Well, so much for the "What I'm doing right now" picture... at least until I figure out another solution. I use Insight Broadband cable modem service, and it is against the terms of service to host a web server or FTP server. I was using both to host the picture on the site, and to upload the latest update. Evidently they caught on, and I got a nice warning letter:

Insight Broadband - AUP Violation!

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Dear Insight Broadband Customer,

We are contacting you in regards to your Insight Broadband service. Our Network Operations Center (NOC) runs a test over our entire network on a regular basis to find computers setup to run as servers. Your computer has come back with ports open, indicating that it is running as a dedicated Internet server. Your computer must have these ports closed. Running a server is against the Insight Broadband Service Agreement (section 9).

Running a dedicated Internet server puts an unnecessary load on our network. Even if you think you are not using the server, you put yourself at risk to hackers and/or viruses, which could use the open ports to expose and control your computer. Once a server is circumvented, it can be used to hack into other servers in or outside our network.

If you are running a server-based OS, such as Windows XP Server or Linux, please keep in mind that these operating systems are designed for running dedicated Internet servers. As such, most of these OSs will open server ports on default, when the system is loaded.

The following is information about your account, and a list of open ports found on your machine:

Account #: ------

IP Address: -------

Open Ports:

Port 21 - Response: 220 Serv-U FTP Server v6.0 for WinSock ready...

Port 80 - Server: Apache/2.0.53 (Win32)

For more information on how to disable these open ports on your machine, you will need to contact your tech support for your computer. If you have installed the operating system on your own, you should contact the support line for your OS.

This is an important issue and needs immediate action in order to ensure no interruption to your Insight Broadband service.

If you are part of a business and need to run a dedicated server on our network, you may contact our business sales department to inquire about our Business Choice accounts.

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Thank You,

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So I shut down the ports and will have to quit with the picture until I can find another, clever way to get it on there. Oh well, life goes on....


Absenth said...


I live in Fishers Indiana, and per your profile have a lot in common with you. Anyway if you're interested I could probibly set up an account on one of my hosts to allow you to store some pictures etc. Feel free to contact me if you're interested.


Adam said...

Thanks for the help! I was able to get connected and play around a little bit this evening. Tomorrow I'll get Dorgem setup to push content out there and get the webcam back online.

Thanks Again!

Absenth said...

I just noticed this.....

"If you are running a server-based OS, such as Windows XP Server or Linux"

now a quick search of Microsoft.com for "Windows XP Server nets this result. I'm not sure you want to dig through all that, but "windows xp server" isn't a product Microsoft seems to be aware of.

And we're taking network security advice from these guys


Adam said...

Nice catch, I hadn't noticed that at all!

Jade Mason