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Re: strange requests from Vanguard Securities: 53,137,138

On Sunday 12 August 2007 13:16, Wade Richards wrote:
>Opening up ports
>to stop log file messages is kind of like removing your armour because
>you don't like the loud "ping" sound of bullets bouncing off it.

Well said. I really couldn't have said it better myself.

The only other thing I could add to your list is to make sure the problem is 
well-understood before attempting solutions. I know from my own experience 
that when you think (or know) something is wrong, don't really know what is 
wrong, and try to fix it by poking at it, it's like a brain surgeon trying to 
remove necrotic tissue blind. They really don't know what they're doing, or 
what they're removing.

When I first began using linux, I generally tried windows-like solutions: If A 
file is causing problems, delete it. This lead me to delete my inittab file, 
which, as you (should) know, usually requires a system reinstall. Learn from 
my mistake ;).

I don't mean you need to be a network Guru before you figure out where things 
are -- if you didn't know about whois or host, it could be tricky to figure 
out who, exactly, is That's why mailing lists exist -- to ask 
questions. It's usually best to try to figure it out FIRST, *THEN* solve, and 
figuring it out may require asking questions.


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