And as if it were right on cue, enter the fools to the left…..

Sweet serendipity….


What I can share is that in my eight years of publishing Slabbed there are some forms of ignorance that are beyond a cure, especially ignorance born of arrogance. Sadly, there is no cure but the symptoms to this condition can still be treated. Continue reading “And as if it were right on cue, enter the fools to the left…..”

Slabbed is looking for a Linux consultant familiar with creating HA Clusters

Slabbed is looking for a Linux consultant familiar with using Heartbeat and Pacemaker to accomplish the task of clustering three single role file servers into a three node HA cluster that will host Slabbed as we continue to become hip to the Kernel. Anyone with this skill looking to make a buck should contact me here. Thank you.

While I’m sharing on the Administrative front….

I am immediately notified every time there is a failed attempt to login to the Slabbed New Media website and these events, complete with external IP addresses are cataloged and saved.

The Slabbed website has been under cyber attack for the past three weeks, nothing serious, my guess being some loser with lots of spare time on his hands that systematically enters the same user name hundreds of times with different password combos with each bad try locked out then rerouting using The Onion Router (TOR) moving on to the next user name/password combo try. This method is very clumsy and time consuming thus the “loser with lots of spare time” hypothesis.

But TOR has its limitations including sometimes routing via exit nodes that are unencrypted and if those exit nodes happen to be in the US, then there is a remedy.

To be continued.

From the publisher’s desk: Deb many thanks for the very generous donation

Slabbed would not be possible without folks like you that value journalism in the public interest. For all we’ve accomplished there remains so much more to be done. Just as Freedom is not free neither is journalism. Those of you that want to help continue the mission of informing the populace in support of good government can join Deb and mail your check or money order to:

Slabbed New Media, LLC
Post Office Box 788
Wiggins, MS 39577

Thank you.

Just another day in a darn busy week

And last night around 11:00pm Slabbed went off line but no one visiting at that late hour had any idea due to the wonders of a global CDN we now use. Even better, I’m now proficient enough in command line Linux to actually diagnose and fix the problem. The exercise brings back memories of using MS-DOS with 5 and a quarter inch floppies and programming in Basic back in 1984.

In any event how about some links. First up for those wanting to find out if government sponsored entertainment events/concerts makes sense financially check this out:

Report: Biloxi concert generated positive feedback but not revenue ~ Mary Perez

I personally have no problems with public funds underwriting civic events once in a while to mark special occasions but anyone that thinks these type of expenditures makes any sort of economic sense doesn’t understand basic finance or economics.

Now some more links, first up from ignorance of the First Amendment is no excuse files:

U.S. Judge Upholds Right to Scrawl Nasty Note on Speeding Ticket Payment ~ Benjamin Weiser

The best of the rest:

Experts: Talk now about drastic changes, or deal with coastal crisis later ~ Bob Marshall Continue reading “Just another day in a darn busy week”

Still tweaking the back end and I’m not speaking of Miley Cyrus

A few of you have been letting me know about all the recent quirks etc involving Slabbed since we moved into the cloud and I appreciate the feedback.  We’re still not completely done pairing the new CDN with the Reverse Proxy service but I’m hoping to have that completed sometime this weekend.

Meantime if you get any strange screens or have problems with functionality please let me know.

I’m personally sick of all this sappy Katrina nostalgia

And I for one am happy Obama did not come to the coast because we have too many filthy, lying politicians lurking about right now as it is.

That said I am getting inquiries about whether Slabbed would be marking the occasion that gave rise to the name of this internet community, which would be fitting and proper given the circumstances. OTOH I do not know anyone that has a desire to relive the Katrina experience because first it sucked and then life after it sucked even more though most everyone managed to muddled through.

In any event I’ll let reader comments serve as the guide on this. I’ll go ahead and mark AROD down as a yes because he emailed me wanting coverage.

Taking an unscheduled detour plus a few other announcements

We’ve been fairly successful building a readership that is not only high quality but one that also ranks in the thousands. So when you take normal traffic and triple it in one day that is no big deal from a resource standpoint and that is true even when it triples again the next day. And then the next day you double site traffic and then the next day you double again. Poor ol’ sparky the file server just wasn’t made to handle thousands of calls a second so yesterday this is what happened around 12:30pm:

Slabbed came back up in a more scalable environment this afternoon around 3:05pm and by the time I made it to my computer and checked usage around 3:15 we already had over 1,000 site visits. To the extent we are still tinkering and configuring on the backend something had to give and that something is the two posts on the Ashley Madison database queries, which I have disabled for the time being.

Thanks to the brave new world of virtualization we can now literally clone Slabbed with a click of the mouse. That, coupled with a high quality proxy service like CloudFlare means should Slabbed ever again begin clocking 1,000 site visits a minute we’ll be ready. Until then bear with us while the Slabbed Tech Team finishes the tweaks that accompany this major upgrade. Special thanks to James who worked into the wee hours of this morning making this happen.

Today is runoff election day and I will be back with a few thoughts after the polls close.