• Category Archives Tales from a Tech
  • I am a Computer Tech by trade, and sometimes have some great stories to tell

  • Virtual Private Hosting

    I’ve been having a lot of weird issues with my WordPress websites lately…  I decided it might be time to finally look into Virtual Private Hosting.  In the past, I’d avoided it as it was just too expensive. I looked today, and its only $45/yr more for the base plan over what I’m currently paying for Shared Hosting.  I think I really need to look into this, as it would give me a lot more control, and should fix most of the issues with WordPress.

  • New Server: Completion

    The new server has been up and running fully for a few days now.  Its great!!  It runs Plex and Minecraft without a hitch.  I even setup a VirtualBox on it to be on VPN and do my downloading.  This saves me from having to have my desktop PC on the VPN all the time.  I named the new server Demonreah, bonus points for anyone who knows where the name comes from 🙂

    Once I finished with the server, I re-purposed my old server into a new gaming PC.  ITS AMAZING!  I haven’t had a desktop PC this powerful in a very long time. Its not top-of-the-line by any means, but its light-years ahead of what I had.  I can’t wait to get the video card I ordered into it. It should have been here today, but the snow storm seems to have screwed over FedEx.  Was supposed to be delivered by 8pm tonight, but it didn’t leave New Jersey until 1:20pm today. I doubt its gonna get here.

    Once the card gets here, I’ll finally be ready to do some real gaming again!  I’m eager to play Cities: Skylines. I bought it months ago on sale, but my laptop could barely run it.  My need for SimCity has been simmering for quite some time now.

  • New Server: Day 1

    I am the proud owner of a new used server!  I purchased a Dell PowerEdge T300 today and began setting it up.  I didn’t get far, but I did make some progress.

    I’m trying to migrate my Debian linux server into it without too much hassle, but that isn’t going so good.  I managed to clone the boot partition from the old server and get it into the new server, but its having issues booting 🙁  I’m afraid I’m going to have to re-install Debian and rebuild from scratch. I was hoping NOT to have to do this, as I’ve modified a lot of crap on the old server, and I’m horrible at taking notes or remembering all the details of what I’ve done.

    But on the other hand, this will allow me to upgrade from Debian 8 to Debian 9, which came out back in June.  I’m probably better off starting from scratch anyways.  I just need to remember to make a backup of the old boot partition, JUST in case I ever need it again.  Alot of work went into it, and I want to keep a backup just to be safe, you know?

    I’ll try to post a picture of my setup tomorrow, but I need to get to bed.

  • Adventures in Calendering

    I spent the past week working on overhauling the TRC Community Calendar.  It was in some need of some updates some TLC.  I updated the submit pages to make them a bit more user-friendly to start out.  I spent two days trying to add a fancy pop-up calendar picker for the date entry, but had to give up in the end. The submit form is too complex to try and shoehorn in some javascript or the CSS to do the pop-up magic.  It has too many levels and built-in checks and madness for me to fully understand.

    I even got some help on updating a ton of events from Susie at the Milo Town Office. I got to overhaul a good portion of the calendar, which has needed to be done for some time. We had a lot of outdated stuff in there.  I’ve got a few events that still need to be checked, but the calendar is looking much better now.

    Lately I’ve been pretty focused on making the site mobile-friendly, and I was concerned about the calendar.  It actually gets pretty messed up on mobile viewing in Portrait mode, but it works perfect if you’re in landscape. This made me pretty happy, as overhauling that calendar would be like having a root canal.  The code is old, and pretty clunky in places, but it works GREAT.  Every time I go in to edit, I make sure I clean it up a bit and improve things.

    Thats all for now.  For my next trick, I’ll be overhauling the TRC Local Directory 🙂

    TRC Community Calendar

  • WayFar Spring Cleaning (in Fall)

    I did a bunch of maintenance on my WayFar hosting account today. It was much needed, and waaaay overdue.  I purged a ton of old, out-dated accounts, backed up and removed over a dozen old databases, and fixed a growing slew of hacking issues.  Damn hackers.

    All in all, things are more organized, cleaned out, and streamlined.  I also enabled a new enhanced security feature on every user that I’m hoping will cut down on the rampant hacking issues.