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Atop – Apache Top, for keeping tabs on the web servers

When I first became a systems administrator of a large web server, I wanted to know what the current traffic to all of the virtual hosts (vhosts) looked like. I wanted to see which domains were getting the most traffic and where that traffic was coming from. So began my long search for a sufficient […]

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An Epic day – January 20, 2014

When I was a teenager, my mom started taking note of everything the family did on January 20. It was just some random day, and some random idea to do as a fun thing for the family. Over the years we’ve kept that up as a family; sometimes more or less involved. A couple of […]

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History Lab: rethinking the Western Civ course

So, I finally get to teach a college course this semester. Way excited! But I refuse to do the normal lecture format. Seriously, we are still stuck on that teaching method after all the research and scholarship about the best ways to teach? (These all came up as results for searching in Google Scholar with […]

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3D printing in the field of history

I was asked to lead a discussion on the current status of 3D printing in the humanities, particularly the field of history with a great group of fellow PhD students here at GMU during one of their classes. Here is what we came up with. First of all, 3D printing (in general, but specifically for […]

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It has been two years.

My dad passed away two years ago today. I was recently in Arizona, but didn’t visit his grave site. This is what I wrote to my family about that. It was great to be in Arizona at the end of June and July. I had really wanted to visit Dad’s grave while I was there. […]

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OSSEC, Suhosin, and WordPress

I had a problem show up on some of our servers. Visiting sites would work fine, but as soon as you log in to a WordPress site, then your IP was blocked at the firewall level. It took a bit of hunting around the OSSEC logs to figure out the cause, and then finally tipped […]

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Four Steps to a Personal Website

There are four basic steps to creating a personal website. 1. Content You may want to start out with a cool design, or fun idea on how to interact with visitors, or what have you. But really, the most important thing a website has going for it is the content. Design is a close second […]

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Setting up a Hosting Environment, Part 3: RedHat Cluster and GFS2

Previous posts in this series: Part 1: Setting up the servers Part 2: Connecting the Array RedHat Cluster and GFS2 Setup Required reading: https://alteeve.com/w/2-Node_Red_Hat_KVM_Cluster_Tutorial Seriously. Don’t do anything until you read his tutorial a couple of times. Might as well read a bunch of his other tutorials, too. Unless mentioned, the following commands should be […]

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Research Trip!

Not quite the same feeling and fun as a road trip, but fun enough. Yeah, archive work! Yeah, Germany! Yeah, yeah archive work in Germany! So I just spent the last two weeks in Germany (by myself, not so yeah) doing some archival research for the dissertation. Here are some thoughts on the trip. 1. […]