Monday, February 25, 2013

Thank You!

There isn't much to say but thank you. The last week or two you have all contributed in my site that was averaging about 1500+ page views per month up into 8,000 hits in a single month, and there is still a few days left to go! If this pace keeps up next month may hit over 10,000 hits for march! 3/26: 5 days left in march and well past 12,000 hits! Amazing! Thank you all so much! 4/1 15,000+ hits for march! Awesome, too bad the revenue does not reflect the 1000% increase in traffic over the past 2 months. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Google Takeout

Have you ever wished that there was a way to archive or back up content that you posted to one of Google's websites? Have you searched third party sites to try to download content that you had posted somewhere online, like backing up the videos you have on YouTube?

Google Takeout is a great feature that I think Google should publicize better. You won't find it on the list of products or services available by clicking the MORE button on Google's website, but it is probably one of the best features available.

Google Takeout will allow you to download copies of all of this:

  • Backup Google Plus or +1s
  • Backup your Blogger account
  • Backup Buzz
  • Backup all of your contacts 
  • Backup your Google Drive files
  • Backup your Google Plus circles
  • Backup your Google Plus stream
  • Backup your (Google) Pages
  • Back up all of your Picasa Web Albums
  • Backup your Google Profile
  • Backup your (Google) Reader
  • Backup your Google Voice account, including voice mails. 
  • Backup your YouTube videos.
You can choose to back up everything all at once, or pick and choose which stuff you want to back up. 

Spread the word, this is an amazing feature that Google has provided us with, yet it is pretty much a "hidden" feature, since it is difficult to find on Google's pages if you do not know what you are looking for. 

Oh, before I forget.... Here is how to get there http://google.com/takeout

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Topsy.com DMCA notices

[UPDATE] Check the comments, these jerk offs think that they can come onto MY blog in attempts to justify their ILLEGAL actions! 

It is a rare occasion that I grant public permission to republish my materials to anyone wishing to do so, however with THIS, and ONLY this post I request that anyone and everyone repost this wherever you can.

Topsy.com was forced to remove my content in 2011 when I filed my first DMCA complaint with them and their domain registrar. I just so happened to be searching around and found that this company is back at it. Stealing peoples intellectual property and copyright materials for their own commercial gain, with no regard for the law or the rightful copyright owners legal ownership or rights.

My feed is currently being syndicated by Topsy.com at http://topsy.com/twitter/nyphonejacks

I have tried to settle things peacefully with this company by emailing them and advising them to remove my content, yet they refuse to do anything other than to tell me that I should make my Twitter feed private, which would defeat the whole point of twitter in the first place. They also try to hide behind Twitters Terms of Service, which still would not grant a third party the right to violate my intellectual property rights.

This post will serve as an archive, and to hopefully publicly shame this immoral company into removing content when the rightful owner of said content files a complaint with them.

Again, I could really care less about you hiding behind some "terms of service" for a company that you are in no way associated with. 

If you would like to refer to Twitters TOS then lets do just that.

Section 7:
All right, title, and interest in and to the Services (excluding Content provided by users) are and will remain the exclusive property of Twitter and its licensors. The Services are protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of both the United States and foreign countries. Nothing in the Terms gives you a right to use the Twitter name or any of the Twitter trademarks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features. Any feedback, comments, or suggestions you may provide regarding Twitter, or the Services is entirely voluntary and we will be free to use such feedback, comments or suggestions as we see fit and without any obligation to you.

Lets break that section down a bit, shall we? Twitter maintains copyright ownership of everything on their site WITH THE EXCEPTION of user generated content, which remains the intellectual property of its authors. So they do not have the right, nor authority to license or provide access to other peoples copyrighted materials for publication. 

Also using the Twitter name is a violation of this section of their TOS, so you have no legal rights to claim that you are affiliated with Twitter in any manner. Claiming you are a "Twitter partner" is clearly a violation of this section.

Finally, TWITTER is free to use feedback, comments and suggestions anyway they see fit. You are NOT Twitter, and this does not give you the ability or permission to use other peoples copyrighted material for any reason. 

