This is just a funny post as I am into cars and have been in the “car scene” in the past. While I do tend to stay technical with my postings I do like to post some “Just for Fun” posts from time to time.
If you have been on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or any other social media platform you likely have seen Mustang memes going around. It’s been the butt end of many jokes since some of the drivers of these cars like to try and show off only to end up losing control and hitting others cars and/or people.
I came across this when going through my feed today and wanted to share this with you all. I myself have purchased a few off brand cameras and have had good luck with them but now I am going to be MUCH more careful when getting them in the future, as well as taking a closer look at the ones I have in my network already. Read the below quote and links from TheHackerNews.com.
Be careful while buying any off-brand electronics from Amazon, as they could end up infecting you.
Recently, independent security researcher Mike Olsen discovered that the CCTV surveillance devices sold on Amazon came with pre-installed malware.
Olsen discovered this nasty secret after he bought a set of outdoor CCTV surveillance cameras from Amazon for one of his friends.
He picked Sony Chip HD 6 Camera 1080P PoE IP CCTV surveillance camera kit sold by the Urban Security Group (USG) on Amazon, as it had good reviews and was a relatively cheap set of 6 cameras with all necessary equipment included.
While helping his friend set up the cameras, Olsen logged into the administrator panel to configure the surveillance system and found that the page hosted “no normal controls or settings.”
Assuming that it might be bad programming, Olsen opened up the browser’s developer tools and was surprised to discover a hidden iFrame loaded at the bottom of the body tag, retrieving content from Brenz.pl.
Surveillance Camera Comes Pre-Installed with Malware
A quick Google search revealed that the Brenz.pl domain was used in malware distribution campaigns, according to a blog post by cyber-security vendor Sucuri in 2011.
In short, this means that the newly bought surveillance camera kit could be infected with malware anytime, when the Brenz.pl operator decides to push malicious code to the DVR’s backend through the hidden iFrame.
Once the CCTV camera’s operator accessed that page, the malware would be downloaded and installed, potentially leading to unlawful spying and data theft.
Since the Breza.pl domain was already on the firmware, there might be other nasty malware included in the firmware as well, that does not provide the camera’s owner to access the backend.
The malware distributed by the surveillance cameras can have the ability to hijack video feeds or make the customer’s cameras part of a DDoS Botnet, something that happened last year.
So be careful what you buy. Check reviews of every product before buying, even if the product brand and the eCommerce platform is trusted.
What prompted this post was constantly seeing across my social media feeds (Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, etc) the countless posts from people in the “Millennial” generation posting articles and statuses about how Bernie Sanders is equivalent to the second coming of Christ. I want to address some things that I see from these kind of people and why I am so disappointed to be associated, by age, with this group of people.
I do not have a college degree so I was fortunate to not have a large sum of college debt once I entered the full-time workforce. The college training that I did take (over 100 credit hours) I paid for by working full time while I was in college. I have a large amount of technical training and experience now. I also marketed myself well and constantly focused on keeping current with the changes in my field in addition to making sure that my knowledge has kept growing on relevant technical topics. The point is that I worked full time while attending college, used my contacts through school to make professional connections, and marketed myself to employers well. I also worked while getting a college education so that when I would have been done with my degree I would also have work experience. I have met and heard too many Millennials talking about how hard it is, that it is such a terrible idea, to work while you are in school because it “takes away from your studies”. While there may be some truth to that, having to move into your parents house after college because you can’t afford to live on your own and/or find a job is embarrassing and you should be ashamed of yourselves.
The people I am talking about are the ones that are constantly complaining about a “lack of jobs” or how hard it is to get a job in their field. The thing is that these people have degrees in majors (political science, literature, history, art) that have a narrow list of job opportunities. What they fail to understand is that it is no one else’s fault other than theirs that they decided to waste their money (typically not even theirs, but higher interest student loans) in a major that has no practical application in the real world. In addition to choosing a major that leads to minimal, if any, job opportunities in their major they fail to apply themselves or market themselves to employers properly leveraging their degree. They feel that they are entitled to a job in their major and will not look elsewhere for other opportunities in a similar or related field.
