Me

My name is Alexander Andreev 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. More on me you can read on neocities' page.

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 “doxxing” myself? Yes, since I host straight from my home you can get my city, but so can I do with you (if you don't use VPN or Tor :)). I don't think that's a problem. What's more important is that my data belongs only to me and I can access it from anywhere. :) That was a main goal of having a home server.

But in addition I have my age, name and surname disclosed! Not a big deal for me as well. :)

PS: Haha, just realised it looks like I'm urging you on to find me, haha. Especially after I said that. xDDDD No, not, absolutely. :) Plz don't. :^)

I dunno why, but I always had an inclination towards disclosing info about myself. Especially when I was young I was mindlessly filling out all the fields on my Vkontakte page. Should I mention I regret this? :) Now I have only name and surname disclosed there and nothing else. Reason why I still have a Vk page is their music service. It's really great for finding music. But here, on my own website, I am just struggling not to open my heart too wide and not to write a fucking dossier on myself with all biography et al., haha.

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

Why English only? I made my first website on neocities where English speaking community prevails. And I want to practice English. And I don't bother to maintain two versions of the same thing. And English is a lingua franca of the Internet, so I expect a visitor to know it.

P.S.: Yeah, I'm not so glad that this site partially repeats neocities' one.

Contact information and banners are at the bottom of this page. Yes, I totally agree with you not wanting to add me since I don't have a link page myself. :) Well, it's way easier to make a banner than a links page. :)

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 a 2 core Intel Pentium 2117U 1.8GHz and 10GB RAM (2GB + 8GB), the system disk is a 120GB SSD and the other one is 500GB HDD where all the shit I have is 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

Runs using 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 and throw new music there from time to time.

FTP server

ftp://ftp.arav.top

https://ftp.arav.top

vsFTPd. And now available through HTTP.

There you'll find music, videos, films, animes, TV shows, books, games, programs, drivers (a very few), OS images (Winblows :)). Go check it out!

Tor relay

metrics.torproject.org

I dicided not to advertise it anywhere else but here.

It is set 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

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

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. A certificate is necessary.

TeamSpeak 3

ts3server://arav.top.

Same as with Mumble applies to TS. It's security level is set to 34, so is yours identifier's level should be at least that high.

Game servers

All game servers are private, if there's exception I'll mention it in its description. 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

Gitea. 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

TShock. But it's not used. Just wanted to look at TShock.

Inner services

Services that maintains other services or used exclusively by me.

Web-server

TLS: A+

NGiNX + PHP-FPM.

Database server

MariaDB.

VPN

OpenVPN.

Network file share

Samba and NFS.

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).

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 OpenNIC domains.

Contacts

E-Mail: me@arav.top
Jabber: arav@arav.top
PGP key: 5A2E CA58 F93E B5C4 4F02 D50B 1327 FE8A 374C C86F (available through Web Key Directory)
Neocities website: arav.neocities.org
Git: git.arav.top

Banners

In case you found my site anyhow useful and like to add me to your links page here are the banners for you.

Light banner 88x31
Light banner 240x60

And theirs dark counterparts are also available.

Dark banner 88x31
Dark banner 240x60

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 and guestbook. Theme is stored in a local storage. And yes I was lazy and implemented guestbook frontend with JS and backend PHP script just spits JSON. :/

Same with 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.