Posts Tagged ‘Blog’

Happy Birthday Blog

October 20th, 2009

This blog turned one year old on Sunday. The inaugural entry, My First Blog and How To Install WordPress, was posted on October 18th, 2008.

Happy Birthday Blog!

For some reason, it feels like I’ve been at this a lot longer than one year.

Some statistics related to this blog during the past 365 days:

  • 224 posts
    • 195 Virtualization related
    • 30 Non-virtualization related (typically other technologies and a few personal)
    • Average of one post per every 1 1/2 days
    • Using a very conservative estimate of 2 hours spent writing each post, total time spent writing:
      • 448 hours
      • 19 days
      • Almost 3 weeks
      • Doesn’t include any lab time
  • 179,389 Unique visitors
    • Generating 5,399,277 Hits
    • Consuming 71.36GB Send (upload) traffic
    • Costing $1,199.88 in bandwidth
    • Plus another $1,800 estimated in rack electrical/cooling
  • 743 legit comments (approved)
    • Average of 2 legit comments per day
  • 7,873 spam comments (blocked and IP banned)
    • Average of 22 spam comments per day
  • 90 Tags
  • 14 Active WordPress plugins
  • 7 Inactive WordPress plugins
  • 4 Sponsors
  • 1 Theme change
  • 3 VMware exams passed
    • VCDX Enterprise Administration exam
    • VCP4 exam
    • VCDX Design exam
  • 2 VMworlds attended
    • VMworld Europe 2009
    • VMworld 2009
  • 7th most popular virtualization blog as rated by the VMware community
  • 1 vCalendar idea
  • 1 vExpert award
  • 0 VMware NFR licenses received
    • Out of a dozen or so requests
    • Over the course of 2+ years
  • Established about a million virtualization industry
    • Contacts
    • Friends
    • Acquaintances
  • Through
    • Blog
    • Twitter
    • VMworld
    • LinkedIn

Thank you for reading. I look forward to another great year with more VMware virtualization information to share! A special thank you also goes out to other bloggers and VMware virtualization community members for sharing your time and knowledge and continuing to inspire me to do the same.

Celebrity Twitter Overkill

May 13th, 2009

I linked to a hilarious Twitter video a while back. Here’s another installment which focuses on celebrity Twitterers. Note quite as good as the first IMO one but still a must see:

Virtualvcp.com temporarily unavailable

April 26th, 2009

Quick note to the virtualization blog readers that our friend Rynardt Spies is experiencing technical difficulties while on vacation in South Africa. As a result, his popular virtualization blog www.virtualvcp.com may be unavailable until Saturday May 2nd.


“I’m writing to try and get the word out the my blog www.virtualvcp.com is down. I’m on holiday in South Africa and it seems like there’s been a failure of some sort with my firewall. I’m unable to fix the problem until i’m back in the uk on Saturday, 2 may.

Could you please just post this on your blog as there is now hundreds of hits a day that will get bounced and i have no way of communicating this to readers.

Thanks,

Rynardt Spies
VCP / vExpert
www.virtualvcp.com”

Rynardt, don’t feel bad. I had the same thing happen to my website (along with a few others that I was hosting) when I went away on my honeymoon. The gateway router had locked up and denied traffic to the sites until I returned.

Twitter explained in 267 seconds

March 29th, 2009

I was the guy on the left until last fall when John Troyer showed me how useful and powerful this tool can be during the VMworld 2008 virtualization conference. Properly used, it’s a real time professional networking and knowledge sharing tool, commonly called a microblog.

Thanks to the internet, the delivery of information to the masses can be ranked as follows in order of most timely to least timely:

  1. Twitter
  2. RSS feeds via blog posts and news articles
  3. Email
  4. Traditional mail

Notice I left out instant messaging (IM). IM from a technology perspective is as timely as Twitter except it differs significantly in one facet:

  • Tweets (messages in Twitter) are multicasted to hundreds, thousands, or millions of people instantly.
  • Instant Messages are spoken in one on one conversations. It could take days or weeks for spoken information to travel to the volumes of people that Twitter has the ability to reach instantly. Not only that, but think about how broken the message will become after it is repeated by dozens or hundreds of people. Like that old childhood game “Telephone to Norway”. An IM that originally started with “The sky is blue” may eventually end up as “Jesus had a 24 inch LCD”.

