The entire valley had an outtage at 21:20, this lasted for an hour. One of those nice winter storms up here.. Ohh how I love them.

I’ll file it under this valleys contribution to Earth Hour, a forced one at that, atleast it was a good one..
EDIT: Well, not belated, I gotta check my calendar more often..

The UPS’s let the servers have a graceful shut down, last one down at ~21:30.

–snip–
mustaffa Power Failure !!!
DATE : Thu Mar 26 21:20:34 CET 2009
–snip–
mustaffa Communications with UPS restored
DATE : Thu Mar 26 22:20:49 CET 2009
–snip

All systems was back online at about 22:30. This include 3 HW nodes, and about 35 VPS’s running on two of those. The ripple effects for this outtage are now being displayed in random drops on the route to our ISP further north. First the dslam, then radio link #1.. etc.. Yeah, this contribution was a good one. hehe

Things should settle down in its usual phase shortly.

That is all.

This one, I have to slap myself in the face for doing too.. not that long ago, but still.. Its the same flipping side & becoming a uber’nazi’ about it, you become so into what you do that anything non FOSS you wouldnt touch. Simple as that, anyone doing otherwise you laughed at either in their face or behind their back.. A real fawker with a attitude.. But then again, thats free speech right? Yessir, notn wrong about that, I encourage it.. still, Im just not THAT into the ‘debates’ any longer. I let the ‘newborn’ stand on the barricades, I sympathise with their cause, ohhh how I do..

There are MANY worthy browsers out there thats FOSS…
KHTML/Gecko & WebKit has brought many a joyful web browsing for me, both on pc & cellphone. If you like em light I would highly recommend Kazehakase or Arora .. if you want em a little fatter/more versatile, give Konqueror a go. Not a linux user? Safari.. Google Chrome..
More? Well, then you are entering the web2.0 experience that Im no big fan of.. Flock? Songbird? FF with a load of rubbish add-ons?
Yeah, you heard me, FF in itself, atleast since 3.x has become so sadly bloated I only use it on the obscure pages. They have thankfully become rare the last years..

I very often feel a little ‘tick’ when people promote FOSS just for the sake off FOSS.. So thats what Im getting at here finally.. The “Stop using IE6” campaign thats been getting a lil euro stir, should be a given. Its an outdated, sorry excuse for a browser.. Alot of man hours are wasted due to it, we are in a financial crises.. if this doesnt sink in with whoever is in charge of the computers you use, tell them to get a fawking grip & deal with it. If you havent heard of the campaign, forteller has an updated wiki page about its spread.

It really shouldnt be a issue, but it still is. It has helped according to my analytics tho, IE overall is down, but for the sake of dropping some numbers;

IE:
stats-hoisethno-ie-versions-010109-030309

Firefox:
stats-hoisethno-ff-versions-010109-030309

Mozilla:
stats-hoisethno-mozilla-versions-010109-030309

Opera:
stats-hoisethno-opera-versions-010109-030309

Safari:
stats-hoisethno-safari-versions-010109-030309

Anyway.. my point? Use the best browser for you needs, and keep it updated.. go on, it will not hurt you, its good karma.. m’kay?

Me? I use Opera, on my pc’s & Opera Mini on my cell (N82), quick, has all features I need. Including syncing bookmarks, mouse gestures, mail(i use claws), bt(dont use it), im(pidgin).. The features I dont use, will cater to most peoples needs Im sure.. But with all these features, it still is the best browser out there, for me.

Its not that I DONT care about using FOSS, anyone who know me can vouch for that, but I have come to realize over the years, that FOSS products aint always the best overall product. And if its free, what more can you ask for?

EDIT: URL fix

Yes yes, by all means DISQUS..

| February 25th, 2009

Why not, right? This blog aint boiling over with discussions in the comments, but atleast now DISQUS is in place.

That be all.

Even tho I love Lighty, it has a few known short-comings, mem leak when under heavy load in a reverse proxy setup is one of them. Old reported bug that dont seem to be fixed any time soon.. Might very well be due to the fact that they are now in the process of doing a total rewrite for the 2.0 release, or that not many use it in such a setup?

In any case, till this is resolved Ive had to look into alternatives for the task. I heard alot of good from my friends in Russia about Nginx, but at the time the documentation where pretty much solely in Russian.
This has improved(Nginx Unofficial Wiki) alot over the last year, so last night it was again time to dust off the VE I had setup months ago and give it another go.

After a few curse & spit rounds with rewrite rules & deciding to redo the conf layouts, I had a working setup, only SSL was acting up. This morning I saw what I had done, or what I didnt do I should say. Since I redid the entire conf setup I had missed out the include of the proxy.conf in the SSL server settings. *sigh*

I will be adding Varnish to the pie later, more on that when time permits.
Check the wiki for info on the above, will add to it later tonight.

The setup & configuration of Nginx were really nice, it hogs so little mem & cpu time its almost like its not even running… Really! I still have Lighty & Apache on the backends tho, but many of them might very well be replaced with Nginx..

ура товарищей !

Yep, http://fun.ohhh.no to be spesific, feel free to join in on the fun.

Had alot of grief over the last 6 or so hours, and what do ya know, it was all due to running a 64bit VE. I had flipped upside down & inside out so many obscurities during the night..
Mind you, it wasnt “directly” related to Laconica, the basic functionality were working as expected within 30min, it was the integration to xmpp(Jabber). More spesifically, my own ejabberd running in one of the VE’s on this server(im.hoiseth.no for those interrested in such). No matter my attempts it was stuck at connecting.. Just imagine my relief and to quote a friendly cartoon fella ‘DOH!’ as I fired up xmppdaemon in its newly setup 32bit enviroment only to see debug info being spit out in the terminal. Ahhh funfun despite the hours wasted.

If you dont know what twitter is, or the so-called Microblogging phenomena, I suggest you read up! Laconica(Laconi.ca) is as mentioned in the title, a new(‘ish) contender, and an open-source one at that, its quickly been embraced by many people world-wide.

Their main site is run at Identi.ca..

I first heard about it a couple of weeks ago, but it really started to spark my geek-plugs when I heard a interview with creator Evan Prodromou (Evan @identi.ca) in this weeks FLOSS podcast over at TWIT / FLOSS
The main man over at TWIT, Leo Laporte were so impressed that he started to set up his own instance of Laconica during the podcast. Its hosted under the ohh so fitting vhost army.twit.tv. Both Leo and his “co-“host in FLOSS, Randal L. Schwartz can be found happily ranting there..

Evan Prodromou is by no means a new name to the world of open-source and world travellers, not only does he spend a fair share of dev time on the Debian distro, he is also co-founder(with his wife) of the fantastic resource Wikitravel.

Anywhooo, enough lenghty rants from me for a while, I’ll keep it short from now on, so to keep up to date with whatever I should stick my nose into, do the click’e’ti’click into http://fun.ohhh.no/hz. Laconica does of course give you all the RSS feeds you could possibly urge. Expect integration here…