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Swoopo and Faith in Humanity

Edit: It appears that Swoopo is no longer in business. I'll leave this here for posterity sake.

I’m sure you’ve seen the ads, a $1500 TV selling for $86.00, an $800 digital SLR selling for $50. After ignoring the ads for some time, I had to check-out Swoopo .

Upon visiting the site, I had 2 thoughts:

1.    Why didn’t I think of that?
2.    Wow, there are some stupid people out there!

I’ve read a lot recently about people thinking that Swoopo is a scam or a rip-off or something untoward and should be shut down. After looking into the site a bit, I whole-heartedly disagree. Swoopo is another means of entertainment and you do have to have a measure of intelligence to use the site.

To illustrate, I’d like to use two examples from the site ...

Keep Apache Running

I recently encountered a problem on one of my servers with logrotate and the Apache web server. Logrotate is configured to run daily and help me keep all the log files at a manageable size. In the configuration, I have it set to rotate my Apache2 log files on a weekly basis.

The problem was, on one server, apache was not properly restarting after the log files were rotated. The script would run on Sunday morning, my logs would show that apache shutdown gracefully, but it would never come back up. The only log entry that gave me any indication of an issue was simply:
[notice] caught SIGWINCH, shutting down gracefully

In doing some research, I found that there were others with a similar issue, but no one had a solution. The best I could do was come up with a work-around. I created the following script and added it to my /etc/cron.hourly folder:
if [ `pgrep apache2 -c` -le "0" ]; then /etc/init.d/apache2 start; fi

Now, every hour, this little script will count the number of apache processes that are running and, if it doesn't find any, start apache. 

Seems easy enough to me and, hopefully, this will help someone else out there, too.


The KVM Manual

In my quest for a rackmount KVM that would not break the bank, I came across a number of older Compaq KVMs that would exactly suit my needs. While I was looking at the KVM trying to figure out how much I wanted to pay for it, I realized that there were no buttons or any hardware means of selecting the computer that you were viewing. It all had to be done from the OSD.

Changing the Windows Vista Default Logon Account

Vista LogoIt appears that changing the Windows Vista default logon account or removing the auto-login completely is a tricky thing to do.

In this article, you will learn how to enable auto-logon, select a default account for auto-logon, or turn off the auto-logon feature. 


Joomla! Login Issues

I had a bit of a panic moment this morning.  I tried to login to this site using the front-end login and was completely unable to do so. At that point, I was terrified; I was afraid that no one could login to the website to leave comments and such. I quickly logged in to the backend administrator area of the site and, thankfully, was able to easily get in. I then tried to login as a different user on the front end of the website, and was not allowed access, but I did notice that the user I tried to login with was marked as logged in on the User Manger in the administrator section. So, I began troubleshooting.

Technology Laughs

As I sat at my day job, pounding away at the keyboard, a co-worker sent me a link to a comic that, honestly, just made my day. In my joy, I started thinking about all the people I could share the comic with, and I came up empty! It''s computer humor and I don''t know that many people that would get it ...

Anyway ... for all you Linux Users out there ... Don''t you wish we had sudo in the real world!?!?!?


Real Life Sudo



Accepting PayPal Donations in Joomla 1.0

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to add a PayPal donate button to your website, this is what you need.

It is a simple Joomla! 1.0.x plugin (mambot) that will allow you to enter all your information in one place and easily add a donate button to any page. After installing the mambot, you can configure the necessary parameters, publish it, and begin using it immediately.