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Posted on September 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Backups are NOT archives

After reading this article in the Boston Globe Someone needs to inform the paper, the legal system, and maybe even their IT department that Backups ARE NOT ARCHIVES.  An archive in this example would capture and keep a copy of everything seperately, not take a snapshot of the Inbox. It’s entirely possible that they intentionally […]

Posted on May 9, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Party like it’s….2005? Part Deux!

Wow.  So I got a second response almost immediately.  With an explanation.  I’m glad that clearly there’s been a change over there.   Return-Path: Received: from ([unix socket]) by jobe (Cyrus v2.2.13-Debian-2.2.13-10) with LMTPA; Fri, 09 May 2008 16:19:24 -0600 X-Sieve: CMU Sieve 2.2 Received: by (Postfix, from userid 65534) id 716481E5C7; Fri, […]

Posted on May 9, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Party like it’s….2005?

So, back in 05, I ordered a copy of The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy from Amazon.  The book arrived.  Sometime later I was reading it and discovered that, lo and behold, it was missing pages 529-560.  After some consternation and thought I realized indeed the pages were gone.  I wrote Del Rey books, […]

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Not really new, but thanks anyway Network World.

It always amazes me how slow mass media is, even mass media targeted at tech’s.  Network World today posted this article on spammers using auto-responders to get their crap out. I don’t know about anyone else, but I sure as heck have seen that before.

Posted on February 25, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Anti-Spam, or, Anti-Delivery…

Yahoo! is getting to be very aggressive against spam.  Problem is we can’t deliver ANYTHING for about the past 6 days because we can’t get a dialog with them as to 1) why they’re unblocking and 2) they won’t unblock.  I think ultimately here we’ll be forced to discontinue most or all forwarding services if […]

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Trend vs. Barracuda

Trend Sues Barracuda Over Gateway Anti-Spam Techniques Wow.  Just WOW.  In a nutshell Trend is suing Barracuda.  Why?  Because they can.  Because the USPTO gave them a BS patent, like they’ve given so many others.  Wow.  Just.  Wow. If Trend manages to win this it could open up all other AV software, gateway scanning software, and […]

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 10:49 pm

E-Mail Is Not Your Error Log

Or, how NOT to “log” errors.  Especially on web based stuff.  ESPECIALLY. Output from one of our mail processing frontends.  The script runs mailq and collates the output, sorted by recipient domain.  Redacted of course to protect the people with the bad idea. mfe3:~# /opt/bin/top-mailq-to-domains 2947 *REDACTED*.com 158 *REDACTED* 117 *REDACTED*.org 116   This […]

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 6:23 am


OK so I’ve long been quite opposed to the use of greylisting.  Recently I had a pretty major personal mail server crash and that’s caused me to at least give it a try and seriously rethink that.  So when I rebuilt the mail server for (yes I know, it’s probably STILL blank) I went ahead […]