Do You Have Drugs on Your Network?


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Recently I received a complaint about an extremely slow flow on a network. I conducted various scans on the network and did packet capturing analysis only to discover a unique and unusual case that I had never encountered before. I found a major bandwidth consumption by a few files trading on the network with the extension *.drg. I conducted a full research about this specific extension and its files, discovering that the .drg file extension is used for AllyCAD CAD design drawing files, AviSys bird watcher database files, Dyno2000 car design files,  VLBI and Tied Array drudge tasking document files. After contacting the client with my findings, I concluded that none of his users were using the software listed above. I ran a full software scan and analysis and discovered that three of the network users had an app called i-Doser installed on their iPhones, and they were connected through the corporate WiFi.

By now you must be wondering, “What is i-Doser?” I-Doser is an application for Windows and iOS that you can find on the Internet. It is used to achieve a simulated feeling of a “drug” through the use of binaural beats. There are well over one hundred “doses” or “dosers”, and some can be incredibly hard to find. Most of the doses are named after prohibited recreational drugs. In other words, it’s a brainwave synchronization software which is used for mood alteration purposes. The DRG files contain stereo audio tracks that are recorded using the binaural recording techniques used by the software. The DRG files also contain information about the “dose” file and a screenshot image.

I was extremely curious about i-Doser and its concept. What pushed these employees to use digital drugs in the work environment? How effective are digital drugs? Should employers be alarmed? According to research on i-Doser’s website, 83% of its users have had at least one simulated experience occur. There is substantial evidence and research to support i-Doser’s claim that binaurals can help simulate a specific mood or experience. But I was definitely a skeptic, so I decided to try this i-Doser myself. After-hours, of course.

I chose a dose called “Gates of Hades.” I looked up the reviews online for it, and what I saw creeped me out. People were saying that it was the most frightening thing they’ve ever experienced, e.g. near-death experiences, OBEs, distortion of reality, loss of body image, strong visual and auditory hallucinations… the works.  But, being the skeptic that I am, I decided to ignore all the talk and reviews. I said to myself, “People are just trying to scare each other.” So last night I plugged my HD headphones into my iPhone, laid in my dark room on my bed (as was recommended, in preparation for this specific dose), and proceeded to listen to “Gates of Hades.”

i-doserAs a veteran of the United States Army, I have been deployed to combat zones and have experienced some horrifying experiences. After my experience with I-Doser,  I have to admit the “Gates of Hades” dose is real, and it works.

After I finished listening to the full dose, I  experienced unusual sensations and serious anxiety that stayed with me for almost a full hour. Maximum depression-like sensations. I was seeing  colors darker than what they really are. This was like a living nightmare that I was trapped in for a full hour. This dose is very dangerous and shouldn’t be traded between people, especially teenagers. The brain-experience and reaction I had was totally horrifying and  accompanied by hallucinations.

The digital drugs are real, and they’re not as safe as most users claim.

After my horrifying experience with “Gates of Hades” and the reaction that I lived for a whole hour I wanted to understand more how this could possibly happen to me. I researched more in books and on the Internet about binaural beats. I found a logical, scientific explanation that I would like to share with you. Based on the Monroe Institute for Neural Science‘s research for binaural beats:

“The sensation of auditory binaural beats occurs when two coherent sounds of nearly similar frequencies are presented, one to each ear, with stereo headphones or speakers. The brain integrates the two signals, producing a sensation of a third sound called the binaural beat. For example, if a frequency of 100 Hz is played in one ear and 107 Hz is played in the other ear, a binaural beat of 7 Hz is created by the brain. Brain waves match or “follow” the binaural beat. If the binaural beat is 7 Hz, an increase in the brain waves of 7 Hz occurs. Binaural beats originate in the brainstem’s superior olivary nucleus, the site of contralateral integration of auditory input. The binaural beat is neurologically conveyed to the reticular formation which uses neurotransmitters to initiate changes in brainwave activity.

Brain Waves & Consciousness:
Gamma ( above 40 Hz ) Alert anxiety and could lead to hallucinations.
Beta ( 13 - 26 Hz ) Alert concentration and problem-solving.
Alpha ( 8 - 13 Hz) Alert relaxation.
Theta ( 4 -7 Hz) Deep relaxation and increased learning.
Delta ( 1 - 3 Hz ) Deep Sleep.”

