This site is closing

This site will close soon, probably at the end of this months billing cycle, in around 3 weeks.

The reasons:

  1. Constant hacking attempts, as many as 200 per day. They’re coming from all over the world, so a script kiddie trying to get access by using incorrect usernames. I have a firewall in place that bans them after one failed attempt, this is fast becoming a very large part of the database and .htaccess file.
  2. The site at certain times of the day can take an age to load. This is unnaceptable and throwing money at the problem won’t help.
  3. I’ve contacted several retailers and manufacturers to see if they’ll loan me a bike for a few days so I can expand the reviews to cover other models… none have called me or emailed me back.
  4. I can’t be arsed updating with new posts. There’s also little to cover if I can’t get hold of loan bikes to test and review.
  5. I might one day setup the site on my local network on a raspberry pi, and yes believe it or not, it would be faster than the current host.
  6. I’m also considering selling my bike. I am a carer for my uncle who is mentally handicapped, I get 3 days a week when I have a respite carer come in and look after him for a few hours. So of course riding is dependent on the weather and if I have other errands to run in my spare time. As things are. I don’t want to get soaked, cold and miserable during this time.

Raspberry Pi Ad Blocker

I remember seeing something about an advert blocker for the raspberry pi but I can’t find the original post, so some googling later and I found pi-hole.
https://pi-hole.net/
It took less than a minute and it kicks Ad Blocker Pro’s arse then beats it while it’s down. It’s amazing, not one single damn advert gets through, and those that do you can add to a black list.

So if like me you’re sick to death of adverts and you don’t mind spending a few quid getting a raspberry pi then this is a must.

Once complete, change the DNS server of the client (PC, phone, laptop, tablet or just about anything that uses your internet connection) to your rasperry Pi’s IP address.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash

change the pi-hole password:

pihole -a -p newpasswordhere