Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

JANUARY 24, 2006 (COMPUTERWORLD) - A majority of 1,017 Americans, 56%, who responded to a survey by Ponemon Institute LLC said they do not believe Google should turn over Web search information to the U.S. government.

The Department of Justice recently asked a California court to force Google Inc. to turn over information about how the company's search engine is used to find pornography on the Internet. Justice officials say they need the Google usage records to prepare their case to revive the 1998 Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which the Supreme Court blocked from taking effect two years ago.. But Google has so far resisted the subpoena (see "Update: Feds wrestle Google over search records").

The full story can be read at computerworld.com

Hopefully Google does the right thing and keep the data for themselves unlike the other major search engine vendors.

Some might ask why it is important, what is wrong with making some data available to the feds as an "anti-terrorist" measure. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes; but who will watch the watchers? Personally I believe giving up fundamental freedom result in a situation worse than without the forementioned measures. The subject deserve a couple of quotes:

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
-Abraham Lincoln

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
-Adlai Stevenson, speech, Detroit, 1952

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
-Dick Cheney

Intel EM64T

The processor I'm getting on the server is a 64 bit Xeon processor. This has resulted me reading up a bit about the 64 bit architecture as I've only used 32bit systems so far.

As far as gentoo goes, I found a wiki entry telling me to use the AMD64 base, as the architecture is very similar. This is also supported by a forum thread

I am doing this in preparation of getting the new server.


I have been planning some preliminary stuff for the new server. For one thing I've decided on using Gentoo on it, and have therefore read up on some documentation. I will most probably use qmail together with vpopmail and a MySQL back-end and serve POP3 and IMAP over an SSL enabled connection.

I will as before also use Apache2 together with PHP5 and MySQL 5.0. The webmail frontend will probably be squirrelmail configured with the OpenPGP extension (Read more about OpenPGP).

More information on the process will follow.