I also discovered that the binaural beats have been used in the movie making industry since forever, recently on a more advanced level, which is known as sound effects. Have you ever asked yourself why, every time you are watching a horror or action scene there is always that super-surround, high-pitched sound effect in the background? Yes, that’s right, welcome to the Gamma Brainwave! These sound effects trigger the Gamma brainwaves causing instant fear and anxiety. Later on, you might even experience nightmares, not because of what you saw — it’s because of the high frequency rate that was triggered in your brainwaves. It usually takes time to discharge  its intensity to a lower level than 40 Hz. The reaction time lapse can differ from one person to another depending on the severity of that brainwave trigger they have been exposed to.

After my firsthand experience with this digital drug, or  i-Doser, I can see that the use of this program during work hours should be a concern for employers. While some employees may just be trying to de-stress, the use of any “drug” to alter their states (and possibly their judgments) is alarming.

There are lots of opinions about this new i-Doser digital drugs. Some are skeptics, some are believers, and some are addicted to i-Dosing. It’s clear that these type of digital drugs should of concern in the work environment. The user must isolate himself from the surrounding environment — in other words, breaking away from the work team and allowing himself to fade into the background. This would affect the general production of any company. Further, the i-Doser application uses a very specific file extension that is dependent on on live broadcasting from different servers, which consumes a great amount of bandwidth on any network. It’s very similar to the music broadcasting software called Spotify, which most companies currently ban using the corporate firewall and the security policies on their Active Domain Servers.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has issued numerous warnings about i-Dosing and its dangerous side effects. Some countries in Europe,  such as, France have issued new laws to ban i-Dosing. U.A.E and Lebanon in the Middle East have similar bans. These countries have taken serious counter measures against this new trend of Digital Drugs. Don’t you think it’s time to stop being skeptical and realize that it’s a real threat?

If you are concerned about the possibility of digital drugs on your company’s network, please call us at Everon (888-244-1748). Our team can review your network and recommend next steps for your systems.

How I broke my phone, got it fixed, and why I might stick with Windows OS the next time I phone-shop



spotifyFor about a month Spotify hadn’t been working properly on my Samsung Focus. I couldn’t “search” for songs via my phone; I had to wait until I got onto my home computer. So last Saturday I finally decided to take matters into my own hands. Big mistake.

Uninstall? Click-click. Done: Spotify uninstalled. Easy-peasy.

Reinstall? Go to Spotify on the Web. Click “Download.” Easy—. Wait.

There was an error message saying that Spotify wasn’t compatible with my phone and that I needed an update. I went to my phone’s settings, but there were no new updates. I tried to login to my Spotify account manually, but it said my username and/or password were wrong, and that I needed to login via Facebook. So I went to FB and was told that it wasn’t compatible with the iE browser on my phone (which is weird, because I already have a FB app on my phone), so I tried to download Chrome, which stalled out and hung…!

I repeated this vicious cycle of attempting anything and everything I could think of to try to get Spotify back on my phone. (Because without tunes, how was I going to do my workout? Amiright?) I wished I could call one of my tech colleagues from Everon, but it was the weekend; I hated the idea of bugging them with work. By Saturday night I was dreading the thought of tackling a 35-minute powerwalk without Iggy Azalea telling me to “Work!”

A sick feeling began to develop in the pit of my stomach. I knew I was going to have to visit a phone store. Maybe the pros could fix what was wrong. Or maybe my 3 year-old Samsung Focus was just too old, too antiquated. Maybe I’d have to crack and change. I was facing the possibility of having to readjust my life to a new phone. Probably an Android.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The hot trend that stormed the market this month is the phablet—like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 (which pioneered phablets four years ago; Android), Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus (iOS), and Motorola’s Moto X (also Android). I’m not sure how I feel about handling the oversized devices or whether they would fit into my purse-pockets, but the idea of being able to write and text more easily is starting to grow on me.

However, I’m used to Windows, and I’m not a heavy-duty app user. I can organize my schedule and sync it with Outlook. I can take notes and upload my photos to OneDrive. I recently learned how to utilize the GPS-thingy so I can navigate to new places in Boulder. And I absolutely love my Spotify. But all of Microsoft’s latest bells and whistles, like Cortana (Microsoft’s Siri), and its forthcoming, universal Windows OS, are getting ready to be overhauled into the new Lumia (Microsoft is dropping the Nokia brand name) sometime in 2015. So I’d like to put off a purchase for as long as possible.

