Friday, September 30, 2011

Joomla behing apache httpd reverse proxy

We did a lot of research to get Joomla! CMS to work behind an Apache httpd reverse proxy.  It looks like Joomla! needs to know how you called the site in your browser's address bar, so this directive must be used:

ProxyPreserveHost On

There might be othe tweaks that I can't think of that were necessary, but I do remember that this one gave us a lot of headaches.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Security software for Windows

My laptop will celebrate his 7th birthday in a few days (Dell D800).  It is not very powerfull, but has been quite reliable (I change the hard drive once, that's it).  I've always used Kaspersky to protect this computer, but I knew it was expensive on resources.  Since this laptop is limited in cpu power, and, especially, memory (1 GB RAM), every upgrade made it worse.  And I recently updated Kaspersky Internet Security to the 2012 version and it killed my laptop.  Well, not totally, but made it almost unusable.  And I had a few problems in the upgrade.  I think I had problems with all my Kaspersky upgrades.  This time, it cut my network connection (Wow, now it's secure, but useless!), so I had to uninstall it and reinstall.  Once this problem solved, my laptop started hanging for no reason.  So one night I had enough and decided to uninstall it and try Microsoft Security Essentials.  I don't like Microsoft that much, but this solved my problem right away.  Now, I can even whish to make my laptop last 8 years!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Web hosting at 1$/month? Possible, but without support

I just started using No Support Linux Hosting.  It is cheap, but you must have a minimum of knowledge to be able to use this hoster.  Since I don't need hi-performance, redundant servers or super support staff, I thought I'd give it a go.  It looks nice up to now.  Here are the details:

  • It is 1$ a month and that gives you access to the cpanel control panel
    • One domain name hosting (you have to register it, though)
    • 1 GB of disk space
    • 10 GB of monthly bandwidth transfer
    • 25 mail accounts
    • 1 mailing list
    • 6 sub-domains
    • 3 MySQL databases
    • Daily backups
    • DNS management
    • 2 easy-install packages: phpBB and Wordpress
    • Shell access via SSH!
Just for the shell access, it is worth it for me, as I often have to do some http or smtp testing from "outside".  I'll probably post again in a few weeks or month to comment on this hoster.