Skip to comments.Freeper Gigantor Goes Wild at 2005 Inaugural Ball (lots of pictures)
Posted on 01/22/2005 6:47:13 AM PST by Gigantor
2005 Free Republic Inaugural Ball - Gigantor has a wild time!
Heh! Aren't we all, though?
Laz, my jaw dropped as well.
Mine worked like a charm, but I know your frustration with the x's or system asking me what program I should open "ihhnen.ohhswf" with. UNGHH1
I can neither comfirm, nor deny that global Freeper hooliganism.
Man, if the male riff raff knew there would be unattached supermodels at this gala, the Ball would have sold out faster than Oprah's "book of the week".
I don't blame JimRob for hiding his harem.
Good God, that's really Franken...what did you say to him? Franken is one of those guys I am happy will never come within spitting distance of me, lest I be tempted.
Wasn't "Gigantor Goes Wild" an episode in the cartoon series ? The one where Gigantor and Prince Planet battle the evil Spider ?
The bad news: she's Gigantor's kid sister and he chaperons all dates. And any prospective suitors of the young lady have to pay for Gigantor's dinner as well.
...and his beer tab.
Also, when I copy and paste the URL from one of those picture directly into my browser, I get a "forbidden" message...even with Zone Alarm disabled.
Now regarding Zone Alarm, there was at least one FReeper other than you who was able to see the pix with ZA active. But we don't know his or her settings, so that really doesn't tell us anything.
What fire_eye said in the post above yours makes sense to me, and possibly the explanation is there.
I've set up my Zone Alarm to block incoming TCP Ports in the 32xxx range. It's a "custom" setup in the "Internet Zone" of the "Firewall" tab.
So maybe whoever set up the Apache Webserver at rfny.us just tried to get fancy by using some unusual port with unintended results. Or maybe not...
But with "Alert Notification" active, I get no alert that anybody was trying to access port 32xxx when I try to view any of those pictures. So I really still don't know what's going on.
I am still surprised that FR sends our IP address to any remote site to which we are "redirected". I wasn't aware that IP forwarding was going on, and if true, the management might want to add that to their privacy statement.
This is probably all innocent, but I sure wish Gigantor would chime in here before my paranoia builds further...
A. I copied the JPEGs to a folder I created on one of my web site ISPs. I posted a standard "img src=..." link for each picture.
B. When I reached the bandwith limit on that web site I copied same JPEGs to my other web site ISP and linked to them.
All I do is pay $7 bucks a month to have my domain hosted, anything beyond that - is beyond me.
Personally, I think we're dangerously close to tin-foil hat territory.
Al Franken wasn't this suspicious - and I was wearing several Bush/Cheney buttons and pins when I approached him!
You can't afford her.
Would you mind asking the webmaster at rfny.us why he has his site set up to block anyone with a firewall?
I use Windows XP SP2 firewall and I'm having no prolems at all... all but 2 photos downloaded just fine, and I'm getting no error messages that "something" is trying to access my computer.
Thanks very much for your efforts here and for sharing the adventure!
In snopercod's post # 132, he states:
"I have been discussing this situation offline with a knowledgeable friend with a packet sniffer in his pocket, and he told me that rfny.us checked for the "referrer" and would only pass the pix if the request came from an approved range of IP addresses."
In my post # 114, I explained that if one's computer has a firewall or similar program that prevents relaying that referrer information, then the pics won't show up. This is a common request that websites use to track where a visitor came from and where the visitor is going. No personal info is obtained, just tracking your surfing, usually for targeting ads to you. But, in this case, it's for verifying that you have permission to view the pics. No big deal.
Of course, they may also want to track for ad purposes, but I doubt it, since they only authorize specific referral websites - doesn't make since to advertise. Actually, it's kind of slick - I might consider using them for my pics.
...or does FreeRepublic forward the IP address of the member making the request?
I believe this is all innocent, too, but I sure would like to understand it since I have never encountered a situation like this before.
OTOH, the fact that nobody is talking makes me wonder. Guess I'll page John_Rob again...sigh...
I am behind a firewall and can see the pictures fine.
May I ask what kind of firewall you are behind? Do you have inbound TCP ports 32,xxx blocked?
Thanks for the data point.
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