Work: Updated to BIND 9

November 14th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

After a bit of prompting via this slashdot story (also on The Register) about the UNIX DNS server BIND having a vulnerability, I decided to upgrade from BIND 8.3.3 to BIND 9. Apart from having to re-build the named.conf configuration file, it needed very little work to get running again. I also took to opportunity to start using ACL (Access Control Lists) in the configuration file to make things easier to read and to cut down and repetition.

Blogging: totalxsive’s Blog

November 14th, 2002 by Richy B. 1 comment »

Neil, aka fellow dmoz editor totalxsive has linked to me here in his own blog!


And, yep, I’ve met Neil (and, believe me, that isn’t an experience I’m likely to forget!) – but I’m not sure about what he means by “he posts so many comments”. I’m only posting around 5 a day, just because I’ve got a lot to say on various subjects (mainly about spam at the moment unfortently 🙁 ), doesn’t make me a bad person does it? 🙂

Cheers Neil!

Spam: Nigerian Jerry Duruibe: Day 2

November 13th, 2002 by Richy B. 5 comments »

I decided to respond to the Nigerian spam I received yesterday. Don’t worry, to ensure the spammer can’t confirm he had a real email address, I set up a brand new one on HotMail and changed a few words of my reply. The entire text of my reply is below.

Oh, he sent 3 copies of the spam to my Yahoo! mail boxs, and 3 copies to an old email address (ie hasn’t been used in 3 years) on one of my main domain. Text and headers of the emails are the same (except there is a tiny variance in the Subject: header).

And I got a reply!!!
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Personal: Mortgage Increase

November 13th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

This morning I had a letter from my mortgage company Abbey National informing me that due to change of “rate of interest applicable to your standard variable rate loans”, I will now be paying more for my mortgage. How much more? Erm, 1p per month! (That’s $0.02 USD or 0.02Euros). This is in a letter sent to me by first class post at 27p (around 0.42 USD/Euros: I’ll just call them “euro-dollars from now on, it’ll probably be easier 🙂 ).

Ok, since the Abbey are a big user of the postal service they probably have a bulk-users discount – but if we assume 24p: it still means that for the next two years I’ll be paying them that little bit of extra money just for the letter. I should really write to them and say “Next time, don’t bother telling me – and take the amount you saved off my mortgage”. 🙂 The mind boggles sometimes….

Fun: Chinese to English Subtitles

November 13th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

On one of the editor forums at the ODP, a fellow editor posted this list of subtitles for films that have been translated from English to Chinese and back again:

  1. I am damn unsatisfied to be killed in this way.
  2. Fatty, you with your thick face have hurt my instep.
  3. Gun wounds again?
  4. Same old rules: no eyes, no groin.
  5. A normal person wouldn’t steal pituitaries.
  6. Damn, I’ll burn you into a BBQ chicken!
  7. Take my advice, or I’ll spank you without pants.
  8. Who gave you the nerve to get killed here?
  9. Quiet or I’ll blow your throat up.
  10. You always use violence. I should’ve ordered glutinous rice chicken.
  11. I’ll fire aimlessly if you don’t come out!
  12. You daring lousy guy.
  13. Beat him out of recognizable shape!
  14. I have been scared sh*tless too much lately.
  15. I got knife scars more than the number of your leg’s hair!
  16. Beware! Your bones are going to be disconnected.
  17. The bullets inside are very hot. Why do I feel so cold?
  18. How can you use my intestines as a gift?
  19. This will be of fine service for you, you bag of the scum. I am sure you will not mind that I remove your manhoods and leave them out on the dessert flour for your aunts to eat.
  20. Yah-hah, evil spider woman! I have captured you by the short rabbits and can now deliver you violently to your gynaecologist for a thorough extermination.
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