June 3rd, 2012 by Garry Conn
I want to setup a few Debian webcam servers on my property for surveillance. I just dug out an older Gateway E-4200 500 Pentium III desktop tower from my attic. It’s been up there baking in the heat and freezing in the cold for 477 days. I discovered this after pulling the computer down from the attic and powering it up. Debian noted during startup that it had been 477 days since the hard drives were checked. After the scan, Debian 5 Lenny loaded right up. Amazing! Read the rest of this entry »
May 23rd, 2012 by Garry Conn
In my home office, I have an older Compaq Proliant ML-350 running Debian Squeeze 6.0.5 32bit headless. It has two Pentium III 1.0Ghz processors and 1536 Mb of memory. I have a fiber optic line which gives me approximately a 10Mbps connection up and down. Here’s my latest speed test results:
Download Speed: 8105 kbps (1013.1 KB/sec transfer rate) Upload Speed: 10559kbps (1319.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
This server is what’s hosting my website. Now before you go ragging on me, I know I can go and order $4.95/month web hosting from HostGator. I’ve used some of the best web hosting companies in the past and still do for many other sites of mine. However, what’s the fun in that? I am doing this for the learning experience. And believe me, running your own web server out of your house practically FORCES you to learn and learn quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
May 23rd, 2012 by Garry Conn
After designing websites for nearly 15 years, there’s one thing that I learned very quickly and 15 years later I am still reminded about it every day — web browser compatibility. Today it’s much worse than many years ago. I remember like it was yesterday when all I really had to worry about was Netscape and IE. There were others, Opera was popular then too. But majority used IE and Netscape. Also, good old 800×600 screen resolution too!
Anyway, I had a random thought and decided to research what the very first web browser was and to check if that browser was still current. Amazingly it is! And I even guessed which one it was! — Lynx. Read the rest of this entry »
May 21st, 2012 by Garry Conn
You might be surprised to discover how capable and functional older computers are — and when I say older, I mean very very old! The computer I use for my own Linux firewall and router is a Compaq Deskpro EN P667. It has a timestamp of 08/25/2000 printed on the 686P2 v2.04 bios information. That’s over 12 years old!
The key to giving older computers a second life is using Linux. Installing a more recent version of Windows is not the way to go. This will completely kill the system — well let’s just say the system will run so slow that you will want to kill it. Linux can be used to power older systems and deliver a wide range of functionality. Read the rest of this entry »
January 22nd, 2012 by Garry Conn
I have used Google Chrome as my default web browser since the beta release on September 2008. Three features I like most about the web browser is the clean and simple look, the merged address and search bar, and the multi-process architecture. At the time, Firefox couldn’t match these features, or even come close. I have used Google Chrome ever since. After using Google Chrome since 2008, I never once tested memory usage and compared the results with Firefox.
Today I decided to download and install Firefox for the first time since 2008. Things have changed a lot. The web browser has a very clean, open and simple look –just like Google Chrome. In fact, I actually think it looks more streamlined. Unfortunately, the address bar does not also serve as a search bar. I would have enjoyed seeing that. And lastly, Firefox has not upgraded to a multi-process architecture. Aside from this, I really do like the new Firefox look and I am going to immediately start using it again as my default web browser to fully test it. Read the rest of this entry »
December 31st, 2011 by Garry Conn
Over the last few years I have been hooked on Hostgator web hosting. Don’t get me wrong, I still like them a lot. But also too, I like to try new things. Prior to joining with Hostgator I was really into VPS web hosting. At the time, VPS hosting was expensive. Over the last few years prices have dropped quite a bit and quality has gone up.
VPS web hosting gives users more control over the server compared to shared web hosting. With most VPS web hosting accounts users are granted root access. VPS web hosting isn’t a simple user friendly type of web hosting. It’s much different than cPanel shared web hosting. With VPS hosting you’re literally given a blank web server to do what you want with it. Read the rest of this entry »