Month: February 2016

Blocking Windows 10 from phoning home

So I’ve long known Windows 10 likes to phone home to Microsoft. Well last night I pulled a command prompt up and executed the command¬†netstat -an

From that I looked up all the active addresses – most were legitimate though I’m really considering blocking Yahoo.com next.

But just for your consideration here’s a snippet of the firewall log in which I blocked a Microsoft address.

2016-02-07 12:12:11 RV110W kern.warning ACL-Deny-L2W:IN=VLAN1 OUT=WAN SRC=192.168.1.100 DST=65.52.108.210 LEN=157 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=127 ID=13934 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=49447 DPT=443 WINDOW=61 RES=0x00 ACK PSH URGP=0
2016-02-07 12:12:12 RV110W kern.warning ACL-Deny-L2W:IN=VLAN1 OUT=WAN SRC=192.168.1.100 DST=65.52.108.210 LEN=157 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=127 ID=13935 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=49447 DPT=443 WINDOW=61 RES=0x00 ACK PSH URGP=0
2016-02-07 12:12:12 RV110W kern.warning ACL-Deny-L2W:IN=VLAN1 OUT=WAN SRC=192.168.1.100 DST=65.52.108.210 LEN=157 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=127 ID=13936 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=49447 DPT=443 WINDOW=61 RES=0x00 ACK PSH URGP=0

So on average it tries to phone home every 30-60 seconds. To hell with Microsoft. If I blocked something important, like say a software authentication server or an update server I’ll see Windows bitch in the logs. But so far, nothing.

 

How I know we’re not going to get as much snow as they predict

First and foremost it’s because I bought 100lbs of rock salt. As a result it will sit in the coat closet in the entry way for a few seasons.

Secondly the temperature is far too high for snow to form – in fact it’s mostly coming down as rain right now. And I note the chicken littles on Facebook aren’t cackling about the white death from the sky.

I was saying the other day – this is the perfect winter. Temps on the overall above 50F, very little snowfall but rain instead. I could get used to this. They are saying within a couple decades the weather in southeastern New England will be more like the weather in Florida than New England. Yay global climate change!