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Notes, mostly technical on how to configure, install, troubleshoot computer systems.

I've chosen topics mostly because I went through the process of selecting, installing and configuring something, usually a software application, tool or and utilities. They are here primarily so that I can consult them when needed and refer others to them.

Ubuntu Linux

My home server, running Win2K, failed to reboot after it's last update. The problem turned out to be a bad disk. I decided to abandon Windows and go with Linux. Most of my experience has been with Red Hat, but a friend had praised Ubuntu, so I decided to give it a try. I wanted:

  1. A file server with enough capacity to handle our household -- two people who do a medium amount of photo work, a lot of office work, no music and an occasional video.
  2. Accessibility from outside
  3. A web server running Apache, php and mySQL
  4. Immunity from power failure -- orderly shutdown and restart

PHP Eclipse

First look is great. Maybe I'll give up Homesite.

Medi Wiki

Updating may require doing a data base update. To do that:

  • Edit the file in your mediawiki home directory:
  • Change the user name and password to one with full privileges on your mediawiki data base. Save it as
  • Then run, from the command line:
 php maintenance/update.php
  • Your path the the php command may be different, depending on where you are hosted. On Dreamhost, the proper command to get php5 is:
 /usr/local/dh/cgi-system/php5.cgi update.php

GNU General Public License

Information on how to use these for site software is at:

Joomla 1.0

I've moved on to Joomla! 1.5. Hopefully I won't need to do much with this section. 1.5 is clearly a big improvement -- simpler and cleaner, easier to use all around. Now if the extension writers would just bring their extensions into compliance with 1.5...

Joomla 1.5

Installing, administering and updating

Adding Extensions



phpBB 3.0



Wiki Resources