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Medication working or not?
19 October 2014
Posted in About me
I'm now 5 days on the new medication and I'm still not sure if it's working or not. Okay, it's quite early to judge medication in 5 days, but I should at least already notice something from it.

First things first... The B12 injections do have effect already. I've noticed that the day I've received it and the day after, I feel more energetic than before. This while the fatigue in my legs is still there, but clearly less than before I started with the B12 injections. Down side though is that when the B12 is 'used up' by my body, the fatigue is back and worse than before

Then the new beta blocker for my heart. Well, can't judge it's working yet for the simple reason that I'm taking it low on physical exercises. How ever, I can tell that the light-headedness (and thus low blood pressure) is far less than with the other beta blocker I used initially. And speaking above above the worse fatigue when the B12 is 'used up', the beta blocker is known to cause fatigue as well, so I'm uncertain if this is a side effect from the beta blocker or a lack of B12 (my guess is the first...)

Then the other two meds I'm taking. They're to let the heart get enough oxygen to keep beating. Much like the beta blocker (taking it against heart cramps caused by low/lack of oxygen), I can't really tell if it's working.

However, while I say I do avoid physical exercise, I am taking some from time to time. The visits to the doctor I did by bike, I am walking the dog with my wife, and do grocery shoppings. Though these exercises are not that stressful, they do do give me a bit of pressure on the chest. Mostly when taking a bit of rest it fades and I can keep going....

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POS management
15 October 2014
Posted in EVE online
It's been quite some time that I've posted on EVE online, but I just don't wanna post each day that I've mined ice and ore, done my production and other regular stuff Not to mention, at a certain point, character progress in EVE online will take it's time (like it does now for my 3 characters who are learning skills that take 2-3 weeks ). But today I do have something 'special' to report...

As I've written before, the previous corporation I was in kinda got disbanded because of a war we had declared upon us. The corporation had 3 POS (Player Owned Station) and all 3 were destroyed by the warmonger. I figured that that wouldn't happen to my own corporation and before I deployed my own POS, I made sure I'd have learned the POS defence skills (which took me close to 10 days so far) and deployed a couple of big guns around it.

With the population in my 'home system' changing almost from day to day I took a closer look at my POS and decided to 'upgrade' security a bit. I added a couple of stasis fields and warp disrupter with the guns to make sure any warmonger would not be able to get out and get shot to pieces.
With that I also decided to upgrade the aggression rate of the guns a but as well. Where I used to shoot only at target my corporation is at war with, I now shoot any one who's in a dropping security status (orange/red blinky).

Though it might seem harsh, I think that players who are already a security risk elsewhere in the station by either being a ganker of an other miner (red blinky) or stealing stuff from other players (orange blinky), you dust deserve to get shot at without warning.

So a small word of advice... Though I am a miner and producer in the game, do not mess with me. My POS is defended very well. Not to mention, if you read my older posts, you see that I do have some nice fire power in my ships as well


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Hospital/cardio visit
15 October 2014
Posted in About me
I've been to the hospital yesterday to visit the cardiologist and it was a fruitful visit. What my doctor suspected has been confirmed and I 'suffer' from heart cramps, but I also seem to have low blood pressure (both aside from that extra heartbeat that my heart gives every 10-15 seconds).

The day started early for me (awake at 6am as usual) and at 9am I had to be in the hospital. Because I've had a heart cramp a week ago, I decided to leave home early so I could cycle slowly if needed. Not to mention, I also had to check if my data at the hospital's computers was still correct.

First an EGG was made of my heart and was a pretty short stop - in about 10 minutes I was in and out of that examination room. Next up was the cardiologist. I had to explain to her what happened last week and what the exact problems are that I have. Well, pressure on the chest and a pain in the upper left shoulder with at times pain and numbness in the left arm & hand.

After that I had an echo of my heart. Though not painful, it was quite uncomfortable when the echo-sonic had to take a 'peek' from the bottom of my heart and the device was almost pushed under my ribs
Having had the echo, the treadmill (well, bike) was on for me. Last time I had it (3 years ago or so) I could not complete the test and thus no results came from it, though I had the same symptoms back then. This time I could complete it, but I really did feel the pressure on my chest as well as being very light headed. Well, the light-headedness was to be expected because during the whole test my blood pressure remained too low for the exercise I was doing and as a result I had to take a pretty long cool down to avoid my blood pressure to plummet and me to faint...

