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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.


Dec
22
answered How to monitor bandwidth usage in Tomcat?
Dec
22
revised redirect users to another server from one server
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Dec
22
answered redirect users to another server from one server
Dec
21
answered Sending single emails works, but sending to the same email in a distribution list is bounced
Dec
21
comment Is it possible to create a cluster in Windows 7
Can you give us anything more to work with? This is so vague that we can't even tell if we should move it to serverfault.
Dec
20
comment Highly random PostgreSQL database host
Regarding hosted servers, I quite happy with the dual quad-core Xeon server with 8GB of RAM and two 500GB 7.2k RPM SATA-II drives in a RAID-1 config from serverloft.com for $179/mo (very close, in current exchange rate terms, to your <£100/mo). Mine's in a DC in the States, but they have a DC in Frankfurt as well. 8GB of RAM offers a lot of room for memory caching from a 12GB working set...
Dec
19
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Dec
19
awarded  Teacher
Dec
18
comment Can you recommend me a dedicated server company that has fast servers?
I signed up, but then got a note saying they couldn't process my signup in the EU and could I sign up again from serverloft.com. I had signed up from serverloft.com! And then it wouldn't let me sign up because I was already in the system. It took a couple of days and several emails to get it sorted out. The support thing was beyond cultural diffs (I'm used to those), but has not been repeated on several further contacts. Been with them since Oct and I'm very pleased with the machine and the supports' been just fine.
Dec
16
answered Re-assign host access permission to MySQL user
Dec
12
answered How to know if I have/need Linux server or Windows server?
Dec
7
comment Missing logs - Tomcat 5.5 + Ubuntu 8.04
Thanks for the link!
Nov
3
comment Recommendations for email hosting
I use and love Google Apps for some purposes, but for this purpose there are some things to watch out for. There are limits on sending (for instance, a single account can't send to more than 500 different recipients any given day). They may also treat a large number of bounced outbound messages (bad signups, expired email addresses) as an indicator (one amongst many) that you're spamming. I wouldn't expect any support for free accounts.
Oct
23
answered Issue with Server Ports Not Listening
Oct
22
comment Which Cloud Computing provider support user-provided Linux kernel?
I've been looking at ElasticHosts the past week and am very impressed. @OP: They offer a five-day free trial, give 'em a spin. You'll want to do some real-world-like tests of performance if your app is disk-bound, since EH's "disks" are all slices of RAID1 arrays to which you may (in some situations) be connected via iSCSI. The one place I'm not yet convinced is disk throughput, but I need to run more tests. The staff are knowledgeable, accessible, and friendly.
Oct
15
revised When using NFS, how do I make user A on the server appear as user B on the client?
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Oct
15
answered When using NFS, how do I make user A on the server appear as user B on the client?
Oct
15
comment Linux - What directories should I exclude when backing up a server?
True. You exclude it from the restore process, not the backup itself. But you probably still want to leave out /proc and /dev so as not to confuse poor little rsync.
Oct
15
accepted Missing logs - Tomcat 5.5 + Ubuntu 8.04
Oct
14
revised Missing logs - Tomcat 5.5 + Ubuntu 8.04
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