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2:40 am on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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There have been earlier threads about TencentTraveler. Is it a browser? Is it a robot? Is it a toolbar? Who cares. ::yawn:: Mine tend to come from blocked IPs, so I haven't paid much attention to them.

The last one caught my notice because it came from 216. On closer investigation:

216.244.64.0/19 "Wowrack"

Now, I've always assumed, on no evidence whatsoever, that (a) anything with "rack" in its name is a colo and (b) it can safely be blocked on those grounds alone. So that was useful.

This particular visitor came from a /28 subrange attributed to "Chantilly" which I think is a euphemism for "I don't want to say". (I looked it up once. Chantilly is a suburb of Washington DC, so it could mean anything.) But even the free lookup admits that what we've really got is a private party living in China.

Funny how that works.

P.S. While I was at it, I added "TencentTraveler" to the BrowserMatch list. Who needs 'em.

And, if anyone cares: It picked up only a page, no associated files. The exact UA-- complete with ; spaces and (hiccups) --was:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; TencentTraveler ; Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1) ; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)
2:44 pm on Sept 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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208.115.96.0 - 208.115.127.255
216.176.176.0 - 216.176.191.255
There may be more.

I get these occasionally, however they hiccup on the extra spaces in the UA.
It's been around for ever, I've one reference of the name in a UA in 2005.

FWIW, I document a rather large group of servers in the "colo" category (which includes most server farms) despite many of them not being colo's. (simply for organization convenience).

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3:14 pm on Sept 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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