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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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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How to fix audio/video stutter with flash in Debian / linux and Chrome

Jun 28th, 2012 | By

So today flash went from bad to worse.  It was doing some weird stuff as the video track would lag behind and then catch uip and lag and smoetimes it would just restart the video all together on youtube so I decided to unintall flash-nonfree and install gnash in an attempt and that just made
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How to remove the double dash / two dashes above the signature in Thunderbird

Apr 29th, 2012 | By

Well as you will be told all over the place the double dash is the industry standard indicator of the beginning of a signature.  Well guess what? It messes with my uber ascii art signature that I created today out of a need to reduce my x-spam score and stop getting blocked by spam (Blogged
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Ever get this message when running apt-get update: The following signatures couldn’t be verified ?

Apr 29th, 2012 | By

Well I just did, infact the full message is: GPG error: http://us.archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY ########### With the #’s being replacing by whatever key number you are given.. obviously this means that you need to update or get a new key.. Easy
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How I quickly lowered my x-spam / spam assassin score on outgoing email

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

Well this is going to depend on the type of signature you have here but if you are having random issues with your emails getting blocked as spam and you’ve moved servers, or as in my case setup a brand new server with it’s own dedicated IP’s, and you are still running into issues take
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Root domain on one dedicated server, subdomain on different shared server running cPanel

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By

This might sound straight forward and for the most part it is but, come on, Cpanel is involved so it’s never going to be that straight forward.  So let’s start with the dedicated server where your BIND server is all setup.  You’ve setup the domain as you normally would and it’s all working but now
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Deleted your rndc.key file? No worries here’s how to recover/rebuild it

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By

Well had a brain fart today and my rndc.key file went out the window.. Not too fun as it shut down my entire DNS and a ton of domains..  So I had ot scramble to figure out how to get it back adn so i did.. Actually what I deleted was my rndc.key file but
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The best way to remotel monitor a server or a network of servers from a Windows machine

Apr 17th, 2012 | By

Well I ran into a fairly rare dilemma a couple months ago and just remember to blog about it now.  My situation is one where I have a windows server in a basement somewhere that is performing a bunch of automated tasks using windows only software.  The tasks are really not that intensive and aren’t taxing
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Show hidden files in cPanels File Manager

Apr 14th, 2012 | By

Alright so if you are in cPanel’s File manager right now you are either 1 of 2 people. A web admin that is forced to work on a client’s server with no ftp or ssh access, in which case I feel for you man and just poured a little bit of my drink out on
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