on Mar 24, 2006
I mentioned a while ago that I’ve started blocking traffic from a few places that were spamming me. I still get a couple of spams a day, but nothing like the hundreds I was getting before. Whenever I get more than one spam comment / trackback from the same address, I add them to the deny list. Something I noticed about the list:
220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199
What’s with all the 85.64.x.x entries? 60% of the IP addresses that spam me come from 85.64.x.x, which is odd. I wonder where that is. I googled around a bit, and there are several sites that will convert IP addresses into geographical locations, but they all want me to pay for and download software. Geeze. I don’t want to know that bad.
Here is another idle question: Why are IP addresses expressed in decimal and not hex? I can’t think of any reason to express them in base 10 as we do now. You don’t need to do math with these things. They are sort of like street addresses. You need them to be easy to remember. Changing them to base 16 would reduce the 12-digit number to 8 digits. In addition, the letters would make the thing more memorable. For example, which would you rather memorize: 188.8.131.52 or CC.F.86.C4? I suggest that the latter is a little more handy.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.