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I think if they ever drop the fire phone to $99 and keep the free year of Prime I will buy it just to give it a whirl. At $99 it is basically free since I already have and use my Prime benefits often enough. I would have liked to have seen it on Verizon though. I have a feeling though it will just turn into a fancy remote for my FireTv and FireTv Stick.
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You truly don't appreciate how solid of a phone the DROID TURBO is until you have to send yours out for repair. Screen replacement from a poorly timed sneezing incident. I will admit though, I think I like the size of the ULTRA better. Bigger is not always better. Forgot how heavy the TURBO is.
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This is not going to end well.
Thanks to the FCC and Tom Wheeler for supporting local choice and broadband competition.
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So I have this crazy Idea to try something out using #AmazonGiveaway  Most people that follow me know the things I enjoy. Just to get a feel for the giveaway system and try it out I decided to give something away. I am waiting for my link but will post again when it is ready.
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Not sure if it was like this before 5.0.2 but this how the connection status looks on my 2012 Nexus 7. It looks fine if I rotate my tablet. #oops #nexus7
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These are a very decent drive for the money right now. The 240 was out of stock when I was looking but the price on the 480 when paired with the performance is a good value in my opinion. I have personally not used these yet in my own gear but have installed a few of the 240s in other PCs for people in either new machines or as upgrades.

It has been a while since I put this up: All links to products may contain referral program URLs that do benefit me when you make a purchase. I will also try to always make it clear whether or not I have hands on experience with the exact product being linked.
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Still a few days left to get this. (Must follow me on twitter to enter, sorry)
Thanks for your interest and good luck.
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Finally got my link, well it showed up last night but I wanted to wait and make it a Friday the 13th giveaway. 

Thanks for your interest and good luck.
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Working on a new Azure Website in their free space to see if it is a viable solution to creating a "Landing" page for some new work that we are doing. I almost wish I didn't take like the last 8 years off from working on websites and all the other back-end stuff for them.
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Finally decided to sign up for the and see if I can get more done on Destiny that fits my schedule. If you play Destiny and have not heard of the check out this link and join me (PS4). I am probably going to put up my first event tonight and see if I can get a few people on to run the Nightfall right away. This link will add you to my 100 team so hurry before it fills.
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Articles like this are really starting to irritate me. While there are some valid points and I am sure that games do try to listen or fire up mini "servers" it is ridiculous to expect people to forward 80 and 443 to their consoles. The publisher states that they are required for inbound traffic. Unless something is asking for something from my PlayStation without solicitation then there is never a need to forward 80 and 443 which for those of you don't know are the standard ports for http and https respectively. If you are like me and run other web servers because you are in the IT field then this is also impossible. Standard routers will apply first check for a dynamic NAT session when traffic returns from a web server before it will activate the port forward rule.

Generally I have found that most home based routers apply in the following order: (note this is almost identical to corporate routers/firewalls as well)
Dynamic NAT (Web browser to a website like YouTube)
uPNP (Not available on any corporate grade firewall I have ever seen)
Port Forwarding (should never be needed unless the game uses its own local server)

I do know that some console games actually host the game on a client device. This is where opening these may be required but is generally not needed. Most of the time there is a host console that opens a connection to the authentication servers and all data is passed using it as an intermediary so that no port fowarding is required.

I started looking at some of this the other night when a player in my party found some posts on the internet about changing your MTU to get PSN to work. I also informed him that was not a good idea as it could cause a lot of extra packet fragmentation and lead to other problems if applications are expecting to send data in certain sized packets. I honestly don't know why changing the MTU would matter. The only time the MTU is hit is if the data being sent is larger than that but authentications to and from Sony should all be under that size. Unless there was some other wrapper being placed on the packet to help slow down the DDoS that was going on MTU is not a big deal. I am honestly surprised things like the PS4 don't support jumbo frames which allows you to use an MTU of 9000. The problem with jumbo frames is that most ISPs will have to split your jumbo frame anyway. The strain of the conversion though is then placed on your router when it talks with the providers equipment and your small SoHo Router might not have the power to split up those frames. Getting 6 times the data in a packet though is a great thing to have if your gear supports it. I have not personally tried to set the MTU on my console higher than the default.

I am probably going to re-enable uPNP at home so that I can see what ports Destiny actually asks to have forwarded. Again I leave this off on my gear because I feel uPNP is easily exploitable and poses a major security threat. I have seen botnets that use uPNP to open ports and then start listening for commands from control servers on the ports. Malicious applications have the ability to do all kinds of bad things when you have uPNP enabled. uPNP is a way to unlock or open a door if you will without permission. It works like a standard door on your house. Most can be locked from the outside but anyone inside can turn the knob and leave freely, except uPNP is like opening that door wide open and leaving it wide open while you walk back and forth to the grocery store to get everything you need. Also if an application crashes it generally doesn't send the command to close the door. There is also little to no security on what can request a port be opened. The uPNP packet just needs to be formatted correctly to the device and it says sure here you go. Kind of like having a party and 1 friend opens the door to let 300 more in and that keeps going. A malicious or even poorly written application could quite literally open your computer so that every piece of unsolicited traffic on the internet flows to it. It could turn your PC into a DMZ. DMZ is a whole other thing that used to be the way to make video games work before some genius thought up uPNP. There have been documented malware instances of websites on the internet using flash on your PC to open a port on your firewall just visiting a webpage. The information for your computer is transmitted when the http request is sent. Now the attacker knows where you are. The flash object can then open a multitude of windows ports that are used for things like sharing files or printers on your network. Windows for instance by default used to have remote registry editing turned on by default. If you use an elevated account on your home PC with no password on it which far too many people do now the owner of the malicious site knows how to get to you and can see your registry and start making changes to applications that start with your computer or they can disable your firewall and the notifications that would normally warn you. I could go on for hours about the types of things that can be done but I think you get the point.

I wish sites like would take the time and do proper research on these items. I also wish software publishers like Bungie would do the same. If their networking staff is anything like me they cringe when they read things like the linked article. When they say open on your firewall they do not mean forwarded. They just mean that you cannot have a rule explicitly blocking traffic from that port. Most people will never run into having something like that as almost all home use routers allow outbound traffic on all ports and allow inbound on none. This is a fairly secure way of doing things. Most home use routers even block ping requests to help hide you online. If a game used FTP to get update files for instance you would not need to forward 21 to machine because it is not the server. The request is generated on a high numbered port and sent to port 21 on the server side. Traffic comes back from the server on port 21 to the high level port your system used. This traffic keeps up and eventually shortly after the transfer is complete your router clears the NAT translation and if the FTP server wanted to send you another file without you asking for it the transfer would fail. If you want to make sure no one or device on your network can download something from an ftp server then you block all traffic with a destination port of 21.

If I remember I might follow up on this after I enable uPNP and monitor the device that I use. If you are interested in any of this information in greater detail, even though there is already a lot here, let me know.


Do not forward all of these ports to your PS4 that is not what the developer meant by "open" in their support guide. Disable uPNP as fast as you can. Find a better site with real experienced information on the requirements if any for port forwarding
Trying to forward Destiny - PlayStation 4 ports on the Netgear WNR3500 router? We'll show you how.
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Did you mean the ISP or the router when asking about the reject or drop? The ISP does drop also if I remember right so there is no idea there is a host there.
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