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Moving Whiteoaks.com — Building a mail server

Don’t do this. This is stupid. Running a mail server is a pain in the ass.

If your startup or family or organization needs a domain and email, just point your domain at Google and use their great mail, calendar, and shared documents tools. Avoid all the battles with spammers, black lists, hackers and security updates.

So why […]

Updating an old platform, and running PHP4 and PHP5 together.

Jane and I wanted to set up WordPress blogs with all the bells and whistles, and we had a quiet “pajama” weekend on tap.  My poor old server is running an old SuSE distribution (9.2) which hasn’t been supported with updates for several years now.

So you know what the food chain is like for manual updates. […]