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80% of the web powered by PHP

Today, PHP is used by more than 80% of all the websites whose server-side programming language we know. Popular websites such as Facebook, Wikipedia, WordPress.com, Tumblr and this website are all powered by PHP. With such a large share of the web, it may or may not surprise you that more than 90% of PHP based websites […]

Accelerate Time to Value for Log Analytics with the Oracle Management Cloud

Guest post by Philip Brown, Director of Cloud Strategy @ Red Stack Tech. Oracle Management Cloud is the latest innovation from Oracle, a unique on-premise and in cloud suite of monitoring, management and analytics services, meeting the individual needs of each business. This unified suite enables you to improve IT stability, prevent application outages, increase DevOps […]

Apache Performance: Disable .htaccess

About 3 years ago I wrote a short blog entry about the very basic Apache configuration mistakes and oversights which developers and server admins of the then $500 million dollar Healthcare.gov website made. Most shocking, were elemental oversights, as if devs were not aware of common best practices. Which brings us to another Apache performance related entry. A while […]

Securing Internet of Things (IoT) devices

Today, I spent some time researching IoT security. At the end of this post, I’ve listed companies – all of which are new to me – which offer IoT security solutions. Feel free to share your solutions, feedback and tips for securing IoT devices. For my home office, everything sits behind an OpenWRT Wi-Fi router which allows for […]

3rd DDoS attack today, beginning of a new era

4th Update: 20 min video response by Dale Drew, the chief security officer of Internet backbone company Level 3. 3rd Update: More details emerging “that some of the infrastructure responsible for the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Dyn DNS were botnets compromised by Mirai malware.” says Flashpoint. I’ll continue to update with additional information and important links. 2nd Update: 3rd Attack […]

When is it time to add more application monitoring?

Guest post by James Paden, Partner at Instrumental At Instrumental, we often talk about getting started with monitoring. In the past, we’ve covered the critical, but basic, metrics everyone needs on our Ultimate Monitoring Metrics Cheatsheet (many of which are gathered by out-the-box system and service monitoring). We also wrote the Quick-Start Guide to Monitoring […]

Set PHP realpath_cache_size ‘correctly’

Over the last few months I’ve started enabling PHP realpath_cache_size and realpath_cache_ttl for the performance benefits. At the time I followed the settings I found here. It bugged me that I was blindly setting the size of the cache without actually know what and how much storage was being used. In this post I will show you […]

Best WordPress Cache Plugin: Cachify

This blog post was originally posted just over 2 years ago. WordPress Cache plugin options have changed a lot since then. As such, I’m updating this list of 5 best WordPress plugins. Three of the five listed have been replaced! Are you already using a Wordpress Cache Plugin? I’ve tried many WordPress caching plugins over the years and after much testing, I’m able […]