Ottawa Valley SAGE

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Apr 26, 2017 - 2 minute read - Comments

After a long hiatus, we are live

Here we are, the first quarter of 2017 has flown by and not a new post to be seen. That is actually my fault for being defeatist. The pelican generator was upgraded to v3.7 from 3.6 and some portions of my theme started blowing chunks. As a result, it was rather difficult to publish anything without it breaking and I got a little stubborn and refused to back out the upgrade.

Dec 21, 2016 - 1 minute read - Comments

Side Effects of Web Server Changes

Back when I decided to convert over to Let’s Encrypt, I was having a few difficulties with the web server and redirects. After futzing with it for a while, I decided to convert over to NGINX, as I really didn’t need all of the features of Apache any more. This worked out pretty well, until this week when I decided to have a look at my mailman interface from the web.

Dec 12, 2016 - 3 minute read - Comments

LISA'16 Was Fun

Boston in December is chillier then in November, however that is not really an issue when you spend a week there and don’t even have to go outdoors. There were a lot of people who never left the venue all week. I would be one of them this time around. While I’d usually check out some of the local scenery, I had a few lingering items to take care of the first few nights I was there and then free time vanished.

Jul 21, 2016 - 1 minute read - Comments

July Meeting Notes

Recap This evening we had a free-for-all night. No formal agenda, but rather open discussion and a lot of tidbits. Here is a list of things that were mentioned. We also tried out a discount LED projector which was surprisingly good. I don’t remember the actual model, but it was roughly 4000 lumens and something similar is available from if you are interested. I’m considering getting one as you never know when you might need one and the price is quite good.

Jun 20, 2016 - 1 minute read - Comments

Logo Issue

The site logo has gotten decidedly squished. I am aware and it probably has something to do with the fix I had to make for the downloads. Why it is an issue, I do not know, but I am aware of it and will be correcting it in the near future. Of course it doesn’t happen on the test server, so it must be something specific to the server on the production site.

Jun 17, 2016 - 9 minute read - Comments

June Meeting Recap

Overview Last night we had the June LOPSA/ovSAGE meeting. It was a good talk as far as feedback goes and interest level. The slides will be available in the usual location. I’ll also detail the extra bit I did at the end of the talk as well as provide some code and an example of what it would have ended up like if we had continued on. Off Topic: A Bit Warm But first, how does that tagging thing work?

Apr 23, 2016 - 8 minute read - Comments

SSL Testing with Qualys Labs

Why? There was some confusion after the April meeting on how one gets all of this working and obtaining a better security score. This is not an exhaustive treatment of the topic, it deals specifically with the gererically installed Apache on the 64bit ubuntu droplet from Digital Ocean. The lesson is transferrable to pretty much anything else, but you should decide what you need. This is a demonstration server that will vanish.

Apr 21, 2016 - 2 minute read - Comments

Post April Follow-Up

Not a lot of follow-up for the talk this evening. All the salient details are in the slides in the downloads area. I’m finding the use of browser based slides to be quite liberating and with a little luck I won’t be using an office suite for any presentations in the future. As a result of this, next month there will be a short talk on generating browser based (HTML5) presentations.