Archive for the ‘technical’ Category

keep your wordpress installs up-to-date

I run several websites on my server – nothing heavy, just some various vhosts for Apache. Many (but not all) of them run WordPress. At some unknown point (and I haven’t kept the crap that was being used around), over 100,000 files were uploaded to the root directory of one of the websites (the only […]

April 13, 2015 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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please reply at top

There is a constant war over top-repliers, bottom-repliers, and inline-repliers. If you’re replying to an email, reply at the top. Unless there is some overarching need to reply inline (hint – it is very very rare). Bottom-replying makes me have to reread all the crap that has been left from previous messages before I get to what you […]

April 1, 2015 · antipaucity · No Comments
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ifttt & box drive my desktop backgrounds … with a little cron happiness

I love that OS X lets me change my background on a schedule (I use every 30 minutes now). But I don’t like having to find pictures to populate my desktop menagerie with. Enter completely SFW backgrounds via RSS feeds! Using IFTTT, I watch for new items from a variety of daily photo feeds, and […]

March 26, 2015 · antipaucity · No Comments
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merging centos iso images

Thanks to @Anon on Unix.SE for the pointer on how to do this. And to @Andy‘s comment on @mmckinst‘s answer for the warning about additional packages you may need. As my three readers know, I run a CentOS mirror. One of the idiosyncrasies of CentOS, like its upstream RHEL, is that DVD ISOs aren’t always just one image – […]

January 28, 2015 · antipaucity · No Comments
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columnar “email”

There needs to be a better way of handling group conversations. IRC uses the constant scroll mentality. Email has reply-at-top, reply-at-bottom, and reply-inline. Forums, reddit, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and the like have a scroll-like view – every new post is merely sequentially listed after the last. This can all lead to highly confusing digital conversations. […]

January 15, 2015 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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what should an “ideal” support ticketing system provide?

If you were going to create a support ticketing system from scratch – what would you put in it? My initial list of needs (some of which derive from my book, Debugging and Supporting Software Systems, and other from my experiences in ticket smashes): “long” title support (HP truncates at 80 characters – give me at […]

January 9, 2015 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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bglug presentation – 04 aug 2014 – basics of initial centos/rhel 6.x server configuration

Attached is the presentation for my talk on initial CentOS/RHEL 6.x server configuring. bglug-2014-08-04-myers

August 4, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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apps on the network

{This started as a Disqus reply to Eric’s post. Then I realized blog comments shouldn’t be longer than the original post } The app-on-network concept is fascinating: and one I think I’ve thought about previously, too. Hypothetically, all “social networks” should have the same connections: yet there’s dozens upon dozens (I use at least 4 […]

July 14, 2014 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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a sample cfengine promise bundle – delete “large” files

body common control { bundlesequence => { “file_remover” }; } bundle agent file_remover { vars: “bigfile” int => “1g”; files: “/home” delete => tidy, file_select => files_too_big, depth_search => recurse(“inf”); reports: “Deleted files over $(bigfile) in size from /home”; } body depth_search recurse(d) { depth => “$(d)”; } body delete tidy { dirlinks => “delete”; […]

June 12, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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soup to nuts mirroring of centos

I run a CentOS mirror. Have for a couple years. But I never stopped to see just how long it takes to start becoming a mirror. In case you wanted to know, I created a quick DO VM and ran the rsync mirror job yesterday. The results? At ~2.5MB/s, it took just over 8 hours to download […]

May 22, 2014 · antipaucity · One Comment
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