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11 May 2019

Logging A Lot In Journald

I've been dealing with a service recently that, at least for a while longer, needs to log a serious amount of data. We are talking hundreds of thousands of lines every hour. The challenge was getting systemd to keep more than a days worth of data at this rate.

08 Jan 2019

A Story about Let’s Encrypt and my Synology NAS

New year, new (sysadmin) me, or something like that. Step one was to fix a failing backup jobs on my Synology NAS. As usual, things escalated.

14 Dec 2018

What is actually on this VPS?

Every couple of years I rebuild my main development VPS for some reason or another. Months ago I realised that I had gradually worked my way up the DigitalOcean spec list but was now using a fraction of the resources. I held off rebuilding too soon though as I was relying on the IP address assigned for access to a particular work network. However, now that situation is resolved with something far less brittle it's time to get on with it.

07 Dec 2018

WordPress Docker Image with MySQL Client SSL

As part of an ongoing experiment with kubernetes and lots of WordPress instances I wanted to set up a site that talked to an Amazon RDS MySQL database. The unknown part was how to do this over SSL using the WordPress docker image...

01 Dec 2018

Bulk Updating Apache VirtualHost Ports

Is there a way to use variables in an Apache config file? Specifically for the port number in a `VirtualHost` block? The answer is, kind of...

Currently based near Bath, working at Qunifi. I’ve been fiddling with technology for as long as I can remember. I use this site as a place to blog about interesting development stories and web projects that I think others might find useful.

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