That’s all, folks!

That’s all, folks!

Hi all

This is the first post I’ve made in many many months. When I set out with this site, I aimed to prove what could be achieved with an inexpensive piece of hardware, and was staggered with how well a Raspberry Pi could host a fairly large-traffic site, and the community that’s grown on the site.

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Down for a DDoS attack

Down for a DDoS attack

Hi folks, the site’s intermittently down, some clever bugger’s subjecting my poor Raspberry Pi to a DDoS. The site’s running off my work server at the moment with CloudFlare stepping in to stop the cheeky buggers. Will be back running from a Raspberry Pi very soon!

Dingleberry Pi turns 1 years old. Find out what we’ve learnt

Dingleberry Pi turns 1 years old. Find out what we’ve learnt

Dingleberry Pi turns 1 years old this week. Throughout that time, we’ve achieved 99.97% uptime, and the growth of visits has been phenomenal. It’s been a year of learning, testing and tweaking, overcoming some of the shortfalls that the Raspberry Pi has.

Something I’m experiencing quite a lot is MySQL service outages, and given the site attracts 16,000 visits a month, this is understandable. The 512mb model B is undoubtably more capable of handling more traffic than its earlier 256mb sibling, but how do you overcome service outage, and how do you get alerted when it happens?Birthday

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Add virtual hosts and subdomains to your Raspberry Pi Apache2 server

Add virtual hosts and subdomains to your Raspberry Pi Apache2 server

If you’re feeling brave, you might want your Raspberry Pi powered web server to host more than one website or subdomain. Providing you’ve made the necessary modifications to increase performance, and are running Raspbian from a USB flash drive, there’s no reason why your Raspberry Pi couldn’t host more than one site.

Before you begin, I’m going to presume that you’ve followed my earlier tutorials to install Apache2, PHP and MySQL on your Raspberry Pi, and you have already got your domain or subdomain DNS records pointing to your Raspberry Pi.

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Junk email

Junk email

A massive apology to loads of you who have been sending mail through the site to me – I just found a ‘junk’ folder that I wasn’t subscribed to full of site mail. Will soldier through it over the weekend! Have a nice bank holiday!

The Raspberry Pi’s big brother – Intel NUC i3, the unboxing

The Raspberry Pi’s big brother – Intel NUC i3, the unboxing

There’s a lot I love about the Raspberry Pi; its ability to surprise me (one hosts this site, and that’s pretty impressive!), its tiny form factor, the minimal pull on electricity. It embodies everything that computing should be, and will be in the future.

Intel NUC i3 box

The things I dislike about them include the severe lack of power, inability to use bootable USB (or SATA capabilities), meagre 512mb memory. These frustrations are completely unjust on my part – its a £30 computer aimed at the education market! I have no right to be frustrated, especially as they make extremely cheap, yet capable web servers!

Everything I love about the Raspberry Pi’s physical attributes and energy credentials have been available for some time in a more capable formats, but nothing that really hits the nail on the head, until now that is.

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