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PHP Mail Vs. SMTP Mailing Lists

Whether your goal is marketing or simply communicating with your website’s online community, there comes a time when you need to send out a mass email. I am not suggesting you spam your customers or users. What I do suggest, however, is that you have some way of contacting people …

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Using the Stat Command to Display Metadata

Linux servers provide system administrators with a great deal of flexibility and information about the inner workings of the system. If you ever want to know about every minute detail of your hardware, Linux can do that. The same is also true of hardware. For general files, the “stat” command …

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Useful RPM Tips

As I mentioned in an earlier post, YUM is a powerful package management system, commonly used in RPM-based Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Fedora. We have covered some of the basic YUM commands. Now, here are some helpful commands not in YUM that you can use …

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Common Server Architectures

In computer lingo, when someone talks about architecture, they usually mean the type of CPU driving the system. For servers, the most used architecture has traditionally been x86, but this has gradually been supplanted by x86_64 (64-bit). Here is a list of various server architectures. x86 – This dates back …

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Software That Requires Perl Modules

When you install perl applications on a server, they will invariably require you to install additional modules for support. This is part of the unfortunate reality of running perl applications. Typically, the required module names will be displayed like this, Date::Format or File::Tail. If you have ever tried to find …

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Benefits of Your Own XMPP Server

Instant messaging is a fast and inexpensive method of communication that has been part of the Internet since the early days. While most are familiar with proprietary instant messaging protocols like AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger, some may not be familiar with XMPP, even if they use it. It …

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MySQL Enterprise Released

Monday, the database giant, Oracle, announced the release of MySQL Enterprise. In addition to the standard, freely available database software, this new packaged version of MySQL will include comprehensive support and monitoring tools. The primary tool available with this release is MySQL Monitor 2.2, which monitors performance and security. Other …

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Secure File Transfer from SSH

If you are accustomed to working with a graphical interface, such as Windows or Mac OS, having to manage your server from the command line can be arduous, but it is sometimes necessary. In some situations, for example, you might need to send a file directly from the server without …

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4 Top Hosting Control Panels

Choosing the right control panel for a dedicated server can be one of the most important things you do. The right choice can increase productivity and generally make your life easier. Here are a few of the most popular: cPanel and WHM (Web Host Manager) cPanel is one of the …

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What is PHP Safe Mode?

A “safe mode” in general is a term used to refer to software that has all but the most critical components disabled in order to increase stability. Often times when there is a stability or security issue, running in safe mode will allow the user to still access the system …

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