Fri, 10 Jun 2016

Replaced the freeke.org Landing Page

The old landing page for this domain had been pretty much unchanged since the 1990s. The logo was gif file I’d created in (no joke) 1994. The original logo was done in Adobe Illustrator, but at some point I lost the master. The page was all done with tables, and in an age of large, high-DPI screens (and small mobile ones), it looked increasingly ridiculous.

I spent 5 minutes (seriously, and 3 of those were checking style tag syntax on w3.org) in my text editor and created a new version that uses CSS and SVG and should look fine in every modern browser, desktop and mobile. I didn’t bother using hacks to make it work in IE < 10 because, sorry, IDGAF.

I spent a few minutes autotracing the old gif file, pulled it into Graphic and spent a few more minutes cleaning it up. It’s pretty obvious which era was happening when I did the original:

old logo

I took the opportunity to tighten the tracking and make the grunge slightly less obnoxious. I hope it’s still identifiably itself:

2016 logo

Of course, now that we can render vectors in web browsers I made it freely scale with the page size.

You can see the end result here.

At some point I’ll redo the blog layout too. Baby steps.

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015

Dictionary Attack Suckas

I may start doing this periodically.

Here’s a subset of addresses from which I’ve received dictionary-based SSH attacks over the last month or so.

I’m guessing the majority of these are zombied boxes.

216.212.69.158.in-addr.arpa. 86400 IN   PTR     216.ip-158-69-212.net.
83.66.130.61.in-addr.arpa. 77998 IN     PTR     ppp83-66.hz.zj.cninfo.net.
113.148.83.212.in-addr.arpa. 8402 IN    PTR     212-83-148-113.rev.poneytelecom.eu.
107.196.172.184.in-addr.arpa. 58317 IN  PTR     6b.c4.acb8.ip4.static.sl-reverse.com.
85.145.195.113.in-addr.arpa. 2125 IN    PTR     85.145.195.113.adsl-pool.jx.chinaunicom.com.

read more after the break...

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Thu, 09 Sep 2010

freeke.org Is 10 Years Old Today

registration

If I recall correctly, I was at a trade show with some coworkers where a local Internet consulting company had a booth set up. They had a sign advertising cheap domain registrations, so a couple of us bought domains on the spur of the moment. I didn’t actually put any content up until (looking at some timestamps around here) April of 2001, and then it was just some old pages I used to host at an ISP back in the late Triassic Period.

The amusing thing is, though I don’t think I’ve ever deliberately changed registrars, the registration has changed hands probably half a dozen times, thanks to companies selling their registration business, going out of business, merging, etc.

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Sat, 15 Sep 2007

Who, Me?

Um, yeah, long time no see.

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Mon, 14 Aug 2006

Zhuaxia.com?

Can anyone tell me anything about zhuaxia.com? Any English-speaking technical contacts? It apparently involves the grasping of shrimp. ;) I apparently have half of China hotlinking my copy of the feed icon, and I am rather unamused. I’d rather talk to someone as a moderate step before I just change the image to goatse or tubgirl or something.

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Fri, 23 Apr 2004

Even iCal is Fast

Speed, for want of a better word, is good.

It goes without saying that I’m happy with my new workstation. I went from a 450MHz PPC750 (G3) to a dual 1.8GHz PPC970 (G5) with Quartz hardware-acceleration. I really haven’t done anything particularly compute intensive, but the difference in my ordinary, day to day tasks is just striking. Things I would actively avoid doing (using my ISPs Flash-encrusted homepage, for example) on the G3 happen instantaneously. Apple Mail is fast enough for me to use without reservation, reindexing of large folders is instantaneous, etc.

I was happy to find that the bundled software includes some stuff I’ll actually use. Apple has apparently licensed OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, and GraphicConverter, as well as iLife ‘04.

I’m still trying to build my working environment up, of course. I have to bring sure all my tools and scripts and everything else over, and I’ve got to figure out how to sync my Tungsten, etc., but it’s a joy when I don’t have to wait. At all.

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Mon, 12 Jan 2004

New Linklog!

Taking advantage of the newly released LinkLog software from Codepoetry, I've spun my mindless link propagation tendencies off into a separate area of this website. The freeke lincoln log (cough) will evolve as the underlying software matures beneath it, of course, but feel free to play around. If you wish to submit links, this bookmarklet will submit whatever page you happen to be viewing.

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Sat, 01 Nov 2003

Whew!

