Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s Resolution, 15 Things To Stop Doing In 2015

My favorite thing about the New Year is that it allows for a magical sense of renewal and a chance to start fresh. It is the day we resolve to leave the past behind and move forward. It is the day we fill ourselves up with courage and tell ourselves this is the year we will start doing more of the things we want and stop doing the things that don’t matter. With every new year comes the chance to change our mindsets, eliminate negativity and choose to move forward. There is a reason we are told the best is yet to come. This year, make a resolution you can keep. Stop doing things that are no longer in your best interest. Here are 15 things you must STOP doing in 2015 to truly move forward and live this year to the fullest:

1. Stop showing and telling everything to everyone. The world does not need to know your every move; leave some things to the imagination. Mystery is good.

2. Stop comparing yourself to others. What you see is NOT what you get, or even what the true reality of a situation is. We all spend way too much of our time comparing our lives to others; yet, we all forget that the pictures we see of others on Instagram and Facebook are simply highlights of their lives. They aren’t the everyday; they aren’t the struggle; they aren’t the bad hair day. They are the edited, Photoshopped and posed highlight reel of a momentary highlight of someone else’s life.

3. Stop worrying about what others think of you. People will judge you regardless of what you do, so do what you want. There’s nothing wrong with walking your own journey on a path you create. You don’t have to do, like or want the things that other people try, love or desire. Start that blog, write that article or wear that outfit about which you’ve been hesitant. In the great words of Kid Cudi, “They gon’ judge me anyway, so whatever.”

4. Stop waiting. If you don’t take the chance or risk it all now… when will you? Time will always be hard to find. Start now and go after what you want, or wait for later and hope that later isn’t too late.

5. Stop doubting. If you have an idea or feeling that keeps coming back to you, make it happen. When an idea keeps coming back, it’s for a reason. Take action and follow the ideas that flood your mind. Million-dollar ideas are a dime a dozen, but it’s only one in a million who follow through with their ideas.

6. Stop being a stranger. We’re all in this together. When you give the world the best you have, the best comes back to you. Be good to people. Popularity fades, kindness does not.

7. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. You are not a victim; it’s time to get out of your own way. If you find yourself constantly surrounded by drama, you are the one enabling it. You will never be able to control what others do; however, you are in full control of how you react. Realize that you can overcome hard times. Instead of attending your own pity party, you can accept the fact that only you can change your thoughts and experiences. You have the power to control your feelings.

8. Stop standing in your own way. The thoughts in your head about yourself and your situation really do affect your life. Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t reside in-between your own ears. Follow your intuition and learn that nothing that lasts is started through force. If you have to force it, leave it behind.

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North Korea Continue blaming Obama for Internet Outages

With its Internet networks continuing to suffer outages for the sixth straight day, North Korea placed the blame on the US and stepped up its verbal attacks over the weekend amid a hacking row involving the film “The Interview.” As of midday, a number of propaganda websites remained down, including Uriminzokkiri (Among Our People), Ryugyong and Ryomyong. They have servers in Shenyang, Dandong and other Chinese cities.

The website of the Choson Sinbo, a pro-North newspaper based in Japan, came back online after a brief blackout early in the morning.


Photo shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang denied any role in the cyberattacks, calling such suggestions part of a “smear campaign” by unpopular South Korean leaders.

The sites of major news outlets including the Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun appeared to be in operation, though they were also repeatedly shut down early last week. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported late Saturday from Pyongyang that North Korea’s Internet and 3G telecommunication networks were “paralysed” again and not restored at least until 9:30 p.m. The wire service reported a similar standstill last Tuesday.

Cybersecurity firm Dyn Research also tweeted later that day, “Off-again, on-again: North Korea returns after 5 hour national outage.”

The blackouts come at the height of a row over the recent hack on Sony Pictures, which Washington claimed was orchestrated by Pyongyang enraged by the studio’s planned release of “The Interview,” a film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea denies any involvement in the hacking.

