loconet.ca

I finally decided to get a proper domain for this website – loconet.ca
It’s also hosted on a much more flexible and faster box:

loconet@~/loconet.ca $> cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 15
model           : 2
model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.80GHz
stepping        : 9
cpu MHz         : 2784.383
cache size      : 512 KB
...
processor       : 1
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 15
model           : 2
model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.80GHz
stepping        : 9
cpu MHz         : 2784.383
cache size      : 512 KB

I’m going to start working on some side projects that I hope to put up very soon for download.

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New MSN Search DOS

Many of you may know about the new attempt by Microsoft at a search engine (http://beta.search.news.com) to compete. Besides the fact that it’s obviously a ripoff of this other popular search engine with some eye candy added in, this thing is truly irritating me.

2004-11-09 15:17:56 sync.X-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 14:25:37 permit-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 10:32:15 cdp-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 06:25:07 sync.X-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 06:19:18 permit-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 02:51:34 cdp-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 02:46:07 cdp-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 02:35:36 MultiplyWithMFC-1.0_src.zip 66.249.64.199
2004-11-09 00:55:05 sync.X-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 00:12:03 permit-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 00:10:57 permit-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-09 00:05:21 sync.X-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33
2004-11-08 21:03:10 permit-1.0.tar.gz 207.46.98.33

Note that 207.46.98.33 is registered to Microsoft so lets assume it’s the msn bot. Notice that the damn thing blindly keeps on downloading the same file! The requests are just a few minutes from each other. The of ther ip address is from google’s bot. This can be dangerous for those of us who have transfer caps if we don’t take the precautions of limiting the bot’s requests using robots.txt or through other more secure means.

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Firefox 1.0 Final released

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall, Everyone’s favorite little browser that could finally reached 1.0.
Some have started calling November 09, 2004 – Web Independence day!

For those of you who don't know, Firefox is a free (as in beer and speech), compact, extensible, fast and relatively secure web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of open source cross platform applications.

Firefox has various excellent end-user features such as tabbed browsing, built-in pop up blocker, download manager, live RSS bookmarks, among other nifty tools. Besides the great end user features, Firefox is built based on open standards, reason why as a developer, I love the program.

1.0 launch day was a very insightful day. I logged onto irc.mozilla.org to see what people were saying regarding the Firefox launch. Things felt like a party in the various Mozilla related channels, even my girlfriend joined us the geeks to discuss the launch. I got to see system administrators of the various mozilla.org servers scramble to solve the incredible surge in traffic on the servers. After all, they were getting 50,000 downloads per hour! I also got to hear live interviews with key developers for Firefox, including chief architect Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript. Shortly after the interviews were over, I witnessed the Mozilla community take interest in keeping this form of communication going and decided to maybe start an online radio station for Mozilla related content. Within minutes, an IRC channel was created to plan the project, technical requirement decisions were being made, people were being recruited, bandwidth and hardware was being donated. It was an interesting experience to witness the possible start of Mozilla Radio ;).

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