• Pingdom Desktop Notifier is dead; long live Desktop Notifier for Pingdom

    We use Pingdom a lot here; we have 65 checks running at the moment, we publish our uptime reports for the most important ones, and we have our own-made Pingdom status screen up in the main office but we all miss the old Desktop Notifier. This died when Pingdom deprecated...
  • The EU cookie law and why you need to know about it

    The EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications initially caused quite a stir 12 months ago, but the UK's Information Commissioner's Officestepped in and said that UK firms would have a year to comply with the regulations. That year is up on 26th May and people are starting to talk...
  • Upgrading Lenny to Squeeze on Rackspace Cloud

    Debian 5 (Lenny) is now out of support it will not be receiving any more security or bug fix updates, meaning an upgrade to 6 (Squeeze) is required.  The procedure is reasonably simple, however if you are using Lenny on a Rackspace Cloud server, you will get an error relating...
  • Say goodbye to keyword tracking

    Google recently announced that they are expanding their use of SSL encryption to more local domains around the globe in an effort to "increase the privacy and security of your web searches".  Whilst this seems a noble intention, it will affect every site owner that uses a stats package such...
  • Travel Butlers, African Safari Holiday Specialists - Google Maps development

    Travel Butlers provide tailored holiday packages in South Africa and the neighbouring countries.  Traditionally their website development had been done in-house but they needed some advanced Google Maps API programming to push their site forward and make the experience for their customers that little bit better.Working together with Travel Butler's...
  • A pseudo Windows sudo

    Often when using the command prompt in Windows Vista and Windows 7 you'll need to run the command as an Administrator and whilst running a command prompt elevated is not tough, it's fiddly. If you've forgotten to do it before you've moved your way around the file system it can...
  • Setting up MySQL Cluster in the cloud

    Before embarking on a MySQL Cluster installation, it is important to remember that MySQL Cluster is 'just' a storage engine for your existing MySQL database servers.  It stores data at the table level, not the whole database, it is therefore on the same functional level as MyISAM or INNODB.  You...
  • Load Balancing and failover for replicated MySQL

    NB: At present you cannot request or share additional internal IP addresses with Rackspace Cloud, so you are going to have to use the external addresses.  With large databases this will incur additional bandwidth charges, be sure to evaluate this additional cost against the benefits provided by high availability.  When...
  • MySQL Master to Master Replication on Rackspace Cloud

    To go with our Load Balanced Web Cluster, which provides good availability for your web services, providing high availability for your database is also likely to be an important requirement.  In most modern web apps, there's not much use having your webservers available constantly if your database is down.There are...
  • IPTables / Firewall set up for clusters

    Upon creation, most Rackspace Cloud Servers have a completely open firewall policy that will allow any computer into any port on your machine.  Linux uses IPTables to firewall connections into and out of your server but needs a fair amount of configuration to get it working and for it to...

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