The website is down

Written on 6 December 2014, 12:02pm

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From a business perspective:

– 1. Think Ahead and Anticipate
– 2. Say Something
– 3. Know the Law
– 4. Remember, You’re Not Alone
What to Do When Your Website Gets Hacked

From a technical perspective:

1. Check That It Has Actually Gone Down
2. Figure Out What Has Gone Down
3. How Bad Is It?
4. Check Your Web Server Software
5. Logging Into Your Server
6. Has It Run Out Of Space?
7. Has It Run Out Of Memory?
8. Has Something Crashed?
What To Do When Your Website Goes Down

And remember, don’t just stand there, reboot something 🙂

From a fun perspective:

Bonus: What Flickr did when their website went down:

AARRON WALTER: Designing for emotion
In July 2006, a storage failure struck Flickr, the popular photo sharing service. Though photos were safe and no data was lost, thousands of enthusiastic users were inconvenienced as
their favorite photo site took a temporary nap (roughly three hours). Tensions ran high as engineers worked to bring the site back online. Inquiries from concerned users poured in.
During the crisis, the Flickr team had a stroke of genius.
[..] They posted a message that explained the outage, asked users to print a page, and do something creative with it to win a free, one-year Flickr Pro account:

flickr 404

Random things #6

Written on 28 November 2014, 11:27am

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1. A few things about yum:

yum plugins
yum update openssl package (heartbleed anyone?)

Info about yum and openssl packages:
yum info yum
yum info openssl

Run yum without plugins:
yum --noplugins

Update openssl package:
yum update openssl

To check that a certain CVE (common vulnerability and exposure) is fixed in the current installation:
rpm -q --changelog openssl | grep CVE-2014-0224

To check openssl version:
openssl version -a

2. vi quick commands:

insert to start editing
escape to stop editing
:x to save and exit (in view mode)
u to undo (in view mode)

3. SFTP Sublime Text plugin is awesome

And it’s only $20