It was a bad day. A lot of bad stuff happened. And I'd love to forget it all. But I don't. Not ever. Because this is what I do. Every time, every day, every second, this: On five, we're bringing down the government.

Thursday, July 23

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There Is Such A Thing As Trying Too Hard

Dinged on possible crapbot match for 3.0
Dinged on viagra for 6.0
Dinged on  cialis for 3.0
Dinged on tramadol for 16.0
Dinged on phentermine for 168.0
Dinged on href= for 10.0
Dinged on http:// for 25.0
Dinged on .pl for 1.5
Dinged on /member for 28.5
Dinged on showuser for 15.0
Dinged on vegweb.com for 60.0
Dinged on skepticality.com for 7.5
Dinged on adipex for 47.5
Dinged on livinginperu for 100.0
Dinged on cel.agh.edu.pl for 25.0
Dinged on chatarea.com for 75.0
Dinged on imvu.com for 10.0
Dinged on knittingdaily.com for 31.5
Dinged on esb.ucp.pt for 4.5
Banned 66.189.125.209!
Score 637.0
And just minutes later, it gets topped by this one:
Dinged on viagra for 9.0
Dinged on  cialis for 18.0
Dinged on tramadol for 28.0
Dinged on phentermine for 132.0
Dinged on href= for 10.0
Dinged on http:// for 25.0
Dinged on .pl for 1.5
Dinged on /member for 15.0
Dinged on showuser for 10.5
Dinged on vegweb.com for 112.5
Dinged on skepticality.com for 2.5
Dinged on adipex for 27.5
Dinged on livinginperu for 125.0
Dinged on cel.agh.edu.pl for 25.0
Dinged on chatarea.com for 125.0
Dinged on imvu.com for 5.0
Dinged on  cialis  for 5.0
Dinged on knittingdaily.com for 13.5
Dinged on esb.ucp.pt for 18.0
Dinged on citynet.net for 25.0
Banned 67.60.248.137!
Score 733.0
Why is Skepticality (a popular skeptic's podcast) in my blacklist?  Because they've got spammers infesting their forum, unfortunately.  It's only worth 2.5 dings though, so just mentioning them (particularly if you're a registered user) won't affect your comment.

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Tuesday, July 21

Geek

Smooth Sailing



top - 05:37:40 up 3 days, 21:27,  5 users,  load average: 1.20, 1.56, 2.06
Tasks: 784 total,   1 running, 782 sleeping,   0 stopped,   1 zombie
Cpu(s):  8.4%us,  1.4%sy,  0.0%ni, 89.9%id,  0.1%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.1%si
Mem:  24625940k total, 22981992k used,  1643948k free,  1357892k buffers
Swap:  4192924k total,      416k used,  4192508k free, 16804204k cached

Peace and quiet and dual quad cores.

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DNS Fleemishness Resoluted

Been having some odd DNS issues since migrating off the old DNS servers recently.  It's mostly worked, but detailed checks showed nameserver loops, lame resolvers, non-authoritative servers that should have been authoritative, and so on and on.

I run all my DNS servers on CPanel, which handles this for you rather nicely, so I couldn't work out why it had gotten itself into such a pickle.

Um.  Could it be because I set up the authoritative nameservers but didn't copy all the actual domain databases to them?

I'm amazed it worked at all.  Fortunately, CPanel has a nice DNS synchroniser, so the problem is now... resolved.

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Die, Spammers, Die!

Dinged on href= for 10.2
Dinged on url= for 0.2
Dinged on http:// for 28.0
Dinged on .ru for 305
Dinged on .biz for 4
Banned 92.46.242.15!
Score 347.4
Yeah, take that, you post-Communist recidivist swinepigs!

The new munu spam filter is live.
Dinged on viagra for 15
Dinged on href= for 4.0
Dinged on http:// for 10.0
Dinged on /member for 20.0
Banned 200.141.184.141!
Score 49.0
One of the things it does is when it sees a sufficiently spammy spam, it just bans the IP address permanently.  So in the future we just need a single IP lookup and bye bye spammer.

If you manage to get your home PC infested by a botnet virus, then you get banned too.  It's tough love.
Dinged on viagra for 2
Dinged on  cialis for 3
Dinged on http:// for 3.0
Dinged on dysfunction for 1
Dinged on erectile for 1
Dinged on levitra for 15
Dinged on /member for 12.5
Banned 201.15.232.96!
Score 37.5
Yeesh.
Dinged on viagra for 4
Dinged on  cialis for 12
Dinged on tramadol for 39
Dinged on xanax for 12
Dinged on phentermine for 90
Dinged on href= for 10.0
Dinged on http:// for 25.0
Dinged on /member for 27.5
Banned 24.0.74.64!
Score 219.5
Pick a product and stick to it!

