Changing form Apache to NGINX – Part 1

I’m currently in the process of switching my webserver from Apache with mod_php to the much faster NGINX with PHP-FPM, as I’m finding BugMuncher is running out of memory on the old apache set up.

I’ve been using Apache on webservers for as long as I can remember, so switching to NGINX has been a bit odd so far, especially understanding requests. So I’ve decided to write a series of posts documenting the lessons I learn, partly so I can refer to them, but also for anyone else making the switch to NGINX.

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Posted in: Programming,Technology by Matt Bearman on 8th February 2012 at 11:25 am
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Idea Dump 2011

I’m constantly thinking of ideas, and I find myself wanting to develop all of them. Unfortunately I’m just one incredibly handsome man, and all my time is spent on BugMuncher.

It’s starting to feel like these ideas are weighing me down, I find myself dividing my thoughts between all of them, and I want out.

So I’m going to put these ideas here, for all to see, in the hope that it offloads them from by brain. If you like any of these ideas please feel free to take them and develop them. All I ask is that you let me know, as I’d love to see how it turns out. (more…)

Posted in: Programming,Technology by Matt Bearman on 30th December 2011 at 11:19 am
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All you need to know about Steve Jobs’ influence

I woke up this morning, and went through my usual routine: grab my iPhone and check the time, (7:15am, awesome). Then it’s over to facebook, to see if anything noteworthy has happened overnight.

The first thing that grabs my attention is that two of my friends status’ are “R.I.P Steve Jobs”. My immediate reaction is “it’s a hoax”, after all, the internet seems to love pretending people are dead, so I fire up Safari to verify the news.

I go straight to Hacker News, which is normally the third stop on my morning routine anyway. If Steve really has passed, Hacker News will certainly have some stories about it.

I didn’t expect this:

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Posted in: Life,Technology by Matt Bearman on 6th October 2011 at 8:37 am
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BugMuncher – The website feedback tool with the silly name

So I’ve just launched a new project, the BugMuncher feedback tab widget, and it’s (as far as I know) the only visual feedback tool for websites.

If you want to know what it does, you don’t even have to go to the site, as I’ve installed it on this very website, simply click the ‘feedback’ button at the bottom left of any page on this site, and you can see BugMuncher in action.

I’d love to hear what you think, either in the comments or by using BugMuncher, after all, that is what it’s there for.

– MB

Posted in: Programming,Technology by Matt Bearman on 17th July 2011 at 9:18 am
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Six ways to protect yourself from SQL Injection

There’s been a  recent resurgence of SQL injection themed tech news as of late, including a Welsh Government site that was aparently try to protect itself with JavaScript, and the SQL homepage it’s self falling pray to an injection attack.

In the last few years I’ve learned a lot in this area and I thought I’d share my knowledge with the world. I realise there are other, possibly better techniques than the ones I list here, and I’d love to hear about them in the comments. (more…)

Posted in: Programming,Technology by Matt Bearman on 29th March 2011 at 10:53 pm
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Facebook’s new privacy settings – All or nothing

Facebook in their infinite wisdom have decided to change the way in which your information is stored and shared, as a part of their ‘Open Graph’ initiative. Previously when you edited your profile information there were a number of text boxes with headings like ‘Activities’, ‘Interests’, etc. In these text boxes users would type a list things they felt were relevent, and these things would be displayed on your profile for your friends to see, much like this: (more…)

Posted in: Rants,Technology by Matt Bearman on 3rd May 2010 at 10:56 am
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Twitter Lists – Why Me?

Today when I logged into my twitter account I was greeted with the following message about twitter’s new feature, twitter lists:

Twitter lists

Twitter Lists

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Posted in: Technology by Matt Bearman on 29th October 2009 at 4:32 pm
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Why the iPhone is still the king

I’ve always been very openly against Apple, partly because their products tend be unintelligibly over priced, and partly because there are no fanboys anywhere near as annoying as the typical Apple fanboy. They just will not accept the slightest bad word against anything Apple do.

So how is I now own (and love) an iPhone? I do my best to always keep an open mind, and having tried a fair few of the smart phones available at the moment, I simply found it to be the best. Fear not though, as this post isn’t going to be another review of the iPhone with its tongue firmly lodged in Steve Job’s sphincter, instead I’m going to attempt to address why (at least in my opinion) the iPhone is the best. (more…)

Posted in: Rants,Technology by Matt Bearman on 16th October 2009 at 4:38 pm
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