I noticed in Google today that I have achieved an SEO perfect 10 for my name, meaning that every single result is a page that was created or attributable to me. Of course, since SEO glory can be very brief, I better hurry up and celebrate.
Administering a web server means dealing with a server that is literally constantly under attack. And having your server get hacked is certainly not a fun experience. So I make an effort to improve security where possible. Here are my quick and dirty notes on securing SSH on a new server.
First, we add a non-root user:
And set a password for our new user:
Now we give this user permission to gain root access.
And insert the line
myusername ALL=(ALL) ALL
This allows us to disable root login in the sshd config.
And uncomment the following line.
I also suggest using key based authentication so you can disable password logins to ssh completely. For more info on doing this, go to :
Scott Berkun from automattic is talking about blogging every day and how he and the wordpress development team are starting to do this internally. It’s a great practice which he calls dogfooding; I love this word. The great part about this is that when developers use their own products then they get better, faster, because they experience the same frustrations that we as users do. More dogfooding please
Evan Soloman is talking about a/b testing. He ended with a note that a .org plugin is forthcoming. Exciting.
I just tried Diigo which is a web-based tool to organize information found on the web. I know, it sounds like a mouthful. Anyway, I created my homepage and it appears that this tool is the evolution of social bookmarking tools. It allows you to mix bookmarks with your own notes and images. Seems like it would be most useful as a tool for academic type research projects.
You know you are a little too wired when you need to go somewhere with no cell phone service and no Internet to fully unplug, but thanks to the mellow folks at Breitenbush Hot Springs that is exactly what I did this weekend. Miles of hiking, hours of soaking in hot tubs, and good vegetarian food that I didn’t have to cook and clean up; the cabins here are an excellent way to go Glamping!