Aug. 31st, 2007 10:15 am
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It looks like I'll need to find a new webhost again.

If anyone can suggest a good one, please do. I'm so tired of changing hosts!
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I haven't talked about this much before, but I've set up websites for a couple of my father's friends. They're relatively basic sites, of course; nothing too fancy. But I've put in some time on them, revising and updating. So just in case anyone's curious:

The Gamma Institute - I'll be honest. I don't entirely understand what this is about. Maybe someone can explain it to me.

Armenian Art Gallery - A site for an Armenian artist now living in France. I've just completed work on a considerably updated and expanded version; he hasn't approved it yet, but the test version can be found here.


Jun. 28th, 2005 10:49 pm
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Suddenly, without warning or any cause that I can see, my main email address is no longer working. Write to pmaranci at gmail dot come if you need to reach me.

Grrr...bleeping Fuitadnet...
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My latest post on the Fuitadnet forums:
> moderator: I just want to know what did you do to get on so many spam lists in the first place?

1. I've been on the internet going back to the late 1980's, and was active on Usenet for all that time.

2. I included my email address in all my posts (remember, this was before spam existed).

3. My primary website has been up for almost nine years now. It has always included my email address.

4. Before that, I had ANOTHER website with my email address.

I can only guess that whenever spammers swap email address lists, my address is the first one on those lists. I can assure you that I've NEVER bought anything from a spammer. I've never even used a mail client which would allow spammers to know that their spam had even been read. And normally I have always deleted all spam unread, unless I am tricked by an ambiguous subject and Sent-by.

I don't know. I'd speculate that spammers are taking revenge for my Message to Spammers, but I only put that up a couple of years ago.

HEY! My account has been SUSPENDED again, and my site is DOWN!!

You guys are going to KILL my Google ranking.

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There's a chance that the Fuitadnet mods might delete this post, so I'm saving a backup copy here.
Just for the record, this problem has still not been resolved.

It has been ten days now.

This morning I had to manually delete 891 spams which had arrived since midnight.

If this goes on much longer I am going to lose my mind. Ever had to manually review 891 spam headers about sperm? It's no goddamned picnic, I can assure you.

My brain hurts.
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This is a post from the Fuitadnet forums - specifically, for tickets which have not been resolved. That section is (it says) reviewed daily by the CEO.

So why am I cross-posting it here? Because it makes me laugh, even though I wrote it. See if you can guess why.
Ticket #DKQ-60918-644 (SpamAssassin)
This is a continuation of the long chain of SpamAssassin tickets and problems I've had for the last year or so.

I've gotten some response, but the last one I got suggested that SpamAssassin was working correctly. Since a week ago only 1-2 spams a day got into my inbox, and for the past three days it has been 1000+ per day, I have a hard time believing that SpamAssassin is just fine.

I also have a hard time believing that hundreds of spams with subjects like "FIND YOUR F-CK-BUDDY" (without the expurgation I've used here) would normally make it through a properly functioning SpamAssassin.

Yes, I have a juvenile sense of humor. So sue me.
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A thread I started in has become extremely interesting. Current and former employees of my webhosting company are ripping into each other. It's very educational, to say the least!
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Email went down again last night, around 7-8pm. I got online with a support person and they got it back up around 1PM today. But all email sent to me during the hiatus was apparently lost.

No real explanations of any of this have been given.

Back up

Feb. 12th, 2005 07:08 am
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My site and email are back up this morning.

Which reminds me, I am going to back up my site RIGHT NOW.

Still down

Feb. 11th, 2005 10:45 pm
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It's amazing how hard it is to go to sleep with my site and email still down.

If anyone needs to reach me, email:

Bog, I really hope they fix it before I wake up. BTW, I posted a message on the forum and at least two other people are also having this problem.
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As of this evening I am no longer able to receive email, and my site is DOWN - all the way down. I have opened a ticket.

I am very concerned.

Talk to me

Feb. 7th, 2005 02:29 pm
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Is there anybody out there?

