Hi, I'm Simone

AKA roughnecks
welcome to the 🐦woodpeckers' nest

About Me

My nickname was borrowed from "Starship Troopers" - A military science fiction novel by U.S. writer Robert A. Heinlein. "roughnecks" is the name of the first Mobile Infantry Squad led by Rico. I'm still not sure why I chose a plural name for my persona; it's a bit odd, I reckon, but I got attached to it and it stuck.
I'm currently unemployed, mainly because of health and family issues, but I studied and worked for a bit in IT Department; that's still one of my greatest passions, along with PC Gaming. I consider myself an eternal noob - in both categories - since there's always something new to learn and things often get more complicated over the years.

Personal (B)log

Co-Founder of the XMPP Italian Community


doggo 1:0 garden

neighbours cat: Titty

neighbours cat: Silvestro

PipBoy watchface on a Mi Band 5


mom and I

neighbours cat: Prime :)

CUSPIDE (The Intruder)

carp had a "rough" time but it's still alive

Mi Bunny

my (not so current) desk

dad and I (P.S. I'm not that FAT anymore :)

The place where I live

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woodpeckersnest's services

This is a non-profit project, if you want to join any of these services or have any question, scroll down below to the "Contact" section and send me a message, I'll be glad to help you out!

I'm running on my server.

neofetch for pandora

Services Health Status


E-Mail Server

In order to use your own email client, note the following settings if autoconfiguration* doesn't work:

  • IMAP: woodpeckersnest.eu | PORT: 993 SSL/TLS | Username (without the domain part) | Normal Password
  • SMTP: woodpeckersnest.eu | PORT: 587 STARTTLS | Username (without the domain part) | Normal Password

* Autoconfiguration works in current Thunderbird and K-9 clients. Other clients not tested.

Works fine with DeltaChat. Each account has a disk quota of 1GB plus a 10% grace quota; when you reach 80% of your quota, a warning message is sent to your email.

A Web Client is hosted locally on the server:

XMPP Server

I'm hosting an XMPP server, which is basically a decentralized and secure chat service. I'm doing this just for myself and friends who'd like to join, so public registrations are closed and you need an invite to join.
The registration process is quite easy, your generated invite link will take you to the basic steps of choosing a client - there are many for each platform, Windows, Linux, Web, Android, iOS and MacOS - and sign-up, or just let you sign-up if you already have a preferred client.

A Web Client is hosted locally on the server:

  • Converse.js: Connections limited to "woodpeckersnest.space" accounts (PWA available)

The XMPP compliance test is not always right and sometimes reports broken MAM and vCard modules, while they're pretty fine.

XMPP Gateway: Slidge

  • Whatsapp Gateway: connect to your Whatsapp account and sync contacts/groups from XMPP

Matrix Server

Last arrived is a Matrix server running "Dendrite", reachable at "woodpeckersnest.space". Registration to the public is currently closed - and I believe it'll stay this way - but friends can ask for an account and I'll happily provide one; just don't join the official #matrix room or shit will happen :) The server has (inbound and outbound) presence disabled, because it uses an immoderate amount of CPU, so users will always show as offline, even when they're not.

Two Web Clients are hosted locally on the server:

Mumble Voice Chat Server

Connect to "voice.woodpeckersnest.space" on default port. This is an Italian server, accepted languages are Italian and English. Bitrate is set to 128Kbit/s. We also have a music bot which you can listen to in the "chill" channel - needs a recent client.

Direct connection to the lobby room

L'AltroWiki (Archive)

L'AltroWiki was an "ikiwiki" installed on a PIII running Debian lenny, long time ago when me and some friends were online on "irc.syrolnet.org", the official ircd for Italian slackware community. Now only the public html part of the wiki is left and it's hosted here just as a nice memory of the past. Content is mixed Italian and English languages.


Schleuder Mailing List

Hosted on this server there is also an Encrypted Mailing List powered by Schleuder.
The list ("decentralize [at] woodpeckersnest [dot] eu") is about decentralized networks (Matrix, XMPP, the Fediverse etc..) but it's also a place for friends who want to join.. It's mostly for Italian people, but we can speak English too. About joining, here is how to:

  1. Send any unencrypted message to "decentralize-sendkey [at] woodpeckersnest [dot] eu". The system will reply you with a message containg the key to be used in the next step.
  2. With the key you got before, send an encrypted message to "decentralize-owner [at] woodpeckersnest [dot] eu". That's the list's admin account. You must paste your public PGP Key in the body of the message or - preferred - attach it as a file to the mail, so that I can add you to the list as a member. Maybe explain why you want to join if we don't know each other.
  3. Wait for a welcome message posted on the list itself.
  4. Enjoy the mailing list, you can now write to "decentralize [at] woodpeckersnest [dot] eu"

Delta Chat Mailing List

We also got an unofficial ML for Italian Delta Chat users, reachable at the following address: "dc-space [at] woodpeckersnest [dot] eu". You can subscribe to the list by sending an email to: "dc-space+subscribe [at] woodpeckersnest [dot] eu" and by following instructions.

Standalone BoTs

I'm also running some standalone bots: IRC/XMPP/Steam/Mumble

Contact Me

Lets get in touch. Send me a message!