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MCLI Server “Farm”

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MCLI Server “Farm”

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A tour of the mcli server "farm", more of an agglomeration.

Starting from the left, we have "Jade", a 1.33GhZ Apple Xserver that runs CogDogBlog (weblog plus a few more), the Feed2JS site as well as virtual hosting Maricopa eP, an electronic portolio system. The Xserve also does some QuickTime streaming, such as our examples of Digital Stories created by faculty in a summer workshop.

Below the table, the left tower is Azurite, a Mac OSX server (1 GHz) that mainly hosts project files and FileMaker databases used my our office staff. It runs as a web server just a copy of our Writing HTML tutorial as well as a smaller amount of QuickTime streaming.

The tower on the right is a 664 MhZ Pentium 2, also know as "Realgar" where I test a few new applications, run an evaluation license of Helix (Real Media server), and some things like a copy of my Kiwi Wiki.

To the right of this is a 20 minute APS battery backup. Just in case your power goes out… for less than 20 minutes. All the servers are set to reboot if their power goes out.

What is really cool is a new Belkin OmniViewKVM switch (left of the monitor), a 4 way switchbox so you can use one Keyboard, Video, and Mouse to switch between 4 computers– the nice feature here is the ability to connect to either USB (Mac) or PS/2 (the old PC) connections.

Finally, on the shelf above are 4 FireWire hard drives, used for backups of the two Mac servers with Retrospect. Each server rotates backups between two external drives.

The PC server backs up over the ntetwork to another server upstairs, which then does its own backups on a dedicated tape drive.

My desk

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A recent shot of my computer set up at home. The left monitor is a 15" widescreen which I use to test on a older PC, right now it’s running CentOS 6. The middle monitor is my main, it’s a Asus 27" and the monitor to the right is a Asus 24" as the secondary. On the very right is an iPad when I want to watch a movie or listen to music.

The placement of the second 24" monitor is not ideal, but the desk is limited on space and really didn’t want to take the speakers off the desk. Desk is an Ikea Galant. On the desk is a XXL sized Trac Pad, on the left is another X sized Trac Pad, then my mouse pad is a Trac Pad Pro with a 3M mouse pad stuck on it.

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Nice Shared Hosting photos

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‘Anonymous’ has become increasingly more infamous in the past year or two for stunts such as swamping the MTV European Music Awards with votes which saw Rick Astley carried to victory as part of something of an in-joke for those embedded in cyber culture, or the more serious concerted actions against the ‘Church’ of Scientology for their attempts at internet censorship.

Since Wikileaks has become a household name and we’re all glued to the news to see what’s going to happen next in this fascinating collision of cyberspace and politics, Anonymous has once again reared its head into the mainstream by launching one of the biggest and most widely publicised Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks it’s managed so far – ‘Operation Payback’. The target? Mastercard, for their role in choking off financial donations to the whistle-blowing site.

After initially only seeming to take down the company’s corporate website for hours (which, let’s face it, no-one ever visits), it appears that for whatever reason, be it shared-hosting or otherwise, the actual Mastercard payment systems were also affected.

With over 3000 members in the IRC channel where the attacks were being co-ordinated from; huge mainstream media coverage and Mastercard left reeling, attention was inevitably turned towards Visa for their part in the spectacle..

Almost instantaneously, the site was brought to its knees, which is where it remains as I write this.

Elsewhere, the number of mirrors of the Wikileaks site (direct and exact copies) that have been set up has sprung from just a couple of hundred to over 1000 in a matter of days, as groups and individuals around the internet rally in support.

So what’s important about all of this?

The most interesting thing is that it all goes far beyond this current issue of ‘CableGate’, despite its obvious importance.

This is a cultural shift that has been looming since the politicians and media proudly declared that "file sharing was dead" back when they won a court case to close Napster. Oh how wrong they were on that one.

…and that’s exactly the point. What lessons have been learned since then? It seems very little. The internet is an incredible creation because of its refusal to submit to any authority that tries to repress its existence in the freedom and communication of information. Every time an organisation or state tries to stem the flow, it gets overwhelmed by the sheer volume that follows.

I love that, and I love the possibilities that it creates.

Media correspondents can talk about half understood things like ‘net neutrality’ and ‘hacktivism’ all they want, but the really exciting thing is the shift in mindset from the idea that one person is powerless on their own; the power of the collective.

Glasgow, July 2010
Hasselblad 500CM – Kodak Portra 400UC expired 2005

How to Make a Website that’s Awesome – PowerPoint SlideDeck – 02

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How to make a website that’s awesome

Here are the resources I use: www.sidewages.com/resources/

Why Aim for an Awesome Website?
– have your end goal in mind
– business websites need professionalism
– personal websites can be more casual
– evaluate your options and then do something!

Web Hosting is Awesome
– figure out what web hosting is right for you
– share hosting is fine for most people
– VPS hosting for >2,000 hits per day
– dedicated hosting for >15,000 hits per day
– share hosting is where you start

Don’t Forget Your Domain Name
– make it meaningful
– make it easy to spell
– make it catchy
– make it original
– no dashes & no numbers

Create the Website
– you can program it all if you want
– no need to start from scratch
– start with a content management system (CMS)

Content Management Systems Rock
– Joomla, Drupal, and many more are options
– WordPress is a great start
– Just go with WordPress, please!

Why Use a Content Management System
– choose from ready-made designs
– use ready-made plugins
– tons of support available
– no need to know how to program
– keep more of your money $ $ $

Big Website Dreams And You
– keep your big dreams in mind
– but start out doing the basics
– pick your host & domain name
– pick your content management system
– do something today

Here are the resources I use: www.sidewages.com/resources/

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Miami – Wynwood: Web Hosting by Interesni Kazki x Liqen

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This piece, called "Web Hosting", located along NW 26th Street, was executed for Outside the Walls by street artists Interesni Kazki and Liqen in 2011. Interesni Kazki, consisting of the Ukrainian duo Aleksei Bordusov and Vladimir Manzhos, who also go by their respective aliases AEC and WAONE, were the precursors of the graffiti movement in Eastern Europe. The Spanish streetart Liquen, whose pseudonym is a mix between an algae and a fungues, paints from a socio-biological perspective. His murals around Mexico demonstrate his critical vision about human destiny and industrialization.

Wynwood Walls, located on a six-building complex along NW 2nd Avenue between NW 25th and NW 26th Streets, was opened by Tony Goldman and Goldman Properties in 2009 to bring together the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art. In 2010, Tony added the Wynwood Doors, 176-feet of roll-up storefront gates. And in 2011, murals outside the complex have been commissioned for Outside the Walls.

Miami – Wynwood: Web Hosting by Intersni Kazki x Liqen

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This piece, called "Web Hosting", located along NW 26th Street, was executed for Outside the Walls by street artists Intersni Kazki and Liqen in 2011. Intersni Kazki, consisting of the Ukrainian duo Aleksei Bordusov and Vladimir Manzhos, who also go by their respective aliases AEC and WAONE, were the precursors of the graffiti movement in Eastern Europe. The Spanish streetart Liquen, whose pseudonym is a mix between an algae and a fungues, paints from a socio-biological perspective. His murals around Mexico demonstrate his critical vision about human destiny and industrialization.

Wynwood Walls, located on a six-building complex along NW 2nd Avenue between NW 25th and NW 26th Streets, was opened by Tony Goldman and Goldman Properties in 2009 to bring together the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art. In 2010, Tony added the Wynwood Doors, 176-feet of roll-up storefront gates. And in 2011, murals outside the complex have been commissioned for Outside the Walls.

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