Lessons Learned from the Massive Westhost Outage this Week

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

If you didn’t know, this has been a tumultuous week for clients of Westhost, my internet service provider. Their Primary data center is located in Utah and they share that space with a sister brand VPS.net. The datacenter is a Tier IV center managed by Consonus. Saturday afternoon there was a yearly fire equipment/alarm/suppression system [...]

Various Notes | Morse Code Ringtones | Java updates | More Pages on the Way

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Sorry for the vague title, but there are various thoughts floating around at the moment. The first is a big thanks to the support at Westhost for recovering my VPS over the last weekend. I had started an automatic upgrade of wordpress in one of the sites hosted in this vps, it hung… so I [...]

Bizarre Internet Explorer 7 problem – Several of my pages are not displayed AT ALL

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

I’ve been really itching to test this again since I first tried the Vista Beta. In my test of IE7 in the beta of Microsoft Vista, I found that this page came up as “Internet explorer cannot display the webpage.” The error page goes on to suggest a number of connectivity or availability problems. I [...]

WordPress trackback problem FINALLY SOLVED….

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

For around 3-4 months now I’ve had a REALLY annoying problem with the wordpress install on this site. Trackbacks suddenly stopped working. Somewhere around my 800th post or so while the WMF vulnerability was circulating (between Christmas and New Years) and I was typing furiously – poof…. suddenly trackbacks stopped going out. (Incoming trackbacks seemed [...]

Sendmail mail queue backed up

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Sendmail is not my favorite MTA. I really prefer Postfix, but… I have to use sendmail in a few situations. I’ve run a little script on the web server for a good while to monitor the mail queue. I was running into a problem where I had LOTS of messages backed up. I suspected I [...]

WordPress Security Vulnerability

Friday, August 12th, 2005

According to the entry for WordPress 1.x at Secunia.com, there is a “Highly critical” WordPress vulnerability announced August 10th that affects all 1.x versions including The details are in this advisory. There is not yet an updated version of WordPress to address the issue, but there is a possible workaround.    Send article as [...]

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