LINKS TO USEFUL SITES

Arranged in logical groupings are the sites that we often reference for useful information when developing software, Web sites, etc. Feel free to let us know at BSM Development if there are sites such as these that you just love. We'd like to hear about them and add them to our list. Also, let us know if you find any dead links so that we can correct them.

Security

cert.org  CERT Coordination Center    The center of Internet security expertise, located at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. Handles computer security incidents and vulnerabilities, publishes security alerts, researches long-term changes in networked systems, and develops information and training to help improve site security.
esecurityplanet.com  eSecurity PLANET    Security news, trends, products and resources. Can sign up for eSecurity PLANET newsletter (however, prepare to be spammed to a certain extent, since it is a subsidiary of internet.com which, "Results-oriented marketers of technology products and services rely on ... to help build their brands, generate leads and make sales").
schneier.com/blog Schneier on Security   A blog covering security and security technology.
hackinthebox.org  hack in the box    Hack In The Box is designed to facilitate discussions on security related topics, create security awareness and to try and provide a comprehensive database of security knowledge and resources to the public.
www.ne.anl.gov/.../maxims.html  Vulnerability Assessment Team    Security Maxims by Roger G. Johnston, Ph.D., CPP, from the Argonne National Laboratory, Nuclear Engineering Division. "While these security maxims are not theorems nor absolute truth, they are in our experience essentially valid 80-90% of the time in physical security and nuclear safeguards. They probably also have considerable applicability to cyber security."
gnupg.org  GnuPG    The GNU project's complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880. GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key managment system as well as access modules for all kind of public key directories.
pgpi.org PGP International   International freeware distribution site for PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), a powerful cryptographic product family that enables people to securely exchange messages and to secure files, disk volumes and network connections with both privacy and strong authentication.
knowplace.org/.../NARC  Netfilter Automatic Rule Configurator    A free firewalling package for Netfilter/Iptables released under the BSD license that attempts to simplify the setup of a firewall (stateful packet filter) via the iptables tools.


Anti Virus

clamav.net/ ClamAV   An open source anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and advanced tool for automatic database updates.
us.norton.com/antivirus Norton AntiVirus   Antivirus software with spyware remover, bot protection, browser protection, Internet worm protection and intrusion prevention, for MicroSoft Operating Systems.
pandasecurity.com PANDA SECURITY   Anti-Malware software that detects and eliminates viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, keyloggers, rootkits and bots. Instant Messaging protection for MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and AOL traffic.
trendmicro.com TREND MICRO   Defends computers from the latest spyware, viruses and phishing scams.


cauce.org  CAUCE    The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email is an ad hoc, all volunteer organization, created by Netizens to advocate for a legislative solution to the problem of UCE (a.k.a. "spam").
spamhaus.org  Spamhaus    Where does spam come from? Who are the spammers? Spamhaus tracks the Internet's Spammers, Spam Gangs and Spam Services, provides dependable realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks, and works with Law Enforcement to identify and pursue spammers worldwide.
spamhaus.org/rokso  ROKSO    Collates information and evidence on known professional spam operations that have been terminated by a minimum of 3 Internet Service Providers for spam offenses.
spamassassin.apache.org SpamAssassin   The Apache SpamAssassin Project. The powerful, number one, open-source spam filter.
razor.sourceforge.net    A distributed, collaborative, spam detection and filtering network. It establishes a constantly updated catalogue of spam in propagation. This catalogue is used by clients to filter out known spam.
dcc-servers.net/dcc Distributed Checksum Clearinghouses   An anti-spam content filter that involves millions of users and hundreds of thousands of client computer systems collecting and counting checksums related to hundreds of millions of email messages each day. The counts are used by MTAs to filter spam, their being particularly useful in identifying spam with minor variations, including "personalizations."


