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May & June SPAM Stats

July 4th, 2007  · stk

Randsco SPAM stats for May and June. Over 45,000 visitors and nearly as many SPAM attempts. Some were successful. Graph, tables & a few oddities that stand out in the crowd are presented. See who broke through the defenses and why.

Barbarians at the Gate

We apologize for May's late SPAM report and we thank those that emailed us, asking about it. We were busy sorting out server problems, because the Randsco website was hit or miss for over a week. SiteGround (our hosting provider) was trying to fix hardware problems on their server. Finally, they bought a brand new server, moved everyone across, then told us we were consuming too many resources! Eye-veh!

Despite technical glitches, Randsco readership hit new highs during May and June, with each month logging over 20,000 visitors! Now that the website is stable again (fingers crossed), we have time to post the monthly SPAM stats. We'll cover the last two months - May and June - in this one report.

In April's report, we said that our perfect, SPAM-free record was broken by a single SPAM message. (Poor Bridget, desperate for human contact, left us a comment in which she said, "I want sex".)

May and June both, have yielded additional SPAM messages, though none quite as compelling as Briget's. By comparison, it seemed like the SPAM floodgates were open. It turns out that it was partly webmaster error and partly spammer success.

Does this mean our blocking methods don't work? How bad was the damage?

To see who's laughing now and why ... read on ...

 

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Updated: 5-Jul-2007
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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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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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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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Mac -vs- PC

March 20th, 2007  · stk

Mac vs. PC ... You've seen the Mac ads on television, where Mr. PC ends up looking like a goof? Well, here's an underground reversal that had me giggling. You'll find it funny too!

MacIntosh vs PC

You've seen those Macintosh ads on television, where there's a guy that represents a Mac computer and a guy that's supposed to be a PC? Clever, for sure! Well, here's a different spin on them and they're a tad in PC's favor! (An underground backlash, if you will).

 Bill Gates Steve Jobs

Interestingly enough, after finding these videos, I did a quick search for "Mac vs PC" on google.ca and what did I find as the number one entry? APPLE! But the funny part is that they list TEN reasons to get a Mac. (If you go to the site, they list SIXTEEN reasons. Can't they count? Not that more isn't better, but why say 10, when you supposedly have 16?) :p

Honestly, I'm not a die-hard PC fan. I've had my share of problems with Mr. PC and I'm not married to a brand. In fact, I nearly considered getting a Mac for my last purchase. OSX is cool. The ability to run UNIX and Windows. Sweet. But for some reason, Mac seems to hold their technology a tad too close to their chest, which is why I find this video so humorous.

I hope you do too!

More humor on the next page ...

 

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Updated: 16-Apr-2007
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