3 Aug 2001 johnm   » (Journeyer)

Ob-Code Red

jschauma mentioned grepping apache logs for Code Red droppings, so I had a look. I got 9 today. This surprised me: I'm only on a dialup, and I've only been online for an hour or so today.

When the Red Hat 7.1 installer asked me about what firewall settings I wanted, I said none because I would either be on a company ethernet behind their firewall or on a dialup, and who on earth's going to come looking for me there? It seems that may have been a little naive... (And it's a good thing I'm not running any servers on the Windows side of this dual-booting box!)

I've only received one email due to it though, so I won't be breaking out the procmail big guns yet. I didn't realise that email might have somebody else's interesting document in it, so I just deleted it without looking. D'oh! [Double D'oh: it's the other one that sends the entertaining emails. Oops.]


There's not many things less fun than writing instructions and tools for installing your project on an operating system you don't care about and never use in earnest yourself. The installation's really not that hard: the old instructions really did work. The project is a compiler and other programming tools, so my attitude used to be

They're programmers, so they should be able to follow the instructions to the letter. If they can't, it doesn't much matter because they wouldn't have much luck with the compiler anyway

Alas, my attitude is being forced to change to "I'll do anything to stop getting email from these people about this pathetic issue!!!"

Admittedly, the part that is changing did seem to be a little fragile (although it always worked for me... go figure), and the new method (our own little setup.ini) is what I intended all along. And playing with Cygwin's setup utility is kind of fun.

But writing moron-proof instructions is never fun.

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