Here’s the latest report from the past week or so. As you can surmise, knowing that this blog is not WordPress, the 404 report is full of script kiddies trying their best to ferret out WordPress hackable security holes, by searching for the
wp-admin folder among others. Either that or some PHP defect or other, which probably amounts to the same thing. (Aside: the first number in each line is the number of times the URL was accessed, the second is the numbers of distinct referral URLs. In this report, it so happens the referrals are other “not found” URLs.)
All I’ve got to say is: if you are running a WordPress site, just make sure it’s always patched, plug-ins and all. Your site is also being probed like mine and if there’s a flaw, it will be found with these automated scripts.
As I said, depressing.
Despite being, essentially, a Windows developer, I do own a Mac, specifically a mid-2013 MacBook Air. I use it … occasionally, let us say, mostly for iOS development. One day, there may be more to it, but that relaxed rationale is about it for now. Anyway, Apple just released macOS Sierra , the latest operating system for Macs (they’ve moved from the OS X name to macOS to match their taxonomy for iOS and watchOS). For my own purposes I wanted to quickly note how I did it, since every time I try this...READ MORE
A while ago I wrote a book on algorithms and data structures, in my case for Delphi. It’s still on sale , but regrettably somewhat out of date, given the changes to the language in the last 15 years (I’m thinking of the new support for generics in particular). While on my vacation over the last couple of weeks I started thinking about writing a new series of blog posts on data structures, and what easier than updating the book into a new generics-capable one? There was one drawback: I haven’t done...READ MORE
Back in June 2015, I got my (replacement) CST-01, “the world’s thinnest watch”. I wrote about it at the time , mainly because of the stupendous crash-and-burn that the Kickstarter for it turned out to be. The watch is a lovely thing, to be sure. Well, I am sorry to report that, this weekend, after just 14 months of ownership, recharging every five to six weeks or so, the battery has now completely died. The watch only works if it’s plugged into the power charger. Unplug it, and the watch just shows...READ MORE
Waaaay back when (yes, it was eight years ago, an eternity in software development), I wrote a post on my old blog about using “ Code from the Internet ”. In those days, for me and my readers that meant finding some C# code from some blog post somewhere out there written by some Joe Blow and using it in your own app. These days however, if you’re doing any kind of web development, you’re going to be pretty well using a whole bunch of code from the internet, and in general from that internet outpost...READ MORE
A while back, well after I’d purchased the current theme for this blog , I ran across another great responsive theme on someone else’s blog (unfortunately I never made a note of whose it was, so can’t credit them). The theme is called Selfy and I’d have to say it’s pretty clean and simple. So I bought it in order that I could change the admittedly awful self-designed theme on my old blog. I’m no designer is all I will say. OK, fine, the old theme was rank, and I don’t want to talk about it. Really...READ MORE
Before we went away last week to Belgium, I was reading about a technique for removing people from your photos using Photoshop . I think I’d heard or read about it before way back when but had never really investigated the technique properly. This time though, I delved in deeper to see if I could do it myself. I suppose it was prompted by this short video that takes the technique to an extreme (notice how the shots with just the protagonist and no crowds are stationary/static so the technique can...READ MORE
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away – OK, it was in London in 1993 – I added a DateEaster function to my personal Dates unit, written in Borland Pascal 7. So: 16-bit DOS for all you oldies. For a bit of fun, I shall present it here with some commentary. At the time I was really proud of this unit: the majority of it was written in assembly for speed reasons (it was used in a swaps trading app I was writing) and it could calculate things like days between two dates (including on a 360-day basis...READ MORE