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Comment Re:I'm weaning myself off of Gmail and Google (Score 1) 435

This is essentially my stance as well, except I only ended up creating a gmail account in the first place because you're required to have one for (at the time) Android Market. I'm still running a mail server that I originally set up around 2000. I still have some mail from that far back as well. Although I get a moderate amount of spam the vast majority of it that I get either goes to a known "promiscuous" email address (e.g. git@mydomain) and is funneled to a separate mailbox or doesn't get past the spamassassin that I installed from my distro's package manager. YMMV.

I am in the process of switching to a more robust backend/edge system with postfix, mysql, amavis, dovecot, sieve, and some other bits all managed by modoboa. That project is currently in the prototype stage.

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 5, Interesting) 252

Been there, done that. I had an old system hooked up to the phone line with an FXO card and running asterisk. It had a default-deny policy -- meaning that if there wasn't an explicitly defined route that matched the incoming caller ID info the caller would get a short, snarky recording telling them to get lost and then get disconnected. If you got past that hump, the next step was "to continue in english, press 1". The next hump is a call queue where you'd hear hold music. At that point the phones inside the house would actually start to ring.

It was fun to look through the CDR list at the end of the month and look at all the calls that got dropped due to no Caller ID info. Since then the hard drive died and I've been too lazy to hash out the replacement system.

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