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 took the opportunity to tighten the tracking and make the grunge slightly less obnoxious. I hope it’s still identifiably itself:
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.
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.
22.214.171.124.in-addr.arpa. 86400 IN PTR 216.ip-158-69-212.net. 126.96.36.199.in-addr.arpa. 77998 IN PTR ppp83-66.hz.zj.cninfo.net. 188.8.131.52.in-addr.arpa. 8402 IN PTR 212-83-148-113.rev.poneytelecom.eu. 184.108.40.206.in-addr.arpa. 58317 IN PTR 6b.c4.acb8.ip4.static.sl-reverse.com. 220.127.116.11.in-addr.arpa. 2125 IN PTR 18.104.22.168.adsl-pool.jx.chinaunicom.com.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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).
My domain will we out of order starting Friday night and should be back up sometime Saturday. Don't all cheer at once.
<FONT>tags, etc., if necessary added by the export process in Hydra.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.)
last edit Wed Jul 2 11:16:13 EDT 2003
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.
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.
“Oh sure, this costume may look silly, but it lets me get in and out
of dangerous situations — I work for a federal task force doing a survey on
urban crime. Look, here’s my ID, and here’s a number you can call, that will
put you through to our central base in Atlanta. Go ahead, call — they’ll
confirm who I am.
“Unless, of course, the Astro-Zombies have destroyed it.”
— Captain Freedom