Archive for October, 2008

MTV open their vaults

| October 28th, 2008

Got this news via Ars, but their choice of video in the article had my heart bleeding, so to try and recoup, here are two videos from my favourite band; Dream Theater.

Dream Theater |MTV Music

Dream Theater |MTV Music

A whole lot more can be found at MTV Music

Rock on!

Whats your favourite from the ones that are currently available?

I Va(r)nish, did you notice?

| October 28th, 2008

In the never ending geeky roundabouts surrounding my (life &) servers, Ive been looking at many solutions to ease the maintenance and general load. Its all overkill in every meaning of the word when it comes to the sites I run here, but hey, who said it had to make sense now?

In an earlier post I told you how Lighty got replaced with Nginx for the reverse proxy duties. At the time I had Varnish running as a upstream server, which made sense then. But, with the previous paragraph in mind(ease of maintenance), that quickly turned into alot more conf editing than I wanted to spend time on. So, a couple of days ago, I ended up moving around on the pieces(again)..

Varnish -> Nginx(reverse proxy) -> (backend servers) Lighty/Apache/Nginx

Yep, that simple, the backends run various httpd’s depending on the needs/usage. Nginx has become my fav flavour of httpd’s, so it has taken over most of the duties on the backends. It wont take over all servers tho, there is only so much I feel like changing just for the sake of a httpd.

Im currently working on pulling data from varnishstat into Cacti to get some visualization on the hit/miss ratio. They have a script made for Munin that I will adjust for the task, no point in re-inventing the wheel..

Over time, I might “outsource” Varnish to a speedier link, or move it back into upstream duties, but for now, this is where Im at.

The one thing I forgot when I changed was to swap the logformat fields on Nginx(reverse proxy), so I had alot of traffic from a familiar ip today. Ahh well, all good now tho, Webalizer is happy. It does all its work on the reverse proxy, logs split into vhosts/domains.

log_format main ‘$http_x_forwarded_for – $remote_user [$time_local] “$request” ‘
‘$status $body_bytes_sent “$http_referer” ‘
‘”$http_user_agent” “$remote_addr”‘;

The swap in question; http_x_forwarded_for <-> remote_addr

Soave (Eat Parade)

| October 12th, 2008

Chiara got a visit from Rai2 this summer, the program; “Eat Parade” did a segment about Soave.

It was aired today, so now, you too can have a look at this wonderful place in the Veneto region.

Alot of the footage where done on Coffele’s Winery in; Castelcerino.
The scenery there is nothing but breathtaking, visit their Bed & Breakfast the next time you take a trip to the region, trust me, you wont regret it!

A couple of tiny glitches in the video stream, sorry about that..

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| October 10th, 2008

So, Im a uncle again! Yeah, my lil bro & better half rushed to the hospital tonight & the result? Don Corleone Jr, no seriously, I have no idea what names they have discussed, Im sure its gonna be something in the lines of Geir/Georg/George.. I can live with either, hey, Kjetil would do too, but seriously, any of the above will be fine, Mkay?

Kid’O, Mam’O & Dad’O are all well. Cant wait to visit the toddler tommorow!

Rolf Jr

52.5cm tall, 34.5cm around the head & weighting in at 3160gram, woohaa!

More pictures & all will follow, now its time to head to bed..