MSN Messenger Command line options

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Looking for MSN Messenger to start into a specified account, I was thinking of using a command line switch. Unfortunately there are close to no commandline options that did it for me. If you are looking to find some documentation, don’t count on the internet (as usual). Just open a dos prompt, go to C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger and start msnmsgr /?. It’ll trow a box at you explaining some basic options.

Removed Service on dreambox solved

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I was having that annoying problem where services would suddenly be replaced by removed service in the settings list. As usual, the INTERNET wasn’t very helpful. There goes a saying: between all the proposed solutions, the simplest one is mostly the right one. And that’s the case here. So.. over to the solution then…

PS: This works on the ENIGMA release 4.3.0, FP 1.06, dreambox DM7000. If you know how to do it on other images, comment please.

On your dreambox go to the expert setup (remote: menu – setup – expert setup) and scroll down to service name update and select it. ( the language is confusing.. it says: service name update, but if selected it is actually disabled. )

service name update

XP reg tweaks

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This site contains 402 registry tweaks for windows XP. Anything bothering you? Look for the problem in the list, download the according regfile and execute.

BE CAREFUL. Only use this if you know what you’re doing!!

Fight spamblogs, sites and malicious code

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A few days ago I encountered a few links that led to sites distributing malicious code. Luckily my Firefox is protected with NoScript , a cool and versatile firefox plugin to simply disable javascript, or parts of it.

Besides protecting oneself, one could decide to report the misbehaves. It’s quite an easy and fun process, which I will explain now.

If the site tries to install malicious code, we may report it to Google. Google tries to protect it’s users from malicious sites, by removing their links from the search results. To do this, Google provides an easy form where we can write down the websites URL.

If you want to go a step further, you could try to ask the service provider to take down the site. This is the most rewarding part. Malicious sites are often hosted in so called shared environments, on a server hosting many different sites. The company maintaining these servers will most definitely not appreciate that one of his clients is abusing the service by distributing malware or spam. A simple mail will get his attention and swift action.

To contact him, we need his e-mail. Almost every service provider maintains a so called “abuse” address where you can report abuse. To find that address, you first need to discover what server the malicious site is running on. You can do that by pinging the address, or to query a whois database. Domaintools is a good whois server to start. Fill in the domain of the offending site, and it will give you the IP address of the server (yellow rectangle in picture 1). Click on the little W (Whois) besides the IP address. Another page opens (picture 2) giving you all the information about the server running the malicious site. Find the abuse address (yellow rectangle) or any address that could lead to the server admin.

If you have all that, launch your mail client and report the offending website. Include IP number of the server(s), the domain name, the full URL address to the offending website, a brief explanation of what’s going on and of course your friendly thanks. Always be polite.. The ISP is your friend.

If lucky next hour or day the offending site will be offline. 😛