Member services (invited access)
webmail: or login with IlohaMail, SquirrelMail or use a mail client on your computer or phone. Settings:
Receiving mail Host name: unstable.nl Protocol: IMAP / IMAPS Port: 143 / 993 Secure connection: Yes: TLS / SSL Sending mail Host name: unstable.nl Protocol: SMTP / SMTPS Port: 587 Secure connection: Yes: STARTTLS Require authentication: Yes: PLAIN / LOGIN
- SSH server - secure shell access and file transfer. On GNU/Linux: ssh (command line program for shell access). GNOME and KDE both have built-in support for sftp (try that link). File transfer on Mac: Fugu or CyberDuck. On Windows: WinSCP (file transfer) and PuTTY (shell access).
- passwd - change your password.
- Privoxy / tor anonymizing webproxy - listening on localhost:8118, if you forward this through ssh you can surf the web completely anonymously. Eg. run "ssh -L 8118:localhost:8118 unstable.nl" from a terminal, and then tell your browser to use localhost:8118 as a HTTP and SSL proxy. Screenshots using PuTTY and Firefox: [ 1, 2 ].
Public services (free registration / unauthenticated)
- SECURE Instant messaging (Jabber) - Try it now! Use the webbased Jabber client.
- NTP server - For time synchronisation. Use either "ntpdate unstable.nl" or install the ntp daemon to synchronise continually. For windows there's NetTime.
- IRC server - Available for public use, not connected to any other IRC servers. Port 6667 for plaintext, port 9999 for SSL.
- downloads page - lists .zip/.exe/.gz/.bz2 files in /var/www/downloads.
Information on unstable.nl
Why is this domain called unstable.nl? When I first thought of this name it was quite on the spur of the moment, but come to think of it, it's more than just irony or the name of the Debian release it ran back then.
Most anything in life is unstable, to some extent. In most cases this instability is shockingly great, such as with human life itself. One moment you're there and the next you're being taken to the Netherworld (hopefully it's not like /dev/null there).
With computers it's just the same, only with computers there's not even the (big) advantage of thousands of years of evolution. Hardware gets designed in a rush, to be ahead of competition, let alone software that is being checked for bugs and vulnerabilities as you run it. Stuff is unstable and let's acknowledge it, unstable.nl tries the best it can.
- Backup policy - Information on the back ups made of system and user files
- Hosted sites - A PSP script that lists virtual hosts (no descriptions.. just click the links). See sourcecode.
- Interesting technologies deployed by unstable.nl - SFS, SPF, Blowfish passwords etc.
- unstable.nl's server software
- unstable.nl's firewall (iptables script)
- unstable.nl's anti-spam measures
- current hardware