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Blogging about technology and randomness since 2002

Back soon

Having a few internet access problems right now. With a bit of luck I’ll be back soon, but in the meantime all comments not posted via TypeKey will be moderated.
I suffered quite a major spam attack last night, and although some comments made the moderation queue the combination of SpamLookup, MT-Blacklist and Real Comment Throttle stopped any of it making it onto the public site. That was probably the worst attack I’ve had since before Christmas.
Update (4th July): With a bit of luck, normal blogging service will be resumed tomorrow night. Unfortunately the person with the broadband account details has just gone on holiday for a month so we’re having to piece together bits of info to be able to get the password. It wasn’t helped that when I went back to York for the weekend my parents’ NTL connection wasn’t working either.
Edinburgh was great, by the way 🙂 .
Update (5th July): Gaaagh. This may take longer than planned. If you’re in need of a broadband ISP, avoid Tiscali like the plague. Hopefully we’ll be able to move to another company soon.

8 Comments

  1. Yeah they hit me too, I logged into GMail today and found 50 spam attempts that got through but luckily SpamLookup moderated them all. Logging into mod_security, I saw even more attempts, this is the hardest hit I’ve seen in a while.

  2. Yup, I’ve been hit with a similar amount of attempted comment spam – thankfully SK2 is absolutely wonderful, and sent them all straight to hell.
    Even so, I was spammed a few weeks ago and a lot of them made it into the moderation queue 🙁

  3. Typekey’s great! I don’t suffer from comment spam (yet!)

  4. Good you enjoyed Live8! Blasted NTL! Oohhh…. a 1Mbit connection with a 200:1 contention ratio, really good (lol!)

  5. Hrm, I thought you were with PlusNet Neil. Or did you change when you moved?

  6. Update (5th July): Gaaagh. This may take longer than planned. If you’re in need of a broadband ISP, avoid Tiscali like the plague. Hopefully we’ll be able to move to another company soon.

    And NTL!

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  8. Steve: I was with PlusNet but Tiscali was in the house when I moved in. PlusNet are good but I’m hoping to move to Bulldog since they’re quite a bit cheaper.
    Joe: The problems with NTL were caused by our router going titsup, which considering it’s over 6 years old isn’t wholly unexpected. More about that later.