interface on the installed box useless.
  • I had to run the installation 4-5 times before I succeded, dont know why it failed but it was as if the installer just stalled during the installation, thus I suggest you take a snapshot once you manage to install the basic system (now you can always revert to here).

Ok, let me just give you the quick tour of installing the thing, it is not a complete guide
(so no screenshots and some obvious steps may be omitted, but if you know a bit of Hyper-v’ing it should not be too hard);

1. Download the Untangled install cd from; http://www.untangle.com/Downloads/Download-ISO

2. Create a new Hyper-V machine (I suggest 640mb ram, 2 cpu’s), replace the NIC with two legacy NIC’s (required to work), an IDE drive – I used a dynamic drive of 120gb but I think performance may be better if you set a static drive of perhaps 20gb, mount the downloaded ISO as the CD rom. Tweaks; you can stick to one legacy NIC if you do not plan to use the box as a firewall (eg. if you have a HW firewall in your ISP router etc), some things will not work with only one nic but most will.

3. Start the system and select the Text based installer (as you have no mouse in hyper-v), I seemed to have better luck with the advanced installer..  You should set static IP’s so decide on two IP’s before getting started.

4. Once the installation is complete switch to your browser and connect to the IP you set as the LAN side during install

5. Take a snapshot of your of your Hyper-V machine.

6. Now download the “open source pack”, on the left of the interface.

7. Configure the different modules, I suggest you disable/turn off the firewall, anti spam, PG, intrusion prevention features (unless you plan on using the device as your main router) as this will speed up performance.

8. Now set the LAN NIC IP as your default gateway on your pc (or on your DHCP server)

You can even set up a captive page, this will require people to have a password in order to access the Internet quite cool – sadly it does not support limiting bandwidth, download ratios etc. but well it’s still cool.

Don’t worry if your first or second install fails, as mentioned I had to do multiple installs before it succeeded, but now it runs fairly smooth.  I have experienced that the web-interface was unavailable (network still worked, but I could not reach the interface), but after a reboot everything was back online.

Read more here; www.untangle.com  –  http://wiki.untangle.com/index.php/Untangle_Server_User’s_Guide

Flowplayer a free player for your site

Want to add video to your website?  Well take a look at Flowplayer, it is a free open source player that is very easy to implement.


http://flowplayer.org/demos/installation/index.html
http://flowplayer.org/documentation/installation/index.html

SiteMagic CMS

A new CMS system has entered the scene, SiteMagic CMS..  It exists in three versions; one free (with advertisements), one paid without advertisements (cheap) and one paid without advertisements and with mysql support (the two first are file based which is OK for smaller sites but likely not sufficient for large sites with heavy load).

Check it out at;

http://www.sitemagic.dk/Index.html

Internet Explorer 8 – first run screen

Are you as annoyed as me in regard to the “first run wizard” thingy that IE8 is displaying the first time it runs?? It’s as annoying as the older IE’s that also launched the Email creation wizard… as if it was not enough that they always start off by launching some stupid intro site..

Anyhow, no reason to get TOO upset, as with most things there are ways around this, so take a look here;
http://digitaljive.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/disable-ie8-%E2%80%9Cset-up-windows-internet-explorer-8%E2%80%9D-wizard/
many lovely ways to get rid of this stupidity.

One of the simplest is this;

Registry:
DWORD : “DisableFirstRunCustomize” set to 1 under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

TestTube

Want to keep up on what the guys at YouTube is working with/testing currently?

http://www.youtube.com/testtube

Here you can check out some of the possibly to come features of YouTube.

Sparkle Sparkle little server

http://www.sparkleshare.org/ is a new project on the Internet inspired by Dropbox (a clever fileshareing/collaboration and file syncronising util that uses cloud based storage), SparkleShares force is that it supposodly will be free/open source and you can thus setup your own servers, sounds like something to make a mantal note of..

The first version will be in Linux but should be followed by a windows version, presently no version is publicly available though (as it’s very early in the program, announced June 10th 2010).

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/06/sparkleshare-aims-to-better-dropbox.html