My ISP

In june 2006 I switched from the cable provider Telenet (Expressnet) to the ADSL/hosting provider Schedom / Dommel (Netconnect). I can’t say I’ve been sorry.

I left Telenet because of the not-of-this-time limits (10 gB download / 2 gB upload quota, abysmally slow ‘smallband’ (on which you’re put after you’ve consumed your quota, unless you cough up some more € – basically, it’s so slow you can’t even get on their pages to cough up the money!), the slow innovations, etc etc. The only things going for them is the (download) speed: (theoretical) 10 mbps down, 256kbps up, and their stability: in all those years (around 7-8) I didn’t notice a lot of downtime.

When I joined Dommel, their offer was simple: 50 gB quota, you do with it what you want. 4mbps down, 256 kbps up.

Since then, they’ve introduced numerous improvements (listed per active date):

  • August 2006: increased the connection limits to the newsserver (GigaNews)
  • December 2006: upload is no longer counted
  • February 2007:
    • boost package (higher upload speed and more quota, and higher speeds on mediumband)
    • increased newsserver retention (100 days, 99%+ retention)
  • March 2007:
    • happy hours (only 60% of traffic is counted between 01.00 AM and 01.00 PM)
    • new traffic counter which no longer counts ATM overhead (about 11%)

Needless to say, I’m happy with their offering and can advise them to anyone in Belgium! And no, I don’t have anything to gain by this. :p

Fight image spam with FuzzyOCR & Spamassassin

I guess you all know about Spam Assassin. It’s a wonderful tool that allows you to filter out tons of spam easily.

Unfortunately, spammers are using images more and more to circumvent the baysan (and other) filter methods spam filters use. So, we need to incorporate some OCR’ing into spamassassin to make it hit those ugly things too!

Useful article: http://www.howtoforge.com/fight_image_spam_with_fuzzyocr_spamassassin

On Debian Sid, it’s as easy as
apt-get install fuzzyocr3 ocrad ;)