Observability: 15 Industry-Leading Companies Discuss its Evolution

In this article, you’ll find recent commentary from executives and decision-makers of industry-leading observability providers on two key questions regarding the evolution of observability. Published: May 17th, 2021 | Updated: May 6th, 2022 The observability cloud continues to expand and evolve rapidly. Over the past year, millions of workers left their offices to work from […]

Kali Linux non-root and no pen-test tools install w/ screenshots

April 12th update: Thankfully, as of 2020.1, Kali Linux has swapped to a privileged non-root user by default. You will now log in with the user you create during the install process and no longer as root. This means you can now accomplish my recommended setup (a stable non-root Debian-testing rolling release, managed by the […]

Congrats Ben! – Winner of this month’s Firewalla Blue Plus Device

Last month, I announced a giveaway contest for three Firewalla Blue Plus Devices. The Firewalla Blue Plus is a network layer security device. It’s an all-in-one, simple, yet powerful firewall that connects to your home router. Today, it’s my pleasure to announce this month’s winner of the first of three Firewalla Blue Plus devices. This […]

Apache Performance: Disable .htaccess

Back in 2013, I searched the web for a performance article which I could forward to a client of StackLinux. One that explained how using WordPress Cache plugins that use .htaccess is almost always slower than plugins that don’t use it. Surprisingly, that search took longer than expected. I finally found this article, where Martin, […]

Remove Snap Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

The first thing I did after installing Ubuntu 22.04 LTS was to remove Snap and its snap packages completely. I’m not proud of that approach as I have nothing against snap packages per se; I simply enjoy using apt (Advanced package tool). Update: A member of our community forums suggested the following: “…you could also […]

Ubuntu 22.04: Install Gnome Extensions Manager (Workaround)

Gnome Shell delivers core user interface functions for Gnome, such as switching windows and launching apps. Some of the interface elements provided by Gnome Shell include the top panel, activities overview, and notifications. Gnome Shell extensions, commonly referred to as Gnome extensions, are custom code extensions written by third-party developers that modify core UI functions […]

MySQL Performance Tuning: Tips, Scripts and Tools

With MySQL, common configuration mistakes can create severe performance problems. If you misconfigure just one of the many config parameters, it can cripple performance. Of course, the performance of MySQL is often tied to the efficiency of your MySQL queries. It’s essential to ensure that your performance issues are not due to poorly written MySQL […]

Strip Down Apache to Improve Performance & Memory Efficiency

Can you believe that it’s been more than a decade since the release of Apache 2.4?! If you haven’t replaced Apache with Nginx, then here’s a quick guide for boosting Apache’s performance using a method that’s often overlooked. Now, before we get into that, please note that I’m not claiming that Apache is faster than […]

Working Remotely? Pair SSH with Teleport.

As companies have started to embrace working remote-first, we’ve quickly reached the limits of tools available. Sure, you can jump into a Slack Huddle or Screen Share over a Zoom Room, or if you’re running Linux – good luck. Sometimes you want to jam with your co-workers using the Terminal. In this post, I’ll show […]