Today marks the 60th day that SpamAssassin has been down on my account. Sixty days of
Now Everyone can afford
New product! Cialis soft tabs.
Tadalafil Soft Tabs - Great results!
High volume bounce on this st0ck
Has your cum ever dribbled and you wish it ...
Dnot spned 2 mcuh
Vioxx, Xanax & more.
Im happy with this Pa|n med1cat10n stuff
Is his wife in Pa!n treatment
Is my daughter in Pa1n
Br0,what abOut the Suffering
cash for all the satisfactions ferromagnet
. is your girlfriend fullfilled
FW : what women like the most
Med1cat10n is n0thing tO be hurting Of
Important Update - Rolex for $150 !! [ger... Your application has bee...
Roid rage for your little man
Pa1n is kiL|ing y0ur daughter
The best V'I,C*o^D-I_N with the best prices
Imagine being viriLe again
DARVON - Darvocet....Lowest prices. HUGE Se...
underground sex info
Meet hot girls for dinners
Reader's Digest : Don't you need romance
Skinny girl wants to meet someone
Re: Mature woman looking for a real man
Re: Real man looking for a woman
Re: Can you let me love you
Fat girl wants to meet another girl
begin spying now
No Subject
Save on OEM Dis.counted OEM Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk ...

I have been forced into the spamosphere.

I can't take it. I can't take it.

I am losing my mind.

5,400 per day...and counting...


Jan. 31st, 2005 08:50 am
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This is a followup to "Getting In Trouble Again".

I wasn't banned, and the "Super Moderator" didn't apologize - I was basically told to chill out.

I found that a bit offensive, because I wasn' chilled, whatever the hell that means. Still, it seems wiser to let it go. As I've gotten older, I've gotten less and less interested in conflict.

On the other hand, my temper still surprises me sometimes. Yesterday some idiot started beeping and gesturing at us from his car, and I was instantly in a state of berserk fury. I found myself snarling, and smacked my fist into the palm of my other hand with what was, to me, amazing speed. I don't normally do that - in fact I never do - and it wasn't a conscious decision.

Apparently I scared the guy, because he took off. At the moment, I half-hoped he'd stop his car and get out, because I was spoiling for a fight.

Damn good thing he didn't stop, though. I'd probably have broken my hand, and almost certainly would have been arrested.

Okay, no. I would probably have yelled a bit, and then backed down. But who knows? I still surprise myself, sometimes.

On a totally unrelated note, I just finished re-reading Leave It To Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse. I hadn't read it in twenty years, and was surprised at how good it was. It's remarkably funny, and there are no dull spots at all. I found myself laughing out loud frequently. Amazing!
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I posted this over in the Fuitadnet general support forum, but for no sane reason I've decided to post it here as well. The poll doesn't work, of course, but if anyone actually feels like voting, feel free to do so in comments.
Thank you for your inquiry. Please wait for a site operator to respond. You are number 1 out of 1 customer(s) ahead of you.
You are now chatting with 'Manish'

Manish: Hello
Peter Maranci: Hi. I'm checking on the status of ticket #HNT-48024-770. No account on my domain has been able to receive email for the past 24 hours.
Manish: How can i help you ?
Peter Maranci: Has there been any progress on this ticket? I cannot receive email, and I cannot open the support ticket page, so I have no other way of knowing what's going on.
Peter Maranci: I have finally received a bounce message, if that would help.
Manish: i check the ticket
Manish: we are working on that problem
Manish: when we will fix the problem we will update you via ticket
Peter Maranci: But I can't view tickets!
Manish: we are making some updates to ticket system , that's the reason you are facing problem with ticketing system
Peter Maranci: Is there any ETR? For the ticket system OR the email problem?
Manish: not sure
Peter Maranci: That's it then? Just wait?
Manish: sir as senior techs are working on that problem,that's the reason i am unable to tell you ETA
Peter Maranci: Not much I can do about that, then. Goodbye.
Manish: Bye sir

Should I have been:
A. Ruder?
B. More polite?
C. Funnier?
D. More stubborn?
E. Speaking Armenian?
F. Masturbating?
G: Other?

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Five days ago, SpamAssassin suddenly stopped working on my domain.

For those who don't know, SpamAssassin blocks spam at the server. That means that I don't have to download whatever it blocks.

POPfile, my local program, blocks spam too - from the remaining emails, all of which must be downloaded first.

