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on the vgc forums we have a nice and simple way of doing this: IP bans.

edit: also i still think these are bots, and they're just hacking around registration by exploiting some back door. the only reason i say this is that cheap labor would not be assigned to a relatively small forum like this; cheap labor would go straight to the largest forums on the web. the only time small sites get spammed is by plug-and-runners, which these are not, and bots.

editedit: have you dl'ed the latest security update from PunBB? it's from around May or so...

General Chat / New Job, New Territory
« on: August 18, 2006, 10:49:36 pm »
i'm teaching high school, but amen on the hoping they not give me hell. eheh.

General Chat / New Job, New Territory
« on: August 18, 2006, 01:01:55 am »
just finished day 2. i'm not required to go in tomorrow, but i will anyway to see if i can get at least one lesson plan completed a week in advance.

(edit: the school year starts next monday, not this monday... i think...)

Writing / An Oblivion's Indigo
« on: August 18, 2006, 01:00:52 am »
Hardcover or Download:

Welp, here's the final presentation of the book I mentioned in a previous topic a long time ago. The beta readers seemed to agree this was the best title after they'd finished the book, so it's what I went with. Just thought I'd post this as an update and thank all the people from the Xepher community who helped give advice along the way on it.

It took four years, but it's been worth it. :)

Applications / The Qazi Corp.
« on: August 15, 2006, 02:18:23 pm »
generally good. the only thing i don't like is that you have to scroll down to reach the "next" button in the window the manga opens in. but that's a minor criticism.

General Chat / New Job, New Territory
« on: August 15, 2006, 02:17:00 pm »
*hi five*

go teachers. let's learn them kids what done learnin' is.

General Chat / New Job, New Territory
« on: August 15, 2006, 01:47:54 am »
Sorry I haven't been around. Anyhoo, in a week I start teaching high school Physics.

Our slogan: "It's Phun unless you Phail."

So. How's everyone been?

General Chat / Favorite Google Videos
« on: February 21, 2006, 02:48:13 am »
this is a full hour and eight minutes long, and it's worth every second. :)

Announcements / Status, Plans, and Questions...
« on: February 12, 2006, 03:22:23 am »
1. It doesn't worry me personally, as I'm paranoid about backups m'self and have about fifty copies of my website files on various cd's, floppies, and two hard drives, going back two years. What I would worry about more is the downtime during such attacks; some sites like missmab might eventually lose readership if the server is consistently inconsistent. A single incident every few months though is hardly anything.

2. I use my addy as a forwarding address to my gmail account, which is a much longer addy ( This tends to help when my friends need an easy-to-remember addy to send stuff to. I'd like to be able to keep using both it and the forwarding option. FTP I can do without as long as whatever method is used to upload files can still upload all the same file types to all the same places--in other words, if it's as functional, it's fine by me. PHP is handy for comic sites, though right now I only use it for my newsbox. Lastly, stats are fun to look at sometimes. :)

3. Like I said above, if it's functional and more secure, go for it. I've never gotten Dreamweaver's FTP to work correctly anyway, so I use an independent program. I'd have no qualms with using something else if for us legit users it remains as useful. As for shell... I don't even know what that is. So I'm gonna move on...

4. I can't think of anything for this one...

5. My site's always loaded pretty quickly, even on 56k (such is the way of life when you have few images and mostly text). Speed of uploads and downloads has been pretty good, too.

6. I'm all for the gaming server idea, even though I'm not a gamer... it's a great way to attract audiences to in general, and as a person who's spent a few years surrounded by the gaming crowd (been to Otakon three times, administered the VGC forums for a while), they aren't a bad market to attract. The traffic for gaming would no doubt dominate traffic for anything else if you're successful, but such is the way of the world, I guess.

7. Sorry I haven't gotten around to critiquing like I used to... It might help if you split the applications into subforums (Art Applications, Writing Applications, Music Applications, Comic Applications, Other Applications) and then put various people in charge of each section (reserving, of course, your own right to veto if necessary). I'd gladly volunteer for judging the writing entries if such subforums were implemented. This kind of organization would greatly help both judges and applicants compare and contrast similar applications, rejected and accepted alike, for reference and precedent in making current judgments.

Hope that helps. :)

General Chat / What a way to play an instrument...
« on: February 06, 2006, 05:21:28 am »
i hate to rain on the parade, but...

the one with the balls is completely faked. proof: look at the part where he plays "god bless the u.s.a." the first four notes he plays are all the same note, but the balls hit in different places. there are other times like that, when he hits "repeated" notes on different parts of the keyboard.

at least the juggling's real, i guess.

General Chat / Frappr Map
« on: February 05, 2006, 06:05:29 pm »
i've seen a lot of europe, and i've seen parts of canada (victoria, vancouver, some of the islands around there). as for states, i've been all over the place, with the notable exception of that line of southern states stretching from nevada's southern tip to alabama. also, haven't toured tornado alley much, except for being born in southern minnesota.

General Chat / Frappr Map
« on: January 30, 2006, 03:56:33 am »
it wouldn't accept college park's zipcode, oddly enough, so i put in one nearby.

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