Free Mac FTP Server

PureFTPd is a very nice replacement for the somewhat limited FTP server for Mac that comes with OSX. It is a free (BSD), secure, production-quality and standard-conformant FTP server. It focuses on efficiency and ease of use and has unique useful features for personal users as well as hosting providers. A binary installer is available […]

Setting up a SFTP Server on Windows

I recently had to create an SFTP server on our work development system, and after doing a fair bit of Googling on the topic found a good solution. The solution is a combination of research done at different sites. It is this solution I am sharing in hopes that it will help someone else. This […]

Free Windows Mail Server

MailEnable is a high perfomance POP3 and SMTP free mail server for the Windows platform. It is free and contains some nice features like spam filtering, SMTP authentication, highly customized relaying options, and a built in list server. I can’t say I’ve done an exhaustive search for the very best free Windows mail server available […]

Pow, The No-Config Rack Server

Got Pow? It’s the Rack server for OS X that requires no maintenance and no configuration, from the folks at 37signals, who claim that it will be serving your Rack and Rails apps locally in less than one minute. This is interesting if for no other reason than because 37signals has shown a track record […]

Your Website’s Down-What Now?

If you’re not exactly sure what to do when your website goes down, or even if you are but would benefit for a list of instructions to make sure you don’t miss anything, here’s a detailed article on exactly what to do when your site is down, written clearly as a chronology for non-geeks. As […]

Building A Web Server On Your Own VPS

In case you’re not aware, Sitepoint is a great place to find very good quality free tutorials–check out this one on how to build a speedy custom web server for your WordPress websites, using Ubuntu, nginx, PHP-FPM, and MySQL. Very handy if you’re considering making the move to a virtual private server. For years now […]

Git Server-Windows

In this long, detailed tutorial on setting up a Git server, Alexander Groß shows you how to host a complete Git server on Windows using Cygwin and Gitolite. Gitolite is a rewrite of Gitosis based on Perl, but with more configuration options. This is really a virtuoso performance of a tutorial and I hope that Alexander Groß […]

SSH Tutorial

Here’s an easy to follow SSH Tutorial for Windows, from the site of Rochester Institute of Technology. Admittedly this site has probably gotten a little thin of late relative to posts that offer tips and tutorials on server infrastructure, but if this topic interests you, Digital Media Minute has done quite a few other posts in […]

Daring Fireball: Using .htaccess Redirection to Standardize Web Server Addresses

John Gruber has a great article about Using .htaccess Redirection to Standardize Web Server Addresses. .htaccess files are actually quite easy to work with, and if you have a website, you should be able to implement many of these techniques to provide better URI’s to your users. In fact, even if you have a single […]

The lighttpd Web Server

If you’re looking for an alternative to the Apache or ISS web servers you should check out tutorial on the lighttpd Web Server.  lighttpd is an open source, high-performance web server with a focus on light resource use.  The article outlines the pro’s and con’s of both lighttpd and Apache then walks you through […]

OpenDNS – A Safer And Faster DNS

OpenDNS is a free DNS service that promises to be safer and faster than your ISP’s DNS. They offer a safer DNS by intercepting phishing attempts and warning you if you attempt to visit a phishing site. OpenDNS will also fix typos in the URLs you enter whenever it can. For example, if you’re using […]

IIS 6.0 Manager for Windows XP

With Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Manager you can remotely manage any number of IIS 6.0 servers from a Windows XP Professional workstation.  Sure you could use remote desktop, but if you simply need to start and stop a server or create a virtual directory this tool is perfect! I like a tool that doesn’t […]

Mass Video Conversion Using Amazon Web Services

I love this geeky stuff and the way that the Amazon Web Services Developer Connection is beginning to reach out to developers.  Their tutorial on Mass Video Conversion Using AWS will have running your own YouTube clone in no time at all using a mix of S3, SQS, EC2, ffmpeg and some Python. As the […]

Mounting Amazon S3 as a File System in Amazon EC2

The Amazon Web Services Developer Connection site has a great tutorial that will show you how to Mount Amazon S3 as a File System in Amazon EC2. S3 is Amazon’s distributed storage service and EC2 is their distributed, virtualized server solution. In the past it was difficult to have persistent storage in EC2, but now […]

Connecting ColdFusion to SQL Server 2005 Express

Here is a quick guide to connecting ColdFusionto a local instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express. My first attempt to do this seemingly simple task resulted in an “Error establishing socket. Connection refused: connect” error when trying to create a new data source. The cause of this error is that by default, SQL Server […]