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Relaunching and retooling for Habitat for Humanity of Oregon

Habitat Oregon is an umbrella support organization “created to offer fundraising, public relations, and advocacy support to all 34 Habitat affiliates – the groups of dedicated staff and volunteers building the homes – across our state.”  We are proud to support Habitat in Oregon, and to offer our small measure of help by launching the newly retooled habitatoregon.org — with new WordPress-powered content management capability, a blog, and an online forum for Habitat affiliate employees throughout Oregon.

Thanks, Habitat for Humanity of Oregon, for the opportunity to lend a hand!

Thanks, Site5! (updated)

I have generally had a good customer experience with web hosting from Site5.com.  Their customer support is responsive, price reasonable, server performance acceptable for the price.

The other day, someone at Site5 decided they had to respond to a vague and specious rumor circulating about a vulnerability in OpenSSH.  Their response?  To disable all customer ssh access.  Wheeeee!

Yesterday they finally turned back on SSH access.  But without any notice, they disabled ssh1 access on my server.  I don’t dispute that I should probably have been using ssh2 keys for accessing my svn repo over svn+ssh, but I wasn’t.  And since I am sort of a doofus sometimes when it comes to sysadmin type stuff, I got to spend half a day looking for some problem with my svn client before I thought of the obvious fact that while Site5 claimed all ssh access was restored, that claim may not have been entirely true.  Thanks Site5, you totally owe me a beer.

Update – SANS said yesterday it was indeed a hoax.

Launched the new Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

Last night, Maria and I completed and launched the new habitatportlandmetro.org! Big props, as the kids say (they say that, right?), to Maria for driving this project to completion, and to Chris for laying out the best-designed Habitat site I’ve seen yet.

The launch was nearly 100% smooth, the only exception being when I broke Habitat’s email for a half hour or so.  Turns out that if you move DNS for a domain, you move it for, you know, the whole domain, and stuff.  Who knew you could be a professional web developer while having such a crappy grasp of DNS?  Well, I’m living proof that it’s true.  Or false, depending on your definition of “professional”.

Update:  DNS caching is a giant PITA.

Site update

A brand new pixelnix.com says Hello, World!  More content to come as I invent it from the thin strands of ether holding together these interwebs.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!