I was recently given an old HP MediaSmart EX470 server along with some other junk hardware. Although it has no graphics, a slow single-core AMD Sempron CPU, and just 512 MB of RAM, I was able to revive it quite satisfactorily. Here's how I upgraded the hardware and software. Remembering the MediaSmart HP released the first MediaSmart server in 2008, and there was much … [Read more...] about Recalling An HP MediaSmart Server To Active Duty
Are you a Parallels Desktop 5 user eager to jump to VMware Fusion? Or were you too cheap to move from Fusion version 1 or 2? Well now's your big chance to upgrade from either product to a full VMware Fusion 3 license for under ten bucks! I love VirtualBox, but spend most of my Mac OS X "Windows time" in VMware Fusion. I often have to jump to "the dark side" to run Visio or … [Read more...] about Upgrade to VMware Fusion 3 For Just $9.99!
I've previously written about my Multi-Server Web Hosting Environment and the how I Tuned Lighttpd For Linux to run as well as possible. But I've been having weird issues with that setup lately and was forced to rebuild the server entirely. While I was at it, I decided to give Apache another try, since the lighttpd hackery I needed to perform to get things like WP-SuperCache … [Read more...] about A High-Performance, Low-Memory Apache/PHP Virtual Private Server
As I mentioned on Friday, I've recently built a multi-server web hosting environment around lighttpd, MySQL, and Ubuntu Linux. Ironically, my lighttpd web server slowed to a crawl that very evening! It turns out that I had not properly tuned lighttpd to function in a Linux environment. I was surprised to find that the Ubuntu package did not include basic Linux settings! I … [Read more...] about Tuning Lighttpd For Linux
The last few weeks have been tough on my web servers. The release of iPhone OS 3.0 tripled my site traffic overnight as folks investigate the new Exchange integration features, and traffic to IT commentary site, Gestalt IT, which I also host, has been growing rapidly. Plus, Google just refreshed PageRank again, sending even more visitors my way. I had switched from Dreamhost … [Read more...] about Setting Up a Multi-Server Web Hosting Environment