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    November 29th, 2007
    Hardware
    Article Preview There have been some grumblings recently that the sale rate of new desktop and laptop computers has slowed. Some reports are suggesting that more and more consumers are making due with their existing machines, and instead spending their financial resources of devices like MP3 players and smart phones. It’s not that they don’t use personal computers anymore, it’s just that they don’t see enough of a technology advantage to justify the expense of an upgrade. This news might not come as a surprise to many of you; the days of “new” PCs going obsolete in six months are over – at least, for now. Yet despite this trend, there’s a very good chance ...
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    February 12th, 2004
    Hardware
    Article Preview Downtime is the enemy of any profit-based Web site. Simply put, if your store isn't open, your customers can't shop. There are a few ways to attack this problem. If you are a large company with a few on-staff sysadmins, your downtime should be nil.Downtime is the enemy of any profit-based Web site. Simply put, if your store isn't open, your customers can't shop. There are a few ways to attack this problem. If you are a large company with a few on-staff sysadmins, your downtime should be nil. But chances are your site is in the other ninety percent: ...
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    February 12th, 2004
    Hardware
    Article Preview Downtime is the enemy of any profit-based Web site. Simply put, if your store isn't open, your customers can't shop. There are a few ways to attack this problem. If you are a large company with a few on-staff sysadmins, your downtime should be nil.Downtime is the enemy of any profit-based Web site. Simply put, if your store isn't open, your customers can't shop. There are a few ways to attack this problem. If you are a large company with a few on-staff sysadmins, your downtime should be nil. But chances are your site is in the other ninety percent: ...
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    January 2nd, 2003
    Hardware
    Article Preview Masking or anonymizing a Web server involves removing identifying details that intruders could use to detect your OS and Web server vendor and version. This information, while providing little or no utility to legitimate users, is often the starting place for crackers, blackhat hackers and "script kiddies".Masking or anonymizing a Web server involves removing identifying details that intruders could use to detect your OS and Web server vendor and version. This information, while providing little or no utility to legitimate users, is often the starting place for crackers, blackhat hackers and "script kiddies". This article explores some ways you can minimize the risk of such detection. Most of the following examples focus on Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS), since it has been most widely lambasted for its vulnerabilities, but some Apache detection countermeasures are also covered. While ...
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    January 2nd, 2003
    Hardware
    Article Preview Masking or anonymizing a Web server involves removing identifying details that intruders could use to detect your OS and Web server vendor and version. This information, while providing little or no utility to legitimate users, is often the starting place for crackers, blackhat hackers and "script kiddies".Masking or anonymizing a Web server involves removing identifying details that intruders could use to detect your OS and Web server vendor and version. This information, while providing little or no utility to legitimate users, is often the starting place for crackers, blackhat hackers and "script kiddies". This article explores some ways you can minimize the risk of such detection. Most of the following examples focus on Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS), since it has been most widely lambasted for its vulnerabilities, but some Apache detection countermeasures are also covered. While ...
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    October 17th, 2002
    Hardware
    Article Preview As an IIS administrator it sometimes gets downright annoying having to fend off all the insults from Apache administrators I meet claiming innate server superiority. Generally the discussion about Web administration starts first with all the various security holes plaguing IIS and the negative press the platform has garnered over the last year.As an IIS administrator it sometimes gets downright annoying having to fend off all the insults from Apache administrators I meet claiming innate server superiority. Generally the discussion about Web administration starts first with all the various security holes plaguing IIS and the negative press the platform has garnered over the last year. Then it invariably moves to a discussion about how Netcraft and other stats ...
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    October 17th, 2002
    Hardware
    Article Preview As an IIS administrator it sometimes gets downright annoying having to fend off all the insults from Apache administrators I meet claiming innate server superiority. Generally the discussion about Web administration starts first with all the various security holes plaguing IIS and the negative press the platform has garnered over the last year.As an IIS administrator it sometimes gets downright annoying having to fend off all the insults from Apache administrators I meet claiming innate server superiority. Generally the discussion about Web administration starts first with all the various security holes plaguing IIS and the negative press the platform has garnered over the last year. Then it invariably moves to a discussion about how Netcraft and other stats ...
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    September 19th, 2002
    Hardware
    Article Preview Dissection is a useful tool in understanding any living thing. Pull it apart, peel back the skin and see what makes it tick. Since the Internet is as close to a living thing as an object can get, this axiom applies to it as well.Dissection is a useful tool in understanding any living thing. Pull it apart, peel back the skin and see what makes it tick. Since the Internet is as close to a living thing as an object can get, this axiom applies to it as well. Like an ecosystem, the Internet grows and mutates while parts of it die and rot, as do individual web sites.

    To know if your web ...
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    September 19th, 2002
    Hardware
    Article Preview Dissection is a useful tool in understanding any living thing. Pull it apart, peel back the skin and see what makes it tick. Since the Internet is as close to a living thing as an object can get, this axiom applies to it as well.Dissection is a useful tool in understanding any living thing. Pull it apart, peel back the skin and see what makes it tick. Since the Internet is as close to a living thing as an object can get, this axiom applies to it as well. Like an ecosystem, the Internet grows and mutates while parts of it die and rot, as do individual web sites.

    To know if your web ...
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    December 11th, 2000
    Hardware
    Article Preview For more information on .htaccess, check out our .htaccess Primer.When someone visits your site and requests a document that is not found there, they will receive what is known as a “404” or “Document Not Found” Error. If you do nothing to modify how your server responds to this error, you're throwing away traffic and money.

    The Problem
    404 errors are generally generated in one of three ways: either because you moved or renamed a page without updating the referring hyperlink, because the surfer mistyped the URL while trying to enter it by hand, or because someone is trying ...
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