VirtualBox on Windows 7 as a Development Server

A lady clicking on a virtual graph image.Virtualization has a ton of uses in today’s programming and development world, from being able to test on many different operating systems without having to format or partition your host computer to running server setups with ease. I have recently converted over to Windows 7 from Ubuntu with the purchase of a new laptop, given how many hacks it took to get my new laptop working on Ubuntu. This had me thinking, since I really do not care for the WAMP install set, and prefer a LAMP stack for my development server, how can I get the LAMP inside of Windows 7.… Read More

Fantom 2TB External Green Harddrive Review

Fantom 2TB Green External HarddriveStorage is something everybody needs. Whether you prefer pictures, movies, music or raw data, storage is invaluable. My needs were neither of those, I was in need of a concrete backup drive for computer images. With the backup data ranging from 60-250GB, a 2 Terabyte drive seemed suitable.

Upon search for drives with my search tricks and performing cost like analysis, I came across the 2 Terabyte Green External Fantom drive and decided to give the Fantom drive a whirl.… Read More

Hacking NGINX and PHP-FPM Running Debian

A guy trying to get NGINX / PHP-FPM working

Keeping logs is a part of system administration. For me, I keep my logs of items I have installed in my articles. This way I always have the instructions to reference when I need to look back and do other installs. Today I am writing about how to setup NGINX that uses PHP-FPM on Debian. This can be a faster alternative to FastCGI in that you set the number of instances it will always run and the max that PHP-FPM is allowed to run. PHP-FPM allows for more control making a PHP server lighter weight when the extra weight is not necessary.… Read More

Redmine on Debian 6 with Unicorn and NGINX

A unicorn with it's refelction in water.Redmine is perhaps my favorite Bug tracking, ticketing, wiki, forum, documentation software there is. My only complaint in the past about Redmine was the fact that you needed to use Passanger to run it (which is a RAM hog). Having a bunch of low end VPS’s (Virtual Private Servers) I decided to attempt hacking Redmine onto a 128MB Ram box. Well after doing my research I came upon a neat little trick, Unicorn. Unicorn is a webserver that we can use in place of Passanger to serve Redmine to NGINX, our main webserver. Time to gallop to the setup.… Read More

Trick to Take Flash Screenshots on Headless Linux

A man with a magnifying glass, trying to increase the size.
Along with the Slunked blog site I also run a Flash Game site, GameUsage.com. Recently I have been wanting to hack the code a little to provide a screenshot of each game. Unfortunately, all of my servers are linux based and have no monitor attached (headless). I began thinking a little bit outside of the box and came up with a trick to capture a flash game screenshot (should also capture with or without in-game ads) on a 256MB VPS server I run. The script is very lightweight, and easy to setup for automation with with a cron jobs. I find that the screenshots for the Games to be of decent quality, especially for something that takes a small amount of time and effort to setup.… Read More

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