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Aug 5, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

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Aug 2, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

Permalinks fixed...

It’s amazing what you can fix by looking at a problem again after leaving it alone. After the server change, OS upgrade, new install, etc., one would think that everything would be simple. Well, it actually is. One of those odd little things that you need to do if you are using “pretty permalinks” is to fix the default apache configuration to allow overrides on file info. That was the whole issue.

Jul 14, 2010 - 3 minute read - Comments

Post July Meeting

I’m a little slack in my “normal” follow-up to a meeting. We had a presentation from Rove IT on managing systems with a smartphone. All said it was a good presentation and shows a lot of promise for administering a GUI environment. As for *nix, well, not much beyond what you can do with a standard ssh client. This isn’t a criticism, it’s just the reality of *nix. If you can’t admin from a command line, well you probably shouldn’t be on call with a network enabled smartphone attempting to do something intelligent during a meltdown.

Jul 10, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

July Meeting

Title: July Meeting Location: The Pythian Group Link out: Click here Description: Time to complete the virtual server. Configuring Dovecot for secure access and configuring TLS and authenticated SMTP. At least that’s the hope. I ran through the requirements when I migrated the website and set up all of this for my own servers so we should be able to get through it in one session. All of the hard work has already been completed.

Jul 9, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

That's a first...

I’ve been delaying doing an upgrade to the latest-greatest until I had a few free hours. I made all the necessary backups, made a database backup and clicked on the upgrade button (This is a major revision upgrade). less than 2 minutes later, the whole upgrade is complete, the database has been upgraded and it looks like all the plugins are happy as well. Another ringing endorsement for Wordpress.

Jun 19, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments


It looks like my remaining hard drive on the old web server is finally giving up the ghost. I will be migrating everything over to the new server this weekend, so there may be additional outages when I decide to make the cut-over, but this should be a flash cut via a firewall rule change. I was a bit surprised when I checked the site earlier and nothing happened, attempts to log onto the server were also met with no response.

Jun 18, 2010 - 2 minute read - Comments

Interesting meeting tonight.

The presentation we had on a cloud-based virtual environment was quite interesting. We ended up going for just under two hours on the topic. Lots of technical discussion on how it works, the software choices and issues such as scalability, security, privacy, etc. all came up. I may just have to sign up for a trial account just to see how it behaves. I’ve seen a number of environments that had this idea over the past 10 years, but this one may be “the one.

Jun 1, 2010 - 1 minute read - Comments

Live again...

It seems to have propagated rather quickly. I suspect some web-caching devices may take longer, but the three different external sites I have tried all show it as up and visible. That’s rather encouraging really. For those looking for a web host, I have managed to find a couple of Canadian ones that have reasonable rates. I’ll post some info later, as I’d like to pull a couple of sites I have in the US back to Canada.