Server Migration

Howdy Folks!

I know it’s been quite awhile since I posted and I apologize for not keeping up with this blog.

Now on to the really big news:

  • The server that hosted the majority of our sites is being retired. (Les)
  • We were migrating sites to a newer server. (Todd)
  • We are now migrating sites to the newest server. (Larry)

What does this mean for you?

  1. Your site will load much faster for all visitors.
  2. Your site might go down temporarily as we wipe the dust off and move your site.
  3. Your email might not deliver immediately when migrate your site. (Bare with us!)
  4. The newest server is much more powerful and reliable.
  5. The newest server has a diesel generator and battery backup (see more reliable).

We thank you in advance for your patience during the migration of sites.
If you notice your site being down for more than 8 hours please contact me immediately.

Thanks again.
The Lead Admin.

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I decided I’m rather sick of updating my SMIME certificate every year so I’ve gone the PGP route now.
Especially since the toolset for Mac OS X has matured a bunch since last I used it.

If you are a Mac OS X user I highly recommend checking it out (just click the “toolset” link above).
You are looking for “GPG Suite” on the site if you have never installed gnupg before.

I’ve forgotten all my secret key passwords so I made a new key.
You can find it here.
Of course you can also just do a gpg –recv-keys B5D8F08C

Revoked that key for a 4096 bit bettercrypto (followed directions) key.
You can find it here.
Of course you can also just do a gpg –recv-keys 541A59A9 (F291AAC1541A59A9).

If you know me make sure to sign my key as well please.
If I happen to know you I will do the same.


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For the Web Dev/Designer

About Browsers Latest Nighty Builds
So I originally grabbed this from:
And most of the heavy lifting is thanks to the original author!

But it was rather old and several updaters didn’t work I did some changes under the hood.

Namely all updates works as of 03-02-2013.
All Scripts are actually using the current Nightly icons (and are actually installed properly instead of pasting the icon on)
Folder created in Applications has been renamed to Devnet and all Nightly downloads will install there.
Version information is now saved in ~/.devnet instead of having multiple .CURRENT_ files in ~/

To install:
Drag the Devnet folder into your Applications folder
Then open said copied folder and drag the Updaters folder to your Dock so you have a quick launch of each:
Pretty sweet huh?


To force re-downloading of a specific app use the “Go To Folder” (Command + Shift + G) in the Finder:
Delete the .CURRENT file of the browser you wish to re-download.

03-05-2013: I did some changes to the update scripts to make sure none of the temporary files are persistent.
(Making sure LaunchServices doesn’t get confused with multiple copies laying around)
So if you have already downloaded this just replace the updates and you should be good to go.

Download is here.

Oh and if you don’t you probably should use DropBox for sharing files with your clients.
Hit this to give me a referral (gives you 500MB of extra storage).

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SSH Public Key Authentication

Tonight I disabled password authentication entirely for ssh.
If you haven’t set up public key authentication yet feel free to contact me or possibly read a how-to:

Like this one.

This security setting was a long time coming I’ve gotten rather tired of going through all the “script kiddie” failed login attempts.
I apologize if this makes this a bit more inconvenient for anyone but security does / has to come first after all.

That’s all for now.

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SPeeDY (mod_spdy)

So tonight I rebuilt the spdy module and enabled it server wide.

If you happen to be a Google Chrome or Firefox user any SSL enabled sites should feel quite a bit faster on load.

Please let me know immediately if you have loading issues or the server has any hiccups (error 500 or cloudflare placeholder pages) via the regular channels (support site / email)

Thanks and as always enjoy!

09-05-2012: I have disabled spdy for the time being as it was having issues with our php install.

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Leap Second Mitigation

So thanks to Slashdot this evening I became aware of a leap second bug in the kernel: Crash Info here.

I have since implemented a newer kernel release (thanks to Debian Backports) we went from 2.6.26-2-amd64 to 3.2.0-0.bpo.2-amd64.
I would declare this currently a testing install (haven’t set this kernel to the default boot kernel yet).

I have also disabled NTP for the time being until tomorrow to make sure we don’t have a kernel panic.

If you notice the server go down at all please rest assured that I’m working on it and will have it back up quickly.
If it doesn’t come up quickly feel free to drop a message on our Facebook page or our Google Plus page

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OpenDNS Issue (

So if anyone has been having issues emailing to gmail users lately I finally found out why.
OpenDNS apparently is having kittens doing proper resolves for any of it.

Now if you’re an OpenDNS user you might say my settings were wrong or something.
Well I reviewed all my settings (disabled all security stuff and filtering) and I would get a bunch of NXDOMAIN(3) errors.

host has address has address
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)

Whereas using’s dns:
host has address has address has IPv6 address 2607:f8b0:4009:802::1016 mail is handled by 10 mail is handled by 20 mail is handled by 30 mail is handled by 40 mail is handled by 5

Quite a big difference eh?

So for the time being we will stop using OpenDNS as our primary dns provider until the issue is resolved.

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Site Launches

So I finally launched the new web site for around 4 am this morning.
Now my site matches the design of it as well so you’ll know off the bat that they are related.

I’ve got quite a bit of changes in the pipeline for users and I’ll be cross
posting here and on the main site (it has a blog section now).

Don’t forget we’re also on Facebook and Google+.
Don’t have a “company” Twitter account but you can always follow mine.

More news coming soon…

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The Move

So the server has landed at my house.
All DNS records have been updated and sites should be working immediately.
(If I manage your DNS that is.)

If you manage your DNS records you need to point it to ASAP.

More to come as I’m still working on stuff..

PS. Please note this can take up to 48 hours for the rest of the internet to
catch up with the DNS changes. If you’re using OpenDNS right now everything
should work for you.

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Move Imminent

So we finally narrowed down a replacement ISP.
We are moving to business class cable provided by Time Warner (static ip as usual).
The server will be moving in with me and this basically means almost 24/7 tech support.

The bad news this is going to cost me quite a bit of money.

So if you are a free account be prepared for a change to quotas and bandwidth throttling.
(Especially if you’ve never donated to
I apologize for the upcoming change but free rides don’t last forever.
(At least not without some change to the ride.)

So if you’re interested in not having those applied to your account I would seriously consider
contacting me. As it is right now around 95% of the users haven’t contributed anything to the
operations of the server. You know who you are and so do we if you don’t want this applied
and wish to move off the server, I will of course assist you.

Sorry again for the downtime but as far as the reliability we’ve done pretty good for 10 years.
This was the first major outage we’ve had to date.
(Sure we’ve had the occasional service interruption for a hour or two randomly but that’s been rather rare)

I’ll be posting more info on the move as it gets closer to happening.

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