Archive for the 'IT Administration' Category

Transitioned to New Server

January 17th, 2010 Posted in IT Administration | Comments »

I have just completed transitioning to a new server, which serves this blog. I am now using GoDaddy.com’s Virtual Dedicated Server product. I have been administering my own dedicated server, GoDaddy.com’s Dedicated Server product, for more than two years. I changed from a Dedicated Server to a Virtual Dedicated Server to reduce costs and better […]

Disconnected

December 19th, 2008 Posted in IT Administration | Comments »

A recent news article reports that a communications cable has been cut, affecting Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. This has happened before, but it did not seem likely to me that it would be something that would reoccur. The article on BBC quotes Interoute’s Jonathan Wright, “For this to happen twice in one year, […]

Questioning the Dependence on Third-Party Service Providers

July 26th, 2008 Posted in IT Administration, Software Engineering, Web Development | Comments »

According to this Amazon.com S3 Team write up on the loss of their S3 service’s availability, “very few requests were completing successfully” during an availability event. The service’s problems seem to have started at 08:40, and the service’s error rates did not fall back to normal, acceptable levels in the United States until 16:02pm. The […]

Weekend Tech Supporter

February 12th, 2008 Posted in IT Administration, Postmortem | Comments »

I spent the weekend by hunting down the reason a computer was running sluggishly. I noticed that the system would wait at the Microsoft Windows XP splash screen for a couple of minutes while starting up. I activated the task manager just as the desktop was being displayed. According to the information that it provided, […]

Creating a VNC Connection to Existing X Session

January 3rd, 2008 Posted in IT Administration, Linux / Unix | Comments »

Either it has been a really slow news week, or I’ve gotten faster at processing news from multiple news aggregators. I’ve been getting to the office early in the morning, and the content of /. and other popular news sites just did not give me my fill of reading for the morning. I began wondering […]