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Six Days in June

June 11th, 2007  · stk

For the past few days, Randsco.com has suffered through a series of server problems, even accused of overloading the server! Read about our love of shared hosting companies

Shared Hosting Problems Beleaguer Randsco

It may very well be that we have outgrown any sort of shared hosting plan. We have grown weary of suffering through server problems, poor loading speeds, high server loads and sharing a server with 543 "who-knows-what-they're-up-to" others.

For six days in June, we waited for SiteGround.com (our shared hosting provider) to fix a server that was on the fritz. During those six days, our site was up and down more times than even Paris Hilton has experienced (well, maybe I'm exaggerating a tad, but you get the picture).

We monitor server loads and we witnessed loads in excess of 150% (how is that even possible)?

In desperation (and by using MSDOS FTP) we posted a warning to our main page - "Watch out! Slow loading site because of crappy shared server. Stay tuned for details."

At the end of the day, after a new server was obtained and Randsco.com (along with the other 543 other sites) moved to this fancy new, high-speed, better-than-sliced-bread server, we received an email saying that our site was using too many resources. :-/ Gee, were we somehow responsible for the greater-than 150% server load on the old server? I don't think so.

To our host's credit, they worked with us to optimize our website and we're hoping that our server woes are now behind us.

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April's Fools

May 24th, 2007  · stk

Randsco SPAM statistics for the month of April. SPAM-free record blemished by a single SPAM message. Not bad, considering how many were turned away! When will these SPAM fools learn? Randsco has a zero-SPAM policy and wide open commenting. Take your SPAM elsewhere.

A Month of Mirth, Courtesy of SPAM Fools

April marks our second month of public SPAM reporting. In our first report, we revealed that 17,209 SPAM attempts were made on the website, during March, and that ZERO were successful. We also posted a nifty excel graph that reveals some insight about how the SPAM attempts are made. (Many one-off SPAM attempts are made using disposable IP addresses and there's a pesky bunch that keep on trying, over and over, using the same IP address).

How does April compare?

Suffice it to say that Randsco staff are laughing at the SPAM fools who attempted to SPAM the website, during April! In this month's report, appropriately titled "April's Fools", we reveal how foolishly persistent a couple of our favorite SPAM fools can be. No graphs, this month, but we do reveal the IP addresses of the top SPAM fools, so that you can be sure to add them to your own list of SPAM fools that you don't want around your website. (We recommend a dose of htaccess and a fat 403 forbidden message for these top SPAM fools).

And without further ado, on with the April's Fool show...

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Updated: 1-Jul-2007
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The Web

phpMyAdmin Ditties

May 13th, 2007  · stk

After hunting down the syntax for a global search-and-replace in PMA (phpMyAdmin), I decided to start a list of useful phpMyAdmin SQL queries. (Mostly so I can find them quickly, but maybe someone else will find them helpful?)

Here's a short, but growing list of things I've needed or used in PMA (phpMyAdmin). I commonly search the Internet to find such jewels, as I need them, but figured it might be a good idea to post any I've found useful. If I needed them again, they'd be here and - what the heck - maybe someone else will benefit.

A (slowly-growing) list of phpMyAdmin techniques, tricks, snippits, methods that I've used:

  1. Global Search and Replace
  2. Bookmarking a Global String Search

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PZ3 Figure Numbers

April 22nd, 2007  · stk

Can you add figure numbers to Photo-caption zoom thumbnail images? Sure! What's the best way? I dunno. I had a play with some variations

A reader emailed, asking if there was a way to modify PZ3 to provide a figure number overlay, such that it showed on a thumbnail, but disappeared on hover. It sounded like an interesting modification, so I had a bit of a play with it, this morning and this is what I came up with.

There's a number of ways of doing this and I've shown the most straight forward here - "Figure 1" text that is centered over the thumbnail and disappears, when the image is zoomed (moused over).

For some other variations, including some fun with opacity, read on ...

 

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March Madness

April 18th, 2007  · stk

Blog SPAM is a pain. Our stats for March: 17,209 attempts from 6,001 unique IP addresses. ZERO successful. Our comments are open to anyone, we allow links, no CAPTCHA, no htaccess black-lists, no moderation. We're here to say that having wide-open commenting and a SPAM-free site is NOT an oxymoron. Find out more

"Wash that SPAM Right Outta Yer Blog"

It rained a lot, on Vancouver Island, in March. It rained on our web site too, as we logged 1.5 million hits and over 200 thousand page views, during the month. That's a lot of visitors!

Not all visitors are interested in the articles we write, our lives or the pictures posted. Many try to redirect visitor traffic to another website or collect 'inbound' links so that their website-of-choice rises higher in search engine rankings (appearing more "popular"). Yes, we're talking about spammers. That lovely breed of individual who leeches bandwidth, clogs blogs with unwanted and sometimes offensive material - porn, pills, sex, easy loans, penis enlargement promises, weight loss wonders, work at home offers, get rich schemes, easy college degrees - it runs the gamut.

March marks the first time that we've decided to share our SPAM statistics. Read on for more spammy details ...

 

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Updated: 6-May-2007
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