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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Linux server drive filling up but with what?

I recently was diagnosing a server where the disk drive kept filling up. What’s so odd about that? Well, running “du -sc * | sort -n” would show no directories larger than a couple gigs, and definitely nothing large enough to … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 Linux Server Tips

OpenCart Stripe Payment Gateway

After recently setting up an OpenCart store, I was surprised at the poor selection of Stripe payment modules. I only found a few and they were either really expensive ($40+) or had too many rough edges to use on a … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 eCommerce codecanyon, opencart, stripe payments

How to tell if Apache is running MPM, Prefork, or Worker module

When configuring Apache for performance, you’ll almost definitely find a need to alter the default MaxClients, StartServers, MinSpareServers, etc settings. Pop open your apache2.conf (or httpd.conf) and … wait a sec, which one is it? The default setting here can vary … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 Apache Tips, Linux Server Tips apache2, apache2.conf, apachectl, config file, httpd.conf, module, mpm, performance, prefork, tuning, web server

Upgrading to PHP 5.5 (or PHP 5.4) on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

To upgrade the default PHP 5.3 to 5.5 and still receive automatic updates, you can do the following:

February 13, 2014 Linux Server Tips, PHP Tips php, php 5.4, php 5.5, ubuntu server, upgrade

Adding a drive to your RAID1 array on Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Last week we looked at making a single-disk system redundant by setting up a raid array. Today we’re going to see how to add a new disk to the array. It’s a good practice to have at least 3 disks, … Continue reading

Linux Server Tips raid, raid1, redundancy, sync

Adding a RAID1 array to an existing Ubuntu 13.10 installation

I recently had the joy of adding a RAID1 array to my Ubuntu 13.10 server. I came across a number of problems setting it up, the foremost being the lack of an up-to-date guide for Ubuntu. Most of them, including … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 Linux Server Tips hard disks, linux mint, raid, storage, ubuntu

Online Cloud backup reviews: JungleDisk, SpiderOak, Wuala, and Crashplan

SpiderOak: Horrible I’ve used SpiderOak for all my remote backups for years. I’ve tolerated it despite its awful client software. The client software is SLOW and laggy even on a fast machine. The OS X version is odd in that … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 Everything Else, Linux Server Tips

Adding canonical URLs to your OpenCart pages (for free)

OpenCart is a pretty good free PHP shopping cart system. Despite its popularity, some of its missing features are glaring, especially when it comes to SEO. OpenCart does implement the rel=”canonical” tag on its product pages. However, there’s no canonical … Continue reading

eCommerce, PHP Tips canonical, opencart