[Mongrel] Anyone have issues with the Comcast toolbar?

David H Dennis david at amazing.com
Tue Oct 17 23:04:08 EDT 2006


I have a Mongrel cluster balanced using 'balance' at http:// 
www.amazing.com/ .

This morning, I got reports from people saying they could not access  
the site.  They sent me a very odd looking error report, which  
appears to be from Comcast Cable.  The error page has Google ads in  
it that were associated with my domain.  (Until I put up my existing  
social networking site, I had a eccentric personal web page which  
talked about Mercedes-Benz automobiles and digital video, among other  
subjects; the ads were mainly Mercedes and digital video-related).

The strange thing is that I asked them to do a nslookup, and they  
came up with my IP.  When I asked them to type the IP into their  
browser, the same error page came up (although I didn't ask them  
about the ads.)  However, pinging to the IP or web address works  
fine.  And if I telnet to port 80, I get a connection.

The domain amazing.amazing.com, where I have my old personal site up,  
works normally.  It's served by Apache.  amazing.com is served by  
Mongrel.  This made me wonder if maybe the Comcast toolbar mangles  
requests in a way Mongrel doesn't like?

The alternative is to think that Comcast cares enough about my still  
brand new low-traffic  web site to want to bother blocking it.

The site is social networking and does not allow sexual material due  
to the terms of Google ads.  A guy came and posted some sex images  
which were promptly removed but I suppose it's possible they were  
noticed.

Anyone else have similar issues, and if so, how did you work around  
them or find out what they were?

Many thanks.

Best
D

For reference, here's the text of the Comcast error message:

Sorry. We can't find www.amazing.com

Try retyping the URL in the browser address bar above. Or, search the  
Web.

Search the Web:


Did you mean: www.alazing.com?

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