Posts Tagged ‘Blog’

VMPeople.net extends contract with boche.net

February 23rd, 2009

I am happy to report that VMPeople.net, The Global Virtualization and Cloud Computing Job Board, has extended its partnership with boche.net.

VMPeople.net is a leading source of virtualization networking for job seekers, contractors, consultants, hiring managers, and recruiters.  I would like to to thank VMPeople.net for their continued support!

IT blogger of the week

January 12th, 2009

I was informed by Techtarget’s IT Knowledge Exchange that I am their IT blogger of the week.  Thank you!  I deeply appreciate the recognition!

Similar to HR departments, IT staff loves recognition but usually doesn’t receive a lot of it.  We’re only called when there are problems.  With that in mind, why not surprise your HR department with a nice “thank you” this week for processing your paycheck correctly and on time as they do week after week?  🙂

2008 web statistics

January 4th, 2009

I’ve hosted a web server on the internet for more than a decade.  It is a hobby that helps keep my skills sharpened and most of the time I enjoy it very much.  Over the years I have hosted web sites for individuals and small businesses.  Aside from due diligence, one of my interests is to examine the logs and look at trends and statistics.

2008 was the web server’s busiest year yet.  My domain, boche.net, was purely a family/hobbiest site.  The addition of a VMware virtualization blog in mid October caused boche.net domain traffic to jump by a factor of ten.  I had more traffic in December than I had five previously combined months.  A new high watermark of well over 1 million hits was set compared to 323,000 total hits in 2007.

Increased traffic urged me to upgrade my bandwidth.  Fortunately, I was able to pick up a sponsor late in 2008 – vmpeople.net.  Please visit them if you have a chance – especially if you are searching for a job or a qualified engineer to help you with a project.

Without further delay, here are some of the interesting stats that stood out to me for the year 2008:

Unique visitors 36,932
Number of visits 54,247
Pages 347,179
Hits 1,378,355
Bandwidth 16.77GB

Average busiest day of the week:  Wednesday

Average least busiest day of the week:  Saturday

Average busiest hour of the day:  8 am CT

Average least busiest hour of the day:  1 am CT

Top 10 visitor domains/countries:

Domain/Country Pages Hits Bandwidth
Unknown (unresolvable IP) 126,583 442,561 5.38GB
Commercial (.com) 71,498 277,979 3.29GB
Network (.net) 55,813 291,385 3.63GB
Netherlands (.nl) 6,186 31,077 364.67MB
China (.cn) 4,051 4,859 11.74MB
Germany (.de) 3,964 15,195 309.21MB
United Kingdom (.uk) 3,759 19,052 349.44MB
South Africa (.za) 3,527 4,840 50.51MB
Australia (au) 3,068 18,287 335.27MB
Canada (.ca) 2,389 13,966 185.33MB

Top 10 robots/spider visitors (numbers after + are successful hits on robot.txt files):

Robot/Spider Visitor Hits Bandwidth
Yahoo Slurp 24,258+2,691 899.63MB
BaiDuSpider 17,223+71 8.54MB
Googlebot 10,587+262 272.53MB
MSNBot 6,643+2,,430 99.14MB
Feedburner 8,492 11.16MB
Unknown robot 5,608+117 314.38MB
MSNBot-media 3,071+1007 459.43MB
Unknown robot 3,268+542 330.10MB
Voila 2,459+756 59.40MB
Google AdSense 3,091+97 116.51MB

Visits duration (number of visits:  54,247 – average 291 seconds):

Visits duration Number of visits Percent
0s-30s 41,963 77.3%
30s-2mn 3,351 6.1%
2mn-5mn 2,039 3.7%
5mn-15mn 2,175 4%
15mn-30mn 1,179 2.1%
30mn-1h 1,234 2.2%
1h+ 2,306 4.2%

Operating systems (this category deserved a full listing):

Version Hits Percent
Windows 16,452 88.1%
Windows XP 9,638 51.6%
Windows (unknown version) 4 0%
Windows NT 1,775 9.5%
Windows Me 2 0%
Windows Vista 3,909 20.9%
Windows CE 61 0.3%
Windows 95 4 0%
Windows 2003 863 4.6%
Windows 2000 196 1%
BSD 16 0%
FreeBSD 16 0%
Linux 563 3%
Ubuntu 338 1.8%
Suse 33 0.1%
Fedora 57 0.3%
Debian 33 0.1%
Centos 18 0%
GNU Linux (unknown or unspecified distribution) 84 0.4%
Macintosh 1,142 6.1%
Mac OS X 1,142 6.1%
Others 495 2.6%
Unknown 476 2.5%
Sony PlayStation Portable 19 0.1%

Top 10 browsers:

Browser Hits Percent
MS Internet Explorer 846,588 61.4%
Firefox 394,107 28.5%
Safari 55,359 4%
SharpReader (RSS Reader) 3,949 2.4%
Mozilla 24,965 1.8%
Opera 11,305 0.8%
Unknown 6,468 0.4%
NetNewsWire (RSS Reader) 1,169 0%
Konqueror 1,128 0%
Netscape 668 0%

