Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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November 11th, 2011

Dear battered old MacBook Pro, this is jot the time to stop talking to your display.

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OK, I am putting that little headfuck exercise aside for a while. Thanks all for your help and sympathy.

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@skwashd Well, thanks. I’ll call momentarily to explain the relationship ‘tween me and this site first, though.

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@aimee_maree Yeah, the new business owners inherited a messy site. Drupal for 20-odd mostly-static pages and a bookings calendar? Overkill!

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Ah good thinking, @skwashd. I’m a bit rusty on diffing tarballs, and way exhausted. I might grab someone for an hour or two to sort that.

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OK, @aimee_maree @grantshow @JuliusFlywheel, my codebase backup is Drupal 6.14 but the only db backup is 6.16. Am I screwed?

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@aimee_maree It’s that hack that causes Drupal to feed Google spam links instead of the real site. We were going to rebuild anyway… ;)

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@aimee_maree It’s not my site but it’s definitely a Drupal hack. IWasn’t up to date. File system was so confused the wrong tree got updated.

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Ah @1159! Those who do know what I’m saying know that I am in a very, very scary place.

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Then again, I may choose a different strategy: Take Monday off and rebuild the entire thing in WordPress. This site does not need Drupal.

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Right. Strategy must be: File system rollback; db restore; pray that hackers left db untouched out of sheer goodwill; laugh hysterically.

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Right. I have a Drupal file tree from months ago. Good. I have a database backup that’s 5 days old. The hack was at least a week ago. Bzzzt.

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There’s a shell alias to run joe instead of vi? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE AIR-FREIGHT ME A VERY LARGE BOTTLE OF VODKA!

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And just to keep you on your toes, the database drupal uses for example.com.au’s volatile data is called examplejoomla not exampledrupal.

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Oh cool. Hey everyone! The MySQL root password is the given name of a person who previously owned the website. NO-ONE WILL EVAH GUESS!

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@JuliusFlywheel Indeed. Previous owner of this site left shit everywhere. Trying to figure what’s crud and what’s a “useful” old version.

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As a complete aside, does anyone know of a WordPress plug-in for booking facilities like meeting rooms? Whole-day blocks only needed.

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This “file naming convention” seems to have been developed by an epileptic chicken. On amphetamines.

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This is essentially my plan, @JuliusFlywheel. But I think I’ve found a version of the site from a few months before infection, close enough.

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JuliusFlywheel @stilgherrian Private Hudson’s Solution for infected Drupal alas. I’ve found altered schemas, db triggers for reinfection, stego’d shellcode

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@grantshow Thank you. At this stage I just need to fathom how an untidy “sysadmin” left old site versions and backups lying around. Messy.

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RT @Wyld: I do enjoy Drupal .. but I still recommend having a fifth of scotch at hand. [ I know. Gatorade isn’t going to cut it.]

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Disinfecting an infected Drupal site, all of a sudden. I know fuck all about Drupal. This will be fun.

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@a_bycroft No problems, Sir. You also get a mention at @technologyspec today. I’m spreading the joy. arseh.at/mg1

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Mobile: Check out; transport to somewhere else; check in or, if that’s not possible yet, catch up on email.

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Me at @technologyspec: “A great big cyber tax on business”: What if dealing with eCrime was like a tax? arseh.at/mg1

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Me at CSO: “eCrime Symposium wrap: Satisfaction tinged with frustration” arseh.at/mfy

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Second of two stories filed. Wow. That actually went to plan. Now, to refresh, relax, arrange, migrate… and figure out “Patch Monday”.

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First of two stories filed. One hour remains to complete the other one. Tappity tappity tappity…

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Full Moon in 15 mins.

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This early-morning writing is going slightly more smoothly than I’d feared. Curious.

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Fri plan: Write 2 x articles before 0930 (I’ve started); sort weekend accommodation; plan “Patch Monday” podcast; TGIF.

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Friedday, eh? Well, this’ll be interesting…

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