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May 20th, 2004

11:41 pm - An Odd Problem (E-mail System)
Relevance: VDS Admins

Well, all of the changes are made. We should be good to go. Right???


Going through all of the various configurations, MX records are set up correctly in BIND. I can see that my inbox is being populated with new mail. However, when I attempt to use a mail client to download the mail via POP3, I'm unable to do so--denied.

There must be something I'm missing... I'll get to the bottom of it, one way or another.
Current Mood: perplexed
Current Music: Riot - Liberty

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May 19th, 2004

09:51 pm - Subversion
Relevance: Web Team

I've been oscillating back and forth between CVS and Subversion for source code version control systems. CVS is tested and tried, yet Subversion promises better features and easier usage. It took an article on O'Reilly's OSDir.com to sway me into choosing Subversion over CVS.

I will be installing Subversion on our server and it will hopefully be finished by the end of the night tonight. I WILL NOT release any information about the svn server to ANYONE until I'm certain that it is up to date with all of the latest security patches. It seems as though Subversion 1.0.3 should do the trick.

WHY do we need version control? Well, our Web Team is comprised of multiple individuals, and it's entirely possible that, at any one time, more than one person could be editing the same code for the same file. This would enable both persons' changes to be saved and evaluated. Additionally, if we are to offer more complex services, such as Web services or bots or news/article syndication, this all is done with software we write. This all goes into a version control system...
Current Mood: determined
Current Music: Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

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May 5th, 2004

07:37 pm - Server Updates
Relevance: VDS Admins, Web Team

I've done some routine configuration of our server. As of yet, it won't affect much. This mainly applies to new UNIX user creation and shell access to our machine.

Our machine's operating system is Debian GNU/Linux (Woody). I've updated the operating system with a couple of utilities that I found were missing that will prove to be useful at a later point in time (again, applying mainly to shell access).

If anyone (relevant) reading this needs shell access (to work directly with the operating system), please let me know and I will create a user account for you. You will just need to let me know the password you would like to use. This can be a temporary password, which you can change at a later point in time.

Server Migration To-Do ListCollapse )

Also, now that we have root access to our own machine, we can now install svn, rt, imp (and the rest of the horde framework), or anything else we wish that requires root access for installation/execution. This can all be done after the above steps are finalized.

I'm not sure if everyone realizes this, but root access on our own *nix machine opens wide doors with many possibilities. The possibilities are endless, actually, as long as we stay below our bandwidth allowance and disk space allowance (which, come to think of it, are unknown with our new account setup).
Current Mood: busy

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April 29th, 2004

08:43 pm - Knights Templar Oasis
Relevance: Anyone

For an upcoming "field trip", I proposed the Path of Binah (our Massachusetts chantry--Web site not currently available--will update when changes) visit a public event with the Knights Templar Oasis.

From their Web site:

The Knights Templar Oasis, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an O.T.O. body serving the Thelemic community in Massachusetts and the surrounding New England states. We teach and practice Thelemic ceremonial magick, celebrate the Gnostic Mass, and are chartered to initiate through the III°. The interests of our membership range widely across esoteric practices and spiritual systems, but all find unity in their acceptance of the principles of The Book of the Law (Liber AL vel Legis).
As it stands now, the next event I'd suggest we attend would be their "KTO Coffee Night". The next one, as of the writing of this entry, is on Thursday, May 20, 2004 CE (location To Be Announced). I'm getting my information from their Calendar.

Since this is the Year of Thelema for the Society of the Onyx Star, I think this would be quite appropriate for us to do. Even if it just turns out to be a session for socialization, I think it would be beneficial if we interacted with a local O.'.T.'.O.'. body. I think it would totally rule if we could have a "guest speaker" of some sort speak at the Path of Binah's next meeting after our "KTO Coffee Night Field Trip". We'll see, I suppose.

...and just as a reminder, kiddies, this community blog is unofficial and does not directly reflect the views of the Society of the Onyx Star.
Current Mood: goodgood

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April 27th, 2004

05:22 pm - Statement Of Purpose
Relevance: Anyone

The purpose of this unofficial weblog (aka "blog") is to enable easier collaboration between officials of the Society of the Onyx Star. It is meant to serve as a complementary device, and not a replacement for any structure already in place.

My original intent was to streamline collaboration between people working on the Web site and various network services we plan to offer to people via our three second-level URLs: societyonyxstar.org, societyonyxstar.net, societyonyxstar.com. However, any SotOS official may use this community for any purpose they see fit. It is meant to be a useful tool. Therefore, any use that may bring forth an air of progress is suitable for this community.

Some entries may be made available only to a certain set of community members by specifying custom "Friends Groups". For instance, not everyone may wish to read entries relevant specifically to system management of our Virtual Dedicated Server. These entries would mainly deal with the UNIX family of operating systems, system administration, operating system upgrades, Web server configuration, database upkeep, etc. Therefore, a custom "Friends Group" may be created called "VDS" that would deal strictly with UNIX system administration, operating system security, and the like.

Whatever is made public is thought to have some use for a general audience, so please feel free to browse around our unofficial blog!

Edit: Custom Friends groups are not available while posting in community journals. Therefore, instead, a little note as to relevance of the entry will be made at the top of all my messages. Others posting to this community may wish to follow suit.
Current Mood: productive
Current Music: OutKast - Hey Ya

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April 22nd, 2004

12:13 am - VDS: Virtual Dedicated Server
Relevance: Web Team

The Society of the Onyx Star now has a Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS).

What this means, basically, is that we have complete and full control over the operating system of the machine on which our site (and other stuff) is hosted.

I'm in the process of migrating stuff over to the VDS. It seems snofroe has a bit more experience with MySQL than me, so I'm thinking I'm going to ask him if he'd be able to set up the installation to an acceptable configuration. He also set up all of the tables currently in our database(s), so I'm going to ask him to export/import them to the VDS.

I'd do all of this myself, but I am still struggling with the last of my school work. It's the end of the semester, which translates into the term "crunch time" to people in programming courses. I have a feeling I'm going to be pulling all-nighters coming up shortly, so please bear with me.

Okay. That's it. For now.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Booze and Blasphemy! - http://radio.ep1phany.net/

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