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Getting with the times: website renovation

2017-01-19 22:18:00

It's been roughly eight years since I started work on KilalaCMS, the code that runs this website. She's served me well and I haven't had many headaches. Early on, Dick offered me lots of great help in sanitizing input, putting up at least some SQL injection protection. In the end it might not be much to look at, but she's mine :)

A few months back Dreamhost sent their customers who were still on PHP5.5 a warning that said version would soon be dropped from their servers. Thus, it was a warning to go check your code. Obviously KilalaCMS was behind the times, so I've now taken some time to adjust things here and there so it works in PHP7.0. I've also taken the liberty to default everything to HTTPS, using a free SSL cert from Lets Encrypt. Dreamhost took care of the latter part for me. Good service!

I may run into a bug or two, but so far things are looking good!

EDIT: Kudos by the way to Dreamhost for their tech support! As part of the reno, I'd decided to run an "sqlmap" test against my DEV site, to make sure I wasn't leaving SQLI in plain sight. After the first tentative probe, the server slammed the door on my nose! They've got their boxes set up quite nicely, to prevent attacks like these. Nice! Had a chat with their support people and we worked out a nice way for me to test, without affecting my site or any of the other folks hosted on my box. 


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Public and private parts of this site

2013-07-24 23:38:00

As I wrote earlier I have decided to clamp down on what is publicly published about our lives. This means that >80% of my blog has been turned into a private affair, with only work-related materials still being available to the whole world.

Now that my Macbook has crashed and I need to spend a lot of time waiting for the backups to restore, I have spent roughly eight hours updating my CMS code. It was an interesting learning experience and now this site has a basic login/logout functionality. Logging in will simply let you see the website in all of its original glory.

If I haven't contacted you yet about a username+password and you'd like one, drop me an email.


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Contacting Thomas Sluyter

2007-08-19 19:35:00

Recently we've been getting a lot of spam in our e-mail boxes, thanks to various bots grabbing our mail addresses from our contact pages. That's why we decided to put all the info in a .JPG instead. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Of course I also have a LinkedIn profile.

If you would like to send me an encrypted email, or if you would like to verify a signed email I sent you: here is my public PGP key

Contact info for Thomas


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Nagios Conference, aftermath

2006-09-24 09:04:00

So I made it back home in one piece. My trip back took me around 7.5 hours, which was mostly due to me driving a little bit faster :p

I have to say that the A45 route up north is much less glamorous than the A3 :( The Rast Hofe all look much older and less fancy than the ones on the A3. Ah, but they sufficed anyway...

I'm thinking of moving my summaries from the previous blog posts into one big page in the Sysadmin section. Reckon that should prevent Google from raising the Archives above the Sysadmin section when it comes to Nagios.

/me starts immediately.


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Listen up. Here's da plan...

2006-08-08 16:52:00

Because I've got all kinds of things lined up for me to do, I'm going to put them into order. That way both you and I will know what to expect. Here's my priorities:

1. Make the requisite changes to my website, so that it plays nicely with search engines. This shouldn't be more than an evening or two of work (barring any reruns of Doctor Who on BBC3).

2. Study for my two LPIC1 exams.

3. Revive the manga and anime section of the website. This needs regular updates, so I'm going to have to think of a few nice things to add to this. I'm thinking "reviews"... It's also meant to give me a couple of days off between studying for my four exams.

4. Study for my two LPIC2 exams.

5. Move other parts of the website into the mySQL database as well.

6. Improve the PHP code that gets data from the database. It could be much cleaner, safer and efficient.

7. Build some form of CMS for myself, so I don't have to work in the database manually.

So there you have it boys! The next few months of my life lined out for ya.

Parallel to da plan I will keep on expanding the Sysadmin section with new stuff I discover every week. And I will try to fit in a week or two of vacation somewhere along the line. I have a big bunch of video games that I finally want to finish!


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All work and no play...

2006-08-01 11:49:00

Busybusybusy, that's what I've been. I've been adding all kinds of new stuff to the Sysadmin section, telling you everything you'd like to know about monitoring Solaris and Sun hardware through SNMP.

I don't have much interesting to tell to the non-admin people right now :) Better luck at a later point in time.


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