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North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages

kim-sony-obamaNorth Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a “monkey” and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures. The National Defense Commission, the North’s ruling body chaired by state leader Kim Jong Un, said Obama was responsible for Sony’s belated decision to release the action comedy “The Interview”, which depicts a plot to assassinate Kim. “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unnamed spokesman for the commission said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, using a term seemingly designed to cause racial offense that North Korea has resorted to previously.

In Hawaii, where Obama is vacationing, a White House official said the administration had no immediate comment on the latest North Korean statement blaming the United States for the Internet outages and insulting the president. Sony canceled the release of the film when large cinema chains refused to screen it following threats of violence from hackers, but then put it out on limited release after Obama said Sony was caving in to North Korean pressure.

Obama promised retaliation against North Korea, but did not specify what form it would take. North Korea’s main Internet sites suffered intermittent disruptions this week, including a complete outage of nearly nine hours, before links were largely restored on Tuesday. But its Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed again on Saturday evening, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported, and the North Korean government blamed the United States for systemic instability in the country’s networks.

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SIP Trunking for Your Business

Did you know that SIP trunking deployment was up 50% in North America in 2013? It is replacing costlier and less flexible voice solutions at an ever-growing rate. SIP trunking supports the move to an all-IP network and delivers other benefits, including:

  • Cost savings that can be achieved within the first few months of switching to SIP trunks
  • Scalability and flexibility to deliver the call capacity you need
  • Support for alternate routing and disaster recovery plans
  • Enhanced collaboration and responsiveness via unified communications

If you have any questions about SIP trunking, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to learning more about your network needs.

Nicky Smith, President/CEO

North Korea’s Internet down; cause unknown

Kim Jong Un
North Korea’s tiny piece of the global Internet went dark altogether Monday, after flickering on and off over the last 24 hours, and experts said it could be a cyberattack or a pre-emptive online retreat by Pyongyang. “The North Korean IP space is not reachable from anywhere on Earth right now. It’s a national shut down,” said Jim Cowie, chief scientist of Dyn Research, which monitors global Internet connectivity.

Shortly after noon ET, “it went out, and did not come back up,” he added.

About a day of intermittent connectivity preceded the shutdown, according to Dyn Research and other companies’ observations. Almost the entirety of the very small North Korean Internet of approximately a thousand Internet protocol addresses is routed through the Chinese state-owned Internet service provider Chinese Unicom. “That presents a very small attack surface for anybody who wants to take it out,” Cowie noted.

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Public DNS Options and Possible Issues with Level 3 DNS

I am see some random complains with Level 3 DNS. I don’t know if this is a temporary problem or chronic to being overloaded. As a Level 3 customer we have an open support ticket but have not gotten a satisfactory answer from Level 3 engineers. I am recommending changing your routers, PCs to use Neustar’s DNS at:free-recursive-dns

An alternative would be use Dyn DNS which has become very popular over the past year

I would NEVER recommend using AT&T, Charter, Comcast, or TW Cable’s DNS as they are very slow, time-out and have very long TTL times. You will find other Free public DNS servers and reviews at I also do not recommend using Google’s DNS as the filter your content and they know enought about you already.

Is AT&T and Big Telecom Destroying the free and open Internet?

A free and open Internet is one of the pillars of democracy, an essential, equalizing force for the powerless and a key piece of social democratic infrastructure. There’s a reason why freedom of the speech and of the press, and the right of the people to assemble, are enshrined in the 1st Amendment to our Constitution. The founders knew that one of the greatest threats to democracy was government overreach and suppression of its citizens’ access to information.

Fast forward nearly 250 years later and substitute “corporation” for “government.” Substitute “internet” for “speech and the press.” The ability of corporations to suppress the free flow of information, citizenry’s access to free speech, and the ability to organize, is a major threat to our democracy. That’s why we’re seeing an epic battle over Net Neutrality, an all-out fight to stop telecoms from creating fast and slow lanes for content on the Internet.

The sides are clear. Net Neutrality is supported by 81 percent of everyday American people, including a majority of Republicans, who submitted a record over one million comments to the FCC in support of the strongest possible rules reinstating Net Neutrality. Up against massive popular opposition, the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) led by AT&T, and Big Telecom including Comcast and their trade association and the National Cable and Telecom Association, spent over $42 million in lobbying in just the first half of this year.

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