Puakma: Under the hood

I'm Brendon Upson, jack-of-all-trades, master of one or two. I'm talking about life running a small ISV tackling business issues and leaping technology hurdles in a single bound.

webWise Network Consultants is based in Sydney, Australia and develops the groundbreaking Tornado Server technology.

The email move

Filed under: by Brendon Upson on 2009-02-08

I've been running the company email system on Notes for a long time. Since I was a Notes admin it seemed like the easy choice, but unfortunately over time Notes became less and less effective at stopping the web nasties from pouring in, eventually getting to the point where I was clearing out (manually) over 50 mails a day, and that's after the thunderbird spam filter cleared out another few hundred on top of that. This was all brought to a head with the purchase of the iPhone. The iPhone connects directly to the IMAP mail server so if Thunderbird is not running on my laptop, no junk gets cleaned. The iPhone became instantly useless for mail.

Now I know my way around Linux and had briefly set up and run a postfix server but it's a world of pain.I wanted something that just worked with the minimum of fuss: POP, IMAP, SMTP, webmail, with virus scanning and anti-spam server side.

Then I stumbled across qmail.

I downloaded a premade virtual machine from  http://www.qmtiso.com/ and gave it a run. Seemed to fit the bill, but trying to load it into my ESXi server was a world of pain as it was built with IDE drivers and ESXi runs SCSI. Back to the site, I purchased a copy of their latest ISO (20 bucks!) and installed it straight into ESXi. Setting up the domains and accounts was a snap, then following the setup guide the rest was running perfectly. Took maybe an hour all up which is pretty amazing, since I've burned many hours in the past trying to set up opensource servers using unintelligible config files.

If you're looking for a new mail system, I recommend qmail. Oh and my level of spam has dropped to around 3 a day. :-)


Filed under: by Brendon Upson on 2009-02-05

2009 has certainly got off to an odd start. On the one hand, the "experts" are telling us what a massive pile of poo we've got ourselves into financially, and on the other I've never been busier! Strange indeed. January and early February are usually the quieter months of the year, time to do some reflection and planning for the coming year. Not so this year - Maybe March...?

On the music side of things, all my new guitar amp gear has arrived (Mesa boogie Triaxis and 20/20 power amp) and it sounds FANTASTIC. Well worth the pain, cost and effort to get the pieces here from the US. To go with the new gear, I built a pair of speaker boxes to go with the new stereo guitar amp :-) To buy new here they're stupidly expensive and very hard to get. They're only single 12" boxes but sound HUGE with great bass response, based on a Thiele design for Electrovoice (TL806). The only downside is the full kit is now more difficult to transport and takes a bit longer to set up, but did I mention it sounds FANTASTIC??

Rock on!