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Sunday, May 6th, 2007
5:24 pm
FanFundRaising Mailing List
Er, Is anyone using this list? cat_macros style:

I made you a mailman mailing list but I ated it.
Friday, June 30th, 2006
8:54 am
Does anyone have experience of memcached? I am thinking of installing it and configuring it to be used for several websites I am running including DiverseBooks.com and Year of the Teledu. This may be over kill and I havent really done the benchmarking to identify bottlenecks yet...
Monday, June 26th, 2006
9:47 am
GopherIT server going down 8pm this evening
The GopherIT web server which runs sf-foundation.org, sfpod.net and various other systems will be powered down this evening at 8pm (UK time) for unavoidable work on the power supply. Sorry for the short notice but I only just found out about it.
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
8:40 am
SFPoD fixed (I think)
I've finally gotten around to fixing the path problem on SFPoD. Damn that Real Life getting in the way.

Anyway I would appreciate it if you could go to the website and have a look at some of the old pictures - and possibly see how they look in your RSS readers such as demonstrated at http://syndicated.livejournal.com/sfpodfeed/

We are still after more images though :-)
Thursday, April 6th, 2006
11:45 pm
GopherIT Webserver Machine Scheduled Outage
The GopherIT webserver machine is being moved to a new and better location. This means that all services hosted on my machine will be unavailable for a few hours on Friday evening.

Sorry about this.
Monday, January 30th, 2006
10:07 am
Web Server hosting
Folks, I need your advice on web server hosting. I am most used to buying my own machine and putting it in an ISP's rack but sadly it looks like I will probably have to move the GopherIT machine out of there in a few months.

The professional way of dealing with this is to move all services off that machine onto a new one so that the transition is seamless to the users.

Who do people recommend for ISP's nowadays? I would consider something which offers virtual servers so long as they arent crippled machines.

If you are interested in this sort of Linux/web server stuff then give me a shout. We could always do with more help system admin wise...
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005
11:21 am
CSS and web graphic designer needed
I have to admit that I am not a web graphic designer. Although technically I know CSS I need help with the "Science Fiction Picture Of the Day" website. Does anyone with good CSS skills have time to discuss it with me and improve it sometime in the next couple of months?

I am sure that I could compensate them with food, drink, free books, and so on :-)

(Please do not advertise the site yet even though it is "up and running". We should be getting a new logo soon ;-)

For the record we are using the PHP based CMS called Drupal which I highly recommend.

There is also an rss feed which has been turned into an LJ account....sfpodfeed and also a
bug reporting system should you wish to help with testing.
Thursday, November 24th, 2005
7:59 am
Webserver backup [ was Down]
Power is back and the webserver software restarted at 10:20.

Maybe I should put in a request to the League of Fan Funds for a new UPS.
The GopherIT machine is down after a power glitch at the ISP. I *thought* it was plugged in to the UPS but maybe that isnt true or it is broken.

I have contacted Support there but there is very little that I can do.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
2:53 pm
Is anyone here an expert in implementing OpenID on an external site so that we can use our LiveJournal ids on external sites *without* submitting our passwords to those third party sites?
Monday, November 7th, 2005
11:46 am
PHP on Fedora Core
Hi folks,

Anyone here have experience building the PHP module for Fedora core (preferably 4). I am currently using one which I think was from a standard RPM, but it doesnt have the GD graphics module enabled. This means I think that I have to configure it from scratch and build from source. Now this isnt a terrible problem, but I'd like someone around to ask questions of in case it goes wrong. I am so amused by people who tell me that PHP is so easy to set up. :-(
Monday, October 31st, 2005
12:16 pm
Website Monitoring
I am in the middle of setting up Big Brother which is a system monitoring tool. I will use it to monitor various components in my webserver. I could use it to monitor other websites as well - should anyone have need of it. If so then give me a shout here.
Thursday, October 20th, 2005
10:43 pm
Web Log Analysis
I have discovered that since the hard disk failure on the GopherIT web server I havent had proper log analysis. I was using Webalizer before. Does anyone have any recommendations now? It has to work on Linux or WinNT. I *seem* to have webalizer installed via a Fedora Core rpm but I cant get it working on two machines - I dont know if they have changed something or what...
Saturday, September 17th, 2005
11:16 am
DiverseBooks Email Control
I need somebody to look after the email system in http://DiverseBooks.com

We email out updates to registered users but this email hasnt been updated at in some time.

We need someone to change the introduction every so often and to remove duff users from the system.

Any takers?

A smattering of html knowledge is required.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
12:07 pm
Procmail help required at some point

I am getting emails from Network Solutions blocked - and I think it is somewhere in the postfix set up. I need a hand diagnosing what is going wrong as I am losing email and it has resulted in SFLink.net expiring and I cannot renew it. (but sorted now)

It was a procmail problem, not a postfix one. I will investigate further. I have never heard of problems with procmail but it seems to be losing messages. :-(

Current Mood: annoyed
Saturday, August 27th, 2005
12:18 pm
DiverseBooks Review Books
I have entered almost all of the DiverseBooks review copies into an Amazon wishlist.

You can find the list by going to Amazon.co.uk's wishlist page and searching for diversebooks.

Could you try it out and tell me what you think. If you want to review these books then tell me and I will bring them to the Ton.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
2:58 pm
I'm using iXplorer to connect to the machine the sf-foundation site is hosted on, to upload and download files.

I'm getting very frustrated with it; I can only download 10 files before it times out. I've been taking a backup of the SFF site and it's taken me ages as I have to keep exiting and restarting iXplorer. Is there something I'm doing wrong, or is there some parameter to set to allow me to connect for longer?

Sometimes if I copy a whole folder at a time it will copy all enclosed files okay.
12:13 pm
Games Server
I am considering setting up a new linux box to act as a web server for friends who play Everquest2 alot. I will be providing sys admin support in return for using the box as the GopherIT backup system and fall back box.

I remember that you could set up servers to help you run multi-player games like Doom, but I assume you cannot do the same with Everquest 2? Does anyone have any experience of this?

Incidentally - if we do set this up then the box could be used for other GopherIT projects too :-)
Saturday, July 30th, 2005
7:04 pm
Amazon Wishlists
Is anyone familiar with Amazon Wishlists? I am interested in both the human user interface and whether they have any kind of API. DiverseBooks.com needs a means of recording what books are received for review. It seems to me that an Amazon wishlist might be ideal for this sort of thing. It would be best if there was an API for fetching the list of books, but even if there werent we could use such a system. Any comments?
Friday, July 29th, 2005
1:00 pm
Receipt Book
Does anyone have a wordprocessor template for doing receipts? Something with some text, spaces for cash received and from whom, and something which has a number going up twice - once on the bit you give to the payer, and one kept by the payee.
If possible a MS Word or Open Office doc would be great.

Thursday, July 14th, 2005
6:42 pm
postfix aliases
I am trying to set up mailman on my Postfix RedHat Fedora Core 4 box.
The RedHat box thought that it was supposed to be running sendmail (the /etc/aliases file is for sendmail) but hopefully I have told it to run postfix now instead (using /etc/postfix/aliases for example)

postfix is running and seems to be working for sending and receiving mail. (I have a problem whereby it doesnt know the correct hostname to use sometimes but that isnt postfix's fault but the clients).

Anyway I am trying to run newaliases.postfix but it just sits there not reporting any errors and doesnt seem to be producing any output. Does anyone know how to use it properly? It was working before on the old hard disk :-(
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