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 …

Java GC is NOT “over-utilization”

The Java VM has a built-in “garbage collection” (GC) feature that clears and compacts the Java memory space (heap). This prevents out of memory (OOM) conditions, and improves application performance. I’ve noted that the admins at the high-performance computing (HPC) center at my place of regular employment, INSIST on classifying the brief spawning of GC Read More …

Multi-Boot Options for Windows PCs

If you have a Windows-based PC and you would like to boot an alternate operating system (most commonly, Linux), here’s a bit of advice: DON’T SETUP A DUAL BOOT PARTITION! These setups are messy, complicated, and can cause technical issues down-the-road. I have over the years, had to disentangle and repair such setups for many Read More …

Free SSL Certs – Coming Soon

Let’s Encrypt is an open source, publicly funded project designed to offer free third-party certification to anyone that owns a domain name. The service is slated to launch in the Summer 2015, and is currently seeking financial and technical support from the community. If you’ve ever setup a web server with https, you know that Read More …