Sunday morning, shortly after the mall opened, I put on my game-face, strode past Old Navy, H&M, and even White House Black Market—without wavering—all the way to the AT&T store. (Yup: I didn’t stop. Didn’t even look at the storefronts. Music is that important.) Fortunately, my exposure to the funny, friendly techs here at Everon has rendered me uber-comfortable dealing with techs. It was pretty easy for me to hand my phone to the guy behind the counter, Alex, and explain the problem. Alex frowned, going through the same vicious cycle of error messages I’d been through earlier.

One of the friendly techs, and fellow bloggers, here at Everon: Tony Cooper.

One of the friendly techs, and a fellow blogger, here at Everon: Tony Cooper.

“Sorry this is taking me a while,” he apologized. “We don’t get a lot of Windows phones in here.” Yeah, I figured. I’m in a minority of cell phone owners. I’m sure my game-face morphed into reluctant resignation as I began glancing at the displays along the wall, wondering which one would be hard-sale-forced upon me.

Alex went to confer with a colleague. I wandered over to the wall and cradled the weird, curved shape of the LG Flex with its Android OS, the giant Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (the Note 4 won’t hit stores until October), and the Windows-based Nokia Lumia 1020, with a near-professional-grade camera and a hefty price tag. They all felt foreign in my palm. Alex came back; I returned to the counter.

“I know it’s really old,” I sighed, gesturing at my Focus. “I probably just need a new one.”

“But does this one work for you?” Alex asked.

“Well, aside from now, yes,” I shrugged.

“Well, then, that’s all that matters,” he said. “Let’s see if we can fix it.”


I blinked. Yes, he’d just said that. He wasn’t going to hard-sell me on something I didn’t need; he was genuinely going to try to help me. Come to think of it, it’s the same attitude my guys maintain at work. Heck, it’s our motto: “People first, technology second.” Hope rose in my chest.

Alex proceeded to go to the Windows Marketplace on my phone and download Spotify from there. It worked, without error messages. From there, we had a bit of trouble trying to correctly login (for some reason it wanted my old username), but suddenly—voila—music!

He handed me back my phone. I gushed thank yous at him as he smiled, nodded, and turned to the next customer. It wasn’t until I’d practically danced out the door of the shop that I realized not only had I not had to buy a new phone, but I’d just had my phone fixed… for free… just because I have a monthly plan with AT&T.

Now I know what our Everon customers feel like when they rave about “dealing with true professionals” who fixed their machines. Ah, happy endings!

More friendly Everon techs: L2 Engineer Tim Woodworth and L1 Engineer Jay McGuire.

More friendly Everon techs: L2 Engineer Tim Woodworth and L1 Engineer Jay McGuire.


If You Give a Girl a Smartphone: Cool apps the techs are using


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If you’re following along with me, you know that a few posts ago I found out how to buy a new phone. (Haven’t actually bought it yet, but I’ve narrowed down the field.) Well, if I’m going to get a new phone, I’m going to have to get an app or two to go with it, right? And what better way to find out the best of the best of what’s out there, than to ask the rock-star techs and other cyber-savants who work around me every day? I did, and they were all only too happy to help. I got a slew of responses when I asked: “What’s your favorite app, and why?” 

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Justin Long, one of Everon’s L1 engineers, likes TeamViewer, which gives him access to his home computer while he’s at work, while L1 Supervisor Frank Lindsey favors Windows Sysinternals’s Autoruns, a program that shows which programs are running on your computer, and which ones are hidden add-ons that you don’t need. (Hmmm…. Getting rid of stuff I don’t need, that’s slowing down my computer? Um, yes, please!)

Zev Barsky, General Manager of Small Business Services for PlumChoice (Everon’s parent company), likes Evernote, an app that helps him organize his thoughts from meetings. And Jay McGuire, another L1 engineer, likes the continuing education of which he can avail himself with iTunes University.

