Archive for June, 2004

Blocking out IP’s from China

Sick and tired of getting spam and ‘open web proxy’ probes from IP’s originating from China? Do you do absolutely no business with anyone in China? Want to block all IP’s orginating from China and rid yourself of this issue? Take a look at
I actually made use of their lists in order to block some large subnet blocks which were sucking about 10-15% of my total bandwidth just through their incessant probes of my network.
And before anyone starts crying about how sad it is that I’m ‘censoring’ people from China, well too bad. I can’t afford to keep paying for an internet connection that is slowly being used up by probes originating from servers which can’t keep up with security patches. Not to mention the crazy amounts of spam originating from these IPs…

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‘Listen’ to your RSS Feeds

While going through my regular series of RSS feed reading, I came across this great application. It basically lets you listen to your RSS feed articles while you work on other things. Great idea and concept. While the voices could use a little more polish, the readings are quite understandable. The application is called News Aloud, by NextUp Technologies, LLC.
More info can be found by going to

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