Posts Categorized: Technology

How to create a maintenance page for Apache web server

Apache web servers have been a part of my life for nearly two decades. While Apache and the web has certainly changed a lot since 1995, one of the things that never changes is that at some point I’m going to need to toss up a maintenance page for one of my websites. Doing a… Read more »

Harper’s Publisher Warns That Facebook Isn’t a Revolution

John MacArthur is the publisher of Harper’s Magazine. Today he said that Facebook is not a revolution. It’s unclear who told him that Facebook is supposed to be a revolution, but rest assured, MacArthur confirms that Facebook is not. “All those millions of eyeballs glued to Facebook do not a revolution make, or even a… Read more »

You Can’t Delete Your Gawker Account

About 10 days ago, I decided that Gawker sucks. It came to my attention that while Gawker writers are quick to trash anyone and everyone, they can’t take even the slightest bit of criticism directed at them. I came to the conclusion that I won’t be reading, commenting or linking to Gawker and so I… Read more »

Gawker Hacked

Gawker pissed off the wrong group of hackers and they got hacked. The entire Gawker site and commenter database was stolen. The hacker posted all of this in a torrent. Most people are recommending everyone change your Gawker password. I recommend avoiding Gawker entirely until they get their security holes fixed. There’s plenty of reason… Read more »

Blogger Breaks up With Wired Because of Boobs

I’ve never heard of Cindy Royal before, and besides the name sounds fake. But apparently she blogs about journalism and technology – who doesn’t? Well, this week Royal published a rather lengthy post telling Wired that they’re breaking up because the magazine put boobs on the cover. Royal just couldn’t take it anymore. Boobs. Boobs…. Read more »

Government of Malta Says ‘Yes’ to Open Source

On June 1, the Government of Malta issued a directive that all public entities must seek open source software solutions. GMICT D 0097:2010 states: The objective of this directive is to guide the implementation of cost-effective and non- disruptive Open Source Software (OSS) throughout Government. It also seeks to maximise re-use of procured software by… Read more »

F.C.C. Plan to Widen Internet Access in U.S. Sets Up Battle

However this FCC Internet access story plays out, at the end of it, corporations will end up making millions and some sort of pseudo-monopolies will be created to crush competition. That’s what happened with the phone companies until Ma Bell was dismantled and that’s what happened with cable TV – and that monopoly still exists. How many cable companies do you get to choose from?

E-mail Validation with PHP by Douglas Lovell

If you’re looking for a great e-mail function for PHP, check out Douglas Lovell’s post on Linux Journal. It’s one of the best solutions to a deceptively difficult problem that every PHP developer has to solve sooner or later.

Changing the Timezone on Debian running Lenny

It seems like every few years the Debian dev team chooses another way to configure the timezone. If you’re running Lenny, and you want to reconfigure your timezone, run the following command as root or via sudo.