Thanks for the link, I'm checking out the software now actually.
I had a similar situation setting up log files for MySQL. I became aware of MySQL GUI Tools using version 5.0 I was able to enable log files which has been tremendously helpful while learning MySQL about a year to two years ago in conjunction with the use of Tail32 for Windows.
For me it's not about having an easy way to do things all the time, it's about seeing working examples. If I don't see a working example to start with then I don't have a working point of reference. Of course blocking IP ranges like JD said in another thread is not simple and these sort of things need to be ironed out to keep the software competitive by serving the needs of webmasters.