Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

Switched to a New del.icio.us Account

As part of the process of trying to clean up all the various accounts and subscriptions and what not that I have out there, I have switched to a new del.icio.us account. You can now find my bookmark list at del.icio.us/slowe.

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Split E-Mail Routing

Now that I have Perdition up and running (although not in the way I really wanted; see my post titled “Perdition Working Now”), I’m moving on to setting up an internal news server.

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An Unexpected Answer

Have you ever prayed a prayer, only to have God answer that prayer in the most unexpected, most unplanned way possible? Today, on Pentecost Sunday, the day in which we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, God answered a prayer for me. In one of those really weird ways that only make sense when viewed through the eyes of faith, God blessed me with a burden. And through this burden I will have the opportunity to show His love, His grace, and His mercy. Praise the Lord.

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Perdition Working Now

I finally managed to get Perdition working. Still unable to confirm if Mac OS X’s Mail.app supports STARTTLS (my experience thus far says No), I had to resort to using Stunnel to wrap IMAP inside an SSL tunnel, then forward the IMAP traffic to Perdition on the same host. The Perdition proxy then passes the traffic to the back-end mail server. It’s not the solution that I really wanted, but it will do for now. At least the Exchange Server 2003 IMAP server isn’t exposed directly to external networks.

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Nonstandard Implementations

In my experiments with Perdition, I learned a couple of very interesting facts. First, the IMAP4 implementation on Exchange Server 2003 does not support the STARTTLS command, as described in RFC 2595 and re-affirmed in RFC 3501. Instead, Exchange expects an SSL session to be established immediately, and then IMAP is spoken. This is similar to the smtpd_tls_wrappermode directive that Postfix supports.

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Miscellaneous Projects

In my copious spare time (fellow parents out there know this is a joke), I’m working on a couple of miscellaneous technical projects:

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Shaohannah's Hope

I believe that we should support adoption as an alternative to abortion. In the absence of a serious medical need to abort a baby, there seems no reason to me to kill a baby when lots of couples would love to adopt that child and raise it as their own. That’s especially true when they can’t have children of their own naturally. Of course, when it comes to a subject like this everyone has their own opinion. That’s OK.

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Welcome

I’ve decided to try a weblog of my own. As indicated in the title, I can’t promise regular updates, I can’t promise any consistency in the topics I’ll post about, and I can’t promise that I won’t say something that might offend you.

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