Wednesday, August 17, 2005
spf records for
I've finally begun to adopt spf records for our domains. As a test bed, I am using, so any trouble will immediately follow to my mailbox. If all goes well, we will change all domains to include spf records. This is especially interesting for those domains that will never send email. Blocking them via spf will mark worm and spam mail with them as invalid - which is definitely nice ;)

Monday, August 15, 2005
phpLogCon is back!
Remember phpLogCon? It comes with WinSyslog and MonitorWare Agent, but it is what I call one of our "hidden treasures". And it is hidden not by design ;)

In my quest for a better syslog system, I have revived phpLogCon, a syslog web front-end. phpLogCon is around for quite a while. I think it was Adiscon's first try at open source. It was written primarily as a front-end for the MonitorWare product line. At the time of the initial development, MonitorWare were commercial software only. In the mean time, the line has evolved, now including both commercial Windows software as well as free apps for Linux and Unix. phpLogCon is kind of a bordergoer. While it is open source (written in PHP), we also distribute it together with the commercial Windows applications. Consequently, its platform targets include both Windows and *nix.

When we started with phpLogCon, we thought that the open source community might use and adopt it to other database schemas, for example as written by syslog-ng. As it turned out, that was not a valid assumption - mostly because we did fail with easily distributing the sources widely enough. We also managed to really hide the tool - nobody ever knew about it - well, of course, beside customers with the commercial tools. ;)

The rsyslog enhanced syslog daemon changed the usability of phpLogCon greatly: now, everybody could use the default schema (as rsyslogd knows how to write it). Some folks began to notice phpLogCon, because rsyslog pointed to it. But it still did not receive too much attention and still was well-hidden.

This has changed now. I have set up a new web site for it at This one is now set to become a great information and community site, where the old one was ... contentless. Technically, I have picked up the sources as well and I am currently in the process of reviewing and cleaning them. While it works well, the design is a bit older and a brush-up is definitely due. I expect this to happen during the next weeks. An aboslute good thing about it is its relationship to the MonitorWare family. So it can also very easily handle windows event log data, for example. phpLogCon is a good tool today, and I hope it is the best of its kind by the end of the year.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Finally, Adiscon's position on Linux is online...
It looks like I needed to do some web updates myself. So I have finally managed to write down a quick sketch of Adiscon's linux activities, hopefully clarifying the policy to our customers.

Besides that, it was quite unfortunate even speaking at Linux conferences while the corporate web site did not even mention Linux at all. Well, that has changed now and I think we will have some further very interesting things upcoming.

Change in software distribution policy
Today, we have made a very important announcement: The NewsMerge product is now given away totally free. We made a similar move some time ago when we offered the logger tool free of charge. However, logger is a little bit like "advertising" for the MonitorWare product line. This does not apply to NewsMerge. The basic idea here - and eventually in other things to come - is that we give away the product for free but charge for support. Especially for products that do not require considerable additional development, I think this is a fair offering to customers. In general, many are happy without ever contacting support and they go away totally free. If someone needs a helping hand, we offer it, but charge a little to feed that hand. Sounds fair to me...

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