MCB Guru

Understanding LAMP

I spend a lot of time working with LAMP technology and telling people how to make the best of the LAMP stack. But you’d be surprised about how many people don’t really understand what the LAMP stack actually is. The reality of course is that it is…

Using HTTP Compression

I have a new article up at ServerWatch which looks at the benefits and configuration of HTTP compression within Apache and IIS. Here’s an excerpt from the intro: There’s a finite amount of bandwidth on most Internet connections, and anything admin…

Session Tracking With Apache

My new piece on how to track user sessions on your website with Apache is available on ServerWatch.com. Here’s an excerpt: Using HTTP logs to track the users who visit your site isn’t always as useful as you think it’s going to be. While metrics, …

Unraveling BIND 9.3

BIND 9.3 incorporates a huge number of changes intended to enhance the functionality and improve on the security of what is a critical component for both Internet and LAN users. A new article, over on ServerWatch.com, looks at some of the main fea…

Optimizing Server Performance

Apache was designed to be as fast as possible. It’s easy, with a fairly low-powered machine, to completely saturate a low-end Internet link with little effort. However, as sites become more complex and the bandwidth needs of different connection t…

Differentiating Among BSD Distros

Organizations that want to use a public Unix variant have two solutions from which to chose: Linux and BSD. The much talked about Linux camp contains a variety of distributions that include different utilities and tool sets. The same is true of th…