New Server & New Theme – Again

Just a few weeks ago the Rackspace Cloud team launched Cloud Servers infrastructure in the new Chicago data center. What does that mean to me? Time to try it out, that is what it means! I’ve provisioned a new 1 GB Cloud Server in the Chicago DC and I’m loving the speed. I also took this opportunity to switch back to Debian from Ubuntu and set up up a new server monitoring tool called Server Density which rocks.

Right as I was about to migrate, one of my favorite theme developers for WordPress released a brand new theme which I fell instantly in love with. So everyone who reads my blog, meet Traction from the Theme Foundry. I hope everyone likes it and if you have any thoughts please leave me a comment.

My New 2010 Audi A4 S-Line Has Arrived

After many months of waiting my new 2010 Audi A4 S-Line has finally arrived and I am LOVING IT! I never believed that I would like this as much, if not more than my beloved ’09 A5 that I sold a few months back in order to get 4 doors (more room, just in case). The lines on this car are amazing as are the S-Line wheels and other styling cues. I stayed with Audi Drive Select even with the high price tag, it is an amazing option to have. My only concern with the new A4 is the 2.0T engine and the lack of HP it produces. I must say that after two days I’m fairly impressed overall with the stock 2.0T engine and tip-tronic transmission. The reason why I am not so concerned is because turbocharged engines such as this can easily be tuned to truly unleash their potential, and I have a few options in mind for turning this A4 into something much more powerful. Here are some “modifications” I plan to do over the next few months:

  • ECU Flash either from Stasis or APR
  • Quad-Tip Exhaust w/ S4 Rear Valance
  • High Flow Cat
  • High Flow Intercooler Pipe
  • High Performance Front Mount Intercooler

Once these upgrades are done I will likely de-badge my A4 (which I really dislike) due to the fact that those labels just won’t do the car justice. I can’t wait to get started! See below for a quick snap I took the day I got the car, more pictures to come soon!

Site Migrated & New Theme

So I’ve decided that in order to keep my command line skills sharp and to continue learning even more, I needed to move my main site(s) over to a Cloud Server where I manage the entire LAMP stack directly. After some headaches with WordPress I’ve completed the migration and things are up and running smoothly — and fast! I took this opportunity to start with a clean WordPress install as well since this site was started on a very old version. I reinstalled all of my plugins, dropped a few, make a few other tweaks and then simply imported all my posts and comments instead of a database restore. What most people will probably notice is the new theme, or lack thereof. I sometimes prefer the minimalist approach and I found a great theme framework that I like, just the way it is. I still have a few tweaks to make but I’m almost there.

I’d appreciate some feedback on the new look/feel and any suggestions are always welcome!

Optimizing Your WordPress Site

My colleague wrote an excellent article the other week on making your web sites load faster by leveraging the Rackspace Cloud Files & CDN platform to serve all static content on your site. I want to take this a step further for those of you who leverage the WordPress platform which is one of the most popular open-source web applications in existence.

In the WordPress community there are countless plugins that can be used for optimization, so how do you know which ones to use? Well I’m about to tell you and save you many hours or days of searching and experimenting.
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[VIDEO] Which Rackspace Cloud Platform Is For You?

The other week I set out to make a product comparison video for Cloud Sites and Cloud Servers. After thinking about the best way to do that I decided to simply take some of the most common real world scenarios posed to us here at the Rackspace Cloud and give some quick high level answers.

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