Top 10 referring search engines:

Search Engine Pages Percent Hits Percent
Google 27,817 86.8% 28,424 76.1%
Yahoo! 1,359 4.2% 1,393 3.7%
Windows Live 1,273 3.9% 1,291 3.4%
Google (Images) 463 1.4% 3,628 9.7%
SoSo 442 1.3% 442 1.1%
MSN Search 146 0.4% 149 0.3%
AOL 106 0.3% 108 0.2%
Google (cache) 99 0.3% 1,556 4.1%
Stumbleupon 62 0.1% 102 0.2%
Unknown 57 0.1% 63 0.1%

Top 10 search keywords:

  1. deep
  2. jack
  3. thoughts
  4. handy
  5. by
  6. vmware
  7. handey
  8. esxi
  9. esx
  10. to

Top 10 referring pages (non search engines):

Referring page Pages Hits
http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/planet/v12n/ 1,221 1,226
http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php 1,137 93,529
http://vmetc.com 489 489
http://blog.scottlowe.org 408 408
http://vmetc.com/2008/12/05/free-tools-with-virtualcenter-like-f… 355 355
http://communities.vmware.com/message/390966 268 268
http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/ 262 262
http://twitter.com/home 219 223
http://www.virtualization.info/2008/12/vmware-infrastructure-40-… 191 191
http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2008/12/its-noon-on-wed.html 186 186

Top 10 referrers (non search engines):

  1. vmware.com
  2. petri.co.il
  3. vmetc.com
  4. scottlowe.org
  5. twitter.com
  6. virtualization.info
  7. vmware-land.com
  8. yellow-bricks.com
  9. twitturly.com
  10. ubuntuforums.org

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Upgraded to WordPress 2.7

December 28th, 2008

Blog maintenance tonight:

  • Upgraded the Pixeled theme from version 1.1 to version 1.5.
    • This theme appears to be compatible with WordPress 2.7.
    • Had to re-hack a few of the theme files for blog customizations I made.
    • No known cool improvements other than bug fixes.
  • Major WordPress upgrade from 2.6.5 to 2.7.
    • Followed this guide. Fairly straight forward. Maybe a bit advanced for the less technically inclined. Theme/plugin compatibility is the big deal here.
    • Some plugins listed on the compatible list. Some were not listed at all. Proceeded with upgrade anyway.
    • Before upgrading, backed up database and entire blog directory. Disabled plugins (re-enabling plugins retains plugin settings thank God).
    • Widgets seem to be unaffected.
    • After all was said and done, one plugin isn’t working: WP Super Cache. The plugin configuration page is blank and I don’t see any cache directory on the server nor do I see a “delete cache” link in the admin console. I went ahead and disabled this plugin until this can be worked out. The blog will still run without it, however, each page will now be dynamically rendered by the PHP engine thus chewing up quite a bit more CPU cycles on the web server. I host my own blog so there is no risk of being evicted by a web host for utilizing too much CPU which has happened to the more popular bloggers like Scott Lowe at VMworld 2008 and Rich Brambley. Honorable mention, Mike Laverick of RTFM Eduction was also shut down due excess bandwidth utilization. These web hosts obviously don’t know who they are messing with 😉
    • Initial observations:
      • I knew it was a major upgrade and unfortunately for the readers, most of the cosmetic improvements happen behind the scenes in the admin console which the reader doesn’t see.
      • Ok, the new console is refreshing and cool (literally cool with a cool-like blue theme – I’m getting the chills as I write this…)
      • Everything is moved around completely. It’s the Windows 3.1 Program Manager to Windows 95 interface migration all over again. However, the concepts and building blocks of WordPress don’t really change, so seasoned WordPress veterans should be able to adapt quickly just as experienced Windows administrators did in 1995.
      • If the redesigned UI doesn’t entice you, the promised future ease of WordPress upgrades should be enough to justify the jump to version 2.7.
      • I hope the WYSIWYG editor is fixed and doesn’t randomly garf bulleted lists and font formatting like the 2.6.x versions did. I often had to use the HTML tab to manually fix things in source view using my old school HTML tag skills.
      • The WYSIWYG editor seems a tad bit more sluggish but in fairness that is probably because I’m on my slower computer right now. I write most of my blog posts on my faster computer.
      • The Dashboard now has something called “QuickPress” which reminds me a bit of Twitter micro-blogging with tag functionality. It’s basically a fast track method to post quickly from the Dashboard view without the bells and whistles that the WYSIWYG editor provides.
      • There’s a Word Count display underneath the WYSIWYG editor. For those who are paid to blog, this should come in handy. I wish there was also a Quality Count. I could use that to help me with some of my posts.

That’s all for now. I waited for the suckers… ahem… the early adopters… to upgrade to 2.7 first so I could watch for fallout. Not much fallout to speak of really. 2.7 went through many beta and release candidate revisions. It was cooked pretty good and the quality shows. Just make sure you back up your database and content directories before the upgrade so you have a good recovery point. I’m off to the couch to watch a few more of my Twilight Zone Xmas DVDs (seasons 1 through 3). Tomorrow morning I go out to breakfast with friends and then to the Metrodome to watch the clueless Minnesota Vikings lose to the New York Giants.

