Trax n Tabs Newsletter Nov 2017
Friday, 18 January 2019
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As I'm sure that you know, we've had a lot problems with PayPal in the past. This is because PayPal, in their infinite wisdom, made some changes and brought out a new plugin, but they never told us. To get it to work, we had to update the version of Joomla and also to update the version of MyMuse. It's been a nightmare ride. The good news is that we now have a complete new site. PAYPAL WORKS!!!!
We are now adding new songs every week to our Trax-n-Tabs channel on YouTube.
We really need your support as more subscribers means more exposure to Trax-n-Tabs on the Search Engines. So please subscribe (make sure to click the bell icon so you are notified when a new video is uploaded) and make some comments. Both Mathieu and I work really hard to try to produce quality, affordable Backing Tracks and good videos and songs for everyone to enjoy.
One person requested to have the score printed on just two pages (to prevent having to turn pages). We can do this on request and we can print the Tab alone without the notation on two pages on request. We can also supply the Notation for any of the other guitar parts as well as Bass and percussion, again on request. This doesn't apply to the Guitar Pro or ASCII Tabs. You should get Riffstation from Fender for Rhythm guitar chords.
Passwords, IP Addresses, Blacklists and more...
It seems that few people understand the problems with passwords and IP Addresses. This might explain a few things the next time that you have a problem.
Every computer on the planet has a unique IP Address, it's the ONLY way that you can be recognized on the internet. There are two kinds of IP Address: Fixed and Dynamic. A Fixed IP Address costs quite a bit extra so most people have a DYNAMIC IP Address.
Imagine that you have 10 glasses and 15 people who want a drink. You hand out the 10 glasses and as soon as that person has emptied it, you give it to the next person. If there are several rounds of drinks, it doesn't follow that each person will get the same glass every time. This is how Dynamic IP Addressing works. Every time you stop working, switch off, reboot or even go into sleep mode, your address is now available to someone else. This means that you can get a different IP Address every time you reboot, switch on or wake up.
Now imagine if someone paints the glass or chips it. You SHOULD clean the glass or repair it - if you don't someone will get a bad glass. If an IP Address has been used for sending out spam, or is part of a hacker bot, it gets reported to special anti-spam groups and gets added to a database called a Blacklist. If you get an address that is on a blacklist ANY SERVER USING BLACKLIST FILTERS (and there are more and more) will block any mail that originates from your IP Address, so if you send someone an email and he never gets it. It probably means that the IP address of the sender is on a Blacklist.
The problem is most people don't understand the mechanism, so ISP's ignore blacklisted addresses. All they want is your money. That don't care if your mail never gets delivered, why should they? No-one ever complains!
Most people don't willingly or even knowingly send out spam, but 24 x 7 there are bad people looking to exploit poor passwords and poor security so that they can use your computer to send out spam or make it part of a hacker bot. To illustrate the point we have had THREE DAYS continuously of automated scripts trying to guess the admin password of Trax-n-Tabs. These are coming in so fast that the site to all intents and purposes is down.
Using ANY word in a dictionary or anything like your birth date or your dog's name should be OUT, Most people have already told the hackers this by way of their Social Media accounts. The password on your computer, your email and EVERYTHING that requires one, should be AT LEAST 8 characters long, should have both upper and lower case letters at least one number and at least one extended character (i.e. one or more of !@#$%^&*()_+><?).
Check your IP Address https://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx. If you have any problems and if it's Blacklisted COMPLAIN!!!
If you forget your password - it happens, even to the best of us. DO NOT keep trying to guess it. PLEASE use the Forgot Password link and save us both a lot of time and frustration. THREE wrong attempts LOCKS your account and then you have to wait for me to unlock it and give you a new password <Grrrrrr>
Please circulate our site to all your friends on Social Media as well as our YouTube Channel. There is an awful lot of free music that people can download and enjoy. We now have all manner of different genres. Since Mathieu and I started this site, we've put a lot of work and quite a bit of our own money into trying to provide a musical service to you. We thank you for your support in the past and we hope that you will continue to support us in the future. You can do this by sharing the link to the YouTube Channel with everyone that you know.