September, 2019

Blog – meet PHP 7.3

Blog – meet PHP 7.3

Given I’ve recently been doing a lot of server-based stuff on the work front, I decided to share some love with this here blog by upgrading PHP to version 7.3. It really does seem to make a difference, performance-wise. Even though I’ve handled a few PHP 7.3 upgrades now, everyone is a little different, it seems. Here’s what happened this time: First, I added the repository reference

apt-get update failed, reporting a key error. I managed to get that one sorted using sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 4F4EA0AAE5267A6C then ran apt-get update again. All good! Then I tried installing PHP 7.3 using sudo apt install php7.3 php7.3-common php7.3-cli No…

Penang, remembered

Penang, remembered

A few months back we got a chance to escape to Penang, Malaysia for a few days. Been wanting to get there for a while but the stars hadn’t aligned, so to speak. It’s likely our only ‘out of country’ getaway this year so we made the most of it. We chose to stay at Doubletree Hilton Resort (Batu Ferringhi), as we were after the “resort experience” and this proved to have pros and cons. RM 1300 for four nights + 500 deposit which we blew through during our stay. 👍 Good pool, nice view from balcony with a glimpse…

Hello HTTPS

Hello HTTPS

Well, that was a bit of a shit-show and is the reason why I’d been putting it off for so long. Hey look, I got the green padlock! In summary: Grabbed an SSL cert using certbot, that all went smoothly. DNS issues are what caused a major headache. I had been using Cloudflare for ‘flexible SSL’ whatever the fuck that means, and the DNS propagations took a long time to flow through from namecheap. To add additional crap, DNS caches on my local machine seemed particularly hard to clear (Ubuntu 14.04 aka trusty). They even persisted through a reboot. Pesky…

Fiesta del Fifty

Fiesta del Fifty

I’m officially an old fart. I recently celebrated turning 50! The half-tonne in cricketing terms. A few years back I thought I wouldn’t make it – but I did! I threw a party at the house and I’m pretty sure it will be the last ‘big’ one I do so if you made it, be glad you were there! Shelled out for good food and booze, along with decorations and clothing from Amazon to match the ‘Mexican’ theme. No moths in my wallet for the few weeks leading up it, that’s for sure. It was an intimate gathering of 12,…