Category Archives: Tech

An hour or so with an Apple TV 4

Whilst wandering round town this afternoon I found myself in the Apple store, where I picked up a new 4th gen Apple TV to play with. Plugging it in in place of my older 3rd gen unit it initially decided … Continue reading

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Useless Spam

If you want someone to reply, it helps to include an email address somewhere in the headers or body… Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:43:06 +0530 From: Dave Dawes <> To: Recipients <> Subject: Reply My wife and i have … Continue reading

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Facebook don’t understand multipart/alternative

Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:30:10 -0800 From: Facebook <notification+mj-d3h1d@facebookmail.com> Subject: We’re updating our terms and policies and introducing Privacy Basics This message contains a rich-text HTML portion. Consult your mail client’s documentation for information on how to view it.

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Blocking Ecatel

Ecatel seem to host a rather large number of malicious hosts, and there doesn’t seem to be any downside to blocking them completely. If you use iptables the following will drop all traffic from the current Ecatel address ranges. Adjust … Continue reading

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Turbo-charged broadband.

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Idiots on the internet – Take 2

The morons at Guardlex finally noticed my Idiots on the internet post from last summer, and have sent an email, reproduced below, demanding removal of the links to eyeglasses.com. Obviously I’m treating it with the respect it deserves, i.e. none … Continue reading

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Ubuntu, fail2ban, and Dovecot

The standard install of fail2ban on Ubuntu 12.4 LTS doesn’t, by default, pick up all errors. To fix it, edit /etc/fail2ban/filter.d/dovecot.conf and change the failregex line to failregex = .*(?: pop3-login|imap-login):.*(?:Authentication failure|Aborted login \(auth failed|Aborted login \(tried to use disabled|Disconnected … Continue reading

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Idiots on the Internet

I never cease to be amazed at some of the idiots out there proclaiming to be internet experts, often under the guise of SEO. The latest story I’ve noticed seems to revolve around eyeglasses.com and the idiots called Guardlex they … Continue reading

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LinkedIn can’t do email properly.

From: LinkedIn To: Rich Wood Subject: Rich, 6 connections changed jobs in 2011 Please view this email with a client that supports HTML. My client does support HTML, you’re just shit.

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Gmail go slow

Received: by 10.229.67.154 with SMTP id r26cs124180qci; Thu, 8 Dec 2011 11:42:05 -0800 (PST) Received: by 10.216.177.212 with SMTP id d62mr23938wem.0.1323297151417; Wed, 07 Dec 2011 14:32:31 -0800 (PST) Received: from hemlock.kill-9.org.uk (hemlock.kill-9.org.uk. [212.110.185.130]) by mx.google.com with ESMTP id fj5si1725890wbb.91.2011.12.07.14.32.31; Wed, … Continue reading

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