PC Gaming and Streaming

Hardware Theft

Nope, it’s not what you think.  Nothing was stolen from my house, thankfully.  Rather: it was stolen before it got to my house.  First a little back-story… My gaming/editing rig’s operating system drive (C: in Windows-speak) is a Samsung SM951 M.2 AHCI drive.  It’s 500GB in size and is quite quick in comparison to most SATA SSDs and HDDs.  But…

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PC Gaming and Streaming

Streaming to YouTube vs Twitch

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I’m Back(?) It’s been almost a year since my last entry which would imply that this blog isn’t that important to me.  I’d say more accurately, it’s less important to me than other things in my life.  Those would be things like my job, raising my dogs, taking care of my house, enjoying my new Corvette, etc.  It’s not…

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FreeBSD, Server and OS, Spam Fighting

Blocking Spammers at the Router: IPFWMTAD

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Assuming you’ve followed my spam-fighting adventures, you’ll know that I have a fairly successful installation of Neal Horman’s spamilter running in a FreeBSD jail, and his ipfwmtad daemon running on the jail’s host.  Meaning the ipfw rules being added by ipfwmtad are done on a server different from where spamilter is running. Along with all of that, you’ll recall…

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Network Architecture

VXLAN Configuration and Deployment

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In my VXLAN: Providing Ponies for Bad System Designers entry, I discussed using an L2 overlay technology such as VXLAN to provide virtually spanned L2 VLANs over an L3 infrastructure.  In this document, I’ll show via diagrams and config snippets how to build a poorly-designed network and why it’s a problem.  Then I’ll use VXLAN to build a similar…

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FreeBSD, Server and OS, Spam Fighting

Spamilter in a Jail

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If you’ve been following my two sub-threads on this blog regarding FreeBSD jails and fighting spam, you know the status: I have a FreeBSD server called joker that has multiple jails on it.  One jail is riddler, and it handles all outbound SMTP connections.  But not inbound.  Further, you know that I have a reasonably complex anti-spam system set…

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Server and OS, Spam Fighting

Spamilter and SpamAssassin Working Together

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In my Killing Spam(mers) entry, I discussed getting both SpamAssassin and Neal Horman’s spamilter installed and working on joker.  Doing so made a significant impact on the amount of spam I was seeing.  However, they were working independently of one another, and what I really wanted was some sort of feedback loop.  Should a message get through spamilter and be…

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