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This article in the Rootsweb Review may explain why we have had a
problem with a few undesirable messages getting through to the lists
ROOTSWEB REVIEW: Genealogical Data Cooperative News
Vol. 1, No. 20, 28 October 1998; Circulation: 224,200+
Copyright (c) 1998 RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
Editors: Julia M. Case and Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG
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CONTENTS: News and Notes from RootsWeb; Connecting through
RootsWeb; Mailing Lists; Letters to the Editors; Web Sites;
GenConnect; Ultimate Family Tree and Your Family Reunion; Humor
(Computer Terms); Reprint Policy; Unsubscribe Instructions
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NEWS AND NOTES FROM ROOTSWEB
SPAM ATTACK. On 10/26/98, Dr. Brian Leverich wrote:
Tim Pierce and a Spammer and I Attack the Web Server. Just a bit
ago I checked out the main Web server and found it operating at
load factor 26, which is way high for peak hours and extremely
weird for this time of the evening. Turns out that Tim Pierce and
a spammer and I were cooperating to attack the server. Here's
The spammer flashflooded our 4,000 mailing lists with massively
cross-posted garbage. Because it was massively cross-posted and
because Tim's filters prevented it from going out to the lists,
the posts all made it onto the listservers without the load
climbing on the listservers enough to slow the flow.
Because Tim CCs all the "Spam Detective" catches to himself on
the Web server (that's where he reads his mail), the listservers
cheerfully tried to force 4,000 pieces of spam onto the Web
server simultaneously with 4,000 SMTP connections.
Ordinarily this wouldn't be a problem, because the sendmail on
the Web server would have started choking off incoming as the
load factor skyrocketed. But I had the load choke-off set *very*
high because, before I upgraded the server in June, I'd had to do
that so rootsweb-help would keep working.
So the Web server just sat there and got pounded. I've
rationalized the sendmail settings now so the Spam Detective can
no longer dangerously mailbomb the Web server.
RootsWeb continues to improve our facilities for surviving spam
attacks and preventing spam from reaching our mailing lists. On
Monday of this week, RootsWeb brought a new mailhub server
online. The new mailhub server, which is one of RootsWeb's
fastest and most expensive servers to date, has the speed and
capacity to support the more sophisticated spam filters that we
will be implementing in the future.
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SPAM ATTACK UPDATE: On 10/28/98, a RootsWeb listmember wrote to
Tim Pierce, RootsWeb's senior system administrator: "I got over
27 (blocked spam from your list) messages today, WOW! I hope
someone crams a high voltage lead up this guy's computer. Good
job for the Spam Detective!" Tim responded, in part:
This morning, we received more than 5,000 spams (and counting)
from these turkeys in a little more than an hour and a half [by
mid-afternoon, the count had risen to 9,000]. I think that sets
some new kind of record for us. The load on our systems is
skyrocketing just trying to keep the junk off the lists, and our
network pipes are clogged with the extra traffic.
Looking for any descendants of Daniel and Thomas Saint, Quakers, whose
family members migrated from
Perquimans Co., NC to Wayne, Henry & Washington Co, IN in the early 19th
century. In the late 19th century some Saints moved into IL and IA. My
ancestor, Isham Saint, believed to be son of Thomas moved to Perry Co, TN
Any info or contact would be appreciated. Thanks, Glenda in Memphis
I am looking for information about the John ABLES family he and his
family were living in Henry Co., Iowa in 1850(fed census)
i. John Ables b.1780 in Holland d. ?
m. Alazna b.c 1790 in Pa. d. ?
1. Jane C. b. c 1828 Ohio d. aft. 1900 Thayer co., Ne. m.
(My gg Grand parents)
2.Eonona b. c1831 in Ohio
3.Aly Ann b. c1832 in Ohio
4. Thomas b. c1834 in Ohio
John was listed as a farmer in the 1850 fed census in Henry Co., Iowa
Any information would be helpful.
Thanks, James D. Hitt
James (Dan) Hitt
Wonderful Wyoming the Cowboy State
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