Normal Service Resumed

Written by Uln on July 5th, 2009

After a terrible weekend in front of the computer I have managed to re-open my site on a new URL. I am fed up of the internet right now and I am going out to enjoy the Shanghai Sun for a few hours.

I will try not to write more about this for a while, one never knows who is watching, and I don’t want to sound like I am rubbing it in. For those of you whose sites have the same kind of problems send me private message, I might have some useful tips.

Actually, the general idea is very simple. There is not such a thing as internet censorship, it is just a well-known bug on the internet that apparently trips on some keywords and then makes some URLs and some IP addresses inaccesible…

All very annoying, these internet bugs! ehzrg7f6xk

UPDATE: This afternoon/evening I still had an intermittent block, but I have finally figured it out. Some of the elements in my blog were still pointing to the old / directory, and for some reason my Regex search was unable to find them. Thanks to my friend and IT genius Giom I have found a firefox add-on to see the traffic from my site, and corrected all the references. Blog should be completely “debugged” now.

3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jul

    Welcome back! Curious, what is this “well-known bug on the internet” you refer to? Or are you just being sarcastic/playing dumb for the censors?

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  2. Jul

    Hi Kai,

    Yes, look at the post’s tags for clues. I was being a bit paranoid when I wrote it, I thought the nannies might be reading.

    What happened is, yesterday when I managed to get rid of the URL block (by moving to a new URL), the site had a really strange behaviour. At midday it was completely open, and then it was down again in the afternoon, so suddenly I got a notion that someone was READING my posts/twits and reblocking my new URL…

    What was happening actually is that one Javascript plugin in my blog was sending queries to my old URL, so everytime it loaded it tripped the Reset Connection.

    That is because URL block was applied on the string chinayouren-free.comg/ If you click on this link from China you will see that your connection gets reset and you can’t open my blog again for about a minute. (so don’t click).

    This block on IP and URL is of the same nature as Danwei and TPD, it happens relatively often to blogs. It is the kind of block that once it is triggered then it doesn’t have a human follow up. I mean, there is nobody actively reading you to see which new IP/URL you take and block it again.

    It is easier for me than for those other blogs to fix the block, because I am a smaller website and my link structure is very well kept from the beginning. Wordpress makes your life easy. Older blogs with thousands of posts and comments are more difficult to manage, but I am sure they will work it out soon.

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  3. Jul

    This is funny, my blog is marking as spam my own comment, because of the link above. Might have to take it out so the comment can be read.

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