[rescue] Corrupted list messages

Jonathan Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Thu Sep 30 16:27:51 CDT 2021

On Thu, 30 Sep 2021, Mouse wrote:

>> That the work is onerous or sizeable is a myth which [...]
> Not all that much of a myth, for "most people".

This is something that's changed relatively recently.  For people who
aren't purists about their setup, there is an open-source project called
"mail in a box" which installs onto Ubuntu 18.04 delivering most of
everything a small mailhost would want.  The documentation covers a fair
amount of the anti-spam DNS silliness, too.

There's a real movement (a small one, but not nonexistent) to
"re-decentralize" the Internet, encouraging people to "self host"
services at home, with proxies running on public cloud providers.  It
makes me very happy because so many of the fiddly bits have been
automated away (provided you want to run Linux and Docker, which is
fine, even if not to my personal taste.  This isn't the uphill slog it
used to be.

I'm sure I've shared this thought here before, but when I got my first
job doing programming 25 years ago, my workstation had a public IP
address.  I could *publish* to the *world* just by copying files into

Ten years later, Apache httpd had gotten to the point where I could use
DNS wildcard records to publish to brand new webhosts just by creating
directories in a network share from my Macintosh workstation.  Drop
files in there, and they're accessible to the world.  How could the next
decades bring about anything *other* than a massively interconnected,
decentralized, and censorship-resistant world?

Yet, somehow we got here, instead.

Jonathan Patschke
Austin, TX

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