Ah, this will make some of my bloggers happy:
Dinged on possible crapbot match for 3.0
Dinged on probable crapbot match for 3.0
Dinged on mixed markup for 3.5
Dinged on href= for 0.2
Dinged on url= for 0.2
Dinged on link= for 0.2
Dinged on http:// for 2.0
Score 12.1

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Monday, July 20

Geek

Subverted By Technology

I was just setting up a new database table at the day job when I realised something: If Key the Metal Idol were set in 2009, it would last about fifteen minutes:  Key sets up Facebook & Twitter accounts.  Key gets 30,000 friends.  (Most of them spammers.)  The end.

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New Spam Filter Ahoy

Not an unsuccessful weekend, even if my back garden looks like a bomb hit it...  Which I suppose is pretty much what happened.

I have a new spam filter ready to go for the Movable Type users, a trial version of hooking MT into Minx's own filters.  That will go live in the morning, and should quickly cut back on spam without me having to mess about with horrible ancient Perl code.  If it works well, I can even expose it as a web service for other blogging apps.  It is written as a web service, just an internal one for now.

And now, a quick level of Fate, then Manabi Straight* and bed.

* Action and fighting and things blowing up!  Albeit mostly inside Manabi's head...

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Saturday, July 18

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Nearly Nearly There

Just rolled the remaining sites off Aoi, the old mee.nu server (mostly system stuff, like the core smilies and images directories).  Naturally, this caused a DNS glitch. neutral

Now I just need to recreate the backup directory and dump a terabyte of stuff on there.

Then install the new mu.nu spam filter, fix Fantastico, fix the font library in Minx, deliver the new search engine at my day job, clean the house, and uproot the garden.  Heck, I've got all weekend, no problem!

Update: By the way, current active servers are Nabiki (mee.nu database), Akari (mu.nu), Azusa (additional blogs), Kodachi (forums), Linilin (mee.nu front end), Pink (mee.nu backend), Sayuri (core sites and email), Kiema (Ace's new comments thingy, a very early version of Minx) and Mikan (backups).  Next up are Kasumi (database replication), Ukyo (search) and Nodoka (Urchin stats).  Oh, and probably Rouge so I can get the mee.nu CDN up and running.

Update: The transfer of the old backups is proceeding well, about 10 million files done so far.  The progress report of the transfer is over 1GB.

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Thursday, July 16

Geek

No Sugar For You!

Darn.  They've run out of Acer EasyStores.  I had assumed that they were selling off the old model cheap, and that appears to have been the case.

I got Pepper and Salt, but it doesn't look like there'll be a Sugar.

Or at least, not a sugar cube.

They do have a new Intel storage appliance that's not much more expensive and looks a lot better on paper - it has a 1.6GHz Celeron instead of a 500MHz ARM, 512MB of memory (upgradeable to 1GB) instead of just 128MB, and offers eSATA and USB as well as the four internal SATA bays.  But it doesn't look as nice and it's quite literally twice the size.

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Another Day, Another Server

Today it's Sayuri, part 16 of the mu.nu take-over-the-world-by-overloading-it-with-virtual-servers brigade.

And here goes my fourth attempt to install CPanel on it.  Been one of those evenings.

Update: Good thing there's no limit on install attempts...  1. Oops, started it, then realised it would take a long time and I needed to take my notebook to work with me.  2. Notebook needed rebooting.  3. Tsunami-related network droput.  4.  Had kmemsize set to 10000000 instead of 100000000, which didn't work too well, or indeed, at all.  Now starting attempt 5.

Update: 5. CPanel installer went insane.  Apparently demanding to be flown to Costa Rica.  Starting attempt 6.

Update 6: Manual pre-install setup of CPAN (not CPanel) fixed the Costa Rica Question.

Update 7: No it didn't.  I fucking HATE the CPanel installer.

Update 43: Despise the CPanel installer.  LOATHE it.  If you get their custom Perl installer, and run that first, and ignore the reams of warnings and errors, and then run the CPanel installer, and ignore the reams of warnings and errors, then maybe it works.  We'll see.

Update 59: Shot Sayuri through the gills.  It just wasn't working right, so I decided to try a 32-bit install, which is better supported than 64-bit.  Then I realised that I needed Sayuri to be a 32-bit environment to run Minx, so I needed to reinstall anyway.

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Wednesday, July 15

Geek

Planned Outage 14th / 15th July

We'll be down for about 15 minutes at midnight PDT / 3AM EDT to migrate to the new disk array.

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