Social Media Club Vancouver (@SMCYVR) Pub Night Recap

Last Wednesday evening, I attended the Social Media Club Vancouver Pub Night event, a casual and informal mixer with other local social media enthusiasts from all different industries including software development, business consulting, real estate, internet services (web hosting!), social gaming, health services, graphic design and more. About 20 people showed up and we were able to enjoy great and engaging conversations surrounding anything social media including events nearby, Foursquare, Twitter best practices and of course, we all tweeted live using the hashtag #SMCYVRPub that night. ...
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Over 20 Everyday Linux Commands

Linux administrators know that they cannot live through the GUI alone and require strong expertise in the command line.  Because of that, there isn’t a day that goes by, that clients don’t ask us for common tips and useful commands to help them better manage their servers.  This article is meant to give everyone a few tips and tricks to manage their servers through the command line.   Working with the command line can be very fast, efficient and infinitely flexible if you know how to navigate your way around. Over 20 Everyday Linux Commands uname -a: Shows kernel version and system archi...
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Five Tips for New Small Business Owners

This morning, I stopped by the event, Get Your Business Online, to check it out with other small business owners and interested parties. The event was held all morning at one of the conference rooms at the beautiful Fairmount Hotel in Vancouver. There was a nice spread of pastries including croissants, muffins, coffee and tea available. We had a packed house with a couple of hundreds of attendees from the area. Here are some basic takeaways for small business owners to grasp: 1. Your customers are online This is the main factor why you need to have a strong presence online. Per the ...
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How to Tweak Apache for Maximum Load

Different types of tweaks should be done depending on the server instead of conducting the exact same tweaks on different servers - even though the content, number of visitors, websites and server resources are different. Let's take a look at a recent example and a “hypothetical” server configuration that was set to the incorrect settings and the steps taken by a technician to improve performance on the server. 1. Testing/pinging the server: Probably the first step that should be completed is pinging the server and getting a better idea of speed. When testing a customer’s website you don...
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The Performance Bottleneck – What Do I Do?

Fine tuning a server and a website for maximum performance is not as easy as one might assume. Each day, we get questions from our web hosting customers on why their server seems to be a bit slow, or website load times don’t seem to be optimized. More importantly, when we tell customers it is time to upgrade because their resources are maxed out, they usually looked to us and ask why they need to upgrade. The purpose behind this article is to overview some of the common trouble areas to improve server performance, and to also take a look at some other potential (and less common) areas wher...
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