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Download LARS as a .sql file

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Its a constant challenge to keep many of the systems that I help develop up to date with Government data sources. One of the most awkward is the LARS (Learning Aims Reference Service) database. () It’s updated several times a month, and is only available for download in .mdb, .csv and .psv files – none of which are even remotely useful for integrating with existing databases in a...

SEMrush keeps taking down my site

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My site is being absolutely bombarded by page requests originating from semrush.com. Its a bot that is¬†indexing and downloading links to my entire site, which would be fine if it were a small website, except that I have content going back to 1996, which is rather a lot, and they are hitting the server with so many requests that Apache2 and/or MySQL Server 5.7 is crashing. It’s utterly...

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