Oi, robot!

In recent days, ridey.net has been hammered by a very aggressive robot called Pompos, from a French search engine called dir.com. It would come in, and rifle through the entire site, sucking up lots of bandwidth. So I’ve banned them via robots.txt. Not sure why it took such an interest in ridey.net.

While looking at the server logs (something I hadn’t done for a while), I also noticed another French visitor called Torpedo had been hijacking an image from an old blog entry. That is to say, they were linking to the image file on ridey.net, thus every time someone looked at their site it would pull in the image from mine, in effect stealing my bandwith. Not acceptable! So we did a little Photoshop work and now visitors to Monsieur Torpedo’s blog will have a little surprise.

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