Faster SSH connection to the same server

Recently I was in search of some ways to speed up my SSH connections as I spend a lot of my days within the terminal.  I came across this handy little gem which can help you connect faster to a server that you already have a connection to.  There is a feature within OpenSSH called connection sharing and its really easy to enable, and requires no edits to the server.

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APF Firewall wont start on Ubuntu 11.10, Kernel 3.x

I recently setup an 64bit Ubuntu 11.10 install over at 6Sync for some development projects.  While it will probably not end up hosting anything of real importance and will be recycled shortly I figured it would still be a good idea to put a firewall on it to help aid in protecting it from bored script kiddies.
I have used APF many times in the past so that was the logical choice as I knew how to get it setup and running exactly as needed. Ubuntu provides a

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Installing subversion on a DroboFS

DroboFSBefore I had my DroboFS I was using my local MSI Wind Desktop for my subversion repositories, but after some reading I found that you could install subversion on the DroboFS. The idea of having all of my repos on the DroboFS seems to be a great idea, after all its redundant while my server is not.
The README that comes with the subversion install for the DroboFS lacks a lot of detail for getting it up and running properly. I thought I detail my install process to hopefully help others get it up and running with little to no troubles.

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Resetting MySQL root password from the CLI

Seems like I always end up searching for this so I thought I would add it to my site for easy reference.

  1. Stop MySQL
    sudo /etc/init.d/mysql stop
  2. Start MySQL with the following command
    sudo mysqld --skip-grant-tables &
  3. Login to MySQL as root with out a password
    mysql -u root mysql
  4. Replace PASSWORD with the new password of your choice.
    UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('PASSWORD') WHERE User='root'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; exit;

Centralized XBMC library

Problem: I have multiple AppleTV’s running XBMC on them all reading from the same central server.  The issue was that the thumbnails might be on one and not the other, also watching TV series its hard to keep track of which episode I am on since I watch from multiple locations.

Solution: Doing some reading you can actually make all of the XBMC instances store data to a central server running MySQL.  Why would you want to do that? Well there are a few reasons, besides having everything in sync across the board it also gives you the ability to resume playback from where you left off in another room.

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Site performance and moving to the Cloud….

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This is a topic that I revisit quite often, sometimes out of boredom and sometimes just out of a need to well revisit things. Over the years I have worked as a system admin for a few hosting companies and have noticed that not all sites fit well on a shared platform, or if they fit just don’t work as well as they could.  My goal has always been to try to get a premium setup without paying an arm and a leg for it.

Below I am going to cover a few things that I have researched(Don’t expect any hard numbers you will simply have to take my word on this or search Google for articles showing full comparisons/numbers), tested and implemented for Fauxzen.com.

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