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v4.1 January 2002
0.  Introduction.
1.  Webmail.yourdomain.com released!
2.  SSH2 and SFTP support!
3.  Edit DreamBook Entries!
4.  Mailing Lists Confirmed Opt-In!
5.  DHSOTM
6.  Random quotes from newdream.net.


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0.  Introduction.

Well, we're really in it now: the dead of winter. You're probably busy
shoveling snow or scraping ice off your windshield, shivering and
miserable. So take a break already! Come inside and cuddle up with this
warm winter-edition DreamHost newsletter! Not *physically* warm mind you
(unless you're reading it on a laptop and aren't wearing any pants), but
warm in a heart and soul kind of way that's EVEN BETTER. It's like you
can ACTUALLY FEEL the heat coming over the ethernet from our
headquarters in sunny L.A. direct to your frozen buns in Bangor, Maine.

Bangor, Maine? I hardly know her!

Ha! Sorry about that! Old, stupid joke! Not even funny! Can't quit
making it though! I'll try and stop. I promise. How about this... I'll
try and keep them to a minimum if YOU keep reading this newsletter.

Newsletter? I hardly know her!


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1.  Webmail.yourdomain.com released!

If this doesn't warm your toesies and melt your frozies, I don't know
what will...

We've now officially launched our system for web-based access to your
DreamHost email! In case you didn't read last month's newsletter, that
means ALL domains hosted with us now have http://webmail.domain.com/
set up for anywhere, anytime, IMAP-based access to their mailboxes via
any web browser!

Web browser? I hardly know her!

You can get more information at its new Knowledge Base area here:

/kbase/?area=2527


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2.  SSH2 and SFTP support!

But wait there's more HOT new features (well, at least luke warm) we've
added for you (the cold ones) in the last month! This time it's for
anybody who has SHELL access (that is, NOT just ftp), and it goes a
little something like this:

We've upgraded the version of SSH on all our servers to version 2! It
offers even greater security, but is incompatible with version 1 clients.
We still have version 1 running, but within the next few months we will
be turning it off. There will be lots more warning announcements before
then, don't worry!

What we recommend you do now (or as soon as possible) if you log in to
our servers via TELNET or SSH is to start using SSH version 2 instead.
If your current client doesn't support it, here are some resources for
just about all operating systems!

A good overview list is at:
http://www.freessh.org/

For Windows, we recommend "Putty":
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty.html

For Macintosh OS9 and below, we recommend "MacSSH":
http://www.macssh.com/

For UNIX, Linux, and Mac OSX, the command line version (both the
commercial and OpenSSH versions) and several graphical shells are
available. (Basically you should just have to type "ssh" from the
command line.)


But wait, there's more security news! We now offer SFTP support on all
our servers to securely ftp files to and from our machines! However,
it's currently only available to shell accounts. Regular FTP will of
course also continue to work forever!

For Windows: WS_FTP has support for this, as does the commercial
version of CuteFTP.

For Mac OS9 and below, http://www.macssh.com/ has a graphical SFTP
client.

For UNIX, Linux, and Mac OSX there may already be a command line version
installed on your system!


Wow, we've got more features than Inspector Gadget!

Inspector Gadget? I hardly know her!


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3.  Edit DreamBook Entries!

Believe it or not, a lot of you cool customers use our DreamBook service
for a guestbook on your site. And believe it or not, DreamBook didn't
used to allow you to edit entries that users posted. You could delete
entries and repost them as the original signer, but it was hardly
efficient. And in this sort of weather, you want to make sure everything
you do is as efficient as possible, that's for durn sure!

So.. we just made it much easier for you to fix typos or change the
meaning of any entry in your DreamBook guestbook! Just go to
http://manage.dreambook.com/, log in, choose the appropriate book, and
click "Manage Entries"! From there it should be pretty clear how to edit
those old posts! It's especially useful now that DreamBook can act as a
weblog too! What good is a weblog where you can't edit your own
articles? As good as an rubber innertube over Niagra Falls!

Rubber innertube? I hardly know her!


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4.  Mailing Lists Confirmed Opt-In!

And now, the last new feature introduced this month for you, our frigid
friends! It's a small but important change to the way our Mailing Lists
(the announcement ones, not the discussion ones) work. Now, when
people sign up for your list via the form you've placed on your
website they'll be sent a short confirmation email with a special url 
for them to visit to confirm their subscription.

This "confirmed opt-in" policy is the generally accepted standard for
mailing list inclusion, and really is something we should have added a
long time ago. It helps both you and your list subscribers out by making
doubly sure everybody who gets your emails really wanted it, which cuts
down on spam accusations and general unhappiness for all!

You can still add to and manage your membership list (useful for say
transferring a mailing list from another service) through our web panel.
The only difference now is that we track in the database whether an
 email address was added there or whether it was confirmed by the user
themselves. This information is now included in the footer of all
mailing list messages sent out, along with a direct link for the user
to unsubscribe. Since the need for you to write your own custom
unsubscribe footer for your mailing is now eliminated we've taken that
field out of the Mailing List area of our web panel.

One final note! If a user unsubscribes from your list via the link at the
bottom of an email they get, their email will be added to a list of
addresses that can ONLY subscribe to lists via the confirmed opt-in
method (rather than via the web panel by you). So if you are trying to
add somebody's email address through the web panel and it isn't working,
it's because they're in that list! For them to subscribe they'll have to
do it themselves from your web site's form!

All of this will Ehelp you keep your mailing list complaint-free and
running smoothly! So all your customers can happily receive their
astrological fortunes, Star Wars rumors, Fiddler on the Roof updates,
or whatever it may be that your mailing list offers!

Fiddler on the roof? I hardly know her!


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5.  DHSOTM

This month's DHSOTM winner (who remember, now gets nothing more than
the warm fuzzy feeling of public recognition) is none other than:

http://www.fuzzygroove.com/

Which is really an impressive site and deserves every vote that got them
here! Self-described as "music : activism : art : design : philosophy"
the site is really beautiful, yet filled with intersting content too.
There's mp3s to download, online petitions to sign, an interesting
discussion board, and lots more...

I don't recommend visiting with a text-only browser though! You won't
get nearly the effect intended by the site's creator.

Creator? I hardly know her!


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6.  Random quotes from newdream.net.

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
-- Confucius

Q: Why do ducks have big flat feet? A: To stamp out forest fires.
Q: Why do elephants have big flat feet? A: To stamp out flaming ducks.

Some changes are so slow, you don't notice them. Others are so fast,
they don't notice you. 

Has anyone ever tasted an "end"? Are they really bitter?


Bitter End? I hardly know her!
-- Josh


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Last updated: Jan 30, 2002.