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July 1, 2004

Site Down

The other night the commenting system on the site was heavily attacked by an automated spamming system, aiming to spam adverts and links into all the weblog entries. It appears that the load was so heavy that my hosting company then shut down part of the site. At the moment I'm waiting for them to confirm this and put it online again so that I can address the problem and prevent the same thing from happening again in the future. In the meantime, obviously, commenting is down, as well as searching, and I'm unable to blog unless I hack the system like this.

July 5, 2004

Danish Service

I've sent repeated emails to Speednames, the ironically named company I use for hosting, since Thursday, and still haven't received a reply from them regarding what's happened to the site. It seems pretty useless that a firm that allegedly handles webhosting for some of Denmark's large companies can't reply to an urgent email within five days, but having dealt with them before I'm not particularly surprised. Needless to say, however, I am extremely pissed off as I sit coding this entry in html, pasting it, then ftp'ing it to the site in order to update this page, and I'm urgently looking around for a reliable hosting company to move the site to.

July 18, 2004

Total Recall

My ability to pull any kind of meaningful information or fact from my clouding brain has now reached the point that I've had to begin outsourcing my memory. The other day I saw someone I knew in Ibiza Town, and, totally unable to remember her name but knowing that I'd blogged something about her last year I was forced to do a Google search on my phone to find out what she was called before I could go and talk to her. Alzheimer's can only be a small step away.

July 23, 2004

Nice to be Back

Finally, bronek.org is in it's new home. After three weeks I still haven't had any support from Speednames so I've moved servers and it's now hosted by Bloghosts who seem to be much, much better.

I couldn't get into my old system to do a full backup so I've spent the last days exporting from an SQL database and importing it to my new host. That worked but Movabletype wouldn't let me log-in afterwards so I had to scrap that idea and import from the last full html backup I did then manually import the rest.

I've had to implement a comment authentication service to avoid having further problems with spam. Unfortunately, this means that if you want to place a comment (and hopefully you will), you'll be re-directed to register a user name and email address with Typekey, a new consolidated weblog commenting service run by the same people who created Movabletype, the system this weblog uses. Further information and details of their privacy policies are here. Apologies for the hassle but due to the growing spamming industry I have no choice.

So, the site is back up, much of it isn't functional yet, but I'm working to get the rest of it live and fill in all those broken links.

Nice to be back.

July 25, 2004

Cold Nipples

Now that I'm using a hosting service with better tools and statistics, I've gone through the site's stats and discovered that most people coming here by search engine are looking for "cold nipples". Though muffs, ibiza naked, and squirrel hunting also seem to be on people's minds.

July 27, 2004

Speednames Reply

Over 25 days I received two uninterested replies from someone in Speednames support who suggested that I'd broken something rather than taking the time to check out the problem on their own server. Today, therefore, I was surprised to get an email from Nikolaj Nyholm, one of the Speednames/Ascio bosses who'd apparently discovered my weblog post on Feedster and wrote to apologise for the poor service. Although he asked me to keep the site with Speednames I've now put so much time into moving hosts that I won't, but it's good to see that someone's paying attention.

July 28, 2004

Dinghy Escapes

I went onto deck at 04:00 this morning to collect Carita from the beach after she'd finished work and found that the dinghy was gone. Somewhat shocked, I looked around the bay and then spotted something close to the entrance. I shone the searchlight there - and, thankfully, it was the dinghy, about to float out to sea! By this time Carita was on the beach so I phoned her, explained what had happened, and asked if she fancied a swim. It was closer to the shore than to Zamindar so she ran around to where it was, stripped off, dived into the dark water and brought it back.

The really strange thing was that my knot was still in the rope so we sat for ages trying to figure out how it could have unhooked itself from Zamindar and gone off on it's own. I guess we'll never know, but we were just so lucky that it didn't disappear into the open sea.

July 31, 2004

In Search of Wi-Fi

With still a huge amount of the site to get online and working again, I've been steadily dogged this week by not having proper internet access. The wireless at Cafe Guay has been down and so I've gone off, across island, to Ibiza Town for the last two days, only to discover that it hasn't been working in Canadian Cafe either. After untold frustration I decided to use a GPRS connection over my phone, but could only do a limited amount after realising that uploading the entire site would cost €2500 in data fees! Finally tonight I've managed to get hold of the right IP addresses and plugged in an ethernet cable in Guay.

...and it feels sooo good.