Category: general

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

An extremely frustrating Apache error – uploads failing silently at exactly 20 seconds

RequestReadTimeout header=300-360,MinRate=500 body=300-360,MinRate=500 The above block of text took hours to find, and nearly drove me crazy. I’ve been working on getting file uploads to work on an AWS PHP application sitting behind an Application Load Balancer, and we simply could not figure out the issue. At first, we investigated PHP settings like post_max_size, upload_max_filesize, …

Silly .profile tricks for EC2 instances

Assuming you have your AWS CLI configured properly, and have the “jq” package installed, this is an easy way to SSH to your EC2 instances, and can detect/start an EC2 instance if you attempt to SSH to one that is stopped. Place the below in ~/.profile, and then source it with “. ~/.profile” (or close …

Upgrade from Fedora 27 to 28, without removing Steam

From https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1553646 dnf install nss-pem-1.0.3-9.fc28 –releasever=28 dnf system-upgrade –releasever=28 download

“Fake news”, Marshall McLuhan predicted that too

“World War III is a guerrilla information war with no division between military & civilian participation.” – Marshall McLuhan, 1970

Hello WordPress, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence Silence being me not posting for a while, but still having thoughts of complex ideas to post… I guess with …

Fixing a bluetooth headset with a shred of paper towel

I’ve bought quite a bit from Geek lately, which if you’re not familiar, is basically a direct to consumer way for Chinese manufacturers/wholesalers to sell to US buyers.  Honestly I think things like headphones and cell phone cases and so on are vastly overpriced for most brands, but are still made in China much of …

Running Linux commands on many servers at a time

I’ve been busy at work lately… setting up a new patch process to include implementation, migration from our old, counter-intuitive system (apt on Red Hat servers, :|), so lots of registering systems with Spacewalk has been necessary (until we finish a Puppet module that is). During our regularly scheduled patching, we have to do blocks …

New wordpress theme for a new year (close enough)

I noticed there was a WordPress update (3,8), so while fixing some other stuff on the site I decided to apply that as dessert after taking care of the redirection problems. After installing, I found a new theme, aptly titled “Twenty Fourteen”. A live preview looked good, so I decided to make it the default. …

TPS reports, HR threats, and stifling productivity: an open letter to small businesses

Those who have experienced the growing pains of a small company know how it can all go wrong. When an organization grows, certain intangible benefits are bound to be lost. Many times at small companies I heard the stories of “how it used to be”. Transformations are never painless, and the edict is generally “adapt …

DailyKos.com article about “Persona Management Software”; i.e. faking out the hive mind

Original article Before I get all the comments about how DailyKos is usually a “left wing propaganda tool”*, this is actually a very good article on the recent HB Gary Federal (a federal contractor in “IT Security”) scandal in which one of their employees tried to infiltrate Anonymous. The fallout of that fiasco was that …