Entries by Gary Rixon

EMF Camp 2018 – A Field Full of Nerds

From the 31st of August – 2nd September 2018, Dogsbody Technology attended Electromagnetic Field, in the grounds of Eastnor Castle Deer Park, in Herefordshire. It was a fun packed weekend, with talks and workshops on a huge variety of subjects, from blacksmithing to knitting, soldering to giant walking hexapods! How was it? The whole weekend was […]

Duplicacy: Backup to the cloud

Duplicacy is an open source backup tool which supports a large number of storage back-ends, including many cloud offerings, whilst also providing many other useful features. We recently implemented a duplicacy-based backup solution for a customer, and wanted to share our experience to help out anybody looking to implement duplicacy themselves. Installation Duplicacy is written […]

Replacement Server Monitoring – Part 1: Picking a Replacement

As a company primarily dealing with Linux servers and keeping them online constantly, here at Dogsbody we take a huge interest in the current status of any and all servers we’re responsible for. Having accurate and up to date information allows us to move proactively and remedy potential problems before they became service-impacting for our […]

The Importance of Backups

Operating systems and applications can be re-installed with relative ease, but personal data is just that, personal. Nobody else (hopefully) has any copies of it, so if you lose it, that’s it, it’s gone forever. For this reason, it’s important to keep backups of your personal data. That being said, backups of reproducible data can […]

4 Common Server Setups For Your Web Application

There are so, so, many possibilities you may consider when designing your infrastructure, each with its distinct advantages and disadvantages. Here we’ll cover 4 of the most popular combinations, and explain the pros and cons of each. To start with, take the following bullet points and think for a moment how your architecture may differ […]

Surviving A “Hug of Death”

One of the wonders of the modern internet is the ability to share content and have it accessible from anywhere in the world instantly. This allows the spread of information to take place at unparalleled speeds, and can result in a sort of virtual flash mob where something gets very popular very quickly without the […]

Is your uptime in your control?

People have always relied on 3rd parties to provide services for them, and this is especially true in the technology sector. Think server providers, payment providers, image hosting, CSS & JS libraries, CDNs etc. The list is endless. Using external providers is of course fine, why re-invent the wheel after all? You should be concentrating […]

Quick/Easy Wins For Your Server

There are three main stages in a servers lifetime; building/configuring, usage, and being decommissioned, with the usage section usually being by far the largest section in terms of time. For this reason, it’s obviously important to make sure that the server is optimally configured, secure and able to be reproduced/replaced easily in the event of […]