Quick Tips for a more stable Arch Linux experience

Disclaimer: Everything below has been published previously online in the Arch’s extensive wiki. However, for what ever reason there’s still a lot of misinformation about Arch’s stability and many users are not aware that these published tips exist. This short article aims to raise awareness on the best paths for a more stable Arch Linux experience. That’s not […]

What to buy for your Raspberry Pi

Updated March 27th 2019: Fixed broken manufacture product links and replaced with Amazon links. In another 5 years links will hopefully point to newer models, rather than to broken or discontinued product pages. Article originally posted March 2014.  Back in January 2014 I ordered my first Raspberry Pi (Model B revision 2). Very soon I realized […]

Stop trying to overclock the Raspberry Pi 3 B+

It’s been a while since I’ve written any Raspberry Pi related posts. Largely because I’ve been using used $200 to $300 Dell Optiplex Micro computers off Ebay. They cost more than a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ but can be custom configured with up to 8GB (3050 model), 16GB or 20GB of fast DDR4 RAM, SATA or NVMe SSDs […]

Linux server performance: Is disk I/O slowing your application?

If your Linux server is bogged down, your first step is often to use the TOP command in terminal to check load averages and wisely so. However, there are times when TOP shows very high load averages even with low cpu ‘us’ (user) and high cpu ‘id’ (idle) percentages. This is the case in the video below, load averages […]

Memcache PHP Extensions for Memcached Caching Daemon

Memcached (Memcache Daemon) is a caching daemon designed especially for dynamic web applications to decrease database load by storing objects in memory. It is commonly used to speed up dynamic database-driven websites by caching data and objects in server memory to reduce the number of times the data source must be read. Memcached is free and open-source software, […]

SCP Linux – Securely Copy Files Using SCP examples

This post includes SCP examples. SCP or secure copy allows secure transferring of files between a local host and a remote host or between two remote hosts. It uses the same authentication and security as the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol from which it is based. SCP is loved for it’s simplicity, security and pre-installed availability.   SCP […]

PHP 5.6 EOL (End of Life) – PHP 7 Compatibility Check

Summary: PHP 7.3 benchmark, how to check your PHP scripts/apps for PHP 7 compatibility, upgrade to PHP 7 ASAP, confirm OpCache is enabled/monitored and some php.ini optimization tweaks.   PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 to hit EOL this year! reached EOL last Year! (2018) PHP 5.6 was first released back in 2014, with alpha 1 released in January 2014. […]

Choosing the Best Linux Server Distro 2019

Are you trying to decide on a Linux server distro (distribution) in 2019? This article will help guide you based on the strengths of the Linux server distributions available. If you are looking for desktop advice, have a look at Choosing the Best Linux Distro 2019, for Desktop.   Best Linux Server distro 2019 The first […]

Finding Linux Compatible Printers 2019

Here’s all the info and links needed to find a printer or all-in-one printer that supports Linux in 2019. If you don’t want to spend hours comparing printers, have a look at my recommended Linux compatible printers. Last updated January 20th 2019. This is the promised update as per the comments section below, sorry about the delay! Fixed broken […]

Best WordPress Cache Plugin 2019

Update January 20th, 2019: Hyper Cache is now being actively developed again. Thus, it has returned as my #1 go-to WP Cache plugin. Changes marked in green.  This blog post was originally posted just over 4 years ago. WordPress Cache plugin options have changed a lot since. As such, I’m updating this list of 5 best WordPress plugins. Are you […]

Could not increase number of max_open_files to more than… (Solution)

A quick solution to the warning “Could not increase number of max_open_files to more than” when starting MySQL or MariaDB. For some background read How MySQL Opens and Closes Tables. Here’s an excerpt: “The table_open_cache and max_connections system variables affect the maximum number of files the server keeps open. If you increase one or both of these […]