Adventures on TUIfly Nordic

I recently had a vacation in Cyprus using the services of Finnmatkat and TUIfly Nordic. The part of the travel agency was handled in a professional manner, as you'll see later, but the same can't be said for the airline. It was not really an epic failure, but a noteworthy episode non the less.

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Gallery broken

I have just failed miserably at upgrading the gallery to the latest (2.3.1) version of Gallery. I didn't bother with debugging very much, but I guess the PHP 5.3 upgrade broke something, which resulted in an un-upgradeable installation of Gallery. I did try reinstalling it with the old data, but that just broke it completely. The new Gallery 3 is approaching it's release, so an overhaul of the three-year-old installation would likely have been expected anyway. Until then, the gallery remains offline.


My first DoS attack

My first DoS attack

Interestingly, someone has just tried to DoS (perform a Denial of Service -attack) this server. As far as I know, this was the first time my Internet presence has come under a real attack. Everything before this has been normal backgroung noise.

The attack itself was pretty lame. Just a single host (so this wasn't a distributed DoS) in France pushing out 100mbit/s worth of tiny UDP-packets and it lasted for less than 20 minutes. You can see the packet rate from the attached graph.

Here's what our netflow-analyzer had to say about the attack:

Date                 Proto   Src IP Addr:Port         Dst IP Addr:Port Packets   Bytes Flows
2009-10-07 11:16:11  UDP     ->     7.0 M    9.3 G   176

In other words, (ns38798.ovh.net) sent me 7 million UDP packets.

And what about the effects of the attack? The websites were a bit sluggish, as the link was saturated, but other than that I didn't notice anything else worth mentioning.

I had my "old" HTC Touch HD out for sale at a Finnish auction site called huuto.net recently. It's now sold and shipped to the new owner, but I did receive a couple of interesting offers on it. These guys have apparently been roaming around on other online auction sites as well, so this is by no means a unique story, but I thought I'd share it publicly anyway.

The story begins on July 26th when I put the phone on aution...

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HTC Touch Pro 2

I've been using my new smartphone, the HTC Touch Pro 2, for a week now and I'd like to present some thoughts and obervations about it. This post is not intended to be a full-blown review and therefore some knowledge on the Windows Mobile 6 platform is assumed from the readers. It also helps if you are familiar with the latest TouchFLOâ„¢ 3D interface. If you haven't actually used the Touch Pro 2 yourself, I suggest watching some video reviews from Youtube before reading this post.

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