Archive for the 'Personal' category

Battling a flood of requests from Microsoft IP addresses

June 19, 2009 9:40 pm

In case you’re wondering why this blog has been unavailable the last couple of days: My domain seems to get hit excessively by a couple of IP addresses belonging to Microsoft (mainly). I don’t know why or how, but my host (Dreamhost) has decided that I now have to pay for private hosting (their DreamhostPS product).

I’m trying to block the IP address range that has been causing this, but I have no idea when my host will unilaterally decide to shut my domain down again (I suppose it isn’t nice of me to turn it back on without telling them, but they didn’t tell me they would shut it down either.) Apparently it is my responsibility to monitor the access logs and detect excessive activity and deal with it. I’m not aware of any tools they provide that help me do so, nor do they provide any kind of alerts that would help me be more responsible (if you can call finding yourself in a situation that you didn’t cause and dealing with it being “more responsible”.)

Of course, they’re in the clear, because the terms of service state that they can do whatever they want if my site causes problems for other customers on the shared web server box.

I’ve contacted Microsoft’s abuse email address and sent them access log “greps” that prove the problem. I’ve also tried to find access logs for other addresses the host claims have caused issues, but those logs seem to have been deleted by now. So now I’ve embarrassed myself with an abuse email to an ISP without having the ability to back up my claim. Nice.

Anyone have any advice on what else I can do?

Spiral/helical staircase

March 16, 2009 10:10 pm


March 2, 2009 10:36 am


A recent neighborhood sunset. Points for anyone who can guess where this was taken. Looks different when posted using Windows Live Writer. Wonder why that is?

Pictures in my Windows 7 Theme Pack

January 28, 2009 10:29 am

In case you’ve seen my Windows 7 Theme Pack, here are the pictures that are in it. You may want to know if they’re worth it before you download the 12+ MB of .themepack file.

Old, eroded brick wall 

Clouds in the sunset

Sunset 2


A huge mural of Peanuts comics

Downtown skyline with Mount Rainier in the distance

Loom heddles 2

Dale Chihuly's glass ceiling at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

View from the Crab Shack

Grand Canyon sunset

Freshly cut strawberries