About me

My name is Alexander and you can find me over the Internets by nickname Arav.

Who am I? I'm a russian guy of age 27 who loves tinkering with computers. Such as programming, system administration, web-design, etc.

Why am I doing all of this? I run my machines 24/7 anyway, so why not make them do some useful work that they can handle. Such as simple radio, FTP server, Tor relay and I2P node, e-mail server, web and so on.

Why am I almost “doxing” myself? I dunno why I have such an inclination towards disclosing info about myself, especially on my personal website. On social media I have only name and surname disclosed (what I wish I hadn't) and that's all. But here I am just struggling not to open my heart too wide and not to write a fucking dossier on myself, haha.

Why particularly that slogan? I just wanted sort of a slogan and that was the first that came in my mind. And eventually it became permanent as everything that was ever made as a temporary thing. I actually like it. Don't you think of your websites as of very special place of your own? Of course. :) And who we are if not the wanderers that are wandering through the Intenets in searching for something we'd like?

P.S.: Yeah, I don't like that this site partially repeats neocities' one. I'd like to figure out best practices.

My servers

I have two of them, the first one is a Raspberry Pi 3 rev. B single board computer and the second one is a laptop. Yeah, not quite impressive, but they do their work just fine.

Laptop is Acer Packard Bell TE69CX that has Intel Pentium 2117U 1.8GHz with 2 cores and 4GiB RAM (2GiB of them I took from an old laptop), the system disk is 120GB and the other one is 500GB where is all the shit I have stored (and I'm fine with that storage).

I use the laptop for network file storage, an internet-radio, a torrent seedbox, an I2P router, TeamSpeak 3 and Mumble servers, and for the game servers. Raspberry Pi is running an e-mail, a DNS, a Web, a XMPP, MariaDB, OpenVPN and Tor.

Raspberry Pi 3 rev. B
Raspberry Pi 3 rev. B
Laptop
Acer Packard Bell TE69CX

Public services

That are available for everyone.

Internet-radio

radio.arav.top

I use Liquidsoap through Icecast, which goes through NGiNX. I broadcast almost everything I have. Sorry, but I'm too lazy to make some kind of broadcasting program to stream so I just randomise the playlist.

FTP server

ftp://ftp.arav.top

https://arav.top

I use vsFTPd. And now available through HTTP.

There you'll find music, videos, films, animes, TV shows, books, games, programs, drivers, OS images. Go check it out!

Tor relay

metrics.torproject.org

I set it to use 8 MBits of my Internet connection. It cannot became a guard node because of dynamic IP-address that changes every 10 days.

I2P router

I help the network using an official I2P router.

Private services

That are available for a narrow circle of people.

E-Mail server

I run it using a combination of Postfix, Dovecot (w/Sieve), Spamassassin, OpenDMARC and OpenDKIM.

Alas, I don't have a static IP. And there is not much sense in it because my ISP doesn't offer reverse DNS for regular clients.

It results in my messages ends up in a spam box at best.

XMPP/Jabber

xmpp.net score
compliance

xmpp://arav.top.

I use Prosody. Only I can register for security's sake.

Mumble

mumble://arav.top.

It's private, but you still can join an entrance room where you can only write messages. You must use a certificate in order to connect.

TeamSpeak 3

ts3server://arav.top.

Same as with Mumble applies to TS.

Game servers

All game servers I run are private, if there's exception I'll mention it in its description. And they are listed in a section below.

Some servers are listed in an in-game server list and theirs names looks like “Arav's Dwelling / <Game name>”.

And, of course, I don't run them simultaneously and start them only when needed.

Expect poor performance because the server is a low-end laptop.

Git

git.arav.top

I run an instance of Gitea to publish some of my code there. You can browse it freely of course.

I don't know why, but often pages takes a minute to load until you click a link twice.

Not an issue when I access it from internal domain (from LAN). And additionally it works a lot faster (maybe because of plain HTTP).

Game servers

Minecraft

arav.top:25565

Version is 1.15.2 currently. Here is a homebrewed client for it (and it also works under Linux!).

Starbound

arav.top:21065

Don't forget to set “Allow assets mismatch” option that you can find on the first page of the “Options” menu.

Access is restricted using accounts. Contact me if you want to play here, you'll need to give me a nickname and a password.

Avorion

Server is listed in a server list as “Arav's Dwelling / Avorion”. Whitelist enabled.

Terraria

arav.top:7777

I use TShock for it.

Inner services

Services that maintains other services or used exclusively by me.

Web-server

TLS: A+

NGiNX FTW.

Database server

MariaDB.

VPN

OpenVPN.

Network file share

Samba.

Torrent seedbox

Transmission-cli gets shit done.

The only annoying thing is that it sometimes creates .part files for one of unchecked files.

Print server

CUPS with CCP (Canon CAPT printer). But it doesn't fucking work with Canon printers. If you manage to make it work it will last till reboot, after that printer disappears and you're doomed to fuck with it again. Fuck Canon printers, but their scanners works like a charm under Linux, CanoScan LiDE ones at least.

So I actually don't have a print server.

DNS server

At first I wanted to learn more about DNS and now BIND9 serves a DNS cache and domain zone for my LAN. I also use DNSCrypt-proxy to encrypt DNS traffic and added OpenNIC records so I have access to that domains.

And I wrote a little bash-script to get active domains.

Privacy statements

I respect your privacy as my own, so there's no malicious JavaScript code or anything else that could be used to track you. Let alone for fuarrks sake I'd need that soykaf? Logs are more than enough. So I can see if I get visitors and where are they from (which is indeed interesting).

This website collects access logs which includes a date and time of access, your IP-address, User-Agent, referer URL that tells me where have you came from and a request itself. Additionally there is a GeoIP information being stored that is gathered from your IP-address for convenience of logs analysing. It includes country, region, and city.

This website makes use of JavaScript for theme switching. Theme is stored in a local storage. And yes I was lazy and implemented guestbook frontend with JS and backend PHP script just spills JSON. :/

All above is also applied to a radio website. JavaScript is being used there for showing information on a stream.

FTP server also collects access logs which includes a date and time of access, your IP-address and a command.