Debian 6.0 Squeeze – Initial Server Setup

This guide is intended to be used in an environment where you have a barebones install of Debian 6.0 server. This could be on one of the various cloud platforms such as Rackspace, AWS, Linode, and others or on a bare metal box after you’ve performed a minimal installation.

I aim to take you from a barebones install to a secured and up-to-date configuration which you can then use for a variety of implementations (we’ll cover some of the more common in a future guide).

This is part 1 and I’ll post the follow-up guides as quickly as I can. This is enough to get just about anyone started though.

CREDITS: Some of this material I’ve pieced together from various sources including some old Slicehost articles for previous versions of Debian and this excellent post a few weeks ago, plus a few of my own insights.

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A 40,000 Foot Update

Sitting here cruising at about 40,000 feet heading home and felt the urge to post a little note to the old blog which hasn’t seen much action as of late.

To say the last year has been busy would be an understatement. It has certainly been exciting but boy does time fly when you are building things and having fun. Since last October I’ve:

  • Left my awesome gig at Rackspace
  • Had a baby…well my wife did technically speaking (all natural I might add)
  • Joined a great team at HP doing some big things in Cloud
  • Left HP to do even bigger things in Cloud with another amazing team in Portland (focused on PaaS)
  • Decided to move cross-country to join my new team

For those who don’t know me I’ve traveled quite a bit but I’ve never actually lived outside of about a 2 mile radius in San Antonio so this is big. Luckily my wife and I have a few months to prep before moving which helps. It looks like this pace is going to continue for a few more years yet. I’m extremely excited about what the future holds. I’ll be making another post with details about my new job soon.

For readers who come to this blog for my articles relating to cloud, hosting platforms, etc you will want to stay tuned!

You Are What You Tweet (@ckeck)

I was really excited to see that Visual.ly finally went GA just the other week for all your infographic needs. As part of their launch they built this really neat Twitter persona visualizer of sorts. Something you definitely need to check out (see mine below).

Update: At first there seemed to be some mistake in who it thought I was. Under ‘likely obsession’ it had me holding a pack of cigarettes. That’ll be the day — anyone who knows me would realize how funny that is. Interestingly enough it appears as though the infographic below auto updated to correct itself so I’m assuming it will keep up with my data flow over time and adjust accordingly…cool!

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What book will change the way I market products?

I’m a sucker for business and strategy books (for good reason) so I immediately jumped on this question when I saw it last night while browsing through Quora. I’ve read many of the books mentioned, most of which are incredible but there are many which I have not read (or even heard of). I highly recommend checking out a few of these if you would like to broaden your business, strategy and marketing acumen especially in this day and age.

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Moving On In The Cloud

After 4 1/2 amazing years the time has come to move on and say goodbye to Rackspace and the many friends I’ve made along the way. Let me state for the record that this was the hardest career decision I’ve ever had to make, and one of the hardest life decisions in general, but in the end I feel I made the right choice for my career and for my family. Being a part of such a great company and working with such incredible people will have a lasting impact and I do consider myself extremely lucky to have been part of building Mosso and the Rackspace Cloud.

For many, being on the forefront of an emerging technology such as Cloud Computing and helping to build one of the most successful businesses in the market is a rare opportunity. I’m going to get to do it twice now (see below). My leaving Rackspace is not due to any issues within the company, I simply had an offer that I could not refuse. I would highly recommend Rackspace as a place to work.

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