Linux

tldp.org The Linux Documentation Project   HOWTOs (subject-specific help), Guides (longer, in-depth books), FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and man pages (help on individual commands).
centos.org    CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System) is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. It conforms fully with the upstream vendor's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. CentOS is free.
ubuntu.com    Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.
redhat.com    Pre-packaged Linux operating system. From the desktop to the data center, the security, stability, and reliability of tested Red Hat enterprise solutions delivers unbeatable value to medium and large enterprise businesses.
novell.com/linux SUSE Linux   From Novell. Delivers interoperability and mission-critical support for your complete computing environment -— desktop to data center, physical and virtual. The most interoperable Linux. The Linux built for mission-critical computing.
rpmfind.net RPMs (pre-built packages) for major Linux distributions.


Freeware

directory.fsf.org Free Software Foundation   Free software directory. GNU and other free software. Searchable directory tree.
freshmeat.net FRESHMEAT   Maintains the Web's largest index of Unix and cross-platform software, themes and related "eye-candy", and Palm OS software. Thousands of applications, which are preferably released under an open source license, are meticulously cataloged in the freshmeat database, and links to new applications are added daily.
sourceforge.net    SourceForge is the global technology community’s hub for information exchange and open source software distribution and services.


File Systems/Databases

samba.org/samba samba   Opening Windows to a Wider World. An Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to all manner of SMB/CIFS clients, including the numerous versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems.
mysql.com    The world's most popular open source database. SQL database server.
oracle.com/.../berkeley-db/...    Oracle Berkeley DB is the industry-leading open source, embeddable database engine that provides developers with fast, reliable, local persistence with zero administration. Oracle Berkeley DB is a library that links directly into your application. Your application makes simple function calls, rather than sending messages to a remote server, eliminating the performance penalty of client-server architectures.
oss.oetiker.ch/rrdtool RRDTool   RRDtool is the OpenSource industry standard, high performance data logging and graphing system for time series data. Use it to write custom monitoring shell scripts or create whole applications using its Perl, Python, Ruby, LUA or TCL bindings. An interface from PHP is also available.


Printing

cups.org Common UNIX Printing System   CUPS is the standards-based, open source printing system developed by Easy Software Products (now Apple Inc.) for Mac OS X and UNIX-like operating systems.


Software Vendors

support.microsoft.com  Microsoft    Support online.


Hardware Vendors

support.amd.com    Technical support for AMD processors and Radeon graphics processors.
intel.com/support    Technical support for Intel consumer products.
www.nvidia.com/.../support.html    Technical support for NVIDIA graphics processors.


Hardware

wimsbios.com Wim's BIOS Page   Answers BIOS questions, provides BIOS upgrades and flash programs, lists manufacturers. BIOS questions? Start here.
elfqrin.com/docs/biospw How to Bypass BIOS Passwords.
esupport.com eSupport.com, Inc.   BIOS Upgrades.
bootdisk.com    Boot disks, drivers, network drivers, Windows how to guides.
wireshark.org WIRESHARK   The world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.
allpinouts.org AllPinouts   Collects information about hardware interfaces of modern and obsolete hardware, including pinouts of ports, expansion slots, and other connectors of computers and different digital devices (i.e. Cellular Phones, GPS, PDA, Game Consoles, etc.).


Routing Equipment

dlink.com  D-Link    Wireless and Cable/DSL routers. Firewalling routers.
home.cisco.com/.../linksys...  LINKSYS    Wired and wireless routers, bridges and switches. Cable/DSL routers and firewalling routers.
netgear.com/.../routers...  NETGEAR    Wireless and Cable/DSL routers. Firewalling routers.


Asterisk

digium.com digium   Asterisk open source telephone switch software for the tech-savvy, hands-on community. Analog, digital and hybrid telephony cards.
openvox.cn    Open source telephony hardware for the small and medium business, and open source market that lowers communication costs, increases system flexibility and enhances productivity in building PBX, Call Center and IVR applications.


Modems

usrobotics.com    Manufacturers of modems, cable and DSL modems and network devices.
zoomtel.com zoom   Manufacturers of modems, cable and DSL modems and network devices. Where Hayes ended up.