Back at the cardiologist I had the results, and indeed (as I started this post), my heart gives cramps during physical stress. She also pointed out that my cholesterol is a bit high (as it's always been in my life). As a precaution she gave me a couple of medications. An other beta blocker (which also lowers the blood pressure, but it seems that after 2 pills I don't have it as bad as the previous beta blocker I had), cholesterol lowering pills and stomach protectors. She also told me that I need to have that nitro-spray with me at all times (an other discipline to get used to).

Right now I have quite a stack of medication here at my PC desk so that I can't forget to take them in the morning, and I have also set my cellular phone's alarm at 10pm each evening for the cholesterol pill (that really is one I'd forget if not reminded to take ).

I also have a phone appointment with the cardiologist on November 5th to see how I'm doing with the new medication and see if I've had cramps in the mean time...

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B12 rollercoaster
12 October 2014
Posted in About me
It's been 10 days now and 3 injections since my B12 deficiency has been diagnosed and my body has been on a rollercoaster since that (hence the low post-rate last week...)

First and for most, last Sunday my body had a real severe reaction because of the huge input of B12 in my system (or at least my doctor thinks that's the reason). That day I was on my 2nd full day of that cluster-alike headache that I have, but this time the headache really went from bad to worse instead of slowly vanishing. With that I also had a higher heartbeat and felt a slight pressure on my chest.
So I decided to call the emergency doctor's post and they asked me to get over there. I went by bike, which normally would take me about 10 minutes, but because I didn't feel too well I decided to take it slow. When I was about halfway, my left hand started to tingle (like I sat on it for quite a  while) and my left arm itself started to ache a bit. By the time I got at the post I was extremely light headed and my left hand was close to totally numb.
The doctor there did her exams and all seems clear, though my blood pressure was a bit on the high side. She gave me a puff of nitrolingual spray and after about 10 minutes the pressure on my chest and numbness in my hand faded. She sent me home with some medication and told me to visit my own doctor the next day.

Monday I visited my own doctor. Though I didn't have any real pressure on the chest, I was severely light headed. He took my blood pressure and in contrast to the day before this time the pressure as pretty low and I had to stop using one of the medicines I was given the day before (I took only 1 pill of it - an allergic reaction?).
My doctor also explained that most likely the problems with my heart the day before might be cause because of the sudden influx of B12 and having used it all up again and my heart missing it already. But because he thinks my B12 deficiency has been going on for years, he didn't want to take any chances and made an appointment with the cardio at the hospital for next Tuesday...

Then the 3 injections itself... Yeah, they are painful when injected and I'd much rather have a tetanus injection. B12 is a bit of acid based and that's what makes it painful AND it has to be injected in a large muscle (yeah my butt).
Within a couple of hours after the injection most of the fatigue I've been experiencing is gone for the next 24 hours or so. After the B12 is used up by my body, the fatigue comes back and more severe as I used to have it before. Though this is normal, when I doze off the 'sleep' I experience is very deep and it takes me quite some time to 'get back to the living' with my brains still being sleep drunk when I've woken up.

I have also tried to do some grocery shopping yesterday, and that didn't go too well either. Though I didn't feel too tired, I did experience the pressure on my chest again. Luckily it wasn't overly hard, and taking a break when walking (didn't go by bike on purpose) would ease the pressure again. I think that's a clear sign that my body still is busy recovering from the long period of B12 deficiency...

In general I think (hope) that in the long run the B12 injections will help me to get on with my life on a pretty normal way. I hope the side effects like I experience them now are only temporarily and will vanish all together, but only time can tell...

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105?!?
08 October 2014
Posted in About me
Okay, I'm not the kind of guy who stands on the scale every couple of weeks, or even every couple of months. We have a scale, but the last time I stood on it was about 2 years ago or so. Then my weight was around 100kg. It might sound like a lot, but with my 1.88m height it's not overly much overweighted (only about 10kg).

That was 2 years ago. This morning I stood on the scale again and found out that my current weight is 105kg. I was kinda in a shock, and yet I expected it. I mean, my jeans are just a bit tighter and that's not because they shrunk On the other hand, having a physically active job I was hoping I did loose some weight already and would be around 95 like I said to the doctor last weekend...

