WordPress security for beginners

The Jetpack (a plug-in) blog has a pretty good WordPress Security for Beginners post which talks about what you need to do to keep your blog safe. The TL;DR: choose a good host keep software updated (WP, plug-ins, themes) use secure credentials off-site backups protect against brute force attacks scan for malware monitor for downtime remove… Continue reading WordPress security for beginners

Weekly Roundup for Mar 2, 2012

Scholars Seek Better Ways to Track Impact Online Mind your language: How linguistic software helps companies catch crooks – The newish trend of analytics in education is from increasing government scrutiny. One might start looking for signs students will attempt to cheat? As it is, the lack of looking for them boasting about cheating is a major… Continue reading Weekly Roundup for Mar 2, 2012

Buyer’s Remorse

Maybe this is why I do not work in sales. Maybe this is why I should never go into management. Bragging about a potential customer selecting my product or service over another seems like a really stupid thing to do. The potential customer announcing the selection of something over another is okay to me. The… Continue reading Buyer’s Remorse

xmllint

This Linux tool is my new best friend. We get thousands of XML files from our clients for loading user, class, and enrollment information. Some of these clients customize our software or write their own software for generating the XML. This means we frequently get oddities in the files which cause problems. Thankfully I am… Continue reading xmllint

Me Social Media

Dan Schultz doesn’t like Facebook or Twitter because they are too focussed on individual expression rather than the community. That may be because he is using them wrong. I liked photography as a kid, but I didn’t know any photographers. Flickr happened to come into my life just after I bought my first digital camera.… Continue reading Me Social Media

Computer Metaphors

An effective way to explain something is to use a metaphor. This can be especially effective by picking an metaphorical object or behavior with which the audience is already familiar. The one I see most often is comparing computers to a car. This morning I saw this on an email list describing a person’s experience… Continue reading Computer Metaphors

Weblogic Diagnostics

I noticed one the nodes in a development cluster was down. So I started it again. The second start failed, so I ended up looking at logs to figure out why. The error in the WebCTServer.000000000.log said: weblogic.diagnostics.lifecycle.DiagnosticComponentLifecycleException: weblogic.store.PersistentStoreException: java.io.IOException: [Store:280036]Missing the file store file “WLS_DIAGNOSTICS000001.DAT” in the directory “$VISTAHOME/./servers/$NODENAME/data/store/diagnostics” So I looked to see… Continue reading Weblogic Diagnostics

Email Harvesters

I missed the story about brothers convicted of harvesting emails the first time. Well, I noticed a followup. Back around 2001, the CIO received complaints about performance for the web server. So, I went log trolling to see what the web server was doing. A single IP dominated the HTTP requests. This one IP passed… Continue reading Email Harvesters