For his iPhone, Technical Account Manager Shady Hamad likes Mail+, which “acts like Outlook, with the calendar and everything, once you set it up properly.” James Schaffer, an L2 Engineer, likes Visual Voicemail because he hates checking his voice mail. “This downloads it automatically and plays it when I want to hear it.” Crash, another L2 (and one of our more prolific bloggers) likes Android’s xPrivacy app, which “restricts what information other apps can get access to within your phone: location, phone number, serial number, cell provider, etc.” (Ooh: covert. Very Bond.)

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Google Maps is right up there for L2 Daryl Patino (“because, life,”), while  L2 Supervisor Jeremy Bienneman likes ShopSavvy, which displays the best prices at both local stores and online after the user scan a barcode, via cell phone. Meanwhile, Alison Swanigan, Everon’s Director of Operations, likes SmartStart for her car. “I can start or unlock either car from anywhere from my or my husband’s phone. It requires integration with the car’s computer, but I know a guy….” (Alison’s husband works for CarToys.) And when it comes to fitness, Mat Perry, Everon’s Remote Services Manager (and former U.S. Marine) likes Runtastic Pro. “It is a GPS based fitness tracker that can integrate with a heart rate monitor to give you an accurate summary of calorie count and other stats on almost any exercise done. It also includes social media integration, which allows friends to cheer you on while you are working out, and a video recap using Google Earth.” (Think anyone would cheer me on for a Google Earth recap of walking on a treadmill?)


Only two people admitted to games being their favorite app. Client Technology Advisor Josh Hansen likes Puzzle and Dragon (“a free game that’s a cross between old school JRPGs and Bejeweled”), and Principal Project Engineer Wah Lee likes Angry Birds. Music apps, however, got three votes, split between Shazam!, a music recognition app that Lisa Ruscitti, Senior BizOps Coordinator loves, and Spotify – the fave of both Technical Services Manager Alex Straffin and L2 James Schaffer. (I could walk on the treadmill while singing badly!)

Account Manager Christina Abeyta and Field Engineer Simon Tolstopyatenko both put social media apps at the top of their lists. Abeyta likes Instagram (“Secure, fun filters, and selfies! Lol!”), while Tolstopyatenko claims that Reddit “is the answer to all of life’s needs.” And while news sites may not have made the cut, Jeff Woods, an L2 Engineer couldn’t live without his MLB.TV app. “It gives me so many options for watching my favorite sport. It allows me to listen to any radio feed through Bluetooth off my smartphone in my car, to watching any game in HD in off my phone, tablet, Xbox and TV. I take the games with me everywhere!” (Jeff really likes baseball.)

So who knew that there were so many cool ways to augment and improve your life with apps? Well, that wasn’t all I learned: it turns out that one of the  interesting side-effects of this survey was the insights it gave me into Everon’s wonderfully diverse array of personalities. Who knew I worked with such a cool group of people! :)


Spotify Fixed a LoopHole that was allowing free songs


Music streaming service Spotify patched up a security flaw that allowed a Google Chrome extension to make a copy of songs to users’ computers- for free. They had failed to encrypt the MP3s for their recently released HTML5-based web browser player, unlike the desktop software.

Spotify, which has been called a cross between Pandora and iTunes, allows users to access millions of songs and many full albums for immediate listening for free. Premium service users are provided with an ad-free experience, mobile access, and to save music files on their device in addition to the already rich experience. Unlike Pandora, Spotify gives the user the ability to search, organize, and play music from their library.

A Dutch programmer took advantage of the unencrypted service by releasing an extension called Downloadify in the Chrome web Store. It enabled users to save DRM-free MP3 files of the songs while they streamed each track. As soon as the extension was publicized, Google swiftly removed it from their store. It’s still available on GitHub, but the patch from Spotify now prevents it from grabbing the songs.

It was a short-lived dream come true for music fans, as studies have shown that the biggest fans download the most- and spend more on music as well.

However, as The Verge put it, the Downloadify debacle has been a nightmare realized for Spotify. The slip-up was a harsh mistake for Spotify amidst their current negotiations with record labels for more freedom with the music they make available to users. They spend a whopping 70 percent of their revenue on licensing fees, but were looking to reduce that in order to expand their benefits. Like iTunes, Spotify has had to work around artists that refuse to allow their music to be available on the Internet service. The Internet has a long history of bad blood with musicians and labels, who blame it for destroying a previously lucrative industry through file-sharing practices.