This should be a pretty transparent migration for anyone who happens upon this, but I can’t justify the expense of dedicated machines to serve my pointless websites and services, so I’m migrating everything to cheaper, VPS-based hosting.

We’re now running on a handful of virtualized services, with far lower specifications than the old system, and saving nearly half of the cost. Also, We’re live in Russia, as well as in Germany, to celebrate heritage- and domain names that cost less than $1/yr. For now, all still link to the main site due to a limitation in my blogging software, but I’ll rebuild that functionality.

I’m going to change this design to a simpler, less 2003-styled theme, so things may be broken occasionally while I work on this at my leisure.

It’s been over a decade since I registered my first MX donation to Project HoneyPot- and they’ve noticed that I removed a link because the last few times I tried to register changes, the site was not working.

Well, I’ve figured it out. Their token system for activation is not IPv6 compatible. It’s a pity, but it wasn’t all that difficult to figure out after digging through the code (it is nothing changeable on the client side- and modifying the code will make the client fail it’s internal heuristics, making it trivially more difficult to diagnose).

On the sideline, I’ve been interested in their Http:BL system, which is similar to DNS blocklists, but is designated for HTTP use. This enables a user to decide if they want to block a visitor’s traffic due to it being a harvester/spammer/et al..

I’ll probably dig into existing implementations, and build a TextPattern extension for it (Yep, I’m still using TXP over a decade later, too- after giving up my homegrown CMS that I built with no real design ideology in 2003.)

Sure, the fact that Prime is now double what it was a couple years ago, but has a neat $11/mo option probably eases the expense for many. But this isn’t about Prime.

Amazon’s products have taken a steep decline since they’ve started processing for Chinese-based companies. In fact, Amazon removed my reviews when I refused to let them not do something about a Chinese vendor who was selling cloned hardware with STOLEN software. It took nearly a week of phone calls to support, and finally an email to elJeffe before anyone would even own the problem. Then, they removed the complainant. Smooth.

This Consumer Protection Safety Commission link on recalled products will show you just how many “Amazon Exclusive” products have been recalled in 2017 alone, compared to 5 years ago (there was one).

Amazon doesn’t care. Jeff certainly doesn’t- he’s making bank. This is because we’ve become too lazy to shop for our own products, even at the prospect that those purchased through Amazon have not been properly tested before being put up for sale in our market.

Thanks but no thanks.

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