Entries by Gary Rixon

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 […]

HTTP/2

HTTP/2 is a fairly new technology, offering significant improvements over its predecessors, whilst remaining backwards compatible with previous web browsers and services. HTTP/2 is only going to get bigger, and it’s certainly not going away any time soon, so here’s some stuff you should know about it. Before we get too in depth with the […]

Electromagnetic Field 2016 – An Amazing Weekend

This weekend we attended Electromagnetic Field (EMF) in Guildford. EMF is all about making things, breaking things, fixing them again, and learning a whole lot of stuff whilst you’re doing it, either directly through your hacking and experimentation, or via any of the fantastic talks and workshops, of which there were many. We headed to […]