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(C)Feed + Feedster = Slow WordPress Admin

I had went into my WordPress Admin today to write posts as usual, but it was slower than molasses in winter. After some troubleshooting–was thankful 1&1 had strace installed on the box and my web pages are served by a process I could attach it to–I tracked it down to something (C)Feed was doing–a plugin I had recently installed in order to add a Creative Commons notice to my RSS feed items.  Specifically, it was trying to access Feedster.

I had never heard of Feedster before, but it looks like they’re in the deadpool. It’s weird because the reverse DNS for the IP feedster.com resolves to is an AT&T DSL IP address:

guysmiley:~ dwelch$ nslookup www.feedster.com Server: 10.3.2.1 Address: 10.3.2.1#53

Non-authoritative answer: www.feedster.com canonical name = feedster.com. Name: feedster.com Address: 64.165.112.194

guysmiley:~ dwelch$ nslookup 64.165.112.194 Server: 10.3.2.1 Address: 10.3.2.1#53

Non-authoritative answer: 194.112.165.64.in-addr.arpa name = adsl-64-165-112-194.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net.

Authoritative answers can be found from:

guysmiley:~ dwelch$

Oh well, mystery solved. I’ve hacked my copy of (C)Feed to not check Feedster anymore. Maybe the author can update the plugin?


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