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Diagnosing HDD performance under Windows

Posted by andy December 25th, 2008

I have never really found a good way to diagnose HDD performance problems under any version of Windows, especially not Vista. I did, however, recently find this cool util which is a useful tool to keep at hand. Simple install, intuitive GUI and it just works (as admin under Vista). HD Tune

Setting up an NTP client on CentOS 5.2

Posted by andy September 6th, 2008

The best way to make sure servers have the correct time set on their system clock, is to use NTP to synchronize the clock to an external time source. I always use as the external source, as this represents a pool of servers who are willing to provide the service. All sorts of things [...]

Checking the CPUID info under Linux

Posted by andy September 4th, 2008

I wanted to find out if my CPU was 64 bit capable. It was a few years old, so probably not, but I figured I should be able to get linux to tell me without having to lookup the hardware spec of the box and then check the Intel website.
First I checked the cpuinfo data [...]

CentOS net install over FTP

Posted by andy September 4th, 2008

If using the net install ISO for CentOS, you will get so far and then be asked what FTP address to use for the installer to fetch the rest of the source material from.
For the FTP server, you can enter:
For the path: /centos/5.2/os/i386
If that doesn’t work for you (and it should), then there is [...]

Missing lighttpd on CentOS 5.2

Posted by andy August 20th, 2008

I wanted to fire up lighthtpd on my Centos 5.2 installation, but found the package wasn’t in the Centos repository. I tried sudo yum install lighttpd but would get back No package lighttpd available. It seems that the Centos repository that my yum looks at doesn’t include lighttpd, but I did find who very [...]

Enabling Pretty Permalinks on Wordpress on Webfaction

Posted by andy July 9th, 2008

Rather than have the unfriendly style URLs to blog entries, it is possible to have something more user friendly such as This is important, because it is by these names that the blogs are found in search engines and blog to blog references.
WordPress describes how this can be done here.
However, on Webfaction, the [...]

Forwarding a subdomain from GoDaddy to Webfaction

Posted by andy July 9th, 2008

My company ( uses GoDaddy for Domain names, DNS, Website and blog hosting. The blog service is ok but unsophisticated, I needed something I could customize more. So as part of my initiative to move the entire web to Webfaction I decided to move the blog over.
This created an interesting problem. The domain name [...]

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