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Comment Re:Interesting given recent removal of 386 support (Score 2) 145

As a matter of fact, I do have gear in use that is affected by the removal of 386 support. (The linux terminal server project crowd in particular is affected by this also.) If I was trying to troll I think I'd have been a bit more... obnoxious with my wording? Back to the topic at hand, my understanding was that it wasn't the 386's shortcomings that doomed it, it was that they had to invoke workarounds in the x86 branch for them, and THAT was where the hardship came from when trying to move the ball forward over time. In theory, a separate arch shouldn't trigger the same pain as x86 would be free to grow, dead86 would then have to deal with issues as they cropped up separately, without impacting the other arches any more.

Comment What I've figured out with Hotmail (Score 1) 345

I admin a few mail servers. I've run into trouble with Hotmail. Here's what I've learned:

First, there are a ton of url / domain blacklists available out there, no need to suspect a conspiracy within Hotmail and Yahoo. That said, I know they also maintain in house IP and domain based blacklists, along with full url blacklists. No idea if they share but I actually doubt it as that potentially weakens their competitiveness with the other email providers. Hotmail also uses a paid whitelist service too via an 'independent third party', although certain blacklist levels can even override that paid service.

Second, Hotmail splits mail up into three categories now, legit mail and spam which we're all familiar with, plus what they've dubbed 'graymail'. In short, graymail is legit opt-in mail that the user just never bothers to read. Thats right, your quadruple opt in email can be treated like spam by Hotmail if your users never bother to look at it. Generate too much, you're treated as a spammer. Can SPAM compliance or not, they don't care.

Third, if you manage to get on Hotmail's IP blacklist, there is no recourse that I can find. Their policy is tough expletive, move your mail server to a new IP or go away.

As far as the complaint level stats you can view through their Postmaster tools, they only show two of the three stats their system works on at the IP level, the complaint rate (people flagging mail, I *think* VIRI mail also counts in this column) and filter hits percentage, although this one is obfuscated to try and defeat spammers trying to tune around it. The missing stat is IP reputation, based on those first two stats over time along with external and internal RBL data. So when you DO setup on a new IP, it'll take awhile for their system to actually accept mail from you. You can subscribe to a feedback loop program, but that shows another issue with Hotmail:

They have no concept of traditional mail relays, they expect all individuals to be sending via Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc. All other port 25 traffic destined to them must be from commercial list serves. At least that's the impression I've gotten from going through all their postmaster policies and dealing with their ticket system. If you try to explain the idea of an ISP relay for use by people within that IP block, they just ignore it and resume pestering about opt-out notices, etc.

Comment Re:Tsk Tsk Tsk (Score 1) 464

Only reason my 386 was retired is the board and power supply failed when I moved and went to power it up again. 64MB RAM, Cyrix 486DRx-2 CPU at 66mhz, matching Cyrix MathCo, VLB Adaptec SCSI, only thing it was lacking was an ISA / VLB video card with 2MB RAM. I just never could find one that wasn't going for crazy amounts on eBay.

In it's place I've setup a Soekris 4801 whose Geode processor is close enough to a 386 to make a nice memorial. Of course, now Ubuntu has dropped support for that CPU as of 12.04 so it's going to be replaced eventually by my Seagate GoFlex Net I think.

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