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URLFan.com The Latest Content Thieves

I just got a notice via a Google Alert that URLFan.com is stealing the articles from my web site. I’ve submitted a complaint to them. Hopefully I won’t need to file DMCA notices on them. Losers. See Search Engines: Three to Beware at Plagiarism Today for a bit more on this group.

Akismet 30,000th Spam Comment

I just deleted my 30,000th comment spam. I have no idea how high the count would have been had I not put into place several techniques that automatically block bad commenters. Those that fall into my traps don’t even get entered into the Akismet system, and so aren’t counted. (Addendum 9:32pm: The count is now […]

What Is This? A WordPress Attack Using “PLM”

One of my sites had this very odd entry in it’s log from overnight: (actual URL changed) http://www.example.com/2005/06/24/title-in-here/%2B%25255bPLM=0%25255d%2BGET%2Bhttp:///2005/06/24/title-in-here/%2B%25255b0,16925,26735%25255d%2B-%25253e%2B%25255bN%25255d%2BPOST%2Bhttp:/wp-comments-post.php%2B%25255b0,0,349%25255d If you do the hexadecimal recoding a couple times you end up with: http://www.example.com/2005/06/24/title-in-here/+[PLM=0]+GET+http:///2005/06/24/title-in-here/+[0,16925,26735]+->+[N]+POST+http:/wp-comments-post.php+[0,0,349] And if you assume the plus marks are actually spaces: http://www.example.com/2005/06/24/title-in-here/ [PLM=0] GET http:///2005/06/24/title-in-here/ [0,16925,26735] -> [N] POST http:/wp-comments-post.php [0,0,349] What is this […]

ShaBlastBot Spider Considered Abusive

While perusing my apache logs, I ran across a lot of requests from a bot with the user-agent of “ShablastBot 1.0” and all came from the IP address of 67.228.100.141. Reverse IP shows that 67.228.100.138 67.228.100.139 67.228.100.140 and 67.228.100.142 also resolve to shablast.com. One significant problem appears to be it doesn’t correctly parse out feed: […]

MS Office Discussion Bar

I’ve started watching my web server logs more closely, and found several requests for /_vti_bin/owssvr.dll and /MSOffice/cltreq.asp. Examples: /_vti_bin/owssvr.dll?UL=1&ACT=4&BUILD=6551&STRMVER=4&CAPREQ=0 /MSOffice/cltreq.asp?UL=1&ACT=4&BUILD=6551&STRMVER=4&CAPREQ=0 Apparently, these requests are caused by someone using IE with the Discussion Bar turned on. I wonder why IE isn’t smart enough to read the headers to see that I’m not running a Microsoft web […]

WordPress TimeZone Handling is Ridiculous

This is 2008. Why in the world does WordPress not know how to shift it’s internal clock when Daylight Savings Time starts or ends? If the server itself can do it, why can’t WordPress? Heck, my VCR can even automagically adjust by an hour twice a year. I was going to write a plugin to […]

To Fight or Not To Fight a CyberSquatter

I recently discovered that one of my active web sites’ domain names has attracted the attention of a cybersquatter. I emailed the address on the page, which bounced. So I poked around a bit and found another email address. I emailed that address and got a polite note back. I asked if I could purchase […]

New System to Fight WordPress Comment Spam

I’ve started using a new system to fight comment spam. If you see any problems when trying to submit comments on the site, please let me know. Email of course, since you won’t be able to send a comment if you find a bug. mclark at planetmike.com. Thanks.

Evolving PlanetMike.com: Chapter 5 – New Name

Currently most, and soon all, of the content at PlanetMike.com is related to technology and web design. So I took this opportunity to rename the site from “Michael Boyd Clark Journal/Blog” to “PlanetMike’s Technology Journal.” I am now adding new GoogleAlerts to monitor for the new name appearing in splogs (already found two!). I also […]

Ticket Sales Advertising

Since the Google PageRank storm last October, I have changed how I place ads on my sites. Some of my sites, like here on PlanetMike.com, I don’t have advertising at all. Other, like