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Setting up Lighttpd for Simple Sites

Mon, 21/01/2019 - 10:29 -- James Oakley
Lighttpd

From time to time, I want to run a simple website on a server as cheaply and simply as possible.

That usually means running on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) with as little memory as possible. It therefore means not using a web hosting control panel such as cPanel, because that comes with its own RAM requirements (usually, 1 GB as an absolute minimum) and may have license fees as well.

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Packages missing in Ubuntu that worked in Debian

Mon, 26/11/2018 - 11:03 -- James Oakley
Moving from Debian to Ubuntu

I've set up lots of servers that run the Debian flavour of Linux. It's light-weight (works on little RAM, if installed in a minmal configuration) and extremely stable.

But for a particular purpose I recently needed to run a server using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

I hit a newbie gotcha that had me stumped for a while, but once I'd solve it, it was really simple.

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Set up a new Security Key with PayPal

Tue, 30/10/2018 - 17:09 -- James Oakley
Symantec VIP

Two Factor Authentication

Two factor authentication (2FA) is a good thing.

A password is secure, as far as it goes. Only you know it. So only you can log in.

But if someone else learns your password, they can log in. So you add a second factor. As well as something you know (your password) you need something you have in order to log in. This may be your mobile phone, or a small gadget to generate a passcode.

This is an especially good idea for any website that may cost you something - mobile banking, for example.

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Stopping Word capitalising the first letter of 'the'

Fri, 03/08/2018 - 15:35 -- James Oakley

Here's a problem with Microsoft Word that's bugged me for ages.

Quotation marks in Word

Sometimes I write a document in which I quote either another document (a book, for example), or report direct speech. I might do this with single-quotation marks (') or with double-quotation marks ("). It's useful to have the choice here, because you sometimes quote a document in which something else is also quoted. Having single and double quotation marks allows or this to be made clear.

"She said, 'What's that you're eating?'"

as opposed to

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Fixing circular login failure commenting on Wordpress blog

Wed, 11/04/2018 - 10:52 -- James Oakley
Gravatar and Wordpress

Here's a technical problem I encountered a while back.

Someone wrote a blogpost using the Wordpress platform. I wanted to post a comment. I wrote my comment, and entered (as requested) my name and email address.

I then received a message that I have to log into my Wordpress account:

"You are being asked to login because {my email} is used by an account you are not logged into now."

So I enter what I thought was my Wordpress password, and I discover that I have remembered wrongly.

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Overcoming memory issues installing Drupal with Composer

Tue, 27/03/2018 - 16:34 -- James Oakley

Drupal 8 uses Composer for package management. You can still install a Drupal 8 site by downloading a tarball, but we're all encouraged to use Composer to download Drupal core and other dependencies and to keep things up to date.

I'm just starting to get my head around how Drupal 8 works, so that I can reach the point where I can build new sites in 8.x rather than 7.x, and in time migrate existing sites over. Composer is part of the learning curve for this.

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