Aspie Quiz

After seeing “my sister’s”:http://wolfcat-dryfgi.livejournal.com/ results, I had to try taking this “aspie”:http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/aspie quiz: “Aspie-Quiz”:http://www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php

My results:

* Your Aspie score: 125 of 200
* Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 75 of 200
* You are very likely an Aspie

Telling, isn’t it.

Normalization from mod_security

When I installed “mod_security”:http://www.modsecurity.org yesterday, I was hoping for some good results. Those results I figured could be tracked by watching my visitor and hits statistics return to somewhat normal values, as well as seeing OS and Browser versions return to something more that I would expect from my “geeky audience”:http://openclue.org/ut

Well, in only one day, I am proud to say that modsecurity has more than beat my expectations. Visitor counts have returned down to the humble amount this little blog can expect, hits are way down, and already, “safari”:http://www.apple.com/safari , “mozilla”:http://www.mozilla.com, and “Linux”:http://www.kernel.org have moving back up in _marketshare_ , instead of the hyperinflated number for the windows/IE bots that were hitting this box.

Perl Lectures and other Geek Knowledge

Just was referred to this site which hosts a couple of interesting Lectures/Notes/Presentations including

* “Perl For Newbies”:http://www.shlomifish.org/lecture/Perl/Newbies/
* “Haskell for Perl Programmers”:http://www.shlomifish.org/lecture/Perl/Haskell/
* “PostgreSQL”:http://www.shlomifish.org/lecture/PostgreSQL/

There are actually quite a few other sets of slides of varying topics, worth looking into.

Referer Spam

In the last month I have been getting nailed with various forms of “referral spam”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Referer_spam , and various annoying exploit attempts. Besides the sheer annoyance of it all, the way it screws up your logs and stats, I just didn’t want them to think their stuff was working. So I finally implemented some “mod_security”:http://www.modsecurity.org/ rules into my apache.

I extended the default “debian”:http://www.debian.org ruleset with a few that I found online, and things seem to be working well. I hope not too much of a performance hit on this little box (if so, please tell me). I’ve only had two issues with it so far:

# Default rules blocked my cookies. The default rules had a very basic regex for cookie data, didn’t’ work with my system
# Debug Log. The debugging by default is at 9, and that *very* quickly filled up a 2gb file, which then killed apache