So lets see what the Copyright section 9 has to say:

Twitter respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users of the Services to do the same. We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us. If you believe that your Content has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the following information: (i) a physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on their behalf; (ii) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed; (iii) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material; (iv) your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and an email address; (v) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (vi) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

We reserve the right to remove Content alleged to be infringing without prior notice, at our sole discretion, and without liability to you. In appropriate circumstances, Twitter will also terminate a user’s account if the user is determined to be a repeat infringer. Our designated copyright agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement appearing on the Services is.

This section states that Twitter RESPECTS the intellectual property rights of others and EXPECTS users of the service to do the same. You are NOT respecting my intellectual property rights by continuing to syndicate the entirety of my twitter feed for commercial purposes with out prior permission even AFTER you were forced to remove it back in 2011 when I filed my first round of DMCA complaints with you and your registrar.

It also mentions that Twitter responds to all infringement complaints, and may terminate YOUR account if you are found to have infringed upon peoples copyright on multiple occasions. 

Finally, I will throw the quote that YOU provided right back to you.

"You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and servicessubject to our terms and conditions for such Content use. 

It does not appear that a web browser based republication of my Twitter feed would constitute "other media or services" since Twitter is provided by a web browser based application. As for being "subject to the terms and conditions for such content use" I have already provided you with TWO additional such sections of Twitters TOS that you have violated. 

Again, I am demanding one last and final time that ALL content published by me in its entirety, included but not limited to the content found at this link: http://topsy.com/twitter/nyphonejacks be immediately removed from your site PERMANENTLY or I will have no choice but to seek civil and criminal penalties against you for your continued disregard for the law, and my intellectual property rights.

From: Topsy Account Removal Support <accountremoval@topsy.com>
To: DMCA@nyphonejacks.com
Cc: legal@topsy.com; dan@topsy.com
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: DMCA notice to remove infringing materials from your website

Type your response ABOVE THIS LINE to reply

Subject: Re: DMCA notice to remove infringing materials from your website

FEB 21, 2013  |  03:17PM PST
Jonathan replied:
Hello xxx,

Thanks for your message.

Topsy is a social media search engine. We index publicly available tweets and allow people to search those tweets just like Google indexes and allows people to search webpages. All persons who create an account on Twitter agree it's Terms of Service . You should refer to this document: https://twitter.com/tos


"You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use."

Topsy is an official partner of Twitter ( https://dev.twitter.com/programs/twitter-certified-products/topsy ). We do respect your content and your rights. If you mark your tweets as private we will remove it from our index. Please refer to this doc for more information: http://about.topsy.com/faq/how-do-i-delete-my-tweets-on-topsy/

Topsy is very careful to follow both the law and rules of the Twitter ecosystem.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can help any further.

Topsy Support

FEB 21, 2013  |  06:19PM PST 
Original message
xxx wrote:

It seems like your company has a case of amnesia. I got you to remove my content before. I am demanding that you IMMEDIATELY and PERMANENTLY stop infringing upon my intellectual property and take down http://topsy.com/twitter/nyphonejacks and any other content produced by myself. You are UNAUTHORIZED to reuse my content.

From: xxx<xxxx@yahoo.com>
To: "legal@topsy.com" <legal@topsy.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 2:38 AM
Subject: DMCA notice to remove infringing materials from your website

I have never authorized topsy to reproduce the entire contents of my Twitter feed, of which I claim full ownership and copyright for all content posted within that feed, with the exception of any "re-tweets".

I declare that your reproduction of material of which I am the sole copyright holder be immediately removed from your site located at http://topsy.com/s/nyphonejacks/tweet and at any other location where you are using in full content created and owned by me.

As evidence and proof that I am the owner, I have just posted a Tweet on said account dated "2:36AM - 17 Apr" That reads "DMCA notice sent to topsy to remove their illegal stealing of my entire twitter feed."

...And it continues, This is the latest email exchange with Twitter, they must have some really stupid people working there, if they can not find the infringing material by simpily clicking the links that I provided them in my initial DMCA notice. :

Lets make this real simple, since you need a little help with this.

First open up your web browser. This should be an icon on your desktop that either says "Internet Explorer", "Chrome", "Firefox", "Opera" or maybe even something else.

Once you have your web browser open type in http://topsy.com/twitter/nyphonejacks into the address bar, which is the long text box at the top of the page. On this page you will see the entire contents of MY Twitter feed, which can officially be viewed by entering this text into the address bar on your web browser http://twitter.com/nyphonejacks 

As you can clearly read english, you will see that the ENTIRE contents of the official source of my intellectual property is republished without my authorization. That means they used it with out my permission.

