Category Archives: technicalities

do not throw away that old pc!

I just recycled an old (>8 years!) pc (Compaq deskpro EP 350 Mhz, 64MB ram) into a firewall using ipcop. It is rather easy to do, highly recommended. You can read about this here or here to make up your mind. I repeat, it is not that difficult, give it a try before generating more trash and old iron, and thanks to all the people involved in making ipcop! Did i forget to mention this stuff is free?

moving a blog …..

Recently i was not very happy with the reliability of the hosting over at and as my traffic for december was growing and growing (due to this and some bandwidth theft of photos) i decided, in a hurry, to move on to Easy enough in theory, in practice i needed to surmount a few obstacles (read… it took me quite a bit longer than anticipated): Like reading some fine print on how to stop your hosting contract, including sending a certified (snail)mail letter. I also made a number of mistakes.
Moving pixelpost was easy but unfortunately i made the error of putting pixelpost in a directory with a different name resulting in broken links. That is fixed now and sorry for that (photofriday…). An interesting observation is that the deluge of comment-spam was temporarily stopped by this “error” but resumed immediately (within minutes!) after the original directory structure was re-established….. I have no idea what life would be without akismet!
But i had more troubles with wordpress. I came to realize, too late, that does not support “nice” permalinks due to the absence of mod_rewrite. I was locked out … logging into my blog did not work anymore, even after disabling all the plugins. Exhaustive web searching confirmed the fact i was not the first one to experience this but none of the fixes i found were successful, and there may be another reason beside the absence of mod_rewrite. Although a number of blog-entries showed up on the front page, non of the links worked. What got me really really angry was the fact that the comment spam was filling my mail-box as i had disabled akismet by removing the plugins…. This is how i finally managed to get things working again, i do not know if this is safe or ridiculously reckless (you have been warned) … but it worked for me AND i was angry at the spammers….
I first made a backup with phpmyadmin of all the wordpress stuff in the sql database with the exception of the options. I installed wordpress 2.0.5 from scratch (with the default permalinks, instead of the nice ones). Then in phpmyadmin i deleted everything in the wordpress database except for the options and subsequently imported what i had backed up before. Then i reinstalled my theme and a bunch of plugins……

So moving in a hurry is not a very good idea, but i no longer have to worry about the amount of traffic my site generates, and i have now room enough for a couple more years of photoblogging: 1G instead of 100MB. And all this for the price it would have costed to pay for that extra bandwith. I can live with the much simpler control panel and you will have to do without the nice permalinks.

1475785 Kbytes

1475785 Kbytes in one week (nearly 1,5GB), that traffic is the result of beeing put on the “hot” list of The method by wich you turn up in this list is unknown, and that doesn’t matter. It apparently is a self-fulfilling prophecy, as dropping down in the list is easing the burden on the server of my provider doemee . Let me add that doemee has performed without a flaw these last few months, kudos!