Archive for April, 2009

Initial times in 1 mile, 100m, 50m

April 18th, 2009 1 comment

Ok, it has begun.  I decided to take some intial benchmarks this morning for the biggest gainer.  I’m not sure I’m up for getting a 3 mile benchmark, I was ready to pass out after the 1 mile!  Here they are:

1 mile run — 6:40

100 m — 13.0

50m — 6.4

I haven’t timed myself in any of these events in years.  This is the benchmark anyhow, something for me to compete against now.  I think I first ran a sub 13 second 100 m as a freshman in high school… kind of what I feel like now, returning to my freshman year, with high hopes of improving in all these events in the coming months / years!

I hope to take some more initial benchmarks later tonight -perhaps doing my pushups and situps benchmark since they are easily done at home.  In the meantime — I’m off to a football game this afternoon, last of our flag football season before the playoffs.

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Biggest Gainer – Octathalon

April 15th, 2009 No comments

I figure if I post to my blog that I’m joining in on Maury’s Biggest Gainer Octathalon — I might actually do it ;)  Should be worthwhile getting back into great shape again – I’m looking forward to it!  Take a look at the Octathalon site for the details:

Anyone else want to join in with us?  It is always better to have more people to motivate along when attempting to do something like this.  Let me know!

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Sendmail & Mailman on my terms ;)

April 3rd, 2009 No comments

So the ISP I use for hosting (westhost) uses sendmail as its default mailing client, which is fine and dandy.  I moved over to an external host about a year ago now, in hopes to minimize some of the time and work I was spending hosting my own server at my own home.  Westhost gave me the control I still wanted via a virtual private host where I can install apps, configure some server level details, etc… but I no longer have to worry about the hardware, or os upgrades, etc…  Works well.

Well – when I was hosting things myself, I came to like qmail – more specifically I really liked one built-in feature of qmail.  When I setup email accounts, each account automatically received all emails sent to it, and to any email in the form  For example — if you sent an email to — it would just go directly into my account.  And yes, that was my main use for this, to give out new email addresses to various online stores, etc… so I could better filter, and know which ones gave my email addresses over to others w/out my permission.  Several of my siblings also enjoyed this feature, and used it widely… so when I switched over to sendmail on this new host — I had to figure out how to get this same functionality (or many emails would not be directed into their proper home).

Turns out that sendmail does a very similiar thing out of the box, but they decided that the + symbol is the one to use, not the -.  So worked as I wanted it — problem is, that is not the email address that best buy has on record (and it also invalidated many other email addresses I’ve given out).  Well — after searching far and wide, and coming up to speed on sendmail, and the intricacies of its configuration file, rulsets, maps, etc… I came across a fairly straightforward addition to the file to get the behavior that I wanted (thanks to google, and other geeks before me).  A simple addition of the following lines did the trick:

Kplus regex -s1,2 -d+ ^([0-9a-z]{1,64})-([0-9a-z]{1,64})$
R$+ <@$=w.> $*  $: $(plus $1 $: $1 $) <@$2.> $3

It turns out that what the above ends up doing is simply replaces the ‘-‘ character in the part of the email address that comes before the ‘@’ with the ‘+’ character, and then sendmail default behavior takes care of the rest.  I won’t bore you with the gory details, but trust me ;)

Ok — so I also wanted to keep our email lists going that I had on the previous server, and I decided to use mailman for the mailing lists.  Everything was all working fine, except for one small detail — moderator and owner emails to the list where not being sent out.  I didn’t have time to look into at the time, but finally got back around to it this week.  It appeared that all the emails sent to the moderators or owners of the list just dissapeared, never reaching their intended destination.  Well — as luck would have it, my fix to make work, broke mailman.

Mailman uses aliases such as, or to interact with the mailing list (there are others of similiar form as well).  Well — my earlier fix ended up making any email sent to to be sent to, yes  Ooops!  I had to figure out a fix, so I could start getting my moderator emails going again, and having subscribe emails and unsubscribe emails work (amongst other things).  So back to my good friend google…

… but google didn’t find the solution this time, although it did offer enough information for me to hack together a solution.  In the end, I modified my file to only do the –> rewrite if the username was an actual user on my system (i.e. in the /etc/passwd file), otherwise — leave it alone.  It’s working great now, and I can finally go back to sleeping good at nights :)  Here is my final hack (as of now), in case this is helpful to others out there:

Kcheck regex -s1,2 ^(([0-9a-z]{1,64})-([0-9a-z]{1,64}))$
Kplus regex -s1,2 -d+ ^([0-9a-z]{1,64})-([0-9a-z]{1,64})$
R$+ <@$=w.> $*  $: $(check $1 $: $1 $) <@$2.> $3
R$+$|$=l <@$=w.> $*     $: $(plus $1 $: $1 $) <@$3.> $4
R$+$|$~l <@$=w.> $*     $: $1 <@$3.> $4

It’s fun being a geek sometimes ;)  Satisfying to finally bend sendmail and mailman’s will to my own…

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