On the other hand, having gained some weight was what I could have expected. Being extremely tired (without knowing of the B12 deficiency I have), I've been eating a lot the last 2 years to counter the fatigue I had a lot. Though now knowing that all the extra food (and candy ) didn't help, I think it's only a miracle that I gained so little over the last 2 years.

And now..? Well, I don't think I'll change a lot. With in the near future my body (hopefully) becoming less fatigued, I guess my input of food will lessen as well. Hoping to work with the Dutch postal service for years to come, I'll loose that 5 extra kilos quickly enough and I even might finally hit the 90kg I wanted to hit a long time ago as well

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Corps - past, present & future
06 October 2014
Posted in EVE online
I don't seem to have a lot of luck when it comes to getting into corporations (guilds, clans or whatever a MMO calls it)

In EVE online I finally found a corporation with a couple of cool guys till a nasty war (for 'protection money') was started. The corp CEO who was not overly active due to RL problems asked the co-CEO to kick everyone from the corporation so that war would be on an empty shell and we could 'regroup' again after the war was over a week later. It seemed like a good plan and we kept in contact through our own 'corporation' channel. We even teamed up as normal and things seemed to come out all fine.

That was till the war was over a week later and the regroup didn't really get started... The co-CEO decided to take a 'deserved leave' for running his own toons and that of the CEO, while the CEO got back to the game but wasn't overly active. The other members (me, my brother and 3 others) got back in the corporation, but things became real slow and disorganized. For instance, the POS handling was real odd, while our own POS (for the 'normal members') was open for us to add and handle, but each item we added to the POS didn't give us access to it

At one day the CEO asked me if my brother and I wanted to start our own corporation, because he still didn't have time. In the mean time, an other member already left and yet an other didn't even bother to log on any more. My brother and I already spoke about this and we made preparations for our departure. As a 'bonus' my brother and I were give the full POS that I tried to expand so badly.

So my brother and I made our own corporation and are having quite some fun playing the game. Problem now is that we want to expand the corporation with more members, but we're too small to recruit large numbers of players - actually we haven't recruited anyone yet with the corp-advert Though we won't abandon our corporation, we do need more friends (members or allies) to keep going. We hope that we'll be able to grow in the future, and we realize that that'll take time/ One thing is certain, we've created this corporation and I'm not planning on abandoning it!


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China fully banned
04 October 2014
Posted in General
As always those few REAL readers of the blog have to suffer from the one big botnet that's there in China.

As I said yesterday, there's a huge botnet active from China that's generating small hits (50-250) but in large numbers (500+ IPs). This botnet comes from the 163data.com.cn domain, but it's hard to block since it's using different IP ranges each time.

Normally the next few lines in my .htaccess file should be enough to block this domain:
   RewriteEngine on
   RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} 163data\.com\.cn [NC]
   RewriteRule .* - [F]

But I either have made an error somewhere or my ISP is not allowing me to use this in the .htaccess file.

So I decided to take things a bit more rigorous and googles a bit more till I found a site that could give me info on the IP addresses used per country. Well, China is big itself and it uses a whole bunch of IP addresses. Copy/paste being my friend, I added that whole list to the .htaccess file to exclude them and I was ready to roll.

Sadlym my ISP refreshes the IPlog every 2 hours and I had to wait till I could check if all went well. And indeed, the last 2 hours there were zero entries to my blog from China. That'd mean that my traffic will drop by roughly 25-30%, but at least I'll get more accurate statistics..

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IP ban started
03 October 2014
Posted in General
A couple of days ago I spoke about having a botnet problem on this site and that I would go through my logs to see which IPs are responsible of that. What I saw then at first glance pointing to China and USA seemed to be right.

Today I've spent about 3 hours going through 4 months of logs to find the IPs responsible of the huge bandwidth usage. Okay, the 'big ones' are easily to spot since they are at the top of the list with their 5K+ hits. But it's the smaller ones that gave me a hard time.

