I’ve been ill.

So, what have I been up to?

I took the spambait on they.com, and instead of learning each one as it comes in, I now batch them up, and learn the batches once per minute.  I also snag everything that imap users put into their imap spam folder, and add that to the learning batch.  I keep the non-spambait stuff, and learn from the latest 30 of those each minute.

Did you know that they.com is getting about one spam each second?

It’s amazing how much I can get done if I stop doing work-work for a day.

I also caught up on a lot of blogging.  I’ve been using foxmarks to have one set of bookmarks across every system, and I created a folder called “2blog”.  Anything I come across that I want to blog about, I add to that folder.  I cleared about half of it out yesterday.  The really fun thing is that I can do that from anywhere, now!

We finally got a new dryer.  We’ve gone gas, this time.  It used to take 2 hours to do a load of towels — more recently, because I had to stop and untangle everything after the last baffle came out completely — but now it takes barely longer than the washer. I’m now thinking that I may want to reverse my standard method of doing laundry, and switch from starting with the whites (since I always ended up waiting on the dryer) to starting with the things done in cold water.

Bleh.  I’m blogging about laundry.  Time to go back to the 2blog folder, eh?  Here we go…

SASL (and therefore port 587) is now running on the colo box (you all know it as dselwyn)

For quite some time I’ve been dinking around trying to get SASL to work on my colo box. It took

The most helpful part was the bit to add

PARAMS="-m /var/spool/postfix/var/run/saslauthd"

although I added it to /etc/default/saslauthd rather than edit /etc/init.d/saslauthd (better for future debian upgrades).
Another point to make is that sasltestwhatever of testsaslwhatever doesn’t work so configured unless you also either

  • Link each file in /var/spool/postfix/var/run/saslauthd to an identical name in /var/run/saslauthd or
  • Link /var/run/saslauthd directly to /var/spool/postfix/var/run/saslauthd (better answer, works through reboots)

Half a fscking hour…

It took less than 30 minutes for some user — notice that that is luser with a silent ‘l’ — to try to spam some magazine site on here.

Guess what! Everything is going to be moderated! Everything is going to have to be moderated! You know, I was hoping that this would be so much more work, as I’m not getting nearly enough spam in my life.

Not that I’m advocating that groups of 800 to 900 anti-spammers start taking house-to-house searches of known spam gangs in which everyone fires — oops — I mean misfires — a gun, so that there is no way to know which bullet killed that specific spammer.

No, I would never advocate that. That would be wrong. It would feel fantastic, it would better the ‘net as a whole, but it would be wrong.