Migration to GoogleApps for your domain

Last night i moved my email services onto GoogleApps.

Why? well, there were 2 main factors:

  • Spam: I get lots of spam, Most have been caught by spam Assasin, But it was really taking a battle with the hoster, I could watch the process list and see myself high on the list with spam assasin scanning email
  • Uptime: My current host’s uptime has been all over the place lately, And while not a problem for my WWW, Email is something i like to have reliable service of, Google Apps has been working pretty nicely so far today, Quick POP3 Access(See my IMAP note down below), Archiving of email online, Being able to access it anywhere anytime

What went wrong? Well.. Lots of things actually.

  • I broke my DNS.. For an hour last night i had no mail servers, Took me a good hour to work it out too.. Turns out, That if you use shorthand notation in a Bind zone file, you need to put them all together, I tried grouping them(NS, Mail, Web, Other), Which didnt work, i had to group them by server address instead..
  • Google’s Email’s IMAP service is broken!, How useful is that, it took me awhile to work out why i was getting 2 emails for every email recieved.  Opera can probably work around it by making the Message ID + content a unique value i guess.. But why should Opera do it when its Gmail’s fault? If gmail chooses to show an email in multiple folders, the client is going to follow suit, Why  cant they just show the email in one folder? Or use Imap keywords as the linked article says?
  • Need a new WWW host, Honestly, My current host is great, Bur.st Networking runs a great service, unfortunately its dieing, Not many people continue to donate, and the load is getting high. This is one of the reasons i’ve moved off them, To ease the load. I’ll continue to host my DNS with them however, Being able to edit my own Zone file directly is great. Any thoughts on a new WWW Host? Dreamhost has been mentioned, Site Ground has been mentioned, And also has NearlyFreeSpeech (However, their pricing is too confusing for me :P) and theres even Ebay advertised hosting for dirt cheap thats likely to be so overloaded, its not even worth considering… However, Their main website loads fast enough.. maybe its hosted on a different server..

Lets see how the next few days pan out.. Hopefully google will continue to perform, Hopefully my WWW will stay up, Maybe i’ll move onto someething new, maybe i’ll end up with a dedicated server, Who knows hey?

(Oh, Dedicated server, I wish i could afford it.. :P)

Time to get naked

…Who’s with me? :)

I’ll be participating in CSS Naked Day on April 9th, So to those of you who think your browsers stuffed up, Its not :)

You can find more information over here: http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2008/04/07/strip-down-your-blog-css-naked-day/ and Annual CSS Naked Day

PS. If you missed it: http://dd32.id.au/?naked (Or it hasnt arrived yet :))

(Its a shame my theme has the sidemenu’s before the content… I need to design myself a new theme..)

Dovecot: ERR No INBOX for user

Did something stupid a few days ago, After Opera 9.5 Alpha did something stupid with my email, I decided to clear out all email on my server..

Not a hard thing to do.. SSH to server, echo > ~/mail/username Check the list with the ‘mail‘ app, Yep all fine.. emails cleared; Then went out for a few days.

Come back today and i have no email? Strange, I send myself a test message, Doesnt turn up in my POP3 inbox.. SSH in, whoa, 92 messages on the server (using the ‘mail‘ command again), Why isnt it coming through POP3 then?

Started investigating, grabed telnet and connected to the mail server, Here’s what i got:

+OK dovecot ready.
USER my_username
PASS my_super_secret
+OK Logged in.
-ERR No INBOX for user.

Yep.. Somethings screwed on the server, But what? I didnt touch anything!

After a lot of screwing around and re-setting permissions and all that, I found the error, Can you see the error?

Dovecot mail error

No, I’m not supprised if you cant see it, It didnt hit me at first either, Especially when  mail was showing all my mail correctly.

Turned out, Dovecot doesnt like the new line at the start of the file, It bails out thinking its not a valid inbox…. removed the new line and everythings off and running fine again. Shame i bothered the hosts support a few hours ago, But at least i had fixed it before they started pulling their hair out :)

MSN: FailedAuthentication Profile accrual is required

I’m writing a PHP MSN ‘framework’ based on MSNP15 at present, This evening the SSO authentication failed with the following message: (Apologies to not having exact XML)

wsse FailedAuthentication
Failure Code: Profile accrual is required 

The cause? MSN has updated the protocol? Nope, I needed to update the profile for that account, upon logging into MSN messenger with it i was asked to fill out my Birthyear and Country. Upon entering those details in its once again working nicely.

Why blog about this? Well, Why not? Google didnt have any comments for the given failure code, might as well get an explanation out there :)

AAPT Usage Meter

Notice: (2009) I’ve not been An AAPT customer for awhile now, My usage meters listed here may no longer work, I will not be updating them in the future.

This post has been sparked by the fact that 17 out of the top 20 search queries which direct people to my blog in some way relates to AAPT and its usage meter.

At present AAPT are making a move to a new platform, as such, some new users are on a different system, and the links outlined in this post may not apply to them.

AAPT Official Usage Meter

The official usage meter is available here: https://dialup.connect.com.au/cgi-bin/subscribers/index.cgi.

The username is the main Email address you have with aapt, and the password is the same as for email.

There are 2 main views in the usage meter, Show ADSL Usage & Show Dialup Usage, in actual fact, Dialup usage will show ADSL usage as well. The main difference betweeen these is that ADSL usage only shows a graph with when the usage took place, not many other details (and from what i’ve found, takes ages to load). However the dialup usage page will show much more information, however is all text, i suggest you give both a go and you’ll soon work out which view you prefer.

This usage meter is generally running ~24 hours behind, this is because the usage is counted once your session ends, A Session is the time that the modem is connected to the service, generally a few minutes before midnight a new session is started.
The effect of this is that it apears the usage meter is running slow/behind, but infact, the issue is that since the session starts a few minutes before midnight, all usage in that session is registered for that day. Eg:

Session starts at 10th July 11:55pm
Session ends at 11th July 11:55pm
99.995% of the usage most people make in that period has been made on the 11th, However, as it started on the 10th, the usage will apear for the 10th.

Note: If your username/password does not work on this usage meter, none of the following usage meters will work either at present, this means that you are on AAPT’s new platform.

My AAPT Adsl uage page

Available here: http://dd32.id.au/aapt/

This uses the Offical usage meter for the data source, but i prefer its layout for viewing on the web.

There is a DEMO page here.

Usage Agent

Available here: http://members.optusnet.com.au/usageagent/.

Usage Agent is a .Net 2 application to run on your home computer, its flexible in that you can have it generate an image, work in the tasktray, or merge itself into the wallpaper.


Usage Agent

Firefox Extension: Net Usage

Available here: http://netusage.iau5.com/

I dont personally use it, however some people find this a good option.

Final Note on the new System

A Final note to those people on the new system (Ie. cannot log into the above official usage page)
AAPT has recently changed their website format, and moved to a new platform, all these usage meters are incompatible with the new format.

Instructions to log in with the new system:

If you are using the new system, instructions below:
1. Log in to Help Yourself on aapt.com.au
2. Click See What I’ve Used in the 2nd column
3. Click on your broadband plan
4. Your usage should be shown here. Quantity sum shows your total usage for the month.