Dreamhost Tech Support Sucks

Inflamatory title, I know. But the tech “support” at Dreamhost epitomizes everything that is wrong with most “IT” people in general, and mass hosting services specifically. I have four (4) websites (including this blog) with Dreamhost, and was told by clients that one of them was loading very, very slowly. One client was unable to Read More …

Quick Globus Endpoint Setup on LInux

The system is running CentOS 6.6. Here is the condensed version for the impatient. Install repo: curl -LOs http://toolkit.globus.org/ftppub/globus-connect-server/globus-connect-server-repo-latest.noarch.rpm Import repo GPG key: rpm –import http://www.globus.org/ftppub/globus-connect-server/RPM-GPG-KEY-Globus Install Globus packages: yum install globus-connect-server-repo-latest.noarch.rpmyum install globus-connect-server Assuming you already have a Globus account, sign-in, and go to “Manage Data->Manage Endpoints->Add Endpoint”. Create your endpoint and assign it Read More …

On Vendor Bloatware and Superfish

I’ve noticed that the bloatware installed by vendors on new computers (primarily windows machines) goes well beyond additional sales opportunities or application “fluff”. Increasingly, these vendor installed applications are slowing down user’s systems, and often times replicate functionality already provided ably by the operating system. Recently, a user brought me her slow Sony laptop that Read More …

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with their family and friends. Here’s a quick holiday tip with some alternate gift ideas you can (and should) give year round: People don’t really need another sweater, Santa mug, or box of chocolates nearly as much as they do your kindness and understanding. Cling tenaciously to your Read More …

Remote mysqldump

For a quick and easy dump from a remote database to local machine, you can use the following: mysqldump -h myhost -u myuser -p mydatabase > mydbCopy.mysql That’s it. When prompted, enter your password. If you expect the dump to take awhile and you’d like to logout, start your dump inside a “screen” session on Read More …