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August 6th, 2008

Spam block PSA

I've recently configured our mail server to use a mix of different real time block lists to stop spam hitting our mail boxes - with most of the success coming from using Spamhaus' blended Zen block list (which mixes known spammer addresses with known zombie senders).

It's cut down spam significantly (from around 500 messages a day in my spam quarantine folder to about 40 or so)- but I'm sure there'll always be the odd false positive. So if you're getting mail bounces from us with a 550 SMTP-error message indicating you're on one of the block lists I'm using, try sending mail by another route, or let me know so I can whitelist you...

Oh, and if your mail server (or better still, your upstream ISP) gives you the option of using a RBL, I recommend turning it on. It'll save you a lot of time dealing with spam, and quite a bit of disk space.

Rolling through the summer sky

Rolling through the summer sky

Looking up at the London Eye and some high summer clouds. Another summer day in London...

South Bank, London
August 2008

Bad Cat News

What we'd thought was an abscess on the Jeffster's rear right foot has turned out to be something a lot worse.

After noticing some swelling last week, we'd taken him along to the vet's, where the summer locum gave him some antibiotics. These hadn't done anything, so he'd had a different batch at the end of last week. While Jeoff was doing OK, the swelling hadn't gone down, and we could feel something hard under the skin. We took him back to the vet's this afternoon, and the vet (now back from holiday) rushed him off for an X-ray.

The resulting image wasn't good news - it turns out that what was causing the swelling was a tumour in one of the bones of his foot. It looks like it hasn't spread beyond there, but these are aggressive cancers (the vet reckoned that it had only been six weeks or so to get to where things are today), and there's really only one thing we can do to prevent it spreading. So tomorrow Jeoffroy will have to have his leg amputated.

We're completely shocked, but this will be the best thing for him - even if he does find it a little harder to get around in the future. I don't suspect he'll be climbing over the rooftops for a long while.

Up on the roof

I'll take him to the vet's for the operation early tomorrow morning, and we'll see where it goes from here.