What will I do without SamSpade.Org?

Many times a week, sometimes many times a day, I rely on being able to do some quick informational type lookups on one or more IP’s. Be it trying to find out who owns a particular server or what link between me and the box is causing me connection issues. Over the years, I have relied heavily on http://www.samspade.org for all my IP related tools. It’s a great site, with all the tools I need to get all the information I’m looking for. The added benefit is that it’s not on my network, so the results provided give me an external view of the issue, as well as providing some level of anonymity.

SamSpade has been overloaded recently; not sure what’s going on, but during some periods of time, the site is barely accessible. This has led me to look at some alternative for those times when Sam is down. That’s when I came across http://www.geektools.com

At first glance, it doesn’t look like much, but they do provide two of the tools I use the most; WHOIS and Traceroute. But here’s where things are different. You are given the choice of running your Traceroute from over a hundred sites scattered across the globe. This is great to see if an issue is a result of a down box somewhere, or a bad router.

While SamSpade still has a few extra nice tools (such as the anonymous URL browser and URL decrypter), Geektools adds that extra level of accessibility for those times when Sam isn’t available…

  1. #1 by Anonymous on March 3, 2004 - 7:47 am

    If you are using the samspade website as often as you say, you should just go ahead and download their software program. It does need to be updated, but for most things there are no problems. Furthermore, it is much faster than using the website.


  2. #2 by Anonymous on March 6, 2004 - 6:34 am

    SamSpade Org Offline
    I have not tried to contact SamSpade.org, but if their tools are useful for fending off spam (and I think that they are), this site could be under attack by spammers. Spammers have targeted sites that interfer with their activities. Please see spamhaus.org for more info about this.

    Please update me of you find out any information. I miss the Samspade tools also. Currently I have been receiving lots of malicious e-mail with virus attachments. Samspade allowed me to contact the network administrators where these e-mails were eminating from.


  3. #3 by Anonymous on April 9, 2004 - 12:44 pm

    More about Samspade
    The Google cache of Samspade.org says this:

    “System outages: SamSpade.org has been increasingly unreachable for the past couple of months. This has been due to several reasons – general network problems, blackholing of SamSpade.org by several RIRs and general heavy usage.”

    You can get their standalone tool for Windows here:


  4. #4 by Eric Bazerghi on April 16, 2004 - 10:48 am

    Yea, I saw that a week ago. That’s too bad… Guess I’ll have to get the tools and/or write my own web-based ones…

    Thansk for the heads-up!

  5. #5 by Anonymous on May 1, 2004 - 6:15 am

    samspade was named as one of the top 100 undiscovered web site by pc mag this mounth this could explain the heavey traffic and not being able to access the site.

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