An adventure in Krynn
History of Q
The System Closet
You didn't want to see...
RAID and UPS status
System LoginControl Panel
Suspected web spammers
Open Relay Spammers
Local ServicesLocal Search Engine (broken)
System Login - Authorized Users only!!!System Login is a service provided for a select group of people to allow web access to my machine(s). This login has no relation to Midgar's Mess which has a completely different authentication system and is completely unlinked to this service. Users of Midgar's Mess are classified as anonymous as no in-person authentication has been done.
If you were allowed command line/secure shell access to my machine, you are authorized to also use the web login service as well.
Bandwidth usage - for authorized usersThis machine is of limited bandwidth, and is easily overwhelmed. Thus, be careful with your usage such that it does not noticeably degrade my use of my network and machines. As an authorized account holding user, you may use the server for your personal use for most uses, but if you have questions, please ask owner. The biggest hog of network resources is the serving of photographs from this machine, and to limit consumption of the resource, you must be careful not to create situations where my machine could be overwhelmed with requests.
Special alerts for authorized users
Most of these warnings are unnecessary as I trust that given an account,
I have full confidence you will not abuse my computers. For curiosity of
anonymous users, this guide is here:
Tier 1: Likely setup with NIS and enabled
Tier 2: Need special alerts, as they are not always using NIS and NFS, and turned off
Tier 3: Not using NIS/NFS at all, need account setup prior to access, request if needed
Security and UptimeSecurity will be kept up to the best of my abilities (and I do watch my machine quite a bit), but there are no guarantees. Please do not store sensitive information on my computer without encryption. Assume this machine could be hacked at any time, though I'd have to say the chances of that happening is much lower than unmaintained machines.
This server will attempt to be up 24/7/365 with minimal downtime. No guarantees of uptime is expressed (especially uncontrollable network outages), but my personal desire for this machine to be available at all times will give an indication of its uptime. "Five 9's of reliability" (i.e., 99.999%, or 5 minutes down per year) is unfortunately impossible for me to attain, but 99% uptime is likely, estimate (less than) 3 days of total downtime per year. Three 9's (99.9%, that's less than 12 hours down per year) is the goal, but there are those days when restarts of the machine (minimal interruption), repair/cleaning/upgrades of the machine (potential for hours of interruption), or CenturyLink internet/electricity interruption (unknown downtime) is inevitable.
All authenticated usage must use encrypted connections to help secure your data. It also helps secure data for all users on this machine. This machine currently uses a Self-Signed SSL certificate as I can't afford a real one. Your web browser will likely report an invalid or untrusted certificate upon first login. Please accept this certificate as official for now, it's allright to accept the certificate - it's merely to allow for encryption as long as you trust your network to not contaminate DNS or have man-in-the-middle proxy attack.
The SSL certificate is available via snail mail or telephone for verification. Please ask for it if you're not sure if you're really connecting to my computer versus some hacker's machine, I'll be glad to read the fingerprint. Make sure the FAQ contains the same fingerprint as the one I read to you. If you need to ask my address or phone numbers are, you don't need to know my public key is either!
RationaleWhy ask why? You should know better! :)
Please contact abuse at mail.vanade.com if anyone sees someone violating our policies. Remove "spam" before sending any correspondence to this address.
1I found my computers have a potential to double their power consumption when running heavy workloads. I calculate that even when idle, most of my desktop computers cost me around $5/month/machine worth of electricity, not including cooling bills during the summer. Some machines are higher. Thus I personally discontinued running these apps.
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nothing to help pay for this network connection!
Do you want to donate some cash? So you can have a little space here to advertise your wares? Feel free to send mail to webmaster or sysadmin. Note that I will be very selective on what kinds of ads are acceptable.]