Integrating IRC Into Your Monitoring Regime

IRC is a great tool.  Beyond the world of networks out there, it’s also quite handy to use a private server within your organization.  For basically the last decade I have worked for companies that use internal IRC systems, or forced it

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Monit: The Cure for Crappy Software.

I currently manage more than 100 instances of Apache.  Mostly LAMP with some Ruby and Passenger thrown in here and there.  Of all these instances, I’ve never really had to concern myself with leaky apps that soak up memory and don’t give it back until restart.  … Read more

Droid vs iPhone.. From a Recovering MacNad.

MacNad. adj. – A computer user who insists on using a Mac regardless of the limitations it places on their performance.  source

Ok, I’m not really a MacNad, but I did love my iPhone.  In retrospect it may have been entirely on principle.  It’s a good … Read more

BPD Trumps Debt Ceiling







On the eve of a defining moment in American history, I’d like to take a quick peak at the search activities of our fellow Americans. I’d like to think that maybe Google trends isn’t a barometer for all of our activity, however, if they were trying to dupe us, I’d like to think they could come up with a better list of candidates to compete with “debt ceiling”.… Read more

DSH for Mass Manipulation! (HOWTO)

manipulacion1DSH, (distributed shell or dancer’s shell) gives us a way to run commands from a single host across multiple servers.  In other words, it’s a life saver.  It’s perfect for anything from changing routes, to … Read more

Load Balancing with PEN

How many times have you had a very expensive load balancing pair in front of your network and some service behind them that needed to use another load balanced service in the back end? Now you can always throw caution to the wind and allow the big boys up front … Read more

Jeep Anxiety

This is my Jeep.  I’ve had it for 3 years now, and I still love it.  Which I have to say is absolutely ridiculous.  It really serves no purpose.  … Read more

Using mod_rewrite as Your Wooden Stake (follow up)

Well it was an eventful day on the vampire site from yesterday’s mod_rewrite adventure.  It seems we’ve created a bit of a stir in the underworld and there is a potential coup about to unfold.  A quick check of the evil von Carstein’s profile shows that he has been posting about his new avatar.  If these images are too small to read, click on them and they will grow larger!


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