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Neue Kennzeichen //at 21:24 //by abe

Nachdem meine Ente bei der ersten Schweizer “TÜV”-Prüfung wegen falsch abgestempelten Zollformularen, einer Fahrgestellnummer zuviel am Häuschen, doch zwei kleinen Rostlöcher im Fußraum und einem Prüfer, der nicht glauben wollte, daß das Lenkrad der Ente ab Werk schrägsteht nicht so toll abschnitt, hat sie heute im zweiten Anlauf die MFK bestanden. Dementsprechend ist sie seit heute ihre deutschen Kennzeichen los und fährt stattdessen mit Zürcher Kennzeichen — noch provisorisch mit Gaffertape befestigt — durch die Gegend.


Nur das D-Kennzeichen sollte ich vielleicht bei Gelegenheit noch ersetzen…

Ein herzliches Dankeschön geht an die beiden Werkstätten Dorfgarage Tagelswangen (CH) und Autoklinik Rosenstock (D), die alle Sperenzchen des ersten Prüfers souverän mitmachten. :-)

Sperenzchen machte heute allerdings auch der CX auf dem Weg zum Spengler der Low-Tech-Garage: Dank kaputter Batterie und Schlechtwetter ist er (mal wieder) kurz vor der Escher-Wyss-Platz liegengeblieben und brauchte einen TCS um wieder in Schwung kommen.

Nett auch, was der TCS-Mensch als Fahrzeugtyp in sein Protokoll eintrug: “Citroën MAK Pallas”. Wußte gar nicht, daß der Maschinenbau Kiel Citroëns in Lizenz herstellte, dazu noch den Break in Pallas-Ausstattung, was es so bei Citroën selbst gar nicht gab. ;-)

Now playing: Roxette — June Afternoon


.org registration rules arbitrariness //at 01:25 //by abe

from the Passierschein-A38 dept.

For about nine years, my domain was hosted (which means web, DNS and a catchall e-mail forward) by Internett at Saarbrücken. Although it was a sponsered hosting without much support I was quite happy with their service. But especially my ideas and demands regarding spam filtering grew out of the possibilities of a mass hosting solution. Since I run my own web, mail and name servers for a while now, it was no question that also should become self-hosted.

Since I run a root-server at Hetzner and their “robot” also offers domain handling, I planned to transfer to them. Therefore I first had to register my two DNS servers ( and with them. In the documentation there was a note that for .org domains, name servers in a .org domain have to be registered with the same registrar. And just a few hours after registering the name servers via their web interface I got a mail from Hetzner Support that the domain of my name servers are not registered with Hetzner and so I cannot use them form .org domains. Asking for the cause of this rule, I got the answer that this is a rule by Hetzner’s upstream registrar, Cronos AG.

Well, since I don’t understand such arbitrarily looking rules, I was looking around for another registrar with usable web interface. On the DaLUG mailing list, someone recommended eDNS. Since their single user account is free of setup and monthly fees, I signed up with them and started playing around with their web interface. When I tried to transfer using the Auth-Code, I got the response that the transfer failed and when I clicked on “Details”, I got “$VAR1 = [];” as detailed information about the failure. Data::Dumper says hello. I wrote them and asked if they can tell me, what that should mean last Thursday and got no answer so far. I don’t think, I’ll register domains with them anymore.

So where to try it now? Someone recommended GoDaddy, but I neither like their website (way too much targeted on beginners and mainstream) nor do I want to apply for a credit card or a PayPal account to be able to pay their bills.

So a bill from my UML hoster Korypet (aka VD Server) caught my eye: They were lowering prices for registrations at some top level domains (and in comparison to the recent lowerings at eDNS the new prices also apply to existing contracts) including .at and .org (and I only have .at, .ch and .org domains). I didn’t knew they also do domains outside of selling them in packages with UML hosts. So I wrote to Korypet support, if they offer a web interface for domain handling and got a reply less than two hours later: Not yet, but they’re working on it. Until then, I can request domain handling tasks by e-mail to their support. Since I know their UML managing web interface – which works fine – and since I’m happy with their support, service and prices since years (I’m customer there since 2003), I replied with all the necessary data for the transfer.

Well, the transfer failed, too. But in comparsion to Hetzner or eDNS, they made the effort to exactly find out, what happened. So what did happen? The rule which the Hetzner support guy told me that it was from their upstream registrar wasn’t from there but from Public Internet Registry (PIR) itself. And the rule seems to match not that often, so that many people involved in domain registration don’t know about it (and usually neither understand its existence when they hear about it). Also I have no understanding for this harassment and so I felt the strong urge to get one over on them.

Korypet suggested several solutions fitting my needs (i.e. the usage of my DNS servers for my domains). They even offered A records under some of their PIR registrered domains pointing to the IP addresses of my DNS servers for no fee, but luckily some A records under my own .ch domain sufficed.

So the transfer was successful on Friday evening, 6pm local time, my own mail server (running Postfix) was happily rejecting a lot of spam to (and even from) non-existing users (which came in over the catch-all before) as well as hosts greeting with not fully qualified or invalid HELOs and greylisting others via David Schweikert’s Postgrey. The number of accepted mails and recognized spam sunk immediately by approximately factor four on the whole mail server, although isn’t the only domain that receives mail there (but was the only one which had a catch-all before).

So in the long run, I’ll probably move all .org and .at domains over to Korypet since they have not only fair prices but also a competent and individual support. (And yes, this is a recommendation. ;-)

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