Finding an ISP

broadbandreports.com    Find broadband service or an ISP. Broadband news. Reviews of broadband service providers. Speed tests.
theispguide.com    An ISP directory that enables users to search for local and national ISPs, as well as comparison shop ISP plan rates to find the most suitable one for budget and need.


Internet

ietf.org/rfc I E T F   Internet Engineering Task Force RFC directory.
iana.com    Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. Dedicated to preserving the central coordinating functions of the global Internet for the public good.
icann.org I C A N N   Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The technical coordination body for the Internet.


Network Time

ntp.org Network Time Protocol (NTP) time synchronization software, designed to synchronize the clocks of computers over a network.
support.ntp.org/.../StratumOne... Public NTP Primary (stratum 1) Time Servers.
support.ntp.org/.../StratumTwo... Public NTP Secondary (stratum 2) Time Servers.
greenwichmeantime.com Greenwich Mean Time. Like, right now.


Perl

cpan.org CPAN   All things Perl: documentation; module downloads; scripts; binary ports; source.
activestate.com ASPN   ActiveState ActivePerl for Windows.
uwinnipeg.ca/cpan/BerkeleyDB University of Winnipeg   Documentation for the Perl extensions for Berkeley DB version 2, 3 or 4.


Sendmail

sendmail.org sendmail.org   Web site maintained by the Sendmail Consortium as a resource for the freeware version of sendmail.
milter.org milter   Helping you mangle your mail at will. The world's most complete resource for open source and commercial Milters.
milter.org/developers/api milter   API Documentation. Library control, data access and message modification functions.
fetchmail.berlios.de    Software to fetch mail from a POP or other mail server and remail it on a local machine via sendmail. Polled mail fetching for dialup or secure installations.
dovecot.org    An open source IMAP and POP3 server for Linux/UNIX-like systems, written with security primarily in mind. It is an excellent choice for both small and large installations. It's fast, simple to set up, requires no special administration and it uses very little memory.


Domain Name Registration

internic.net InterNIC   Provides public information regarding Internet domain name registration services.
networksolutions.com Network Solutions   The original domain name registrar. Has a good whois. Prices are reduced substantially from what they used to was.
Cheap-DomainRegistration.com CHEAP-DOMAIN REGISTRATION   The cheapest prices. $9.17 domain registration. Free parking, free URL forwarding, free domain name generator software and more.
GoDaddy.com    Cheap domain registrations and SSL certificates. Plus, Danica Patrick is the pitchwoman. How can you go wrong?


Dynamic DNS

dyndns.com/.../dyndns    A no-nonsense Dynamic DNS provider whose goal is to provide a technical user base with a reliable and simple service. The are the oldest commercial provider of Dynamic DNS on the internet today.
easydns.com  easyDNS   Map domain names to servers connected via DSL, cable modem or any other service that does not provide you with a static IP address.
no-ip.com    Free dynamic DNS solution. Dynamic DNS update client tracks changing IP. Have a site with a long URL? Use a short host name to redirect to an existing site.
tzo.com    The Tzolkin Corporation is a global dynamic DNS innovator providing reliable DNS and related services to the online community worldwide. Built-in to several LinkSys routers. They have excellent telephone support.


Web Server Software

apache.org    The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for various modern desktop and server operating systems, such as UNIX and Windows NT. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server which provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards.
php.net    PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.
htdig.org ht://Dig   A complete world wide Web indexing and searching system for a domain or intranet. It is meant to cover the search needs for a single company, campus, or even a particular sub section of a web site.


Web Reference

developer.mozilla.org    Mozilla Developer Center documentation includes a variety of references to guide and assist development of Web-based software.
w3.org/Protocols/HTTP W3C   HTTP has been in use by the World Wide Web since 1990 and its use has increased steadily over the years, mainly because it has proven useful as a generic middleware protocol.
validator.w3.org W3C   Markup Validation Service, a free service that checks documents like HTML and XHTML for conformance to W3C Recommendations and other standards.


MIME Types Reference

iana.org/media-types MIME Types   Official list of Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions types.