Strange DDOS attack

Rank Hits Flag Country IP Agent Platform Version
1 591 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0
2 589 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0
3 571 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0
4 566 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0
5 547 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0
6 517 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0
7 492 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0
8 138 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0
9 138 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0
10 138 Unknown MSIE Windows 7.0

It’s funny, I’ve recently had spam requests trying to guess my admin password for the CentOS server I use to run this website. I can only assume it’s some kind of bruteforce attack.

Then even more recently, someone’s tried to trouble me with this attempted DDOS attack. In my opinion, as oxymoronic as this sounds, security through obscurity isn’t really security at all; however, WordPress is extremely popular and there are ways it can be violated/exploited. This specific type of attack probably wouldn’t exist if WordPress wasn’t so popular. I suggest reading about the “Disable XML-RPC Pingback” plugin and installing it.


Shops specialising in lightweight hiking and camping equipment

Over the last couple of years, I’ve stumbled upon a few companies that sell lightweight equipment useful for hiking and camping. They sell equipment well suited to long hiking trails such as the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Te Araroa, etc.

The companies listed above use extremely lightweight materials for their backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, etc. and I believe the products are likely far better than mass produced stuff. It’s recommended a lot by hikers although I haven’t tried them yet myself, but they are expensive! ZPacks is my favourite but if you’re American, ordering from multiple companies shouldn’t be as problematic as it is for me here in England.

I’ve posted a bit too much about technological stuff lately! September (when I apply for my US Visa) is getting closer and closer and I’m getting really excited. I’ll try keep an eye out for other useful links :).

Pacific Crest Trail 2018 ~ US Visa Update

I’ve decided to re-apply for a US Visa in September. It’ll soon come around. Hopefully Trump is quite welcoming of English people :). If it is declined, I won’t be trying a third time. In my opinion, I’m an ideal candidate for a Tourist Visa but they’re weird.

I need to know either way. This is sort of a deciding factor to me as to what equipment to buy. For example, if it’s declined, I’ll get a warmer sleeping bag. If it’s accepted, I’ll get a -7c sleeping bag.

Expect to see my gear list change a lot after September :). Check out lighterpack if you haven’t already.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specification rumours

Rumours of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, its specifications and looks, are beginning to spread like wild-fire. Samsung had reportedly already confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would be released this year. Whether it’ll be released under this name is not known for certain.

I owned the previous model, and it was fabulous. The first phone to be waterproof with a USB 3.1 port I could use for RAW file backups. I have missed it ever since, and I have considered buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is basically the same thing–without a pen. However, I really, really liked the pen. I thought it was well designed and implemented.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to have awesome specifications but the screen frightens me

  • 6.2-6.4 inch 3840×2160 Super AMOLED curved Infinity Display comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S8+ but slightly larger
  • S Pen
  • Iris scanner
  • Screen embedded fingerprint scanner or a fingerprint scanner located on the back
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 chip, 6GB RAM
  • Vertical dual lens cameras on the back
  • USB 3.1 USB-C connectivity
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • IP68 certification
  • 64GB built in storage, microSD expansion
  • Fast charging and wireless charging support

What is to dislike? Well, the screen is arguably too big. I thought the previous model had a great screen, and perhaps if they slim some of the bezel at the top and bottom, like they have with the Samsung Galaxy S8, it can be bigger without increasing the size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but for a 6.4 inch screen, they’re going to have to make the phone physically larger than the Samsung Galaxy S8+. According to the rumours, the top and bottom bezels have been slimmed down even more compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8 so that’s nice to know, and perhaps I’m fussing over nothing. I am almost certainly going to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as soon as it is released–some are saying that might be in August and others are saying September.

I have always raved over the latest Samsung phones and I believe they’re considerably better–for a photographer–than Apple anything at the moment for the sole reason that the USB port is considerably faster.


Sony a7rII 4.0 Firmware Update and Garmin Fenix 5x Firmware Update

The Sony a7rII and Garmin Fenix 5x received new firmware updates yesterday. It’s purely coincidental that they’ve been released around the same time.

I haven’t noticed any issues with either item yet. I must say, I’m quite impressed with the speed at which Garmin is updating their devices, especially the Garmin Fenix 5x as it’s probably not their best selling model (the slightly cheaper models tend to sell more.)

The Sony a7rII 4.0 Firmware Update is extremely lack-lustre. The menu system is the same old, same old; I was hoping they would add a “my-menu system”. There’s still no way to magnify a portion of the screen and keep the over-all composition, so that you can focus and compose at the same time with manual focus lenses. You still cannot set the electronic first curtain shutter to disable automatically past 1/2000 second shutter speed, and the “crop mode” still effects both video and still photography at the same time–it should be independent.

It’s a great camera, but I think Sony could do much, much better when it comes to firmware improvements.