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Image no.2 Example of an empty calendar in booking system pro (dopbsp) plugin in wordpress
Example of booking system (dopbsp) plugin stuck at loading

Image no. 1. Example of booking system (dopbsp) plugin stuck at loading

There are quite a large number of websites based on wordpress that use dotonpaper’s booking system or booking pro plugin, just in my experience as a freelancer, I’ve seen over 50 sites that use it, some of them for travel booking and hotel lodging, others for cleaning services, because from many points of view, the plugin is very easy to use and configure, and it even has (had ?)  a free version.

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Sometimes it’s good to have a quick .htaccess rules writer for your server / host, to block a larger number of IP addresses from accessing stuff on your site, like spambots, or people (bored kids ?) who try to hack into your site or blog. If you use any kind of statistics plugin on your wordpress blog, or any other stats on other platforms, you can most likely see the IP addresses and the paths these visitors have taken, trying to access your site in an unauthorised way, like trying to exploit a revolution slider vulnerability to show your config.php, or some other plugin.

So here’s the quickest way to deal with these IP addresses, presuming you are on a linux box with PHP installed, or on any computer with PHP available in command line (php5-cli package on debian/ubuntu/mint/fedora/q4os , basically, on most modern linux systems, and xampp or wampp package on windows based machines).

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TL:DR version: some examples of how some lifewaster hacker-wannabes try to gain unauthorised access to sites and blogs and how you can simply and effectively block them

Obviously, some people have too much time on their hands, and don’t appreciate life enough in order to do something useful with theirs, so they spend hours and days trying to hack into other people’s servers, websites, and webapps. How do I know this ? Well, this year only, I’ve found and filtered out over 300 IP addresses and user agents, behavioral patterns and 404s (not found messages) in the logs of THIS SITE ALONE (I manage several sites and blogs, both for myself and coworkers and some companies, all on different servers), that have all indicated that some idiots spend hours a day trying to hack into wordpress, joomla, and other CMS (content-management system) based sites.

Some of the IP addresses clearly indicate that they do have some serious resources at their disposal, like hacking attacks coming from datashack.net, a company or hosting service with several thousands of IP addresses, or ovh.net, again, with several hundreds of IPs at their disposal. Some of the log entries (see some examples below) clearly indicate that they either have no clue how a webserver actually operates, or they base their attacks on outdated information from 10 years ago, when hacking into a server was possible simply by knowing what components the CMS has and looking for ones that can be exploited via SQL injections or concurrent command executions.

Obviously, almost all major CMS engines are constantly being improved, and security flaws are consistently being patched by all well-known platforms, however, it looks like some of these life-wasters and hacker wannabes haven’t found out about that and try EVERY DAY the same tactict, the same M.O (modus operandi), on THE SAME SITE, in some cases from the same IP address. Now if that is not a good example of insanity, I don’t know what is :)

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The TDE Desktop environment is an extraordinary piece of software that allows one to keep working with the computer as KDE used to look and feel like before the switch or “upgrade” to KDE 3 and before that, and as the project’s maintainers themselves state, with ” … a primary goal of retaining the function and form of traditional desktop computers.” In other words, TDE development saved a lot of people who didn’t like the direction in which KDE headed from that point forward, from a lot of frustration, and allowed them to work as they were used to.

Some things, however, are not as good as they should be, mainly because the project is still

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The default splash screen of Trinity Desktop on Q4OS Linux distro

Finally, I can say wholeheartedly, that after having tried and tested very thoroughly, more then 200 linux distributions found on distrowatch.com, I have found the best, fastest, simplest, most complete, most user-friendly, efficient, task-oriented linux distro to date !

Last time when I was so excited and so pleased about anything in computer technology, was when I discovered Aldus Page Maker, but those times are long forgotten now (1994/1995), and the last time an operating system was so appealing to me, was when I discovered “ubuntu done right”, which was Linux Mint

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Image of a zombie walking towards an unclear future

You might think that with all this technology around us, that not only makes our lives easier, but supposedly makes us more comfortable, human society (I won’t dare call it a civilisation, until it becomes one) at large has become more efficient in whatever goals it’s pursuing, but the truth is, that if we compare the simplicity and efficiency of some of the programs and ways of interacting with computers from just 10 years ago, with the programs and ways of interacting of today, the programs and workmodes of ten years ago, beat ALL of todays programs and workflows, methodologies, no exception !

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