Today I was browsing through Alister Cameron’s blog (love his content) and was curious about his post on the Filipino
I went over to that blog to check it out (something I will usually do if you leave me a comment), and something was immediately obvious to me: this is a caucasian male who clearly has a good command of the English language, and (from the Contact page) lives in Ontario, Canada. So it seemed immediately strange to me that his comment on my blog post was written in broken, second-rate English.
What you can’t see from the front-end of my blog is what my admin page tells me: that the IP address of this commenter is 188.8.131.52. I do an RDNS lookup, a traceroute, a geo-ip lookup and all that jazz and come up with the confident fact that the commenter is in the Philippines! What the?!
What the?! indeed! This makes me reflect back to an old post as to why Filipinos would make good bloggers. And there was a lot of pride in my words when I did mention that we have a good command of English as it is a national language in this Asian country, apart from our local Filipino.
But what’s peculiar was the RDNS thing. I’m clueless and would rather leave this up to the experts who can explain why something like this can happen.