The commercial entity responsible for infringing upon my copyright maintains a Twitter account that can be located by entering this text into your web browsers address bar http://twitter.com/topsy as well as at least one other additional account, such as the one that can be found by entering this text into your web browser http://twitter.com/flipberkin

This commercial entity was forced by their then domain name registrar to remove my twitter content in 2011 when they republished my entire feed with out authorization, when they were served with the first round of DMCA notices. This now becomes a repeated and recurring offense and something must be done to prevent further violations of my copyright protections held under the law.

If you have further difficulties in locating the infringing materials, perhaps you should not be using a computer, or working in an industry related to computers and technology, as this information was already provided to you. If needed you could set up TeamViewer or Join.me on your computer and I would be more than happy to assist you in visiting the above websites, but I would have to charge you a service fee. 

From: kurtray <notifications-support@twitter.zendesk.com>
To: Dmca <dmca@nyphonejacks.com>
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013 5:51 AM
Subject: #7752429 Twitter Support: update on "DMCA Takedown Notice"

##- Please type your reply above this line -##

kurtray, Feb 22 02:51 am (PST):Hello,
Additional information is required to make it an effective notification under the DMCA.

We have not been provided with sufficient information to locate the allegedly infringing material on Twitter. Please provide a detailed description of the copyrighted work that is claimed to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to permit Twitter to locate the material on Twitter’s website or services.

If you are reporting the content of a Tweet, please give us a link to that Tweet following these instructions:https://support.twitter.com/articles/80586. Or please specify if the alleged infringement is in the background, avatar, etc.

We cannot process your request without a non-defective notice pursuant to the DMCA. In order to assist us in responding to your request, please submit a complete notice here: https://support.twitter.com/forms/dmca.

Please be aware that under 17 U.S.C. 512(f), you may be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by us or our users if you knowingly materially misrepresent that material or activity is infringing.
Twitter Trust & Safety

xxx, Feb 21 06:19 am (PST):No, when someone copies my entire feed that is a copyright violation.they are not pretending to be me.they are republishing in entire my twitter feed.
I had their host shut their site down in 2011 for this reason.since they are obtaining this information from your servers, they even claim to be"a partner with twitter"in their words then it is your responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent this type of theft of my intellectual property.
So again I state this is a dmca copyright issue. They are aware turret do not have authorization and are using my property for commercial gains.
Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android

kurtray, Feb 21 03:04 am (PST):Hello,
Thanks for providing this information. However, it appears you are trying to report an impersonation or harassment issue, not copyright. Please file a new report using the appropriate form:https://support.twitter.com/forms/abusiveuser
Twitter Trust & Safety

Dmca, Feb 20 06:54 pm (PST):DMCA Takedown Notice
== Reporter: I am the copyright owner.
== Name: xxx xxx
== Company: nyphonejacks
== Job title: entrepreneur
== Email: dmca@nyphonejacks.com
== Address: xxx x xxx street #x
== City: Brooklyn
== State/Province: ny
== Postal code: xxxx
== Country: usa
== Phone (optional): n/a
== Fax (optional): n/a
== Reported Twitter account: @topsy
== Reported material on Twitter: Other
== Description of original work: My entire twitter feed.
== Description of infringement: My entire twitter feed is being republished at http://topsy.com/s?q=nyphonejacks
I already had it removed in 2011, yet they once again are posting my entire feeds with out my consent. I have sent them a notice demanding they remove my content, as well as declare my ownership of all published content within my twitter feed.
== 512(f) Acknowledgment: I understand that under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f), I may be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys' fees, if I knowingly materially misrepresent that reported material or activity is infringing.
== Good Faith Belief: I have good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
== Authority to Act: The information in this notification is accurate, and I state under penalty of perjury that I am authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
== Signature: xxx xxxx

Monday, February 18, 2013

2 Door relay installs

Installing a door release relay with VoIP. Using an SPA122 any ATA could be substituted such as a PAP2, or SPA2102, a Viking E20B as the door phone and a Viking RC2A as the relay. 

Close up of wire connections. 

All wired up, testing the power.
B-connectors added to wiring,
and wiring all tucked away after this image was taken. 