The Man/Woman-Child is probably one of the things that frustrate me the most. It seems like most Millennials just don’t want to grow up. My parents always told me to get a good education, be a good person, get a good job, and always make sure my bills are paid on time. I have been working a full-time job in my field since I was 20 years old (18 if you count retail IT sales/repairs). Would I like to be able to go out and have a good time multiple nights a week with my friends? Of course! However being an adult means going to sleep at a reasonable time every night during the week so you are well rested for the work day the following day.
The problem that I see is that people in this generation don’t want to settle down, they just want to drink/smoke weed/party as much as they can. Adult life isn’t fun all the time but that is life. If you want to be able to have nice things and be able to go out for a fun time you have to work. Eventually, you are going to run out of cash (or money from your student loans) and are going to have to get a job. One issue is that while they do typically get a job it is usually something along the lines of fast food or retail. They then end up working there for 3+ years and because of their partying/spending habits they are in a continual cycle of being stuck where they are. The bottom line is that if you want to be successful you need to leave the childish partying behavior behind and get a full-time career job. Yes, this means marketing yourself and getting actually useful skills.
While this does overlap with the Man/Woman-Child topic I feel that it should be a separate topic as I am going to elaborate more.
There is an overwhelming sense of entitlement with a majority of Millennials. They demand that you not offend them, give them free healthcare, free college, pay their rent, support their children, pay for their food, pay for their stupid mistakes (abortions), and a multitude of other things. This is what happens when you give every kid a trophy and tell them that they are all special. I hate to break it to you but some of you have made poor choices and have no marketable skills; but there’s always McDonalds and a crappy apartment with your 6 other equally stupid roommates.
Let’s get one thing clear – No one owes you anything. Write it on your hand, put it on post-it notes everywhere you go. Just let that sink in and take hold in your mind.
When I was 12 I asked my parents to buy me my own computer. They proceeded to tell me that if I wanted it I would need to figure out a way to get my own. From that point forward I did odd jobs and scrounged on garbage day for parts to build my own computer. From there I learned to build and fix them with the help of other tech-savvy relatives and books that I borrowed from the library. What’s the point of this story? The point is that I wanted something and instead of my parents just handing it to me I WORKED for it. I appreciated the computer I had far more and I also learned valuable skills that will last my entire life. Had they just bought me one I would have taken it for granted and not have learned how to fix/build a PC of my own. When people are simply given everything they want it makes them lazy and unappreciative of what they have, this goes for everything in life (looking at you people on welfare and food stamps for extended periods/life).
When I started going to college (I went to college at the age of 14 taking 2-3 classes a semester until I was 17) my parents told me that they would pay for my classes up until I was 18 as long as I passed them with a B or higher. If I didn’t pass the classes I would need to pay them back for the credit hours that I wasted. Knowing that I had to pay them back and that if I wanted to not take out loans for school I worked harder in class and started working a minimum wage part-time job when I was 15. By the time I was 18, I was working as a bench technician at TigerDirect averaging 45-50 hours a week on top of a full-time school schedule. I have literally heard of people getting public assistance for their school that “it doesn’t matter if I pass my classes, they were free”.
Like I said above I did not complete my college degree and the main reason was that the classes I needed never had enough people to run and a substitute class was not available. I entered the workforce full-time when I turned 20. I did make a lot of beneficial professional connections at college. The retail job that I worked while I was in college was worth the cost of the education that I received.
The bottom line is that no one wants to grow up and take responsibility for their own actions and/or future.
When it comes to being “politically correct” and how it pains me, I could write almost endlessly as to what is wrong with this. But for the sake of making a point, I will keep it short.
The bottom line is that while there are actual issues and problems happening in the world we have Millennials getting offended/triggered when they see Trump 2016 written on a wall, calling a man who “identifies as a woman” by the wrong pronoun, or proposing to enforce immigration laws. Everyone is too concerned with offending people instead of actually doing something worthwhile with their time. You have entire groups dedicated to trying to make people know that “black lives matter” when they continually ignore underlying issues in the black community that are the roots of these problems. All lives matter for the record. We have colleges pushing this political correctness agenda on to students and making them think that this is normal and “ok”. Words are just that, words. They don’t hurt you physically and if you can’t handle a little criticism or opposing views then you need to grow a backbone.
Go back to your “safe space” and do some reflection on what should be important to you, spoiler alert – it’s not being petty about words that “offend” you.
