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Setting up a secure Postfix server in 2019 - what to consider?

Postfix is great, and widely used, but freshly installed it's like a newborn child. Nowadays there's a lot of work required to get it to an acceptable level to face the wild west of the Internet. NB: This is a living document and will probably change over time as I revise my own methods for managing my servers. Running an […]

Frameserving from Premiere Pro CC 2019 to FFmpeg - yes we can!

A while ago, when I was regularly working on video edits, I came to the realisation that frameserving is simply the best, most flexible way to encode. But time marches on, and so did my software - eventually I came to a new machine, new Premiere Pro and - catastrophe - no frameserve ability. However, cleverer people than me have […]

MaxMind GeoLite v1 databases discontinued - install GeoLite2

I noticed recently that a few web sites are miscategorising my ISP's static IP as being in the wrong country. I knew it was a recent reallocation of a new block and suspected the web sites were using a stale version of a GeoIP database - probably MaxMind's GeoLite v1 offering. However, as I also run a few servers which […]

Getting Postfix working for outbound emails via SMTP and local relay for cron reports

I recently had to diagnose a couple of servers running Postfix which emailed results of rsync cronjobs when they returned a non-OK value. While Postfix was emailing the recipients on rsync failure, I noticed that the cronjob STDOUT was not being locally relayed correctly to the root mail. I documented my fix on ServerFault, hopefully it's useful for someone else. […]

Tiplet: DO NOT USE the # symbol in Oracle Enterprise Communication Broker passwords!

I've been working with Oracle Session Border Controllers and Enterprise Communications Brokers a lot recently, A couple of weeks ago I encountered what I think is a new - and quite serious - bug (it's with Oracle for investigation) regarding how the devices *mis*handle special characters. If you admin ECBs or SBCs and are planning to change their credentials to include non-alphanumeric characters, read this first.

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