4 March 2009

Dipping My Toes In The Deep End

Since the beginning of February I have been working long hours and putting in extra time to configure two servers (one virtual, one real) to function as the testing and live environments for FlipStorm's client projects.

This has involved setting up a VPN, opening all manner of ports on the firewall, learning how to do cron jobs, writing linux shell scripts, going back to command line interfaces, editing conf files, generating RSA keys... the list really does go on.

However, my crowning achievement is the 4-hour marathon that it's been for me to get a backup cron job to run from the live server (a VPS). My goal was to create a single tarball that held that day's changes to databases and files in the www root (aka Everything). Then to FTP that to the testing server automatically. Well, to cut a long story short, I managed it. All sorts of exciting things had to happen, but it was worth it. And more importantly I didn't screw anything up in the process! Bonus!

Safari 4
In case you haven't heard/hate Apple products, they released Safari 4 a couple of weeks ago. I've been using it... and then not using it. I'm back on Firefox for proper again.

While I like the "let's copy Google" stance, it's still not quite as good as Chrome. And thank heavens I'm not using Safari 4 on Windows... yuck! Can't wait for Chrome on the Mac. That aside, there are some definite, noticeable improvements.

Still, it's broken Gmail so that's minus-a-million from me... that's a deal-breaker. It's probably not Apple's responsibility, but until Google sorts it out I have to use Firefox for Gmail now.

UPDATE 18/04:
Found out that GMail wasn't working because I had set up Gears Offline functionality in my GMail accounts and Gears hasn't been updated to work with Safari 4 yet as it still in beta.

And I've moved the tabs back to where I am used to them being in Safari. So I have been using Safari 4 more regularly again.

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