Category Archives: Websites

About website coding, design, and all that jazz.

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Setting up a Hosting Environment, Part 5: Apache and PHP

Figuring out the possibilities for Apache and PHP reminds me of a Dr. Seuss book, “Fox in Sox”. It’s a favorite of mine. I love reading it to the kids. In it, Mr. Fox tries to get Mr. Knox to say all kinds of ridiculous (in meaning and hard to say) tongue twisters. At one […]

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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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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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Filling in the missing dates with AWStats

Doh! Sometimes AWStats will miss some days in calculating stats for your site, and that leaves a big hole in your records. Usually, as in my case, it’s because I messed up. I reinstalled some software on our AWStats machine, and forgot to reinstall cron. Cron is the absolutely necessary tool for getting the server […]

The Past in Color

This weeks installment of history found on the web includes links to a few sites with something special. Color photographs from the early days of color photography. Color somehow brings a photograph to more life, adds more detail, and helps get a better understanding of the time period. Sure you can see the style of […]

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Many Mechanical Machines

Back again with another roundup of websites promoting some history. This weeks focus is on the computers and other machines. Technologizer has come through in the past year or so with some really fun looks at technology of the past. Here are three: It’s amazing how ugly and non-functional computers were in the early stages. […]

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The history of abandoned things

I came across the site Artificial Owl this week. Artificial Owl finds images of long forgotten, man-made objects, locates them on a map and tells a bit of the story behind the object if possible. I was initially struck by the beautiful images of buildings, ships, airplanes, and automobiles left to deteriorate and crumble back […]

A better world, without IE

Looking closely at the CSS for the typography project…. The class example shows some good stuff (the css). Here’s some CSS tips and points to remember: To get IE to float properly, use a text-align: center in the body and then text-align: left/right/whatever where needed. Set the min-width in the body to prevent failures in […]