With summer beginning, we saw a big splash from some new bots, and some new versions of old familar bots.
One interesting new bot this month was from the search engine Caret Byte (a.k.a. ^Byte).
The Caret Byte search engine is yet another search engine setting out to serve the global community by crawling free data and re-presenting it for a profit.
According to their site, they respect robots.txt files, so if you do not want to participate in serving the global community, at least you have a choice.
In one of the most astounding feats of software development known to man, the rassler bot advanced from v0.6 to v0.13 in the span of one month.
We saw a new version every few days, so we assume the rassler development crew had a busy month putting out so many builds.
Here are links to the respective versions with their debut dates as well:
2009-05-04 - rassler/0.6
2009-05-08 - rassler/0.7
2009-05-13 - rassler/0.8
2009-05-14 - rassler/0.9
2009-05-24 - rassler/0.10
2009-05-25 - rassler/0.11
2009-05-26 - rassler/0.12
2009-05-29 - rassler/0.13
Heeii/0.3.2 is another new bot this month.
This one comes from the Heeii toolbar that is downloadable as a browser add-on that allows users to recommend links to others.
Yandex is still one of the most active bots in our logs, this month debuting a new bot by the name of
Nutch made the second biggest splash this month as far as new bots - here are the new versions we saw:
By far and away the biggest splash of the month came from bots related to tdmsic.org. We saw 23 new bots this month.
Tdmsic stands for "The Danish Main Securtiy Intelligence Network", a new community which hit beta this year.
According to their site, "TDMSIC engages in research and development of high-leverage computersystem-technology for public and non-public purposes."
Here are a few of the bots that showed up this month:
This puts us dangerously close to the 300,000 mark with 297,455
user agents and 3,233