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Website Technical FAQ

This page is for technical questions about this website.

If you have any questions about this website not answered below, please contact me on [email protected]

Hotlinking Images

For years I haven't stressed too much about hotlinking images. Various websites did it, including messageboard users inserting them on posts, but it didn't really make a dent on the amount downloaded.

However, a website recently hotlinked to an image and over the course of about six weeks this used up more than a third of the data downloaded! So reluctantly I have blocked images from being hotlinked. If you want to use an image on your own website just save it to your own site! I can't stop you can I? (Although an acknowledgement would be appreciated :-)

If you have a site and want to hotlink images from this site for some reason, feel free to email me (address above) with the reasons, and a promise that you're not the BBC ;-) and I'll see what I can do.

Apologies to messageboard users who will no longer be able to insert images into posts. I used to enjoy following the links from the logs when I noticed it had happened, and see what was being discussed on random boards.

Yahoo!

I have prevented Yahoo! from indexing this site as it was attempting to index it 100s of times per week - downloading five times as much as Google in one week.

Please note that the Yahoo! search engine may no longer be up to date for searching this site. This doesn't affect any other search engines.

This has nothing to do with how many times it is used to find the site by visitors. On the contrary, in one week Google UK* was used 250 times compared to Yahoo!'s 15.

* This doesn't include Google from other countries.

Fasterfox

The Fasterfox extension for Firefox prefetches pages by downloading all the links on any given page. This has the advantage that if you click on a link it has already been downloaded in the background and the page will appear straightaway. But it has the big disadvantage to the BFCSA in that we have to pay for all the bandwidth this uses up. Especially when you take into account the fact that hardly anyone will visit more than a few pages in any one visit.

However, Fasterfox honours the robots.txt file, so I'll let it off ;-) This site prevents Fasterfox prefetching as described on the Fasterfox FAQ.

Blocked IP Addresses

The following IP addresses have been blocked from accessing this site as I have deemed them to be robots not adhering to the rules (RIP Asimov ;-) outlined here: http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/exclusion.html

IP Address User Agent(s) Organisation
12.6.13.19 Java/1.6.0_10 Unknown
24.126.208.139 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.7) Gecko/20060909 Firefox/1.5.0.7
Unknown
58.8.126.46 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98) Unknown
66.165.233.247 Java/1.5.0_04 Unknown
67.55.72.164 swish-e http://swish-e.org/ Unknown
70.85.114.130 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0b; Windows NT 5.0; .NET CLR 1.0.2914) theplanet.com
79.153.15.131 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.7) Gecko/20060909 Firefox/1.5.0.7
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1)
 
79.157.98.174 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.7) Gecko/20060909 Firefox/1.5.0.7
Unknown
84.3.67.105 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.7) Gecko/20060909 Firefox/1.5.0.7
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1)
Unknown
88.11.53.143 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1)
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.7) Gecko/20060909 Firefox/1.5.0.7
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Unknown
88.31.144.68 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1
Unknown
88.234.99.115 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1
Unknown
89.43.2.129 Java/1.6.0_01 Unknown
89.248.99.82 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; ODI3 Navigator) Unknown
212.162.6.157 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; (R1 1.5); .NET CLR 1.1.4322) powerweb.de
213.46.46.5 Java/1.6.0_02 Unknown
216.197.190.201 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET
Unknown
217.153.157.227 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1
Unknown
217.238.53.215 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
Unknown
220.181.41.74 ninetowns Unknown
 
       
  In other words, they requested multiple files, in a very short space of time, but did not request the robots.txt file. Web Accelerators (like Fasterfox, described above) may also get included in above (see http://www.imdb.com/irony).

If blocking these IP addresses is causing you a problem please contact me on [email protected].

 
       
 

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