Let the record show that I am sick like a dog. It started yesterday with sore throat and runny nose, then I soon got the chills. Today I have crud in my chest and crud in my sinuses, though it seems like I am not as chilled. Oh, and uncontrollable coughing fits that give me an instant headache. This sucks.
This is the latest draft of “mydnsbl,” which is a personal project I’ve been working on. It’s been about half work time and half personal time. As of now, the software seems to work OK, and the docs are pretty complete (for testing purposes anyway). I will soon be moving on to the more daunting task of trying to test my new DNSBL with actual user mail, if I can convince management that it’s safe.
“mydnsbl” is a script that reads syslog activity from a mail server, and creates a DNSBL based on the “bad” activity. The idea is that I want to keep track of the last 10 transactions from each IP, and if 9 of the last 10 transactions were user unknown, then that IP should go on a local DNSBL for something like 2 hours.
“Bad” activity in this case is considered to be user unknown, mailing to internal-only recipients, known spam, known virus, and basically anything that results in a failed transaction at your mailer for reasons not your fault :) This bad activity is offset by “good or neutral” activity, such as delivered OK, possible spam but not sure, and anything that results in an actual delivery.
I made some pot stickers using Alton’s recipe as a, well, general guideline :) They turned out pretty OK.
I made a few substitutions, because I didn’t have scallions or bell pepper on hand. I replaced scallions with minced onion, left out bell pepper completely, and instead of mustard I added 1/2 tsp of McDonalds Barbeque sauce. The filling turned out a little on the sweet-ish side but tasted great.
Figuring out how to wrap them was interesting, since I deleted the episode already and the recipe doesn’t exactly say how to shape them I used square wonton wraps instead of round but after a bit of experimentation they seemed to to OK.
Details, including some pictures
Note to self: It helps to plug the crock pot in. Pot roast will be ready about 6 if you do, and at 2 am if you don’t.
So far I have made one pot roast and one soup in the crock pot. I am happy.
Also, I made Lemon Curd last night and served it to my sweety on some pound cake. I am quite smug.
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As posted to SPAM-L… reposting in my journal mostly for my records…
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Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 13:06:28 -0800 (PST)
From: Greg Connor
Subject: MISC: early prototype “too many user unknown DNSBL”
This is a project that I’m working on, sort of for work but mostly in my own spare time. It doesn’t actually do anything useful yet, but I wanted to get some feedback on it from you fine folks…
The idea is that I want to keep track of the last 10 transactions from each IP, and if 9 of the last 10 transactions were user unknown, then that IP should go on a local DNSBL for something like 2 hours.