Hey, I’m Steve

And these are my thoughts on Open Source, business, privacy, and technology.

Android X86 4.4-r2 on the HP Split X2

Android X86 4.4-r2 on the HP Split X2

Let me start off by saying that I read the news today of a micro desktop computer that's currently getting funding on Kickstarter and it's running Remix OS. Remix OS is a version of Android that's modified to work as a desktop OS, rather than a phone/tablet OS. It has...

Linode KVM initial impressions #linode #kvm

Linode KVM initial impressions #linode #kvm

Linode recently announced the official release of KVM Linodes, which they claimed a significant speed improvement over Xen. I run a 1 GB RAM Ubuntu 14.04 instance running VestaCP for my websites ($10/month) and normally see 480-490 MB RAM used. I don't run anything...

[Free|Commercial] Child Theme Configurator plugin for WordPress

[Free|Commercial] Child Theme Configurator plugin for WordPress

https://twitter.com/stevendbrady/status/607610034957074432 That was my exact sentiment just earlier today. I recently purchased for myself a lifetime subscription to TeslaThemes and have been developing a few sites using these themes (my blog included). However,...

Setup monit on Ubuntu 14.04 with VestaCP #ubuntu #vestacp

Setup monit on Ubuntu 14.04 with VestaCP #ubuntu #vestacp

One of the things I've noticed VestaCP is sorely missing is automatic restarting of stopped services. Moreover, if you install VestaCP on a VPS with 1 GB RAM or less, MySQL will fail. A lot. So I setup monit to monitor and restart services. And, since I made each...

Setup monit on Ubuntu 14.04 with VestaCP #ubuntu #vestacp

Install apticron for Ubuntu update notifications #vestacp #ubuntu

One of the few shortcomings of VestaCP is the lack of notification and control of system updates. It's a very small detail, but one that can become a huge security risk if you take a hands-off approach to your server. Who wants to or even remembers to check their VPS...

Setup monit on Ubuntu 14.04 with VestaCP #ubuntu #vestacp

Setup monit on Ubuntu 12.04 with VestaCP #ubuntu #vestacp

One of the things I've noticed VestaCP is sorely missing is automatic restarting of stopped services. Moreover, if you install VestaCP on a VPS with 1 GB RAM or less, MySQL will fail. A lot. So I setup monit to monitor and restart services. And, since I made each...

Chaos in Carroll County 2

Chaos in Carroll County 2

The family and I went on Saturday night to an independent wrestling show, held by ACW and BTW, called Chaos in Carroll County 2. It's probably the first live event I've been to in a decade, and oh how I missed it. We went primarily to get pictures with Jake "the...

Killing a stalled FTP job in Windows

Killing a stalled FTP job in Windows

We've been having a scheduled FTP job hang up, and it's holding up tons of other processes randomly over the last few weeks. Frustrated by how much work it sometimes takes to fix the errors it causes, I made a simple script change to start the job, wait 30 seconds...

GREAT weekend

I must say that this was just a great weekend. I don't even have the words to describe it. First, it was a super relaxing weekend with no kids. While I do love the kids, it's nice when they're away and you can just relax and not entertain anyone or have them wake you...