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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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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Quake 2 – I’ve Still Got It

KnuckleSangwich Wins - Quake 2The other day I had some (rare) free time on my hands so I decided I’d have some fun and do a bit of gaming on my new 27″ iMac to break it in a bit. After a bit of internal debate I realized that I haven’t played any Quake 2 in quite some time, one of my all time favorites. Most of the players these days however are die hard fans/addicts and are really good, so I wasn’t expecting much in terms of ranking, just thought I’d have a bit of fun while breaking myself in once more.

Well I must say that I impressed myself. I was playing with a really good group of players and by only the second map in the maprotate list I had already dominated the competition doubling the player in second place! Screenshot attached for reference (I know someone out there will want proof). So if you are an avid Quake 2 player keep your eyes open for KnuckleSangwich which is my “handle”.

Cloud Hosting Provider Hardware Benchmarks

While running some hardware benchmarks on my new Core i7 Apple MacBook Pro, I got the idea to run the same benchmarks across several Cloud hosting platforms to see how their hardware stacks up. The tool I used to perform the benchmarks is Geekbench from Primate Labs. Now, this benchmark was designed to accurately test processor and memory performance so these benchmarks do not take into account disk i/o, network i/o, etc. In addition to the performance results, we learn a bit about the underlying hardware on the host machines that run these platforms. The different providers benchmarked here are: Amazon EC2, GoGrid, Linode, Rackspace Cloud Servers and Storm on Demand (by LiquidWeb).

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Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 GeekBench Benchmarks & Review

So about a week ago I got very impulsive and dediced to upgrade from my 3.06 C2D MacBook Pro to the new Core i7 based model that was recently released. I wasn’t simply after the latest and greatest processor however, there were some other significant changes that I was eager to experience first hand, so this is the model I purchased:

  • 15 Inch Matte High Resolution Display (big selling point)
  • Core i7 2.66 GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 330M 512MB

I really wanted to purchase a laptop with some newer architecture than the Core 2 Duo chips that have been out for a while as I’m looking to stay with the same machine for at least 2-3 years, which if you know me is near impossible! However, I finally brought myself to purchase AppleCare now that I’m comfortable with a machine that will last me for a while.

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