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Google apps, jabber.

As very few of you know, (maybe i should actually put something in the about me section) i started this little website as a project to learn linux better and to learn to manage a webserver. Since then, this little project has turned into something i actually care about and take a measure of pride in. This is due in no small part to the miracle that is google apps for your domain.

I like managing a webserver. I like manually managing bind and apache from the command line. I like the sense of control i feel when i am able to make any changes i want any time i want. What i don’t like though, is email. Email is evil. Go ahead, take a look at the configuration files for sendmail sometime. Try postfix, not much better. I don’t want to do email but i want to get email. So what did i do? I went with google apps for your domain.

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99.13% uptime

I’ve been using host-tracker for a while now to monitor my uptime. Today they sent me my quarterly report and i’m pleased to report, to you, that my uptime is better than many for pay shared hosting providers. My little server that i put together myself, running directly on the grid with no UPS, running off a little tiny slow home dsl connection, and connected to that connection via an old wireless bridge is better than some datacenters. That is just awesome. Below i have included the report they sent me, whitespace and all.

Quarterly report 2008-01


Total uptime:99.13% Downtime:6 hour(s) 13 min(s)
Quarterly uptime:99.13% Downtime:6 hour(s) 13 min(s)
Month 2008-03 Uptime:99.13% Downtime:6 hour(s) 13 min(s)

*Update*So, wordpress helpfully stripped the white space. Yay!

ssh key-based authentication.

This is a guide for setting up key-based authentication on the mac.

Key-based authentication is an alternative way of authenticating over ssh. Instead of a user name and password, you use a public/private key pair and authenticate this way. A user can optionally be specified as well.

To begin you’ll need to open Terminal.app in your Applications/Utilities folder.

Issue the following command into terminal:

mkdir ~/.ssh

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