The DynDNS OS X client has always seemed a bit clunky to me and outdated so I was looking for another way to use DynDNS with out that client. Thinking back I remembered that I used ddclient on one of my linux boxes from the command line a long while ago so I started looking into how I could implement that on my Macbook Air. I saw that Homebrew had a ddclient package so I got to work. Continue reading Install ddclient on OS X
I recently read an article about how you can install HipHp Virtual Machine (HHVM) for a 2x+ speed boost on your site. The newest version of WordPress works 100% with HHVM, but unfortunately some of the plugins out there don’t. I decided the pros out weighed the cons and decided to install HHVM on my development server. Outlined below are the steps for installing it on your own.
wget -O - http://dl.hhvm.com/conf/hhvm.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add - echo deb http://dl.hhvm.com/ubuntu saucy main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hhvm.list sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install hhvm sudo /usr/share/hhvm/install_fastcgi.sh sudo update-rc.d hhvm defaults sudo /etc/init.d/hhvm restart sudo /usr/bin/update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/php php /usr/bin/hhvm 60
I was running sd3labs through webpagetest.org and noticed that the Time To First Byte was causing for a low score. While there has been some debate about how Time To First Byte is considered meaningless, I decided to see what I could do to improve on it just in case it really does hold some value. Continue reading Decreasing Time To First Byte