Speeding up PHP with APC (NOT eAccelerator) in Debian Squeeze running php 5 and apache 2

Jul 27th, 2012 | By

Well today my server was being killed by something or other and after 30 minutes of trying to track down what it was I decided to spend my time optimizing my server and implementing a proper caching mechanism (finally!).  I come from a BSD background and we ran eAccelerator on all of our servers so
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Setup your swap partition a flash card in Debian linux

Jul 20th, 2012 | By

*A WORD TO THE WISE – DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS* Flash cards are not designed to handle heavy loads of tiny read/writes all the time and will fail sooner rather than later.. I just had my system go into the shitty with a syslog filled with 1000’s of messages like this:  [59443.104957] Write-error on swap-device
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Attrociously high pings to router with wifi in Debian 64 with Atheros 9k

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

Simple little solution that has been plaguing me all week.  We just upgraded our router and after scanning the local networks I found that channel 11 was completely unused so I switched it to that and man oh man that was nothing but a bad idea.  Even though channel 11 was the emptiest channel I’ve
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