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Month: October 2003

Personal: Oh crap….

Right, any posts I make within the next couple of hours may not make any sense as I’m currently slightly drunk (say practically a whole bottle of Port without much food). Why have I got drunk on a “school night”? Well, it wasn’t intentional – I just had a bit of “middling news” over the weekend which has only just really hit home. Basically – and without saying too much – certain medical conditions can be hereditary and others are “not yet known if they could be hereditary or not”. I’ve been aware that I’ve been running a “slightly higher than average” case of suffering from a certain condition due to heritage for a couple of years now, but I was informed on Saturday that something that I thought was “one-sided” of my family tree wasn’t to be. A quick test conducted on Saturday afternoon indicated that, yes, I do appear to be already suffering from that condition – even though I’m only 24. (and, yes, I’m being intentionally vague as it’s slightly private but I just want to get it off my chest: the whole reason for this blog). And if that isn’t enough to contend with, I stand…

Spam: 15k Emails…

Quick notification: if you’ve got an email address for me ending in .demon.co.uk (such as example.demon.co.uk) please change it to just .com (so an email address of joebloggs@example.demon.co.uk will change to joebloggs@example.com ). I’m having to migrate all my email accounts to my main server from my 8year old+ Demon ISP mailbox as the spam levels have just got too high. Yesterday I deleted over 15,000 emails from my Demon ISP account leaving less than 5,000 to delete today: by the time I woke up the levels were back up to 14,700 and growing 🙁 This wouldn’t be too bad apart from the fact Demon’s mail servers are suffering from the load – as Gradwell’s ISP Mail System Performance chart shows, emails sent to demon.co.uk email addresses are taking over 6 hours on average to arrive: and that’s just not good enough for me (plus the lack of “server side filtering” makes things even worse). I’m still planning on keeping Demon for my ADSL connectivity at the moment (I haven’t got time to currently hunt ADSL providers that can offer over 3Gb/traffic per day), but I no longer trust them with my email. However – the Gradwell chart shows that…

Snippet: Ok, now I’m freaked out….

Last night, just before I went to bed, I watched an episode of South Park entitled “The Super Best Friends” where Jesus and Pals (Buddha, Lord Krishna, Seaman and a few others) fights the David Blainetologists – and I thought, “Since David Blaine is currently trying to attract publicity in London, it’ll be quite funny if Channel 4 were to show this episode again.”

So, just before I go to bed tonight, I’m just channel surfing and guess which episode of South Park is showing on Channel 4….

Yep – spooky! Especially since earlier they were also showing David Blaine’s “Vertigo” (when he’s just standing on a pole in Times Square) and that just happens to be on my “watch rotation”* as well.

Blogging: Comment Spam

Like practically everybody else in the blogsphere at the moment, I’m suffering quite a bit of comment spam: I had to block my first IP address yesterday – and now I’m blocking the following 7 IP addresses: 209.210.176.19 209.210.176.20 209.210.176.21 209.210.176.22 209.210.176.23 80.50.117.113 64.109.143.166 What sort of spam have I been getting? Well, 80.50.117.113 from “klaus” was a Cheap Viagra, Vicodin, Xanax, Prescription Drugs, and Penis Enlargement Pills spam and 64.109.143.166 from “Alex Dolbayov” was for “Great Site Folks! I have another [?] big t-ts site for you which is really the #1 big t-ts site” (and that’s after I’ve implemented Neil’s change the comment cgi-bin script filename patch type thing) and all the rest were over a variety of posts advertising the same pedo orientated porn site which a number of others have been unfortunately hit with. Patches I’m going to try include URLs including zipcode are prohibited, Avoid Comment Spam, Comment Spam Quick Fix and I’m certainly going to try Jay Allen’s MT-BlackList once it’s released (I’ve in fact had an email from Kadyellebee of MT-Plugins to let me that it’ll be included in the MT Plugins Manager as soon as it’s released!) (I may also include the…

Techy: Regexp’s are slow…

As part of a massive project that I’ve been working on the last few weeks in my spare time (hence the lack of good quality blog posts), I’ve been having to handle a lot of data. By “a lot”, I mean that during one day my computer transferred over 5Gb of data to and from remote systems – and then had over 21million MySQL database queries/updates to process: you try and use a computer for anything else when it’s processing the h-ll out of a lot of files in several different formats (oh, many thanks for Jeremy Zawodny for reminding me of his post regarding MySQL’s 4Gb table limit – I had seen it before, but once I took into account I was hitting the 4Gb limit after just a couple of thousand records (and I’m dealing with a minimum of 3million records), I thought a DB redesign was needed. Anyway, I’ve just had to process 250files of over 700Mb of TSV (tab separated data) data and extract the information I need. I originally used a Perl regexp (regular expression) to separate the data in each line and then perform a brief comparison on the data (if field X is…