lucy24 - 11:59 pm on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
Are the browsers up-to-date or pre-19th century?
I really want to see a 1798-vintage browser :) Funny you should mention Lynx, because I did find a few specimens of myself checking things. And of course there were plenty of robots, even when I constrained the search to "200" meaning robots I don't already know.
Unfortunately I've only recently added header checking to all pages, so I can't generally go by those. But the current month coughs up three unrelated occurrences of page request coming in from search-- with appropriate search string from google dot country-matching-IP --followed by all subsidiary files including piwik and favicon
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.22 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/25.0.1364.97 Safari/537.22
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:19.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/19.0
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux i686; rv:18.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/18.0
There's also one iPad with refererless request for a particular image, repeated 20+ times at intervals of 0-3 seconds. (If you didn't know, you would assume this is a robot. But I rewrite this category of requests to an administrative gif; they're from the Google app. So the re-loads are what you would get if a human really, really wanted to see the picture.)
:: detour to check headers ::
Oh, now that's interesting. All three of the most recent ones came in with X-Forwarded-For headers-- one belonging to the same country and the other two from Private Registration ranges-- and a "Via" line in the form
1\.1 \S+ \(squid/\d\.\d\.STABLE\d+\)
My main 1.0 association is with URLs in neighborhoods like 64.26. or 66.185., though further investigation shows that they really vary all over the map. For a given definition of "map", sure, but not absolutely restricted to the wilds of northern Manitoba as I'd thought.
If you track back on the IP for those browsers do they show open ports or are they completely closed?
The foregoing was so much Hungarian to me. Sorry ;)