The Latest and The Greatest

  • The Latest and The Greatest

A few days ago, I decided to take the e-plunge, and install the next version of Ubuntu. I always dread the upgrade, because the update manager always makes you choose if you want to keep your current configuration or install the package maintainers configuration. This is troublesome because I always wonder how much the config has changed, and if it warrants me dumping my current one for a new, blank one. At least the update manager shows you a diff between the files, that way you can make a more educated decision. Anyhow, after installing Hardy, Apache didn't want to serve pages anymore to the outside world, which kind of defeats the purpose. After playing with the sites files and the httpd.conf file for about 4 hours, I finally fixed. (Not sure how...)

Today, however, I couldn't access my site. I figured, maybe Apache was being temperamental, since I had restarted sometime yesterday. So I ssh'd into my box and looked around, but didn't find anything out of the ordinary. Later this evening, after trying for several hours to make it work again, I concluded the server was working fine, but port 80 was mysteriously being blocked somewhere outside my network. Since we have Time Warner's Road Runner service, I immediately figured they were blocking it on their end, which wouldn't be the first time they had pulled some jack-assery of that type. So i got on the live chat and asked them. They stated that they NEVER block ports on their end, which I just assumed was a bold faced lie. After playing with port settings and a few other things, still no luck, I decided to reboot the router. BINGO. Working website. Maybe running the release candidate of DD-WRT isn't the most stable thing for the network that I always trust to "just work".

Besides that issue, I started summer school a few weeks ago. It's ok, I suppose. I'm still trying to recall how to write good VHDL code, since it's been about 2 years since I've even looked at VHDL. Vacation to Myrtle Beach starts this Friday, and I'm missing the first week of my 5 week Latin Civilization class. Alwell, I haven't been on a vacation in years, and I think it's a well deserved break.

So that's about all that I can think of that is new right now. Hopefully summer class ends well and I can glide right into fall semester.

-Tom