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Month: July 2004

Work: Knackering…

Many thanks for the two people who said “Happy Sys Admin Day” to me today (cheers Neil!): I wasn’t too sure about it myself as when I received the first one (around 10am), there wasn’t any “news” about it on Le Reg or Slashdot…

Anyway, I just needed something to perk me up. Work’s been extremely busy (we’re expanding into a new office which I had to help setup today: and we’re keeping old office as well as we just need double the space), but I’m absolutely knackered. We’ve got a brand new “product range” in the hosting arena launching on Monday (brand new=not offered anywhere else in the world to my knowledge) which I’ve had to develop practically from the ground up-along with all my other work: this week, I’ve done 32 hours overtime in the office (plus, when I get home, I’m usually checking the servers, testing things etc etc and basically being on 24/7 call in case of emergencies – luckily this week has been reasonably quiet on that front).

What’s the new product range? Well, keep an eye out for the press release that’s going to around 12,000 journalists and news organisations on Monday – complete with my name as the Chief Technical Officer (or something like that): yeh, swish title innit 😉

Personal: How to confuse Richy

To confuse me, let me go (in a drunken state) to a site such as to finalise holiday/vacation bookings. Since I’m going to Japan, select “Japan” from the Everywhere/Country drop down list. Get taken to I understand very little Japanese Kanji, so I select “English”, and since I’m looking for a place to stay in Japan, I select “Accommodation”. Only to be recommended cheap accommodation in London (UK), but priced in Japanese Yen…

Not quite what I was looking for…

Blog: Trackback Spam

Neil and myself have just been hit by some nasty track back spam promoting some illegal adult websites from the IP addresses and

I haven’t found much mention of the 198. IP address on the internet, but the is an open proxy server: therefore, I’ve taken the (reluctant) decision to block all open/anonymiser proxy servers from accessing this blog site (details taken from StayInvisible).

If you want to do the same – a suitable list for sticking into Apache’s .htaccess file is available here: but it may block off ‘good users’ as well as spammers (as with any anti-spam system), but at the moment, I’m willing to take the risk (I hate having to go through the MySQL database by hand, deleting the spam and then rebuilding the blog).

(added: Les of StupidEvilBastard was hit as well by the same spammer)