Wiring diagram to set this up yourself. 

This was supposed to be a simple doorphone installation. All of the wiring was already in place to the doors, and the latches were already on the doors. I just had to install and wire up the 2 relays, the door phones and the analog adapter. I had all of the wiring done probably in less than half hour, but the problem was that the power supply that I brought with me for some reason or another was burned out (reason being that the job was in the bronx, and it was a friday afternoon - and we all know last job of the day, or week is going to cause headaches) 

So I had originally wired everything as shown in the diagram. But when my power supply failed, I had to dig for any other power supplies that I had. Problem is that what I had did not have a sufficient amp rating to power both relays and activate the door release. To resolve this issue I used 2 power supplies. 1 to feed power to the 2 relays, and a second to power the door latches.

64 jack network patched in

So not too long ago I posted some images of the rack that I wired and installed for "60 runs", it was actually 64 runs in total. That post can be seen HERE

Today I had to go back to that job and put in the router, and 2 new 24 port switches, and patch everything together. This is the final result:

Here is the close up.
RV016 router, and 2 TpLink 24 port switches.

The Ubee cable modem can be seen resting on the top of the rack.
The white and black wire on the left hanging down are the cable compaines wires.

A look from a little further back.
I just don't like how the excess towards the right looks.
Perhaps I can come up with something to neaten that up a bit.

And one more close up.
I used 3 foot patch cords so that I would not have to go directly across the front of the rack, blocking the network equiptment or patch panel it in the event that anything needed to come out of the rack to be repaired or replaced, or if more jacks needed to be punched down into the panel.

Each desk has a double jack. I used white patch cords for the top jacks, and blue patch cords for the bottom jacks. I also seperated the white top jacks to one switch and the bottom jacks to the other switch. There are more jacks than ports in the switch, so in the router I also used the top ports for the top jacks, and the bottom ports for the bottom jacks.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bing it on rigged?

So after seeing the television commercials I decided to go to bingiton.com and compare Bing with Google. It had me do 5 searches. It declared Bing the winner of this round, yet I would love how they came to that.

The first search I felt was a draw, pretty much the same results for both search engines. I searched for nyphonejacks and there was not much of a noticeable difference between the two.

The second search was for NYS DMV. While it was difficult to choose a winner, I picked Bing, merely because the 2nd link was the actual DMV website, and it provided links in the search result for different categories within the site.

The third search I merely searched for S3. I wanted to use a vague search term. Google was the winner, I did not see results on the first page regarding the Samsung Galaxy S3 which is what I would assume most people searching S3 would be looking for.

The fourth search was for my girl friends email address. It is a Hotmail address, so I was assuming that Bing would do fairly well with this test, however I guess the Thai language prevented Bing from providing any results. Google found several websites where she posted her email address, so Google won this round.

The fifth and final search term was for the hometown of my girl friend. It appears that both searches favor Wikipedia as it ranked as the top result for both searches. I did not see much of a difference between the two so I put this one as a draw as well.

So lets tally the score. 2 draws, 2 votes for Google, and 1 vote for Bing. Yet despite the fact that Bing clearly lost, it still declared itself the winner "of this round". I guess it gave bing the credit for the two draws.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

You can still get a FREE DDNS.com address

EDIT 7/23/14: D-link has recently sent out emails requiring registration of your serial number in order to continue to use this service, and will begin disabling DDNS services for those who do not register within the next 90 days (from the date they sent the email out). So this method will no longer work! Also even if you do  register with your serial number this free service is going to be limited to about 6 months depending on the device you "purchased".

Setting up a home server, or DVR on your dynamic IP address can be a hassle. While dynamic IP addresses could remain the same for a while, if there is no way for you to keep track of what IP your computer has, your ability to gain access to anything on your LAN can be a problem. Even if you have means to obtain your IP remotely when it changes, it can still be a problem.

There are many DDNS providers, but the problem is that most routers will only communicate with ddns.com This site used to be free, however they no longer offer a free DDNS service, at least not directly.

Sure you could use any other DDNS provider, but that would require that you would have to install some type of client software on one of your computers.

I have found the solution for your DDNS problems, head over to http://boomshadow.net/tech/how-to-still-get-a-free-dyndns-account/ and see how you can set up a free DDNS.com account. Unless of course you have a d-link router, then you are already set *wink*