I know I am not the only person in my generation who feels this way. We need to stand together and resist these sorry excuses for adults. We need to speak up like I am doing now and get the word out. I live my life the way that makes me most happy, not what others want me to do because it fits their agenda.
I will say that typically the kind of people that I see supporting Bernie Sanders are those that have no direction in life and are working dead end jobs. I mean I am not surprised because they only can gain from the programs that he will put in place since they barely have anything to pay taxes on anyway. Socialism is for people who think life is unfair and therefore everyone else, who does work, must take care of you.
I do not keep people around me that like the topics that I discussed and if this offends you please send me an email so I can send you some material on being an adult. Just remember that liberals and democrats are “tolerant of other people’s views”, as long as they are the same views they support.
Many other users have posted online today since the LG G5 rebate site went live that they are getting an “IMEI number is invalid. (1)” when trying to submit their promotion info.
I was having the same issue and then remembered that some phones used to show a MEID number that is 1 digit shorter (on the last digit) than the IMEI. I deleted the LAST number of my IMEI number from the entry and it worked! I just wanted to share this in case someone else was having the same issue. Here’s my confirmation email!
Welcome to another Tim’s Tech Tips. Today we are going over a little $60 combo that will give you a 2.4ghz 802.11N access point with plenty of coverage without breaking the bank. You’re going to see that I have a lot of solutions where I combine multiple pieces of hardware and/or software to accomplish a goal.
In the review I posted before this (FitBit Aria Scale) I talked about setting up a separate wireless network for the FitBit Aria scale. I did not want to spend a ton of money on this setup as I had already spent $200 on my main Access Point (NetGear R7000) and another $130 on the scale itself. I decided to go this route as I had a spare network drop to my main PoE switch and wanted something that was self-powered from the main switch. Enter the TP-LINK WR841HP with a handy 12V PoE adapter.
I picked up the TP-LINK TL-WR841HR for $25 from Amazon via a warehouse deal and the PoE adapter for under $11 shipped. I updated the firmware on the router with the latest one from TP-LINK’s website and set it up as a separate network from my main one at home.
The router is placed in my bedroom on a dresser and has no obstructions. I am able to get a stable and quick (10-20mbps) around my entire 1500+ Square foot condo with it and it does well to fight off the other 2.4ghz networks here. I think it may actually have better 2.4ghz range (but not throughput) than my NetGear R7000 but given their placement and purpose are different I cannot give an accurate assessment.
Performance & Features
Once I got the network all setup I connected a few devices and started running WAN and LAN throughput tests. I had a multitude of devices that I tested with so you can get a feel for the speed of this device. Do note that the 2.4ghz band is pretty congested in my building and you may see better throughput if you are in a single family home where there is less interference. All the tests were done about 50 feet from the router with 1 wall in between the router and the devices. I have a 150+ MBPS WAN connection so the LAN and WAN throughput tests were identical. The upload from WLAN to LAN were all within 1-5 mbps of the download averages.
All in all the speeds were what I expected from this router. The limiting factor here is that all the ports are 10/100 so even though the radio supports up to 300mbps you will never see past 100mbps when pulling data from a wired network port.
This router is pretty standard aside from its higher output wireless signal. You have port forwarding, basic firewall options, uPnP, DNS forwarder, and DHCP server. This is a baseline router so keep that in mind.
Closing Thoughts & Links
For the application, I was needing this worked out very well. I used a cheap/off brand PoE to 12V power adapter from Amazon to get power to this router so that I wouldn’t have to worry about placing a power strip or UPS by it to protect it. This adapter will work with most 12V network devices under 2A of load if you want to power them over PoE. I am using a small 8 port Engenius PoE Gigabit switch and it powered it all up with no problem.
If you want to use this to extend your network and not make use of the router features just leave the WAN port set to dynamic, disable DHCP, and set the LAN IP address to an open address on your network. Once that is setup connect the router to your network via one of the 4 LAN ports, do NOT use the WAN port in this kind of setup.
I could see this being a nice solution to extend a network over PoE for a low cost if high speeds are not needed. The range on this router is fantastic for the price and I think you would be hard-pressed to find a better deal in the sub $40 range. The only thing that would make this router better is if there was Tomato or DD-WRT support for it. If you have any questions or comments please use the Contact Me link at the top of the page, comments are closed on this site.