Optimizing your website is important; Google gives preference to faster websites, here are two simple ways to check on and improve upon the speed of your website for ultimate performance and decreased loading times.
This category consists of stuff related to my expertise with Systems Administration. I've been a Systems Administrator for Linux, Windows and other Operating Systems for the span of 10 - 12 years. I do this stuff for a living, but I also do it for fun and to learn. Consulting on technology for different clients across any industry is part of my job and from time to time I'll share some of those experiences with you. You'll probably find posts related to MySQL, Linux, WordPress, Servers, Command line stuff, and really geeky topics. If you're used to some of the other more fun sections on my site, this is very different.
When you add a new domain to your account, there is no crap about verifying the domain. Why do hosts care anyway? All they need to do when adding a domain to your account is to let you add the domain, and if DNS sends someone to their site looking for a given domain that […]
I found this excellent article about “moving to the cloud.” If you’ve ever considered moving, or are in the decision making process right now, this is a great article that highlights a few key points. Budget, time and needs. Do you really need all that proprietary software in-house? The software you pay thousands and thousands […]
This handy firefox addon will make your life easier whether you are a webmaster, systems administrator or website owner trying to know more about your website.
This is mostly for the twitter-geeks and Sys Admins or those that are a mix of both. Some of the applicable uses for this program as I see it are: Updating from cron or automated tasks Updating from your terminal Update certain events from a logfile Updating Twitter from a low-powered computer, TTYtter runs on […]
I’ve been spending some time recently helping people out with their websites and I thought I’d post a few tips on CSS basics. Let’s cover the difference between ID and Class when we’re talking about CSS. IDs… IDs should be unique per page. IDs are selected with the “#” symbol Classes… Classes can be shared, […]
So a while ago, I posted about MySQL Administrator. My favorite tool to access MySQL visually. In case you didn’t know, MySQL has been retired in favor of a newer tool. If you’re looking for MySQL GUI tools, you might want to take a look at MySQL Workbench. MySQL Workbench lets you Develop, Model and […]
If you want the benefits of sychnronizing your files across many computers, but don’t want to use a public service, you should give unison a try. It might be just what you’re looking for.
Reality check Part of your job as a System Administrator or Website administrator is to ensure the work you do is safe from attacks and vulnerabilities. Remember that movie where Michael Moore goes around in Canada trying to open doors because he heard that people there don’t lock their doors? Do you remember what happened? […]
I’ve found one of the gems of the Open Source world, if you’re looking for a competitive and feature rich router, you should consider Vyatta. Recently I installed it and configured to be my home router. Its also worth mentioning that even though you don’t need much for your home network, Vyatta can also […]
If you’re using your own server to run WordPress and you’re using the WP Super Cache plugin to help with performance, you might see this warning at the top of your pages in the WordPress Dashboard:
mod_headers - Required to set caching information on supercache pages. IE7 users will see old pages without this module.
Under most circumstances, fixing this warning is very simple. Simply install mod_headers and reload or restart your Apache […]
Interesting article about Open-Source licensing, Google, and Apache. An enlightening article, although it could use a little more information about some of the key points.
…because of Google's open-source licensing, "others can use our software as a base for their own products if we fail to innovate adequately." True. Google is clearly betting on its ability to innovate fast, which is incidentally also the very thing that makes the prospect of seeing its code forked so remote.
I’ve found one of the gems of the Open Source world, if you’re looking for a competitive and feature rich router, you should consider Vyatta. Recently I installed it and configured to be my home router. Its also worth mentioning that even though you don’t need much for your home network, Vyatta can also compete […]
I often encounter the annoying warning shown below. WARNING: REMOTE HOST IDENTIFICATION HAS CHANGED!
When you’re bouncing around from one directory to another in Linux or OSX, or even Cygwin in windows, remember you can use alias to save you time. For example, I’ve been working a lot on these two directories in my pxeboot server ((The xxxx is just a placeholder)).
Typing those in each time, using […]
Nextgen Gallery is awesome, it displays images in your WordPress installation in a way that is very customizable and using the plugin itself is a breeze. Recently it got updated to version 1.3.4 3.1.5 1.4.1. If you’re using a custom template, this upgrade most likely broke your installation. The reason seems to be that the […]
What’s the difference between sed and awk? I don’t know, I really don’t care too much, but I do care to know which one I should be using for different tasks. I do know that sed seems easier to use than awk. I may sometime get around to writing some tips, tricks and differences between […]
These are my notes to get Jira installed and working with a Crowd backend for authentication and single sign on. I’ve already shown you the notes to get Crowd and Confluence installed. Check out the previous articles in the series. As always, these are notes for reference and they may not work perfectly for you, […]
Recently the update for Java on my Macs failed to install. This is the first time I see an update from Apple not work on my machines. This happened both on my iMac and on my MacBook Pro. To fix this, I got the update directly from Apple and installed it manually, you can find […]
Another round of Atlassian applications installations, this time only Jira and Confluence with a Crowd backend for single sign on. We’ll start with Crowd and Confluence, check out the series to find the Jira notes. Here are the notes I made as I went through this round of installation. It should be much simpler than […]