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250th Revision

Friday, May 2nd, 2008 12:00 AM MDT

Well, just a day after I have implemented my newest security measures, this website is celebrating the 250th commit to the SVN repository since the site was imported (which occured 2006-01-16 17:43:03 -0700 (Mon, 16 Jan 2006) according to the SVN log). Now, I know that seems like quite some time just to hit 250 commits, especially considering some projects using SVN have tens of thousands of commits. However, please keep in mind that I'm only one man, and I do have a life, so it does take time.

Those who are paying attention might remember that I made the 200th revision on 2007-05-11 11:46:15 -0600 (Fri, 11 May 2007), almost a year ago. Again, PLEASE remember I'm the only developer. It takes time. That also means occasionally I leave it alone for a while, then pick it up later.

New Security Measures

Thursday, May 1st, 2008 12:00 AM MDT

I have implemented some new security measures on my group of websites, especially the portions that someone may be able to break (in other words, run something other than straight HTML). These new security measures are designed to keep out troublemaking countries that have recently been sending hundreds upon hundreds of bad requests to my websites. Of course these efforts have been thwarted thus far by Apache and PHP, but just to be safe, computers in the following countries will be disallowed from accessing anything on mattfast1.com or mattvandusen.com, and are also blocked from several sections of vandusens.us.

Of course, I will be monitoring the logs. If need be, I can ban other clients based on a variety of factors, such as country, IP block, individual IP address, and user-agent. So far this is all I'm blocking, with exceptions of some text-based entries for domains that have been blocked for ages, and hopefully have given up. Doesn't mean their entries will be removed from the filter, either.

On a side note, it's been brought to my attention that all *.co.kr domains have been blocked for some time. Of course now the ban of the Koreans is complete, since they are now blocked by alternate methods. You can see my blog entry for more details.


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