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New server online  
Posted by smurphy on Monday, 10 February 2014 @ 23:34:34  
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 Stargate has been cross-migrated to a new and faster hardware. In the same process, the OS has been updated and the software used to deliver mail changed from cyrus to dovecot. As a goodie, all security protocols have been enhanced again, and dynamic blacklisting is even more sensitive than it was before - as SMTP auth probing is now taken into account.
The hardware specs are as follow:

  • CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770T CPU @ 2.50GHz
  • 16GB Ram
  • 1x60GB SSD for the ...  

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Dynamic Blacklisting updated  
Posted by smurphy on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 @ 18:47:23  
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 As script-kiddies from around the world are so keen to probe for any type of existing software etc., I decided to enhance the currently running blacklisting system a little.
Until now, people probing non existing pages on this server had 3 attempts before being blocked by the websites software (put into a quarantine access). However, as soon as they continued probing from the same IP Address - they were locked out hard by the firewall which checks the system on a regular base for adding new...  

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Raspberry PI active  
Posted by smurphy on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 @ 21:58:33  
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Linux Hardware

 Had always wanted to have a remote site I can do tests with. This whish has been granted by EDIS.
It took a little bit, as I had sent the package in just before the Christmas holidays - but it is up and running now. Even the Monitoring is now active - Monitored from this own site: RemPI Monitoring.

UPDATE: Not 24 Hours only,...  

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Posted by smurphy on Sunday, 20 January 2013 @ 12:46:55  
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iPod Touch 4G

 Apple support, IOS 6, and knowledge ...
Last Week-End, I thought that I could finally upgrate my iPod 4G to IOS 6.0.1, thinking that most bugs, network WiFi etc. had been finally fixed.
Doing the upgrade, everything worked fine. Everything synced as planned, iPod restarted and - No network ! I had the network Sign up in the left corner, but no possibility to actually connect to the IP on the iPod or do any test from the iPod to another device.
Calling Apple support because they do...  

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NAS now has iTunes runninv in VM.  
Posted by smurphy on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 @ 22:30:14  
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 My QNap running 24/7 anyway - I wondered why I wouldn't install a virtualbox headless runing a WindowXP License I had laying around from an old laptop... Thinking about it though, the QNap is running a busy-box based mini linux, which in no way would run any virtualbox installation.
The answer to that was actually to chroot a mini-debian, mount the device, proc, sys file systems through a bind option, and that was all that was to be done for getting a virtualbox instance running on the NAS...  

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2 Outages in the last 2 weeks ...  
Posted by smurphy on Monday, 23 July 2012 @ 21:31:29  
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 Well - the first one was due to a scheduled Road-Work where I was advised that the power would be disable for 4 hours. What I did not predict though was that the UPS that was running here for some years now wouldn't last for more than 3 Minutes making me order a new one - which I have installed today. And this means, another outage. The new UPS though has a display showing the power-state and details on the battery, and hopefully I will be able, in the future, to predict when the battery has to...  

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New home for server/NAS  
Posted by smurphy on Thursday, 12 April 2012 @ 19:36:41  
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 it took some time to actually get the Furniture for our (my wife and mine) office, and since it came last week, I couldn't push back the fact that I needed to move the server from it's old (non design) Rack, to a new one I am partly responsible for.
For the sake of Administration, I did put in a KVM, and mounted a screen outside on the Rack, and even added a space for the keyboard, making it look pretty cool in the end. I just hope I won't get a temperature problem, as it's all in...  

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Network connection flaky  
Posted by smurphy on Saturday, 28 January 2012 @ 19:14:53  
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 Seems the French Telecom and Free Telecom play the ping pong game. France Telecom says the physical line is Ok, and I tell Free Telecom the line is not OK and they see it too. According to this picture, the quiality is really really bad. If I have 15 minutes of connectivity without disconnects, I am lucky at the moment.
No chance in playing any online based game at all. Especially during this Week-End.

Issues have been fixed end of February - at last. Actually - whe...  

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Spam attack - ended...  
Posted by smurphy on Thursday, 13 October 2011 @ 06:45:39  
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 a recent massive spam-attack on my mailserver has put the latter one into denial mode. This means, that internal mails where still processed, sending out mails too, but the mail-server has refused to accept any Internet-inbound mail.
After identifying the 6 IP-Addresses that where mail-flooding my mail-server, my ISP dropped routing from these IP's, and the mail-server could come back to normal operation. Note - the blue color is Rejected mails.

You can find the local...  

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Linux Counter (new) data updated  
Posted by smurphy on Sunday, 25 September 2011 @ 09:50:16  
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Linux Counter Entry

 Updated all data from the Linux Counter. You can see my linux-counter page here . Note that for some systems, the busybox binary won enable me to automatically update all data, however the manual entered data is accurate. 

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