Update: Flickr Manager 2.1 doesn’t work after the upgrade to WordPress 2.7. When I click on an image to insert, the Flickr Manager hourglass just spins its wheels and never returns to the blog post inserting the image. I’ve restarted IIS services a few times to no avail. For my blog entries that have inline images, this really sucks because now inserting images is a much more manual process where I have to go out to Flickr, find the picture within the correct set, click on it, view all sizes, then copy the image URL location.

Update: The Flickr Manager 2.1 issue has been resolved.  I found this gem on the support forums.  Apparently the author fixed the issue and slipped it back into a re-release of version 2.1 (download the updated 2.1 version here) without telling people who downloaded the original broked version of 2.1 before January 2009.  My personal and professional opinion is the version should have been incremented from 2.1 to 2.2 but nonetheless I’m happy now.

Update:  Fixed WP Super Cache not caching and blank configuration page issues:

  • The enabling of the WP Super Cache plugin was not creating the wp-content\advanced-cached.php and wp-cache-config.php files like it was supposed to.  This FAQ lead me to the manual creation (copy) of these files which fixed the blank configuration page problem.
  • Once the config page was working I thought all was well, but it wasn’t.  The plugin wasn’t caching.  I was able to witness this by no cache files being created in the wp-content\cache\ directory.  Upon further examination, a default setting for the plugin is to reject caching of pages with the string index.php in the URI.  This is ridiculous because every blog page served up by WordPress on the web server has the string index.php in it!  This essentially told the plugin not to cache any of the blog posts.  Simply removing index.php and saving the configuration jump started the whole thing and now everything is working correctly.

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Introducing: IT Knowledge Exchange/TechTarget

December 18th, 2008

Have you seen TechTarget’s IT Knowledge Exchange? If you are an IT staff member in search of answers or excellent technical blogs, ITKE is one site you’ll want to bookmark. Their award winning editorial staff include virtualization bloggers such as Eric Siebert, David Davis, prolific VirtualCenter plugin writer Andrew Kutz, Rick Vanover, Edward Haletky, and many more.

Search or browse by hundreds of tags covering hot IT topics such as Database, Exchange, Lotus Domino, Microsoft Windows, Security, Virtualization, etc.

Their value proposition is simple: provide IT professionals and executives with the information they need to perform their jobs—from developing strategy, to making cost-effective IT purchase decisions and managing their organizations’ IT projects.

One month ago, brianmadden.com was purchased by TechTarget. I think this addition will be a nice shot in the arm for ITKE. In one transaction they integrate an established rich Citrix/Terminal Services/Virtualization knowledgebase and talented staff of bloggers that it can in turn use to help its readers and advertising clientele.

TechTarget has over 600 employees, was founded in 1999, and went public in May 2007 via a $100M IPO.

12-18-2008 8-27-33 AM

WordPress 2.7 has been released

December 11th, 2008

It’s finally here.  Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been waiting on pins and needles for this release.  I’m happy with the WordPress 2.6.5 version I’m on now but maybe once I see the new features in 2.7 I’ll get more excited about it.  At any rate, I’ll be proceeding with much caution.  Probably not for at least a few weeks.  Much like a Microsoft Windows service pack, I’ll let other early adopters find out the joys first, then I’ll stand on the shoulders of their learning and success and avoid the pitfalls myself.  My concerns are with the dozen or more plugins/widgets I use in addition to my blog theme.  If you have any experience or hear any sort of news good/bad/ugly, please share the knowledge.  Comments always welcome here (as long as they are not spam).

Maintenance tonight

December 9th, 2008

The blog, web, and Team Fortress 2 servers will be down briefly tonight for a little maintenance on the virtualized gateway router.  Duration should be about half an hour at the most.  I apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Speaking of maintenance, I doubled my hosting bandwidth over the weekend from 5Mbps down/512Kbps up to 10Mbps down/1Mbps up.  I performed a little bandwidth speed testing last night and initially I wasn’t overly pleased the results.  Depending on the remote host I tested speed against, I wasn’t seeing the numbers I should be on the download side.  Eventually I did find a remote host that proved I had a 10Mbps down pipe (I don’t have bursting AFAIK).  On the up side (which is what really counts for hosting performance and you readers), I wasn’t able to find any remote hosts that showed I had upstream bandwidth beyond 512Kbps.  I’ll be performing more tests and I will contact my service provider if I am not completely satisfied.  For what I’m paying for business class broadband, I insist that I be consistently getting the 80% of the promised speeds which I believe is the SLA with my provider.

Trust me, I could go really hysterical with regards to my provider but you readers deserve better so I’ll keep it bottled up for now.  Thank your lucky stars for whatever provider you have because chances are they are much better than what I have to work with.

Toodles.

Update: Bandwidth is looking good.  Explanation in comments below.

12-9-2008 9-45-07 PM