Recently I have had tons of referral spam in my blog logs.   I didn't want to mess with IIS filters or modifying the dasBlog source code.  I planned on writing a HTTP Module to check the request against a set of rules to help block invalid request when I found ReverseDOS.  It lets you specify a set of filters as regular expressions and if the request matches any of the filters it blocks the request. SubText (another Open Source ASP.Net blog engine) ships with ReverseDOS and I'm not sure why dasBlog doesn't.

So far this is working quite well.  I had to tweak the filters a bit to match the spam I've been getting and haven't had any issues so far.  Once my filters are tweaked out I'll post my configuration file.

Posted at 5/28/2007 11:07 PM
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I've been running Vista since it was available on MSDN and overall I like it.  There are a few things that I don't like though, one of which is how log it takes to get to the "Network Connections" control panel.  In XP it was an expandable folder on my start menu so I could just right click on a connection and view its properties.  Not so easy in vista...Start->Network->Network and Sharing Center->Manage Network Connections. 

I visit that several times a day, so the extra steps are really annoying.  I finally did some googling and found a few different ways to create a shortcut to Network connections. 

I also figured out you can simply drag the network connections icon from the address bar right onto the desktop and Vista creates a shortcut for you.  Then you can copy it to your start menu, quickest, etc.

Now if I could just figure out how to make vista select the full file name (including the extension)... Or even better if I could find a copy of Windows Edition for Power and Professional Users I would be very happy.

Posted at 5/24/2007 3:07 PM
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This is the first in a series of post about my new entertainment system that I previously posted about.  I am getting a few hits from Google on "RM6880" so I figured that was a good place to start.

I was slightly concerned about buying a boxed speaker set.  While I was researching speakers lots of people recommended buying individual speakers, which I'm sure has some benefits.  However, I wasn't excited about mixing and matching different brand speakers and getting the right combination for my room, along with the fact that option was more expensive.  So once I decided to go with the boxed set approach narrowing down the field to the RM6880 didn't take long.  I was looking for something sub-$1000 and polk stepped up to the task with great reviews.  I could have chosen between the RM6800, RM6880, or RM6900.  The RM6900 came with bigger  satellite speakers, but I felt they were too big for my room.  At the time I had a reason to get the RM6880 over the RM6800 but now I can't find the link, maybe it was because the RM6880s were black.

I have had the speakers installed for about two weeks now and don't have any complaints.  They came with wall mounts, so that saved me money and they are very low profile so the speakers hug the wall nicely.  I haven't listened to much music on them but for TV and movies they worked great.  The sub doesn't have a standard LFE jack but it does have a Left and Right line in, so I just used a Y adapter to connect the LFE from my receiver into the sub (an idea I found on the Polk Audio forums).

These speakers worked out great.  They look great, they sound great, and they were a decent price.

Posted at 5/24/2007 10:51 AM
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