Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

Blacklists consireder harmful

After my mailserver started to reject mails from servers where I want to accept mails, I decided to finally try to disable DNS blacklisting. Earlier I whitelisted some domains, but the list has grown too much.

I still use DNS blacklists as helping criterias for SpamAssasin, but being on blacklist is now not enough to reject legitimate mail. Let's see if spam amount in my mailbox will increase, but I doubt it will, other checks are also quite restrictive.

Spam in phone database

During regullar review of additions to phone database, I noticed that some people tried to add spam and links to their sites. I'm not going to add any further restrictions on database, but to make spammers life a bit harder, I added logging of IP addresses which I'm going to block if they attempt to add some links.

Fortuntely spam volume is htere low enogh to be still handled manualy.

Developer documentation

I started to collect developer information on wiki. Please add there any hints that might be useful for people who are interested in contributing to phpMyAdmin.

While working with documentation, I used phpDocumentator to generate our API documentation, you can see it on my website.

What am I doing wrong?

What the hell am I doing wrong that I can not send mail to any @debian.org address?

SMTP error from remote mail server after end of data:
host master.debian.org []: 550 Administrative prohibition

None of SMTP servers I used is blacklisted and I haven't seen problem with any other recipient than master.debian.org. Anyway it would be great if I would know what this Administrative prohibition means. After googling I found out that it might be something bad in my headers, but nothing what would tell me how to fix it...

New themes in demo

As Marc has recently commited some new themes into CVS, I finally forced myself to make automatic inclusion of new themes in demos (and snapshots). So now you can try all three new themes which has been added to CVS (Grid, Very small and Graphivore).

Notebook disk dying?

My notebook started to behave quite strangely, yesterday I ended without root filesystem, because kernel detected error while reading disk and shut it down. I expect disk to definitely die in next days, so I'm going to buy new one next week, but until that I'm affraid of doing much work on it. XFS survived all those failures good so far, but I allways affraid a bit of data loss. Well everything is backed up, but I hate installing new system, it takes quite long time till I have everything I need. The good side of this is that I will get faster and larger disk and system clean of all historic stuff that I don't use anymore :-).

Nanoblogger in Debian

When I thought about blog engine to use for this blog, I primarily searched in Debian archives, so that I don't have to maintain own copy of that system. At the end I anyway chosen nanoblogger, which was not (and still is not) in perfect state in Debian package and I used CVS version at the end anyway.

I just noticed that nanoblogger package has been orphaned yesterday. After ensuring that I won't have problems with finding sponsor, I decided to addopt it and bring it back to usable state. As I will me mostly offline during weekend (or busy with new Wammu release), I will try make new upload within next week.