A sharp reader identified a news update that I posted a few days ago for only 30 minutes, then deleted. It outlined the steps that I have recently implemented to stop abuse of my content. I will now go into greater detail in the Abuse Rant. For several months, I have been attacking my bandwidth problem from a totally different angle than I recently have. I was optimizing images, cutting down on all "extra" content, and compressing content for faster download time. However, after looking through my log files, that [Continue Reading]
I have added the following Frequently Asked Question in the Ask BV section: How did you come up with the name "Black Viper"?
I have posted a new Rant I call Copyleft. It contains an examination of the issues of United States Copyright Law and the GNU Free Documentation License. I, by any stretch of the imagination, am not a lawyer. What is contained in this document are my feelings and opinions on a touchy subject based on extensively pouring over what is deemed legal documents and attempting to come up with a solution to my particular problems in the best way that I can. READ MORE…
Since most of my domain optimization efforts are complete, I can now (finally) focus on adding content to the domain. Current plans (in no particular order) are as follows: Post Windows 2003 information This will include an Install Guide and also Services information Screenshots are being created for the Install Guide Hopefully, most of the Install Guide will be finished tonight Services information will be posted after the Install Guide is drafted Post Fedora 1 information This will include an Install Guide Currently downloading as I type Post Mandrake 9.2 [Continue Reading]
The Windows 2003 Enterprise Server Install Guide is online.
Round Three of my domain optimization efforts is complete. Long time readers may remember that the domain started out as "blkviper.com." This was due to, at the time, "blackviper.com" being taken. After several months, I was able to get the "full" blackviper.com domain name. Unfortunately, I have always resolved each domain to the exact same content. Another problem is that I configured each domain to be accessible with or without the "www." in the address bar at the server level. This resulted in search engines indexing and people linking to [Continue Reading]
This is another round of warnings that I feel compelled to inform people. My previous page instructed people how to deal with the MSBlast worm. This one, however, deals with yet another mass mailing worm with its purpose in life to steal PayPal account information. This discovery was prompted by one E-Mail that fits the Symantec description perfectly: The subject line contains "YOUR PAYPAL.COM ACCOUNT EXPIRES" and comes from the address of "Do_Not_Reply@paypal.com." It arrived at my inbox at 11:41 AM today. This information was posted November 14, 2003 by [Continue Reading]
One of the many E-Mails I received lately tipped me off to yet another Cut and Paste [link removed] job. That makes Number 11. Of course, this is only counting the people that I bother to post on my Cut and Paste Rant [link removed] . However, many others have wandered in front of my eyes. Each and every time I see someone blatantly ripping my hard work and calling it their own, I must ask myself: Is it worth it? So far, the answer has been "yes," but I [Continue Reading]
I have fallen way behind on E-Mails. With over 300 to sift through, it will take some time for me to catch up.
Connectivity to the domain has been pretty good today. Hopefully, it will last. I also did some major changes to the server which could have denied access temporarily on several occasions in the last 2 hours. Everything should be up and running as normal. As always, I tend to miss things that are rather obvious. Please contact me about any problems that you may encounter with the domain and I will look into the issue.