Reign Malware

A new strain of malware that may have been lurking on your computer for years.


Mac OSX Yosemite and .local domain names

After the release of Yosemite, Mac users in my company who updated to the new OS, noticed that they were unable to resolve .local domain names. This was especially an issue for those connecting over a VPN connection. For the Mac users on our domain, I always included the IP addresses of our DNS servers in their Advanced network settings. However to resolve the issue with name resolution, I now have to also add the name of the .local domain in the Search Domain box (as seen below).

Enter the name of your .local domain in each internet connection setting (ethernet, wifi,etc.) and any VPN connections you may also have setup. After applying the new entry, you will need to disconnect and re-connect to your internet and VPN connections. After reconnecting you should be able to resolve .local addresses.


MySQL Error – “The partition with /var/lib/mysql is too full”

Have you encountered this error when trying to start MySQL on your Linux server? Turns out all you need to do is sudo.

Initially, I used this to start MySQL server: /etc/init.d/mysql  start

I encountered the error: “The partition with /var/lib/mysql is too full”

Then I put sudo in from of my statement : sudo /etc/init.d/mysql start

MySQL starts successfully.

Text-to-911 Available Starting Today

Starting today, you can text to 911. All of the major wireless carriers in the US will make this available: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Hit the link below to get more details.

You can also go the to FCC site as well:


Free Cisco WebEx Account

Cisco is currently offering a free WebEx Basic account. This free account will allow you to conduct online meetings with up to three other attendees. It includes basic tools such as sharing files, whiteboards, etc. You can access your meetings on your laptop, iPhone, and iPad. You will also have to ability to record your meetings and share it with others. Go here to sign up for your free account on the Cisco website:


Avaya VoIP phones and call forwarding

I am a VoIP newbie. So everyday I learn something new. Recently, a few or our employees asked how to increase the number of rings when forwarding their calls to cell phones. As it was setup originally, the call rings once at the desk phone, then forward to the cell phone where it rings twice, and if not answered goes directly to voice mail. I thought this might be a settings that could be changed at the phone phone level. However, this is not the case. You have to make the change in the Avaya Site Administration console.

Log in to your Avaya Site Administration console

Under the Advanced options, select Start Emulation

At the Command prompt, enter – change system coverage

The second line labeled ‘Off-Net Cvg Subsequent Redirection…’ is where you make the change 

Increase the number of rings 

Click Enter at the top to save your changes

You’re ready to test call forwarding and verify that the number of rings has increased.