Thanks to the power of spreadsheets I managed to catch a lot of 'smaller' spammers that were all in the same network (probably dynamic IP addresses).
The spreadsheet also showed a lot of Chinese IP ranges that were responsible for quite a lot of traffic. And while each IP itself only took somewhere between 200 and 1K hits a month, the whole IP range itself was good for over 10K hits - and I'm 100% positive it's a Chinese botnet active because the number of visits and hits was equal (if you browse normally you have more hits than visits). and while at it, I also noticed that from one Chinese ISP there were a real lot of small hits (50-250 a month), but the sheer amount of hits made me wonder. Googling that ISP I found out that it was a source of a lot of problems, and luckily the IP range was mentioned on a couple of forums as well. SO yeah, I banned that whole ISP (China's biggest I think looking at the range).

But the work is not yet done, I'm quite sure of it. Browsing the logs I noticed quite a lot of USA botnet hits as well. I hope I have found most of them as well. It would mean that with my updated .htaccess file I should keep an eye on my logs and should see a drop in (botnet) traffic...


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Severe B12 shortage
02 October 2014
Posted in About me
This morning I had the results of the 2nd bloodtest and there were finally some results! Though they're not the ones that'd make me happy and even the doctor's assistant was surprised by them...

The vitamin D was okay in my blood, but that was to be expected, with me having a job with the Dutch postal service PostNL. But the vitamin B12 and Folic acid seemed to be the problem. And what kind of problem, the values were extremely low the assistant said.

After having done a small wikipedia search, I found out that both B12 and Folic acid are both very important for the body for creating (copying?) DNA and red blood cells. And without red blood cells being made (or made in very low quantities), it's no wonder I was tired like hell.

Now there's a problem though... How the hell did I get this extreme shortage of B12 and folic acid? Both are found in daily products (of which I take enough on a weekly basis), B12 is found in meet (again, I eat enough of that, though not too much) and folic acid is found in beans and green vegetables, and that I eat  as well in good quantities. So it clearly is not my diet to blame...

For now I've been put on a proscription of folic acid tablets (one a day) and the coming month a B12 shot weekly (tomorrow the first one) and after that the shot will be monthly. And while I'm at the doctor tomorrow, I'll ask how this shortage could have occurred, and how I can avoid it in the future. I just hope this won't be a chronic condition forcing me to get these shots and pills (though both seemingly harmless) for the rest of my life....


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Botnet SPAM problem
29 September 2014
Posted in General
I seem to have a problem and not have a problem at the same time with the Pages from Sages site.

The problem is that there are clearly botnets active on my site to SPAM their illegal activities (blue pills, casino, porn and the alike), eating up a lot of bandwidth that I have available by creating a whole lot of traffic to the site.

The good thing is that the Captcha that I downloaded a couple of years ago and modified heavily really is botnet-proof. Just look at the picture below and you'll see that there's close to 9K (13K as of today) on the 19th this month and that there's not a single SPAM message written in the comments.

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But as said, this botnet trying to SPAM the site also generates loads of bandwidth. This month I'm already down to half of what I have available, while at the start of this year only a quarter was used This means that I do need to take action before I have to start paying for the extra bandwidth that no one actually has seen, and I don't want to pay for bots either.

Going through the other statistics it's clear that bout half of generated bandwidth (90K hits today) comes from China (and I doubt they'll be reading my blog there) and about 40% (65K hits) comes from the USA. Looking at the number of pages requests compared to the number of visits, I'm 100% certain it's a botnet, because China clearly shows an equal amount of page requests and hits are equal (which means they're requesting a new page each time), while from the USA there clearly are active readers there.

Going through the IP logs for the last 2 months (yes, I do log through this blog AND mu ISP logs as well) there is a clear behaviour from the botnet, which I can use to my advantage to start banning IPs with an automated script added to the blog. Not to mention, I can simply ban the whole China Ip range through the .htaccess file

An other point to note (which I always find extremely funny) are those so called 'hackers' who are trying to logon into both the database and WorldPress. Do I have some news for them...
I'm not using WorldPress at all! I've been hacking myself in the past (when it was still legal) and I know how you guys think and work. Instead I have written my own 100% custom made blogging system which really will give you guys a hard nut to crack And the database - Yes, I'm using one, but that's 100% managed by my ISP and they have even better hackers there than half the dozen a month trying to 'hack' my blog. And while I'm at it, I will also start banning all those 'hackers' that I find in the ISP's log - it's just a couple of extra lines of code I need to add

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