Reminder: Podcast Tomorrow

The monthly FreeUTOPIA podcast will air tomorrow from 4PM to 5PM on BlogTalkRadio. Our guest will be Chris Mitchell from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a policy group based in Minnesota. Call in with your questions and comments at (347) 838-8025, join the show chat room, or just listen in on the show page.

January 2010 Podcast is Scheduled

The next podcast will be on Friday, January 8 at 4PM MST. Our guest will be from Veracity Networks, the newly company formed after Veracity Communications and Broadweave Networks merged. We’ll be talking about iProvo and Veracity’s operations on UTOPIA. Join us by calling in, jumping in the show chat room, or contacting us on Twitter.

Reminder: Podcast Tomorrow

Just a reminder that the return of the FreeUTOPIA Podcast is tomorrow at 4PM. Come listen in online and feel free to call in at (347) 838-8025. Our guest will be Bryon Wentzlaff of Prime Time Communications. Special thanks to Mike Graves of The Surfonics for permission to use one of his songs for the new intro music.

Coming Soon: Return of the Podcast

It’s been far too long since I’ve produced episodes of the FreeUTOPIA Podcast. Real life has kept me busy and I spent a lot of time sorting out licensing issues for the intro music. I’m glad to announce that starting next month, I will be recording podcasts again, this time with BlogTalkRadio. It includes a lot of nifty show features like listener dial-in, a chat room, and full show archive. I’m tentatively planning on Friday December 11 around 4PM. If you can’t make it live, be sure to pick up the show on iTunes or via the show page.

If You Work at Lucent, You're Not Reading This

I’m sure that some of you have noticed that the website has been less than reliable these last few weeks and I’m sure you’re curious as to why. Well, the short answer is that some jerk has been flooding the server with requests effectively launching a denial of service attack. A restart of Apache and MySQL fixes the problem, but I sometimes have to go to the console for my web host and do a hard reboot, the equivalent of pulling the power plug. Not cool.

Since most of the attacks originated from, I have banned any connection attempt from this DNS name to the server. If that happens to be you, stop flooding my server with requests, dipstick.

Hacked! (Or, Why it's really REALLY important to keep WordPress up to date)

I noticed some rather, er, strange behavior when I had comments e-mailed to me this morning, specifically that some odd code was being appended to the end of permalinks in WordPress. It took all of about 5 seconds to realize that my install of WordPress had been compromised. I’ve since updated to the latest version of WordPress and removed the offending code snippets, so things should be back to normal. Thankfully, they didn’t gain access to the admin panel or appear to have modified any posts or comments. Apparently Apache and PHP are configured properly so that these injection attacks result in a big bucket of fail for the attackers.

Moral of the story? Keep WordPress up to date.