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Avoid Warning When Checking Secure Email

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

I finally found time to write this entry about how to get rid of the security warning when using SSL/TLS for your email. Sorry about the delay.
SSL has two purposes: security and authentication. Even if the authentication fails, the security still works and all the traffic will be encrypted. If you’re as annoyed as me [...]

DreamHost Newsletter – March 2006

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

From this month’s newsletter :

Restore Your Own DB!
Great new feature: Restore your own MySQL databases from backups, directly from the Control Panel. You can now revert your database to how it looked 1 – 7 days ago (24 hours increments), 1 – 6 weeks ago (½ week increments) or 1 – 6 months ago (1 [...]

Price drop on unique IP-addresses

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

DreamHost just updated the Plan Comparison page with new prices on unique IP-addresses. The price of an unique IP-address has dropped from $4.95/month to $3.95/month.
An unique IP-address is only necessary if you want to have a SSL certificate or anonymous FTP, so I guess this will only be relevant for a few customers.
According to the newsletter [...]

Backup MySQL Database to Email

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Oscar Merida from Record as I Am has written a short tutorial about How to: Backup your MySQL database and email results using BASH. He creates a simple shell script which dumps the content of a database to a text file, compresses the file and sends of an email with the file.
The script only depends on Mutt or any [...]

DreamHost tests SPF (Sender Policy Framework)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

DreamHost just started to test automatic SPF record generation.

Sender Policy Framework is designed to help reduce mail forgery. It does so by confirming that a mail server sending e-mail from your domain is authorized to do so (those that aren’t are probably spammers or viruses spoofing your e-mail address).
Mail servers that receive SMTP e-mail verify [...]

3 Tips for Secure Communication

Monday, February 20th, 2006

I’ve been using a couple of wireless hotspots the last few days, and while very convenient, it made me think about security. The problem is that every time you check your mail, transfer files with FTP or connect to a server via telnet all the data, including your username and passwords, are transferred over the [...]

eAccelerator on DreamHost

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Chinese DreamHost customer Robin has written a series of posts about installing the php accelerator and encoder eAccelerator.
eAccelerator is a further development from mmcache PHP Accelerator & Encoder. It increases performance of PHP scripts by caching them in compiled state, so that the overhead of compiling is almost completely eliminated.
First Robin investigates the differences between caching the HTML output [...]

MySQL upgraded to 5.0

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

DreamHost today announced support for MySQL 5.0. All new MySQL databases being created will be version 5, and they will soon offer the possibility to upgrade current databases from version 4 to version 5.
For the ones who haven’t followed MySQL progress the latest years, I will recap the development roadmap here.
MySQL 4.0
Released: 25 March, 2003
Supported [...]

DreamHost Newsletter – February 2006

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

This month’s newsletter fresh from the press:

One-Click Installs Upgrader!
The one-click installer of WordPress, phpBB, Joomla, etc. now also do one-click upgrades.
See also The Big 2-oh!.
New! DreamHost now officially have support for Subversion.
MySQL 5!
Covered in MySQL upgraded to 5.0.
Jabber Talks with Google!
Covered in Jabber and Google Talk.!
Covered in DreamHost Knowledge Base and Mirror of DreamHost’s Knowledge [...]

PHP4 upgraded to 4.4.1

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

PHP4 has been updated from version 4.3.10 to 4.4.1 according to
The changes from 4.3.10 to 4.4.1 are only maintenance releases addressing numerous non-critical bux fixes, a number of security fixes related to the overwriting of the GLOBALS array and a memory corruption problem. No new features has been added.