DomainKeys and SPF

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Yahoo! just released a draft specification for domain-based e-mail authentication. Essentially, each e-mail has a header with an encrypted hash of the text. In DNS, a special TXT entry with the public key information is stored. The receiving mail servers can use the public key to ensure that the message was generated by the authorized server.

Not a bad idea in concept. I’m still reading the draft, but I’m intrigued by the possibilities.

Yahoo! Resource Center article on DomainKeys

Internet Draft as submitted to IETF

Comments on Neowin led me to another project, the Sender Policy Framework, which I wasn’t aware of. A whole bunch of cool ideas floating around right now!

Dumpster Diver

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When I arrived home this evening, I noticed that my neighbors across the street had put out a large amount of garbage for pickup. Trash day isn’t until Thursday, but it’s not the first time they were early.

In the past 90 minutes, a minimum of 4 people have stopped to pick through the pile of debris. Now, Packerland Drive isn’t exactly a quiet street, but isn’t that a bit much? And it’s not like I was staring out the window the whole time, either.

I’m all about not wasting things, but I leave the trash digging to others.

Dearborn Assembly Plant

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The last Ford Mustang rolled off of the assembly line today at the Dearborn Assembly Plant in Dearborn, MI. It will be shut down shortly, although plans are being made to convert part of it into a museum. Henry Ford himself assisted in the design of the initial buildings.

I remember driving past the plant with my Dad from time to time when we still lived in Detroit. Lots of history built up in the Mustang, and at DAP.

I just don’t know if it will be the same when the 2005 model appears later this year. According to the press release, it will be built in the Flat Rock plant.

Database Nation

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I was listening to National Public Radio this afternoon during my lunch break when I heard an interesting story come over the air.

Reason magazine, whom I had not heard of before, is publishing their June 2004 issue with customized covers on the front. Apparently, each of their 40,000 subscribers will receive a copy of the magazine with their name on it in large font, the words “They know where you are…”, and an aerial photo of the address to which the magazine is addressed.

Per the guest on the show, Nick Gillespie (the editor-in-chief for the magazine), it only cost around $5000 more to provide the customized covers, mainly thanks to a few generous donations from the various contributors of information (including the satellite photography).

Is this the ultimate mail merge?

Combatting Sasser

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An elegant way to protect against the Sasser worm:

Using IPSec Policies to Block SASSER Infection