Category Systems Administration Blog

Another reason I like HostGator

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 has been registered…
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CSS and HTML Basics

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, multiple elements can…
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MySQL Workbench, GUI for MySQL

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 Administer MySQL instances…
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The hackers know this, but do you?

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? It was true,…
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Vyatta, OpenSource router

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 [...]
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