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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PGP / SMIME

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.

Thanks!

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For the Web Dev/Designer

About Browsers Latest Nighty Builds
So I originally grabbed this from:
http://blog.deborniol.com/2010/06/auto-updaters-for-nightly-builds-of-browsers-on-mac-os-x-webkit-chromium-firefox-opera/
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?

QuickLaunch

To force re-downloading of a specific app use the “Go To Folder” (Command + Shift + G) in the Finder:
~/.devnet
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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