Although Twitter can be used with a web browser, getting the most out of it involves a combination of things like following the right people, using 3rd party Twitter clients like TweetDeck, setting up searches to refine incoming tweets only to what you want to see, etc. These are the things that will really help narrow the scope and define its intended use through customization.

But if you use Twitter merely for being a social butterfly, then yeah, it’s pretty much like how the guy on the left describes it. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Each person makes Twitter what they want it to be.  With that in mind, it’s not so easy to stereotype its use.

Thanks for the link to the video William Lam.

MobilePress caused 55,000+ files in c:\windows\temp

March 19th, 2009

A while after installing the MobilePress 1.0.3 plugin for WordPress, my IIS server locked up.  I rebooted it and all was well.  A while later, it locked up again.  Upon further investigation, I found 55,000+ files in the c:\windows\temp\ folder and new files were popping in there at a rate of a few per minute.

Each of the 55,000 files looked like:

sess_1dq5436rb4m9b399cojhnmitd1

sess_3meinb58v9oqra5ia0869pqig6

sess_5hbicsnrt0hn1qj9lc5q9n7g30

where the prefix of sess_ is common but the rest is random.

Using Sysinternals procmon.exe, I was able to identify right away that the process responsible for creating the files was w3wp.exe which pointed me to IIS.  However, I wasn’t sure why IIS would begin doing this after being stable for a long time.

Searches on the internet said the files were being generated by PHP and indicated new user sessions as visitors hit my blog.  That helped confirm the fact that these were coming from IIS and the blog but still no tell tale reason as to why all of the sudden.

Then I opened up one of the files and it showed:
SESS_MOBILE_BROWSER|s:6:”mobile”;SESS_MOBILE_ACTIVE|b:0;SESS_MOBILE_THEME|s:7:”default”;

That was enough to jog my memory that I had recently installed the MobilePress plugin.

Removing the plugin immediately resolved the issues and the temp files are no longer created.

Top 10 referring pages year to date

March 14th, 2009

Top 10 referring pages year to date:

  1. http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/planet/v12n/
  2. http://twitter.com/home
  3. http://ict-freak.nl
  4. http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk
  5. http://vmetc.com/2008/12/05/free-tools-with-virtualcenter-like-f…
  6. http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php
  7. http://vmetc.com/links/
  8. http://www.virtualization.info/2008/12/vmware-infrastructure-40-…
  9. http://www.mikedipetrillo.com
  10. http://www.vmware-land.com

I’ve been receiving a steady increase in traffic thanks to the referrals above. Rich Brambley of vmetc.com swiped two of the top 10 spots. Thanks a lot!

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Here is how March 2009 is stacking up so far for referrals:

  1. http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/planet/v12n/
  2. http://www.yellow-bricks.com
  3. http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2009/03/01/vmworld-2009-europe-link…
  4. http://www.linkedin.com/newsArticle
  5. http://twitter.com/home
  6. http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/
  7. http://blogs.vmware.com
  8. http://www.dabcc.com/article.aspx
  9. http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2009/03/vmworld-in-76-links-the-blo…
  10. http://kensvirtualreality.blogspot.com

Referrals tell me not only the number of people browsing my site, but they also reveal what what other web pages are being browsed from the standpoint of what site they just traveled in from. In this case of the number 10 spot, Ken Cline’s blog. Ken’s blog is brand new and he’s already making waves. Nice job Ken!

Interested in seeing more virtualization blog stats? Check out Duncan Epping’s Top 10 referrers over the last 30 days.

New sponsor coming Monday which I’m excited to announce 🙂

Horray! We’re mobile device friendly

March 9th, 2009

I received the feedback that the blog was not easily readable on mobile/handheld devices (Blackberry, iPhone, etc.)  Taking the suggestion from a few friends to install the MobilePress plugin for WordPress, the blog was mobile friendly within five minutes. While I had always “dealt” with the blog’s rendering on my own Blackberry, I hadn’t realized it could be improved (with so much ease).  I like it much better now as a lot of the “noise” has been removed. Thank you for the suggestions and feedback! Update:  The MobilePress plugin has been disabled for the time being due to a bug.