Jinhao 599 Model Differences

July 20th, 2014 No comments »

The Jinhao 599 is one of the few popular Lamy Safari clone. However there are a few different ones. Within are some pictures and explanations on what make them different from one another.

Review Jinhao 599 (Metal) in Lime Green

July 16th, 2014 No comments »

Another inexpensive pen reviewed. A Jinhao 599 in the early metal version that attempts to copy the look of a Lamy Safari. For under 10 USD I was pleasantly surprised with how smooth and reliability it wrote. Plenty of pictures within.

Showcase: 3-Pen Leather Case by 3Wunder

July 8th, 2014 No comments »

As part of my fountain pen hobby, I had a three pen case 100% hand-made by 3Wunder in Austria. Within are pictures and my short review of what I received.

Review: Jinhao 250 (Steel/Gold)

May 12th, 2014 No comments »

Something new for this site. As part of my new hobby of using fountain pens, I’ve been given a review sample of a Jinhao 250 in Stainless Steel with a Gold Trim. I’ve reviewed it along with some detailed pictures and a two week followup.

Twitter Timeline Feed with PHP & JSON

April 14th, 2013 No comments »

I have had my share of users needing help fixing broken implementations with twitter on their own website, such as pulling from an incorrect url, or using the incorrect twitter API format. Most of the time they are pulling the XML response, but twitter offers a much nicer format that works rather well with PHP; JSON.

Allowing secure WordPress Updates with SSH2

April 2nd, 2013 No comments »

So you want to be able to do automatic updates and plugin/theme installations, but you don’t want to leave your files wide open, or give your unprivileged PHP process too much access around the clock. This guide shows you how to set up wp-config.php with SSH specifically for php use only.

Updated Nginx rules for New W3TC

April 2nd, 2013 No comments »

If you have previously used the W3TC disk-enhanced rules for nginx, you may find that the newest version of W3 Total Cache no longer works with these rules. This new set of rules includes support for W3TC’s own gzipped file naming.

GeoIPLookup: Geolocation from the CLI

November 29th, 2012 No comments »

If you have your own server or use a Linux/BSD desktop at home there’s little reason why you can’t just quickly do a GeoIP lookup from the command line. Here’s how to install it on Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS and FreeBSD along with a trick or two.

Selective Elevation of PHP in Nginx+WordPress

November 20th, 2012 No comments »

Generally speaking You do not want to give Nginx and/or PHP-FPM too much access to your files, but you might not want to make everything writable to the general www group. However at the same time you may feel a bit lazy and want to be able to selectively allow PHP to perform certain task such as updating wordpress or it’s plugins automatically.

FreeBSD Jail with Single IP

November 11th, 2012 No comments »

You have a FreeBSD VPS with only a single IP, but you wish to utilize the security/isolation of jails such as thru ezjail-admin, what do you do? Utilizing OpenBSD’s PF can allow you to run a FreeBSD Jail and serve your web and ssh traffic directly to the jail.