A simple upgrade to my home network

In case  you are wondering what is the thought process behind how someone winds up spending close to a 1000 SGD on just upgrades to a home network, wonder no more! “Ok. Clearly having a WiFi network that’s 2.4 GHz just isn’t working any more” “Since the Routerboard device I’m …

Fixing ruTorrent errors with nginx 1.6.1-2

The nginx 1.6.1-2 release on Debian Backports made a change to the default fastcgi configuration file with an almost casual reference in the release notes:

Talk about an understatement – that change broke every single PHP based site I manage (including this blog). Fixing the errors from this change …

nginx + Apache + W3 Total Cache – a bad combination

WordPress is notorious for buckling if a site sees a sudden spike in traffic (also known as the Digg Effect, slashdotted, fireballed etc. etc.). As a result, a number of plugins have emerged to replace the default “render-on-every-access” WordPress model with serving static files from disk (ala Drupal or Joomla). …

Preventing version Leakage when using Dokuwiki

As if not updating my blog for months at time wasn’t enough, I also maintain a wiki that gets even less attention 🙁 The software powering the wiki is Dokuwiki – a fantastic wiki software that’s very feature-rich (thanks to a plugin architecture) but very lightweight (everything is maintained in …

Publish GitWeb with Nginx Reverse-Proxying for Apache

Most installation guides for GitWeb assume that it will be hosted by a single web-server process (either Nginx or Apache). This article will show how to host GitWeb with Nginx acting as a front-end for Apache. Assumptions The Server OS is Debian/Lenny “stable” Nginx is setup to listen for incoming …

Installing rTorrent and hellanzb on CentOS5 64-bit VPS

Overview The aim of this guide is to walk through the process of getting rTorrent and hellanzb working on a VPS running CentOS5 (64-bit version).1 In the interests of the author’s sanity, It is assumed that the reader has some familiarity with Unix command-line operations, and that the reader knows …

Fix Mouse Grabbing/Ungrabbing for a Debian VMWare Image

One of the more fully configured VMWare images for Debian on the VMWare Appliance Marketplace is the image provided by Visoracle. While it does work almost flawlessly out of the box, there is one small problem – the Guest OS doesn’t support Mouse grabbing/ungrabbing by default. To fix this, add …

Using VMWare Workstation – a couple of Tips

When trying to setup a new Virtual Machine, you could take the tough approach and do it from scratch. Or you could let someone else do the hard work for you and download a pre-built image. For VMWare, the place to do this is the VMWare Applicance Marketplace. This may …

Tips on working with FreeNX on a Debian/Ubuntu VPS

The command-line is and will always be the fastest way to administer a remote Linux installation. But whether it’s running a speed test of the server or monitoring AWStats reports only accessible from the localhost, a GUI interface can often come in handy. The typical recommendation in such cases is …