I get about 5,400 spams per day - no, that's not a typo - and SpamAssassin has been blocking about 5,350 or more. It's probably blocking good email once in a while, but how could I search tens of thousands of spam in order to find one or two good ones?

I can't.

Anyway, SpamAssassin went down, mysteriously, for the second time in two months. The first time my host, Fuitadnet, was able to fix the problem in a day or two. No so this time.


Some quick math:

5,400 spams per day =
37,800 spams per week =
167,400 spams per month.

And of course it comes to just over two MILLION spams per year, but the rate will no doubt increase before the end of the year, throwing off all of my calculations.

Even with a broadband connection, it takes an hour or more to check my email. And by the time I'm done, anther two or three hundred are racked up on the server.

Fuitadnet has been having problems. They announced some major new improvements in customer support. I was also told that their main tech was out sick, and would be back on Monday to fix everything.

At 7:30am Monday morning, the spam stopped.

All email stopped.

Everything, not just the spam.

You won't even get a bounce or fail message. Emails sent to me will softly and silently vanish away. And I don't know if those lost emails will ever come back.

I tried to open a support ticket with Fuitadnet, but ironically, their support page is also down. I eventually reached a tech in LiveChat, who assured me that a ticket had been opened and they were working on it. I was given the ticket number #HNT-48024-770.

If you must reach me in the meantime, write to pmaranci at yahoo dot com.

When I get the chance, I'll write about my Saturday with Sebastian. We went to the Children's Museum in Boston and had lots of fun.

And now, to bed.


Sep. 20th, 2004 08:57 am
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My RuneQuest website guestbook and Chaos Project are based on free services from Alxnet. For a long time they worked well. Spam came in sometimes, but it was killable.

Then recently some bastards who've been spamming my books off and on for the last couple of years attacked again. These guys are particularly obnoxious, because they put an entry in each of my books that totally hijacks them; go to my guestbook or any of the three Chaos Project books and you are instantly transferred to their porn site. I suspect their site also attempts to hijack the viewer's home page settings, etc.

Alxnet automatically emails a copy of every entry in any of my books to my main address. These include a way to delete that entry with a single click, without logging in. That's kind of convenient, although it would be nicer if there was a way to block spammers more effectively instead and save me the trouble of deleting all those spams.

So the porno spammers hit all four of my books recently. But Alxnet never sent me their entries for some reason. And when I tried to log into my Alxnet account directly, I wasn't able to; they're transitioning to a new system, requiring everyone to set up new accounts and move their old books over, so maybe that's the problem.

But I couldn't log in to my old accounts, and when I set up a new account and tried to move my books I wasn't able to - the account is "still being processed", and has been for the last four days.

I found a way around it; go to an old email for an entry that has already been deleted and click on the instant-delete link. That takes me directly to the administration page. But those pages are going to go away in a month anyway, along with ALL of my entries (thousands of them) if I can't get the new account to work.

I'm seriously considering grabbing ALL of the entries manually and setting up new books using the tools that my host, Fuitadnet, supplies. But it would be a lot of work, and I wouldn't be able to transfer my entries. I'd have to make some sort of archives, I guess.

What a pain in the ass!

Holy FONG!

Aug. 20th, 2004 12:24 pm
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98 spams in the last hour. That's exceptional, even for me. What the hell is going on?


Aug. 2nd, 2004 10:01 am
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My web host, Fuitadnet, has been acquired by a larger company. Perhaps coincidentally, I have been unable to FTP into my own site (from anywhere), and cannot reach my CPanel.

I've had this happen too many times - signed up with a new host, only to have something happen to the management, after which everything goes to hell. I hold my tongue during one disaster after another, until finally they do something unforgivable. Then I back up some poor schmoe in the host's forum who is being torn to pieces for making a mild complaint about shitty service and incredibly rude treatment from customer "service"...and I get banned. The banning drives me completely insane, and I leave for a new host...

...and history repeats itself.
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Back in March when I moved everything to Fuitadnet, I activated SpamAssassin and a spam box.

Today I remembered that I'd done that and took a look, for the first time, at my spam box.

Since March I received over 29,656 spams.

That is all.
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If anyone knows how to make a request for data take a different route through the net, please tell me.

Since I still can't reach my email, write to me at . Thanks!


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