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I run Farsight Software, a software consulting firm. Good people, team approach, reasonable rates. Give us a shout on info@farsightsoftware.com.

I'm a software engineer with a particular interest in web technologies (esp. JavaScript). I also do lots of work in C#, Java, and several other languages. I've been doing this professionally for 20 some-odd years, goofing with computers for 10 years before that, but I hope I'm not this guy.

On occasion, I write up snippets of nifty tricks or techniques in my anemic little blog.


Jun
8
answered What statistics app should I use for my website?
May
8
comment My site was recently attacked. What do I do?
Where they appear to be from, and the email they gave you, are unlikely to be...useful (read: real) pieces of information. :) (Also voting to move to serverfault; good luck!)
May
6
comment How to dynamically edit dns entries without restarting the dns server
=> serverfault.com (But: A DNS server that required a restart when you edited DNS information would not be fit for purpose. :) )
May
6
comment Do I need to restart Apache if I modified an htaccess file?
Am I the only one shocked that this information isn't here: httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/howto/htaccess.html? (It's in the WP article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Htaccess but that's hardly canonical.) @OP: I can't see how it would be necessary, since .htaccess files are used by shared hosting providers to allow customers to do their own config.
Mar
12
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
7
answered Can nameserver issues affect SEO?
Feb
18
comment Windows XP registry help needed
@astander: Beat me by 12 seconds. @OP: It's the top link of google.com/search?q=PrefetchParameters
Feb
10
answered Error! File In use: SQLSERVER
Feb
10
comment Different Operating Systems in the same PC for testing a windows application
I can't edit here yet; here's a link to the SO question: stackoverflow.com/questions/2236022
Feb
10
answered Different Operating Systems in the same PC for testing a windows application
Feb
9
comment Dedicated IP for SSL
Although this is programming-related, you may have more luck over at serverfault.com (serverfault.com) -- those are the guys who deploy things day in and day out. BTW, you can get certs that are not bound to specific IPs, just to the domain name. There are downsides and upsides to that. :-) You can also get "wildcard" certs (e.g., for *.example.com). Those are markedly more expensive than non-wildcard certs, but of course if you have enough subdomains you need to cover... Good luck.
Jan
29
comment Can't read an LTO-3 tape on a different LTO-3 drive
@John Rennie: It wasn't obvious. Lots of people fail to think of that sort of thing.
Jan
28
comment Recommended drive encryption solution
Thanks for the update, Chris. Very interesting. On the imaging: You could always compress the resulting image, but obviously properly encrypted data doesn't compress well. :-) If your data doesn't need to be encrypted when backed up (e.g., you handle security differently), you could dual boot (directly or via boot media) to a minimal linux install (which gets you past the TrueCrypt stage, since it's in the loader) and then use any of several linux disk-cloning utilities (or even dd) to image and compress the unencrypted data. Be interested to know how things are six months into it, etc.
Jan
25
answered Backup HDD trouble
Jan
25
comment Why do subdomains load slower, even if it is an A Record?
@OP: Came up in the same time for me, a second or two. I did a "hard" refresh (Ctrl+F5) on dev (to minimize caching benefits), and it was the same. Like S.Mark, I suspect a local issue -- DNS problem at your end or similar.
Jan
20
comment How to point a public domain on another server to your localhost on Linux?
Theyh don't offer a development license you can install? That would be very strange.
Jan
19
comment Recommended drive encryption solution
Related (but not duplicate): serverfault.com/questions/72298/truecrypt-encryption-tool
Jan
19
comment Recommended drive encryption solution
Chris, when you've made your decision and you've implemented it, after a couple of months "live" with your chosen option would you update/comment on the question saying what you did and what the experience was like? It would be very interesting.
Jan
19
comment Recommended drive encryption solution
Have you had direct experience using it to completely encrypt a computer's drive, including the system partition? What kind of speed impacts (if any) did you see? Was your experience on a Windows system?
Dec
22
revised How to monitor bandwidth usage in Tomcat?
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