Archive for June, 2005

What ports do L2TP and PPTP use?

June 27, 2005

Courtesy of Windows Tips and Tricks Update from Windows IT Pro,
– PPTP tunnel maintenance traffic needs TCP 1723.
– PPTP tunneled data needs Protocol ID 47.
L2TP over IPSec
– Internet Key Exchange (IKE) needs UDP 500.
– IPsec Network Address Translation (NAT-T) needs UDP 5500.
– L2TP traffic needs UDP 1701.


Program update for Microsoft’s Anti-Spyware

June 27, 2005

Follow this link to get the program update that Microsoft released a few days go to its Anti-Spyware program. It extends the expiration date to the end of the year and also provides some fixes and enhancements. See the referenced page for more details.

Phishing – Just how stupid are we?

June 24, 2005

I just got the following phishing email. How many people will respond to it and click on the phishing link?

Received: via dmail-2000(11) for blah; Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:40:58 -0500 (CDT)
Return-Path: <
Received: from ( [])
by blah (8.12.11/8.12.11) with ESMTP id j5ODetSO004797
for <> Fri, 24 Jun 2005 08:40:55 -0500
Received: from apache by with local (Exim 4.42)
id 1DloPi-0007A8-Dk
for; Fri, 24 Jun 2005 15:40:10 +0200
Subject: Unauthorized Access: (Routing Code: P501-A11-G090)
From: <
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
Message-Id: <
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 15:40:10 +0200
Dear Paypal User,
U need to update ur account once again, u forgot fill in ATM PIN at
from update, come to link below and do it.
You have added as a new email address for your PayPal
If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance with
your account, please contact PayPal customer service at:
Thank you for using PayPal! The PayPal Team
Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be
answered. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and choose the
"Help" link in the header of any page.
NEVER give your password to anyone and ONLY log in at yourself against fraudulent websites by
opening a new web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Netscape) and
typing in the PayPal URL every time you log in to your account.
PayPal Email ID PP75001

Pierceive’s Adblock filters have moved

June 23, 2005

If you use the Adblock plug-in for Firefox, you may already know about this. Apparently the old filters site,, used too much bandwidth and was shut down by Geocities so he moved to this new place. The filterset is available from here.

TechRepublic’s view of XP Services

June 22, 2005

A lot of places have a list of XP services, what they do and whether you can safely turn them off including Black Viper’s site which went missing a while ago. Anyway, TechRepublic has this article available for download which lists XP services, what they do and what can be turned off or disabled.

What port was that?

June 13, 2005, one of my favorite sites, has a link to this site which lists TCP and UDP ports that many applications use. Why would you need such a list? — well, one good reason is so you can open up (or close) ports in your firewall to allow (or prevent) access. It lists all of the standards, like SMTP (25) and TELNET (23) but missed SSH (22) and Exchange (a whole range of ports). It’s strength, though, is that it lists a lot of games.

Affordable Network Attached Storage

June 10, 2005

I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Fry’s has the Tritton Technologies Simple NAS (TRI-NSS001) on sale for $99 with a $30 mail-in rebate. That’s $100 before rebate, folks … for a box that you can populate with a drive of any size … and access over your network … SMB (i.e. Windows) or FTP!
And, yes, has it, too. Same price, same rebate.

CSS Tutorial

June 7, 2005 has this article which links to this tutorial on CSS. Nice introduction if you don’t know much (or anything) about CSS. — Generate A CSS For Your Site

June 7, 2005

This page on will generate a 3-column layout with fixed-width left- and right-columns and a dynamic center column, all of which are the same height with a header and a footer. Nice little page!

View Your Site On A Mac

June 7, 2005

Don’t know how long this site will be available but if you type in a URL, it’ll show a screen capture of what the site looks like in Safari 2.0 or IE 5.2.3 or Mozillas 1.7.7.
Got this info from this article on digg.