Tip: Block Access To Web Sites Using Route Command

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If there are some web sites you would like to block users from accessing them, there are few ways you can go. You can use IE content Advisor (but that will not block other browsers), You can use third party tool (such as Firewall – but that costs money in most cases), you can use the Hosts file (will be explained in a future tip) or you can block access to specific sites using the Route command.

Every time you type an address into the browser, the operating system (i.e. Windows) will user a routing table to determine where to send the request (packets). This routing table maps the network, usually directs the packet to your gateway and then to the Internet.

Let’s get to the point. In order to block a web site, you need first to know it’s IP address (you can usually do it by using the ping command), then once you know the IP address you want to block, redirect the address to an unassigned address in your local network.

Example: Lets say you want to block sex.com Using the ping command we find out the IP address for that site is, now all we need to do is map that address to an unassigned address in out LAN. Let’s assume that the address is not assigned. So in the command prompt type: Route –p add mask

Now every time someone will try to access sex.com he will redirected to a non existing address, and will not be able to access that site.

Refilling Ink Cartridges Now a Crime?

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The Ninth Circuit has created box-wrap patent licenses. Now the label on the box that says “single use only” is given force of law, and if you refill the cartridge you are liable for patent infringement.”

Source: Slashdot

Balmer Vows to Kill Google

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Probably due to the Microsoft suit against Google over human resources, some very heated exchanges have turned up in some court documents. Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer has apparently vowed to kill Internet search leader Google, according to documents filed in the increasingly bitter battle between the rivals.” From the article: “At some point in the conversation, Mr. Ballmer said: ‘Just tell me it’s not Google,” Lucovosky said in his statement. Lucovosky replied that he was joining Google. ‘At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office,’ Lucovosky recounted, adding that Ballmer then launched into a tirade about Google CEO Eric Schmidt. ‘I’m going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to f***ing kill Google.

Source: Slashdot

Windows Firewall Flaw May Hide Open Ports

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A flaw in Windows Firewall may prevent users from seeing all the open network ports on a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 computer.

The flaw manifests itself in the way the security application handles some entries in the Windows Registry, Microsoft said in a security advisory published Wednesday. The Windows Registry stores PC settings and is a core part of the operating system.

The bug could allow a firewall port to be open without the user being informed through the standard Windows Firewall user interface, according to the Microsoft advisory. The company has released a fix that can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Web site and will be part of a future Windows service pack, the company said.

Source: ZDNet

Kazaa Case Reaches Climax in Australia

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A long-running court battle between Australia’s record industry and file-swapping giant Kazaa reaches a climax Monday, when a judge is to rule on whether the peer-to-peer network is no different from a photocopier or is a giant “engine of copyright piracy.”

Lawyers for major Australian record labels want Federal Court Judge Murray Wilcox to find Kazaa’s owners liable for copyright breaches and loss of income.

“We have argued file sharing on Kazaa is a breach of copyright and unfair to all those people who try to make a living by creating and producing music,” said Michael Speck, managing director of Australia’s Music Industry Piracy Investigations, a division of the Australian Recording Industry Association.

“This is a long-awaited judgment on an issue that’s critical to the music industry, artists and consumers worldwide,” he added.

The 10 defendants in the Australian case include Kazaa’s owners, Sharman Networks Ltd., Sharman License Holdings and Sharman’s Sydney-based chief executive officer, Nikki Hemming.

Source: AP

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