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

  • 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.

  • VPN Setup – Tech: 3, Seth: 0

    I’m throwing in the towel with this damn VPN.  The technology keeps defeating me.

    I first tried setting it up on my router, but my speeds where capped at 5mbps, as my router just can’t physically handle the encryption any faster.  I then tried putting the VPN on my server.  Well, this caused a handful of headaches.  It screwed with Plex working properly for a remote connection.  I went through a bunch of fixes for that and got it so it was intermittent at best.  I then discovered it was interfering with my Minecraft server, and I had to draw the line.

    So tonight I tried option #3.  My overall goal here is to hide my download traffic, so I figured lets setup my downloads on the iMac and put the iMac on the VPN by itself.  I would just set the downloads to save directly onto a file share on the server so I didn’t have to move them.  This was working great in my testing phase, until I discovered my remote access to my damn torrent program didn’t work with it.  If it comes to it I can sacrifice this functionality, but I currently use it for pretty much all my downloads. I trigger them from my phone or my other computer.

    So I’m done. I give up.  I surrender.  The VPN has outsmarted me.

  • Printer Woes

    I’ve about had it with my printer.  I’ve had a Canon PIXMA MP495 for several years now. I’ve never honestly had much problems with it.  But now, it will only print in black.  The insane thing is that the computer tells me that all three colored inks are full.  It just doesn’t actually print them out.  I’ve even gone so far as to take the ink cartridge out and clean the heads by hand and got all three colors coming out of it.  Still won’t print them.  It’s maddening!!!

    I’m thinking its time to upgrade away from inkjets finally.  My biggest problem in the past has been whenever I need to print something, the ink has dried up as I don’t really print alot of stuff.  I’m thinking laserjet is the way to go, as toner never fucking dries up. Yeah, I don’t do much printing and toner is more expensive than ink, but a full set of toner should last me for YEARS the way I print.

    I found some decent laser printers online for about $80, but they’re just printers.  I kind of need the scanning ability too, as I don’t want to keep the inkjet around JUST for its damn scanner (I only have so much desk space here).  That led me to looking at the Dell E525W Wireless Printer Scanner.  Its almost $200 with shipping, and thats honestly more than I want to spend.

    I guess I just need to buy ink for now.  The only place in Bangor I can find that still carries it is Best Buy, and its over $32.  I can’t win here.

  • Web Design Weekend

    New WayFar Design Logo

    I spent this weekend doing a ton of web design work.  I’ve made some major updates here on Sethen.com, including making the damn site finally work properly.  I also started work on a website for my latest client.

    My website has been acting up for SOME time now.  Every time I’d go to edit something, I’d get random errors. Server 500 Errors were running rampant, and I had to switch the site out of HTTPS just to edit the menu. Things were out of hand.

    I backed up the entire website, and practically rebuilt it piece by piece to find what was causing my problems.  I also kept running the site through GTMetrix to help me work out my load errors.  In the end, I found that two plugins were behind my woes – the one that auto-posted to Facebook, and the one that connected my site to my Piwik Stats site.

    I found ways to replace the functionality of both of these, and we’ll see how it goes.  I also managed to remove about a dozen plugins I didn’t need anymore, and removed several dozen files from the internal structure of the site that were years out of date.

    All in all, everything is running better now.  I also managed to figure out the built-in mobile version of my theme, instead of using the ugly one that looked nothing like my site.  My site is now truly mobile-friendly.  I also updated the logo for WayFar Design, as seen above 🙂

    Stonington Library
    My newest client is the Stonington Public Library.  I spent a good portion of Saturday setting up and designing their new website.  I’m not ready to show it off publicly yet, so don’t go looking for a link 🙂