Archive - Jul 2005


July 15th

Indiatimes -- the new spammers on the block?

It seems the newspaper group we all love so much has reached new heights – referer and comment spam. From Rojisan:

This is a bit surprising coming from a media outlet, but I’ve given them about two weeks and several attempts to clarify the situation with India Times and/or the Times Group. Since it’s such a big company, and with a reputation to protect, I’ve given them much more time to respond than I usually do.

What I do know is that the tag was for, which is operated by, and that the attack came from (in my case, at least), Spacecom Broadband, probably somewhere around New Delhi. I also know that no one from or has been willing to respond to my messages about this incident.

They’ve spammed around 4000 websites, it seems. I’d really like to write a long post about indiatimes and how much spam it sends me; but it quite reliably lands in my spam folder, so I don’t care too much. But this might be an example of revenge spamming or just some spammers trying to taint indiatimes’ “reputation”.


July 15th

dronings on utter nonsense

Wikipedia entries for Poppycock, Gobbledegook, Ubbi dubbi, and Dada.


Captcha vulnerability

Guys, if you’re running the Drupal Captcha module I wrote, can you please download the new versions? There’s a small security thingy that I just fixed. Thanks.

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a humble request to the email overlords

Dear Email Service providers like Yahoo! and GMail,

I would really appreciate if you would let me upload and import my MBOX files from my local email client into your email folders? That way I don’t have to bombard innocent smtp servers to bounce emails to your server. Also, simple email importing would preserve headers and not confuse the crap out of your interfaces.


PS: I would also appreciate MBOX export; but since you guys need vendor-lock-in to support your business; I’ll understand if you don’t provide it.


July 13th

ten courses and dessert

Oh, I forgot to write about it, but this is what I had on Sunday night, at the SigFood mishmash:

  • Thai Pepper-garlic chicken
  • Tamarind Chicken wings
  • Far-eastern Potato croquettes
  • Crispy vegetables in chilli, garlic, and basil
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice
  • Grilled eggplant in red chilli sauce and basil
  • Choo Chee fish
  • Hot n’ sour chicken salad
  • Drunkard’s noodles Chicken
  • Massaman curry with tofu and sweet potato + rice
  • Blueberry cheesecake

All this washed down with a glass of Juicy Julep, and a glass of my standard equal-parts-cranberry-and-coke-concoction. Some notes:

1. Bangalore LJ people are one happy bunch.
2. People from work are very cool people, if only I meet them, which is hard.
3. Ryze people are mostly too old to sit and chat with.
4. Freegeek and Solzaire are actually twins who got lost in a Kumbh Mela when they were kids.
5. Ten courses is a little more than what I can handle.
6. I deserve to be presented a monthly pass of some sort at Shiok, for the number of times I’ve eaten there.


a voice of four octaves

Anuj introduced me to the late Jeff Buckley — this was the first time I heard a firang doing a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan cover, that too with a Telecaster. I really liked these words by him:

There was a time in my life not too long ago when I could show up in a cafe and simply do what I do, make music, learn from performing my music, explore what it means to me, i.e. have fun while I irritate and/or entertain an audience who don’t know me or what I am about. In this situation I have that precious and irreplaceable luxury of failure, of risk, of surrender. I worked very hard to get this kind of thing together, this work forum. I loved it and then I missed it when it disappeared. All I am doing is reclaiming it.


July 12th

of questionable characters

I don’t have the time at the moment to speak of my encounter with the illustrious PornoB, so I’ll just point to Gaurav’s post, which isn’t very different from what I would write.


July 11th

Drupal insanity

1. Drupal infrastructure goes down
2. I am offline for the weekend, missing all the action.
3. Dries sets up temporary page, asking for donations for a new server, that would cost near USD $3000.
4. Donations trickle flood in, $6000+ collected in 13 hours!!
5. Current donations update: $9282 USD from 217 people.
6. Take an average: That’s 42 dollars per person!! Amazing.

update: is back up.


July 8th

the real reason for a social network service to exist

Battelle reveals:

In fact, if 360 has hooks that let developers feed data in, and pull data out, it may well become the first social networking platform with a killer app beyond getting laid – and that app will be search.


IRC madness

Insanity on #drupal:

(19:50:56) bertboerland is now known as spambot (19:51:08) You are now known as spamassassin (19:51:38) ***spamassassin throws grenade at spambot (19:51:47) spambot is now known as KA-BOEEEEM (19:52:02) spamassassin: Mu hahahaha

This is what happens to developers when you cut off their mailing lists, CVS and bugtracker.