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Mail Server on Docker (UPDATED)

Hosting your own email server is not a mandatory task; it increase your attack surface too. But relaying too much on big emails provider (Gmail, Outlook, Aruba, Fastmail) could be a risk for our democracy. For instance, who decide how Spam is managed (i.e. what could be a Spam email)? Can we trust big providers? Email …

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About 6502 emulator

I’d like to point you to this blog article about “cycle stepped” 6502 emulator. It is well described and can be a neat read for xmas vacation. Also author’s main project is all about A toolbox of 8-bit chip-emulators, helper code and complete embeddable system emulators in dependency-free C headers (a subset of C99 that …

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Git History Squash for fun and profit

Suppose you are developing a boring Jenkins pipline (like Jenkinsfile-s) with no time at all. You are forced to commit and then run the jenkins pipeline. Jenkins download the code from your LOCAL repository. To avoid commit& push roundtrip you are using the simple git daemon command to expose your local repository to jenkins. So …

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Avoid Kafka if unsure (think twice series)

Some co-workers started using Apache Kafka con a bunch of our Customers. Apache Kafka is a community distributed event streaming platform capable of handling trillions of events a day. Initially conceived as a messaging queue, Kafka is based on an abstraction of a distributed commit log[*]. To get this goal, Apache Kafka needs a complex …

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Docker tips

Use docker in docker to drive docker from a container Working under windows, sometimes docker slow down. Sometimes you need to access to the MobyVM. With this line: docker run –rm -ti -v “/var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock” -v /:/host docker sh you run a container which will removed upon exit. This container can access to docker daemon (via …

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Commander X16: retro magic dream

Some time ago I mentioned the Pyc64 project, a “differently emulated” C/64. There’s a much more ambitious project that’s going under pressure, it’s called Commander X 16. Commander X 16 has been started by David Murray and three other guys. David’s desire was to create an 8-bit computer similar to the C/64 but a little …

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Why DevOps

We just finished implementing a dev ops deploy toolchain able to compile,deploy, rollback all in automatic way. The objection of the dev team is “it is slow to deploy”. Yes, it is slower then manual copying file. But it is AUTOMATIC It provide a rollback procedure. It is rock solid. It works alone, at midnight. …

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isync: free IMAP and MailDir mailbox synchronizer

isync: free IMAP and MailDir mailbox synchronizerisync is a command line application which synchronizes mailboxes; currently Maildir and IMAP4 mailboxes are supported. New messages, message deletions and flag changes can be propagated both ways. isync is suitable for use in IMAP-disconnected mode.Synchronization is based on unique message identifiers (UIDs), so no identification conflicts can occur …

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Fail2Ban

On these days I decided to tune a bit my new shiny linux server box. I started to set up fail2ban. I think fail2ban is very imporant nowadays because it is a good example of a tool for slowing down attacks without closing your server too much. Fail2ban is a daemon: it wll monitor your …

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?FileSystem is faster than RAM [under your Operating System]

I am studying Apache Kafka (a “distributed streaming platform”) and I stubled upon this conclusion: the “disk read fear” a lot of projects have in the past, is a fake. A lot of distributed database started tutorial with the statement “disk read are slow, write are fast” which is true to some extent, and accounted …

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