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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 …

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 …

Firmware upgrades for the BlueAngel Q7 – A HowTo

At COMEX 2009, I picked up a Chinese-made set-top media player, called the Q7. Made by a company called Blue Angel, the tiny box packs in an amazing feature set: Supports RMVB,AVI,DIVX,MKV,MOV,HDMOV,MP4,M4V,PMP,AVC,FLV,VOB,MPG,DAT,MPEG file formats Does HDMI Output upto 720P Built-in Flash memory of 2GB and USB-Host Support The feature I …

This is what a hacked together push solution looks like

Sitting at home and trying to beat a particularly nasty throat infection, I decided to follow-up on a tweet of mine and put together what my push-email/calendar solution looks like: To summarize, it currently uses: 6 different sites for the Calendar – Dopplr, Upcoming, Remember The Milk and fbcal feeding …

On the state of location networking

Location-networking is meant to provide two experiences: 1. Broadcast your location to your friends and FoaF network in the hope of making unexpected connections; and 2. Share comments and rich media (photographs, video, voice etc.) about your experiences at a particular location. This then, is the state of my location …