Goodbye Mongrel, Hello Passenger

Mongrel has been a great web server for Ruby and Rails, but with the significant changes in Ruby 1.9.1 (native threads for instance), I decided to switch to Phusion Passenger and Apache. If nothing else, this will keep me working with Apache (it is the A in LAMP, after all). The gem install passenger ran as we would expect, but passenger-install-apache2-module had a bunch of complaints. Mainly, I needed to install a number of development RPMs for Fedora Core 8 Apache. Also, passenger could not see the OpenSSL libraries. Sure enough, the mkfm.log file under ext/openssl in the Ruby 1,9.1 tree showed a number of errors that seemed to indicate… Read More

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The Costs of Blogging

My wife got a glimpse of the blog yesterday. “So, how much to set up a blog for me?”, she asks. Good question. There a zillion ISPs out there, but I’ll go with what I know – the services offered by NearlyFreeSpeech.NET (NFSN). I have had my web site running with them since September 2004. They are a no-frills, metered-service ISP. Here’s the cost breakdown, and the steps to set up a blog: Register and fund a bandwidth account – registration is free. You can deposit as little as 25 cents to start a bandwidth account. My web site has been costing me $15 to $20 a year to run.… Read More

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