From: Richard Clamp Date: 10:37 on 01 Apr 2007 Subject: Some hate may have settled in transit Somehow the verdamnit subscription database got truncated while doing a server move. I've kludged some stuff together by reconstructing the subscriber list from known haters (those of you that have posted in the past) this may result in extra-special bonus hate for some of you if you'd unsubscribed or changed addresses or whatever. So join us now in a rousing hate of the hates-software software, and of poor backup regimes.
From: Richard Clamp Date: 17:36 on 11 Feb 2005 Subject: "550 You're a spammer, FOAD" Dear asshats, I appreciate your right to put anti-spam measures in place on your MTAs, I even expect them to show up my own misconfigurations, but sometimes they're just plan dumb. I mean, how is this useful: Diagnostic-Code: X-Postfix; host smtp.ephemeral.net[184.108.40.206] said: 550 5.0.0 Spammers... the first waste up against the wall when the revolution comes. (in reply to MAIL FROM command) Okay, so you think I'm spamming you (though no, I'm not, you're just bouncing mails from a mailing list you SIGNED UP FOR) but for the love of christ, please tell me why. I appreciate I may have something misconfigured here, but 550 FOAD isn't helping me diagnose it and get your mail to you now is it?
From: Richard Clamp Date: 12:54 on 26 Jan 2005 Subject: APIs that don't have good error-reporting mechanisms If there was a decent error-reporting mechanism in Email::LocalDelivery I wouldn't have just had to pepper Email::LocalDelivery::Ezmlm with Log4perl debugging statements to get this fricking mailing list working again.
From: Richard Clamp Date: 14:38 on 12 Aug 2003 Subject: dns caching in application So here's a not uncommon story. When I'm at home the local name server resolves http://hates-software.com as having an address just this side of the router. Webpages happen. I break free of the sofa magnetic pull, and take my laptop with me. Because I'm now talking to a different nameserver I get handed the address of the smoothwall router, when I do dns lookups, so ssh and everything else sane just works. Switch to the web browser, and it sits there and looks at me funny and then tells me that the connection timed out. "Funny, " I think, "this ssh session seems responsive and telnetting to port 80 on the box is working" And then you realise, it's being hateful again. The web browser has cached the results of a dns query internally. Internally - what don't you trust the resolver in the os to give that a go? Not only that, the only way to clear it is to quit the app and restart it. Yes mozilla, I'm looking at you, and all your bastard offspring, I have a few words to say to you. STUPID! STUPID! I WAS USING THAT BROWSER, AND YOU MADE ME KILL IT! STUPID! STUPID! ARGH! I DIDN'T HAVE EVERYTHING CAREFULLY BOOKMARKED, BECAUSE YOUR BOOKMARK SYSTEM SUCKS TOO! STUPID! One again the web seeks my destruction, even more than I seek its.
From: Richard Clamp Date: 15:21 on 11 Aug 2003 Subject: I hates the hates-software software Not all of it, but most certainly the apache gubbins. Look at the quite evil gyrations you have to go to with mod_rewrite just to avoid hurting the existing vhosting. http://unixbeard.net/svn/richardc/hates-software/etc/httpd.conf Hateful thing.
From: Richard Clamp Date: 12:20 on 11 Aug 2003 Subject: foo jkl
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