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Deploying DMARC (and DKIM)

I found that Google/Gmail was suddenly filing email from my domains into the spam folder of the recipients. At that point I had implemented SPF a few years back. It's difficult to access whether SPF pass increases the chances for successful delivery, but SPF fails definitely increase the odds of rejections, which is a good thing, because it makes my domains unattractive for spoofing. This in turn has reduced the number of non-delivery messages (back-scatter) for spam that claimed to originate from one of my domains to just about none.

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Start mysql as Administrator in Plesk

Here's what (presumably Parallels, India) did:

cat /etc/issue
/usr/local/psa/bin/admin --show-password
mysql -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow ` psa

use psa;
select id,name from domains where cl_id = vendor_id;
select id,login from clients where parent_id is null;
update domains set vendor_id=1 where cl_id=vendor_id;

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Use Alternative UI Languages on Your Drupal Site

I run some German-language sites, but I strongly prefer working with an English-language user interface. A possible solution is the Administration Language module, which lets you select an alternative langauge for the administration pages, but it falls short in several ways:

  • I want to see everything in English, not just the administration pages,
  • I have a deputy administrator who prefers to see the administrtion pages in German, and

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Chinese Spam

For a while now I've been getting a Chinese piece of spam every day, supposedly sent by people like 魏碈, which is encoded as

From: =?utf-8?B?6a2P56KI?=

These pages have helped make sense of this:
BASE64 Decode and Encode
Wikipedia: Base64
UTF-8 encoding table and Unicode characters
RFC 2044 (UTF-8)

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IE Privacy Policy Causes Log-in Failure

Internet Explorer's High Privacy setting "blocks all cookies from websites that do not have a compact privacy policy." This includes out-of-the-box installations of Drupal 7.

Here's a work-around:


header('P3P: CP="We do not have a P3P policy"');

to your settings.php file. Tested with IE9.

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Historical Currency Exchange Rates

I'm a Swiss citizen and the continuous fall of the US Dollar and rise of the Swiss Franc has me worried.

These links drive it home:


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My Firefox Extensions

Everyone has got their list of favorite extensions — here's mine...

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Setting up My Eclipse / EGit for Drupal Development

This is work in progress...

I like working in Eclipse, and I've gotten used to having one project for each major Drupal version. This allows me to put the corresponding contribs inside the respective sites/all/modules directory and to just .gitignore them. That way I can let my local webserver serve each Drupal version without having to switch branches.

Set Up a Cache

Setting up msysGit

Setting up msysGit on my Win7 box has been a bit of a pain.

Here's a step by step guide:

1. I don't quite understand what the Portable version is all about, but I went with the other one.

2. If you're not running as Administrator, then the Installer fails. So, run it as Admin. I had also installed TortoiseGit, and the Installer made me choose from
( ) Use OpenSSH
( ) Use (Tortoise)Plink
The former ultimately lead to success.

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