Firefox Bug

     The latest Firefox introduced a bug where text fields on forms will sometimes not fill-in or only partially fill-in.  If you find webmail, WordPress, or other web applications not working properly here or elsewhere, please use another browser such as Chrome, Opera, or Safari, until such time as they get this corrected.

     If you haven’t upgraded Firefox yet and your version is working, I would recommend not upgrading until this issue is resolved.

Today’s Hours (Sunday 9/20/15)

     I’m going to be out between about 10:45 or so and about 1:30 to make a trip to Fry’s to scope out a new case, power supply, and possibly other components to put together a new server.

     I will be out from about 5:15pm until whenever the Seahawks game ends because I’m going to go over to my oldest son’s house to watch it (I have only Netflix here, no cable or satellite at present).

     So best time to reach me today will be between 1:30pm – 5:15pm or after the game ends in the evening.

Centos 7 Maintenance

     I will be taking Centos7 down for a while later this afternoon to grow the virtual disk to accommodate more application software.

     This could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending upon how ugly it gets.  Usually gparted does the right thing the first time but not always so sometimes it’s necessary to restore from backup and try again.


MySQL Upgrade

     I upgraded MySQL to version 5.6.26 today.  Hopefully it won’t break things but if it does please let me know, either use Support->Ticket or e-mail

     I’m going to let it soak for a week or two and if nothing breaks, upgrade further to 5.7.x.  The upgrade was necessary to get some newer web applications running.

Ubuntu and Scientific7

     When I replaced our router recently, I missed two servers in transcribing firewall rules, scientific7 and ubuntu.  So if you have been unable to connect with either of these, this should be resolved now.

Opening Late Thursday – Poisoned Our Dog

     I accidentally poisoned our dog by feeding her a bran muffin with raisins, forgot the raisins where in there.  But my wife mentioned it (right after she ate it) and so we induced vomiting right away and took her to the emergency pet clinic.

     There we learned that the amount she ingested was about 1/10th the lowest amount ever known to cause a fatality and since most of that was vomited back her chances are very good.

     But because of this I won’t be getting to bed until 1AM and haven’t been feeling well and sleeping good under the best of circumstances.  So I will be in the office a little later than usual this Thursday morning.

Ubuntu Restored has been restored from backups and is now functioning normally.  I do not know what was wrong because I was unable to login even as root.  I suspect some software I installed may have changed the pam setup to kerberos but am unable to confirm that.


     Ubuntu is currently down.  Something got hurt to the point where I can’t even login from the virtual domain console interface so I am restoring it from a backup image.

Wind Storm Issues

     Our servers are in a facility with UPS and diesel backup so they are not directly affected by the storm.  But my home office has two ways of getting to the Internet, a T1 to the co-location facility and a Comcast Cable modem.

     The T1 is down hard, and the Comcast service has been down more than it’s been up. Our telephone service is also Comcast.  Consequently if you can’t get through please leave voice mail with your name, telephone number, login, and the nature of your issue.

     As an alternative, use the ticket system.  In either case, I will get to your issue as soon as I am able.  Our connectivity to my office today has been highly Intermittent, but the servers at the co-location facility have been solid.

     In addition to wired services being out, our T-mobile cellular service has also been mostly inoperative today.  So please be patient.