yum update script

So the other week I have been working on my dedicated box, just to make it a bit easier to work with in the future. One of the things I was trying to understand and learn was yum update and bash scripting. So why not combine the two? Right.. This blog entry is the result, hopefully also of some use to others. Continue reading yum update script

Improving Gmail Security

In a few of my other blog posts I have already used the example of Gmail and https to improve security. But I feel with the recent improvements Google introduced that it is time to emphasize security and email again.

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Meeting Angela

As corny as it might sound, I had a great time meeting this girl I know online. Ok, now that we have that out of the way. Let’s explain the situation a little bit. So since early this year I’ve been a member on the social lifecasting network Justin.TV and last April I got to talk to a caster who’s real name is Angela. Last night she called me saying she’s in Amsterdam. Continue reading Meeting Angela

Installing APC on CentOS 5 Server

Bigger PHP applications, such as vBulletin can gain a lot of increased performance from running a PHP op-code cache/accelerator such as APC.

Here are some instructions on how install APC on various systems, my personal experience is with what appears the most common: 32bit CentOS 5 Server.

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PageRank Went Down

Today I read on vBulletin.com that Google’s PageRank has been updated again. So I bothered to take a look. Let me start by saying that I do care and do not care about page rank. It doesn’t bother me a bit if a site has 1 or 2, or 4 or 6 or 10. But I do like to see my own web sites get a bit of page rank. Inside my head I go ‘yay, others thought it was worth linking to my site’. For me, it was a bit of bad news hehe.

When I started my MrFloris.com web site a while ago I didn’t have an intention to do anything with it. I played with some design projects on it, used it as a sandbox and devbox. No biggy. Then I decided that I might as well use it as a blog. After which people started linking to me. The first page rank update bumped it from PR0 to PR4, which was pretty nice to be honest. I expected it to be 1 or 2, but apparently it was doing good enough to get a 4 (for unknown reasons hehe).

After a while I neglected the blog and focussed on a few other things and stopped bothering with the site. I believe it might even have been down for a while. Recently I picked up blogging again when I closed another site where I posted daily blogs, and moved my MrFloris.com from a shared hosting to the dedicated server it runs on now.

So .. I was curious if the downtime, the moving, and all that has had an effect. It did.

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The page rank now reports back as 2 instead of 4, so it went down. Oh well. A good motivator for me to write more and better blog entries that people like to share with friends and link to on their site. Maybe at the end update it will bump back up to 4 again. We’ll see.

If anybody wishes to link to my blog from their web site, you’re hereby invited to do so. I am sure that will help me get the blog back up to PR4. Feel free to register and post a comment that you’ve done. Or comment if you have a suggestion or general feedback on any of my blog entries.

Using my Mac Software

When dealing with data such as a video file, audio file, text document, spreadsheet and such, I have always been told to use a office solution of some kind. Something that ties things together. So when I moved away from Windows to a Mac solution I have purchased additional software solutions to replace for example Microsoft Office. I’ve also tried out a lot of open source solutions. And while there are great programs out there that do the job, I still felt like I was perhaps missing out on something. Leopard provided the solution.

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Secure Browsing Using FireFox

In an earlier blog entry I kind of promised to come back to explaining how I try to be more secure about how I browse using FireFox. So here it is. First of all there are two different ways I do this, one is on my Powerbook (laptop) which I bring with me and therefor has a higher risk being used by others (unauthorized) or worst case scenario: it can get stolen. And my Mac Pro in my computer room which doesn’t get used much by others, and when so, only by those who I trust. Regardless, in both situation, unknown people might try to hack into the system from the outside or steal traffic via sniffing and such. Preventing abuse is impossible, making it harder to do so is possible.

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