Mobile site now available

September 28, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

A couple days ago I noticed that this site didn't really lend itself to a mobile browser.  Not sure why WordPress doesn't include a mobile theme, but anyway, that's fixed now, thanks to a mobile-optimized theme and a plugin that automatically switches you based on your browser identification (no separate URL required).  If you should happen to stop by the mobile site and notice an issue please let me know in the comments of this post or with the comment form on the about page.

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MySQL Upgraded to 5.0.86

September 25, 2009 by · 34 Comments 

According to the MySQL web site, 5.0.86 has been available since September 9th.  I honestly have no idea why, just last week, I built packages for 5.0.84 rather than this newest version.  Anyway, the repos have been updated with packages for 5.0.86 and I made a small change so I believe these should also update correctly on systems that have a "mysql-libs" package installed without forcing you to first remove your existing install.

Update #1 (2009/09/28): It's been brought to my attention that these packages will overwrite your old my.cnf.  This will be fixed in the next release, but for now, make a backup of your config before updating.

Update #2 (2009/09/28): The reason for the config glitch is because I put it into two packages...  New RPMs coming later today; MySQL takes forever to build...

Update #3 (2009/09/28): Newer packages are up, ignore previous updates.

Just about everything updated (including the site)

September 22, 2009 by · 90 Comments 

Alright, just about every package in the repo was just updated.  Some significantly, others not so much, but the ones people are likely to care about are there.  MySQL is now up to 5.0.84, PHP is up to 5.2.11, and httpd is up to 2.2.13.

In addition to the package updates, I also included php-memcache for connecting to a memcached server and a choice of PHP accelerators as these were both things that many people were requesting.  You can now choose between php-xcache, php-apc, and php-eaccelerator (all of which conflict so don't try and force more than one to install).  I've not extensively tested the latter two as I personally use xcache, so someone will have to let me know if I should change something.

Lastly, the site itself has been updated to the newest release of WordPress, I've ripped out a bunch of plugins, added a few new ones, and I've installed a new skin.  I'll be tweaking everything as time goes on so things may be moving about and features may break from time to time.  If you notice anything flaky then please use the comment form on the About page.

Not dead, just hibernating (like a bear)

September 21, 2009 by · 12 Comments 

Ok, maybe not like a bear.  Bears eat a bunch before they sleep and wake up lighter.  I, on the other hand, have put on about 10 lbs over the past year (need to spend more time at the gym and less time at the office).  Oh, and bears don't do anything while hibernating, whereas I've been running around more like a chicken with it's head cut off.  I guess not like a bear at all then...  Bad analogy, sorry.

Here's a partial list of what I've been up to:

  • Work
  • Hired two people
  • Fired two people
  • Crashed my car into the median on Rt 202 (September 6th, 2008, all-wheel drive = overconfidence, overconfidence + worn tires + hurricane = boom)
  • Got married (October 17th, 2008)
  • Went on my Honeymoon (drove around the South-West US for 2 weeks, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix)
  • Work
  • Hired two more people
  • Work
  • Started looking for a home
  • Work
  • Bought a home in Exton (Closed June 30th, 2009)
  • Moved on the Jult 4th holiday weekend (movers were miserable, the pending insurance claim for damaged goods is higher than what they billed to move, and they seriously overbilled...)
  • Work
  • Had carpet cleaners rip a hole in the one piece of carpet in my home (mostly wood floors) and then complain about doing anything to fix it
  • Work
  • Spent time looking to hire another developer (PHP this time, more on this in a later post, the job is still available)
  • Had painters not show up as scheduled, do a lousy job when they did show, and then have to come back in the evening for three days to fix all their mistakes
  • Work
  • Started blowing tons of money trying to buy furniture for my home so it's not 90% empty.
  • Work
  • ...

You get the picture.  By the time I got home I didn't feel like doing anything.  As I write this, I should be mowing the lawn before it starts raining...

Anyway,  massive update coming tomorrow, both to the site and to the repository.  Think httpd 2.2.13, MySQL 5.0.84, PHP 5.2.11, a choice of XCache, APC, and eAccelerator, etc.

Lastly, for now, quite a few people have filled out the comment form asking about MySQL 5.1 and PHP 5.3.  Let me say now, no, I don't have any plans at current to upgrade the repo to either of those.  Those updates would likely break quite a few apps and I don't need that on my hands.  If I do decide to push out those updates it will either be with a LOT of warning or as a separate, optional packages that obsolete the older version.

This site is no longer updated. If you have a need for RHEL/CentOS LAMP Stack updates outside the normal channels, I recommend ART.