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by: Bernard Teo

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Thu 27 Oct 2005

Sky Burial

Category : Commentary/SkyBurial.txt

Sky Burial by Xinran has edged out The Cliff Walk as the best book I've read this year. This book is special. I don't know how I came to know of it but I kept looking for it in the Library. When I found it, I read through it in almost one sitting. From a deceptively mushy, perhaps overly sentimental beginning, I rapidly got transfixed by it. It's simply un-put-downable.

Xinran tells the story of Shu Wen, a woman who spent 30 years wandering in Tibet looking for her husband, who was a doctor with the People's Liberation Army, who went missing without a trace.

Unable to accept that he has died, Wen persisted, living each day at a time among the Tibetans in a vast, bleak, silent yet majestic landscape, and it is through her eyes that we experience an alternate, spiritual dimension to living.

And it is because, like her, we come to accept the possibility of an other-world - one that transcends logic and embraces faith - that we're prepared for the denouement, when she finally learnt what had happened to her husband, from the man that he had saved.

It's a wonderful, moving tale of pain, loss, hope, idealism and heroism. I've been urging everyone I know to read it.

Perhaps as an antidote, if we're sick of the William Hungs and the Sim Wong Hoos.

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MailServe 2.0 Beta 1

Category : Technology/MailServe2B1.txt

I've still got a couple of things to add to it but here's a first beta of MailServe 2.0, the next version of Postfix Enabler. This fully functional demo will expire on 30th November 2005. I'll continue to work on it till then.

You can download it from here.

New Features

Implemented support for IPv6 addressing over SSL
Added an interface to Fetchmail
Added ability to set the Mailbox Size
Added a field for RBL Sites
Alternate SMTP ports numbers
Can set up a list of Smart Hosts
Mail queue management
Support for Virtual Alias Domains
Can direct the catch-all mailbox to /dev/null
Can require SSL for SMTP and SMTPd
Keychain support
Plus, I've re-arranged the tabs

It needs a bit more work. But I thought I'd release it and see how it goes. You can use your current Postfix Enabler serial number to try it out. It'll probably be priced at $19.99, with current Postfix Enabler users being able to upgrade for $9.99.

I've been told that adding a Fetchmail implementation alone will make it worth paying $50 for. Well, I'll be happy if it's deemed to be worth 19.99. Will work on a web page next to describe the new features but they should be self-evident, I hope.

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