Upcoming Downtime

Coming soon to this server, Downtime.

With my change in employment, I have to move my server, and I really want to move a lot of it off the physical hardware.  Well I have a lot moved, but the family and lug-nut sites aren’t yet.  I’m awaiting some different hardware still, so tomorrow I have to take this box down, and migrate it home for a while, before I can set up my replacement box.

Not that it matters too much, I mean how often have I posted this year 🙂  Oh, it’s my *other* services that matter to me.

Embedding Mormon.org Videos

Recently I was passed this interesting article describing the ways you can embed videos from The LDS Church’s mormon.org in your blog/website/about me page.

http://www.sixteensmallstones.org/embeddable-distributed-content-from-mormonorg

The basic rundown solves the issue that I was looking for.  Which is the desire to “Web 2.0” embed video content from another source (yes, hotlinking is now in with permission).  In this case from mormon.org, which is not by nature a fully user managed site.  The basic concept of it doesn’t allow for complete outside control, for reasons I can accept for now.  But the new videos are an excellent tool that  I would like to use.

The article also suggests some enhancements that normal geeks recognize from other shared media sites that are lacking, such as automated redirecting to mormon.org.  This of course is something that would be likely included if that was the design of the product, and hopefully I can help bubble the idea upstream to listening ears.

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Dazed And Confused Kernel

For anybody just happening to try and hit local geek James ‘Neybar’ Lance’s web page, it happens to be down atm.  And why?

Clicking will bring up a larger image, but it says:

Uhhuh. NMI received for unknown reason a1 on CPU 0
You have some hardware problem, likely on the PCI bus.
Dazed and confused, but trying to continue.

Now that’s a hilarious error message.  As for trying to continue, it’s locked hard. 🙁  Poor James, new hardware time.

Moving to MT4

If for some reason you haven’t already heard, SixApart has announced that version 4 of their MovableType blogging software is GPL.  This is great news, as it corrects a very nasty previous decision moving away from the GPL, which caused many folks such as myself to move off of it.

So it’s time to go back.  Why? Well my previous software had some cool features, and was fun to hack on, but it had long been unmaintained, and I was tired of tracking it against some devel frameworks.  So, I’m moving back, to a beta version of MT.  Be warned that things will be changing a lot in the near future hear, as basically nothing is set up.

Switched out

Sorry for the downtime earlier today, I know everybody was so eager to read the rest of my post. For some reason late last night the switch that this box sits on decided to freak out, and was only allowing a few bytes/s out. Of course “openclue”:http://openclue.org/ut/ people were really missing out because Plug and Joseph’s boxes sit on the same switch. Things are back up now though, all is well.. move along..

Normalization from mod_security

When I installed “mod_security”:http://www.modsecurity.org yesterday, I was hoping for some good results. Those results I figured could be tracked by watching my visitor and hits statistics return to somewhat normal values, as well as seeing OS and Browser versions return to something more that I would expect from my “geeky audience”:http://openclue.org/ut

Well, in only one day, I am proud to say that modsecurity has more than beat my expectations. Visitor counts have returned down to the humble amount this little blog can expect, hits are way down, and already, “safari”:http://www.apple.com/safari , “mozilla”:http://www.mozilla.com, and “Linux”:http://www.kernel.org have moving back up in _marketshare_ , instead of the hyperinflated number for the windows/IE bots that were hitting this box.