Darwin samantha.freeke.org 7.0.0 Darwin Kernel Version 7.0.0: Wed Sep 24 15:48:39 PDT 2003; root:xnu/xnu-517.obj~1/RELEASE_PPC Power Macintosh powerpc

Still fixing some stuff. I've got Perl modules to reinstall (sob).

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Fri, 31 Oct 2003

Down for OS Upgrade

My domain will we out of order starting Friday night and should be back up sometime Saturday. Don't all cheer at once.

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Wed, 02 Jul 2003

An Experiment -- OmniOutliner and Blosxom

  • Why?
    • Prompted by the experimental application of Radio Userland as an outline posting tool for Movable Type, I decided to see if it were possible to do something similar using OmniOutliner and Blosxom. I would think that an outliner would be really useful for the long, omnibus-type posts (like the Drive-Bys) that I do sometimes.
    • Outliners are, so I've been told, excellent tools for organizing your thoughts, assuming you have thoughts to organize.
  • How?
    • Create the entry in OmniOutliner
    • Export as HTML
    • Clean up any garbage <FONT> tags, etc., if necessary added by the export process in Hydra.
    • Publish.

Postmortem: Well, it was a bit more work than that. First, OmniOutliner creates a complete HTML document upon export, which means I have to get rid of extraneous <BODY> tags and stuff as well as a bunch of other <HEAD> type stuff. Nothing too difficult, but as it's a manual process there's the potential for error. The other, more serious issue is that it also "helpfully" entity-escaped every single HTML tag I included in my post. This seemed like the more insurmountable issue, until I remembered that, since I was using a Cocoa editor, I could take advantage of Unicode Checker's "HTML Entities -> Unicode" service to reverse that damage. Cool. I'd call it a success.

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Sun, 15 Jun 2003

Intermittent connectivity -- fixed (I hope)

My apologies for the intermittent connectivity (web and mail) over the weekend. I've been away for a few days and, ond of course Murphy's Law kicked in. I think everything's sorted now.

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Fri, 30 May 2003

Important Security Note

If you're running Shoutbox on your site, install the patch here. Since this vulnerability was posted to Bugtraq, at least half a dozen skr1pt k1dd33z have attacked my server.

Yeah, I saw you, needledick:

  • discovery.cs.hope.edu
  • p213.54.36.10.tisdip.tiscali.de
  • cmb5-198.dial-up.arnes.si
  • cpe-144-132-214-143.nsw.bigpond.net.au
  • 68-173-153-233.nyc.rr.com
  • ncroes02.telenet-ops.be
  • cfaw0105.macs.net
  • customer165-105.iplannetworks.net
  • 202.155.70.242

I'm settling for public shame this time, but next time I see one freaking packet from any of you, your ISP's abuse department is getting a copy of my logs.

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Mon, 12 May 2003

The Tools That Make This Weblog Possible

I’ve arrived at a stable equilibrium as far as the tools that I use to prepare weblog entries and to work with the radio station. I want to mention them explicitly (for the search engines and my own historical purposes.)

  • Site editing/maintenance
  • Radio station content preparation
    • Emusic -- affordable supply of new independent label content
    • Lame -- encoding CDs to MP3
    • Studio365 -- uploading music for FFG static stream
    • Studio365Live -- live broadcast tool for Dulcet
    • iTunes -- playlist planning, MP3 tagging and file management
    • id3x -- MP3 tagging and file management

last edit Wed Jul 2 11:16:13 EDT 2003

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Sat, 26 Apr 2003

Back on the air...

This week's Drive-By will be up tomorrow morning. Thanks for hanging in there while I did some low level work around the house.

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Sun, 06 Apr 2003

Ugh.

Apparently, at some point a few days ago, my server's primary partition developed some sort of subtle directory corruption which allowed pieces of files to randomly overwrite each other. As you might imagine, this is not a good thing. I'm still not entirely sure exactly when/why this happened, but it's made the last few days rather entirely unpleasant. I'm limping along now, but it definitely reminds me that it's time to stand up a separate box so that my primary workstation and my web/mail server aren't one and the same, and to invest in some sort of budget RAID solution. I am now going to get several, blissful hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Oh yeah, obviously, this nonsense is the reason I wasn't able to do a Drive-By yesterday (breaking my string of Saturdays.) This feature will return next week.

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I have a simple philosophy:

Fill what’s empty.
Empty what’s full.
Scratch where it itches.
— A. R. Longworth