Monthly Archive: August 2011

Configuring MediaWiki to use external SMTP 0

Configuring MediaWiki to use external SMTP

At my new company, I setup a copy of MediaWiki and wanted to make sure that all the notifications work. One kink was that the mail needed to be sent through an external service called SendGrid. Since I setup MediaWiki and it is for internal use only, I could probably have skipped the email service but it seemed like a good exercise. Fortunately, MediaWiki has the capability to do this...

Solution for Blank HTML Pages on Windows Server 2008 R2 IIS 6

Solution for Blank HTML Pages on Windows Server 2008 R2 IIS

Recently, at work I was presented with an odd error. A newly imaged Virtual Machine with Windows Server 2008 R2 was showing blank pages when the customer was trying to access any HTML page. During our debug process we found that the machine showed the same source anytime we tried to access any files (images, HTML files, no extension HTML files, etc). That source is as follows: <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC...

Amazon ElastiCache – Underwhelmed? 2

Amazon ElastiCache – Underwhelmed?

This morning I received an email from Amazon Web Services announcing the release of Amazon ElastiCache. In Amazon’s own words “ElastiCache is a web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud.” At first glance, that sounds very handy to have. After all, Amazon already has DB backends, instances for application front ends, load balancers and remote file storage, really the only...

Renovation starts tomorrow! 0

Renovation starts tomorrow!

The 69th Annual World Science Fiction Convention, WorldCon, starts tomorrow. I’m looking forward to meeting some of my favorite authors and getting some books signed. Amusingly enough, I had to actually buy some dead-tree books as I only had kindle versions of a few of my authors. Specifically, Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) who’s book, Feed, is nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel, and John Scalzi. For him,...

OSX Knows Better Than You: How to change the default application for a file 0

OSX Knows Better Than You: How to change the default application for a file

In case it wasn’t obvious by the number of Apple related posts as of late, I’ve been spending almost all my time on OSX based machines. One of the things I’ve found annoying is that I couldn’t change the default file/application association, or at least I couldn’t figure it out. I watched a lot of (downloaded) videos on my computer and every single time I do so, I have to...