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Developments, improvements of this website on a VT320

  • Posted on: 21 July 2005
  • By: lucas

I salvaged a DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation, bought by Compaq now HP) VT320 terminal from the garbage crate at work. Always wanted to have one. A real hardware terminal !

After some problems (never do something stupid with your /etc/ttys file ...) I got it hooked up to my FreeBSD machine with a 3 wire serial cable. Really nice to see it working, it's a bit slow because of the crappy 3 wire 9600 baud connection but that just needs a bit of time and solder.

After some configuration sending mail works again

  • Posted on: 17 June 2005
  • By: lucas

Everything worked smoothly on the new network of except sending mail. Receiving was not a problem. My guess is that all outgoing mail on port 25 (SMTP) is blocked except to the mail server of
After some googling I found a few sites with instructions for using the mail server as a relay using sendmail. It was relatively painless. Approx. 2 hours to get everything working. Best thing is that everything works just as it did with the xs4all network. on glass fibre !

  • Posted on: 16 June 2005
  • By: lucas

I hooked up to the new glass fibre network of

Wow ! with a fast internet connection you can really see the difference in speed: 10Mb is no joke. The only disadvantage is that they use DHCP, hopefully my IP address doesn't change too much. Ah well, I can always use the dynamic dns option from An unix client is available. No worries !

Anonymous comments switched off

  • Posted on: 22 March 2005
  • By: lucas

The amount of comment spam was increasing. The spamfilter has great difficulty with a new variety of comments with more or less random character strings. I've to look into the spamfilter module to see if something can be done to filter these very irritating messages.

This means that comments can only be posted after registering/logging in. Sorry for the inconvenience.