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+ - Dyn (formerly DynDNS) Discontinues Free Service

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "Several years ago Dyn cut back significantly on their free Dynamic DNS service. In an email sent to users today, Dyn announced that the service will be ending on May 7th.

The full email:

To our Dyn free hostname users:

For the last 15 years, all of us at Dyn have taken pride in offering you and millions of others a free version of our Dynamic DNS Pro product. What was originally a product built for a small group of users has blossomed into an exciting technology used around the world.

That is why with mixed emotions we are notifying you that in 30 days, we will be ending our free hostname program. This change in the business will allow us to invest in our customer support teams, Internet infrastructure, and platform security so that we can continue to strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience for our paying customers.

We would like to invite you to upgrade to VIP status for less than $20 — a 25% discount good for any package of Remote Access (formerly DynDNS Pro). By doing so, you'll have access to customer support, additional hostnames, and more.

Here's how you get this done in two easy steps:

— Login to
— Click here to add Remote Access to your cart at the 25% off VIP rate. The discount will be applied upon checkout.

We thank you for your usage of Dyn through the years, and hope to continue to support you through Dyn Remote Access or other products for years to come. Visit our FAQ page or this blog post for more information.


+ - Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote->

Submitted by yakatz
yakatz (1176317) writes "Microsoft announced that OneNote, including the full desktop program, will be free for anyone who wants to use the program. A version of the program for Mac also appeared in the app store yesterday. This means that a native edition of OneNote is available for most platforms (including iPad, iPhone and Android, but not Linux or Blackberry). Microsoft will continue to offer a paid version of OneNote with "business-oriented" features (including SharePoint support, version history and Outlook integration). The partial rebranding of OneNote also includes some new tools like a program specifically designed to make it easier to take a picture of a whiteboard.
Is this a signal that Microsoft decided that they need to compete with Apple by making their productivity applications free?"

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Comment: Re:GitHub is non-free (Score 1) 14

by yakatz (#46117445) Attached to: GitHub Launches Bug Bounty Program, Offers Between $100 and $5,000
GitHub is one of the best designed Project-Hosting-as-a-Service websites that exists. They pay for hosting an untold number of free open-source repositories by selling their services to teams and companies. You can even buy a GitHub appliance that you host in your own network to make sure your code never leaves.

If you want to use one of the "free as in speech" Git platforms, by all means, just do. But if you want a GUI, bug tracker, wiki, web hosting, etc. that cost a significant amount of money to develop - yet whose use is given away for free, use GitHub.

Comment: Re:Upgrade? Win7 and 8 have their own update issue (Score 1) 413

by yakatz (#45710807) Attached to: Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

The winsxs folder grows exponentially, and since everything depends on everything else, deleting from that folder causes all kinds of problems.

Sort of no longer true (as of SP1):
On my primary Windows 7 computer, it is down to 10.5GB.

Comment: Re: @slashdot: use https per default! (Score 3, Interesting) 256

by yakatz (#45391959) Attached to: British Intelligence Responds To Slashdot About Man-in-Middle Attack
Google Chrome supports certificate pinning so you can't go to a site if the certificate used does not match the known one on the list compiled into the browser, which sort-of solves the wrongly issued certificate problem.
RFC 6844 has a proposed DNS type for verifying the proper certificate was served (requires DNSSEC to make sure the DNS was not tampered with).

Comment: Anyone can do it (Score 1) 314

by yakatz (#44854007) Attached to: NYC Is Tracking RFID Toll Collection Tags All Over the City

I did an undergraduate honors paper about reading E-ZPass somewhere besides a toll plaza. Not only were we able to do it easily, we also looked into (but did not follow through) creating fake tags using scanned IDs from other cars.

We were even able to purchase E-ZPass lane equipment from XXXXX (redacted - the lawyers don't want me to say). They did not ask for any verification about what we were going to do with it - if we could come up with the money, they would send it to us.

Comment: Seen this before... (Score 5, Informative) 193

by yakatz (#44618657) Attached to: Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries
I have ordered items (non-food) on Amazon and had the option to pay ....... $3.99! ..... for "Same Day Delivery" in the Washington, DC area. I have no idea how they actually paid for the courier to drive from Virginia to Maryland, since it certainly cost more than $3.99 in gas, but I ordered at 10 AM and had the item by 5 PM.

2000 pounds of chinese soup = 1 Won Ton