Thank you Microsoft “NOT”

So I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to get the little icons back when I’m writing on here. Well; turns out it is an Internet Explorer issue. I finally got some time to sit down and tinker with the server and behold; Linux running Google Chrome (or Firefox) works like a champ.

They're back
Internet Explorer IE: Microsoft: SUCKS!

The highlighted parts in yellow show the icons are back and believe me; a welcome sight. Before, I had to move the mouse pointer over where the icons “should” be and see what the alternative text said. Now I can see what I need and “Bing” works like it’s supposed to.

I also fired up my son’s site at . I’m unable to access his site from work, but from what I have done with it today it should be up and running (he has yet to do anything to it). Out of all the sites that run on my web server; this OpenLUG site is the only one the network will let me access when at work.

Take care, happy *nixing and it can usually be done cheaper!

No Dashboard Icons

Below the “Add media” and “Add Contact Form” buttons should be some icons with text that show related details like “Bold”, “Italic”, “Align Right” etc etc .. There should also be an icon next to OpenLUG up there on the top left.

I’ve been searching the internet for a way to correct this, but have been less than fruitful. If anyone runs across the fix I’d love some advice.

I’ve disabled all my Plugins, restarted my web server and installed optional editing tools. I checked and the wp-admin/images directory is fine and accessible and the only .htaccess file I have is simple and doesn’t reach down to the root/wp-admin/images directories.

Wordpress Icons (2)


Same Server Different OS

For the last bunch of years I’ve been using Ubuntu Server edition to power this web server. Last night I moved over to Debian for a change of pace but keep a foot in familiar territory.

For those that don’t know; Ubuntu is based on Debian. When Ubuntu was new (back in the early 2000’s) they were basically a re-loaded Debian flavor of Linux and the software that made it up. Over time Ubuntu has grown in popularity (it is now the most popular distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system). With that growth has came a few things that make it a little more difficult to man handle into what you need with out the extra bits and pieces that make it so easy to use. A little analogues to Windows for most computer users.

Windows may be the predominant operating system out there; but it is by no means the easiest or even capable of tweaking into exactly what you need. When I used Gentoo GNU/Linux I learned a lot about what makes a computer tick, how to compile software to the exacting specifications of the hardware I was using and generally loved the manual, hands on approach it brought. The difficulties came when time constraints meant I just needed to get something up and running in an hour or two. Unlike Windows, most of the software you install with in Gentoo’s environment is compiled specifically to your hardware; this means that everything ran very fast, rarely had issues and legacy hardware felt almost as good as contemporary hardware.

Ubuntu packages most of the applications (software) into *.deb packages that have been pre-compiled for you and they often include all the pieces needed to run on a plethora of hardware. Debian does the same; except it is a little easier to compile your own software if that’s what you want to do. I would love to, but with three kids and a career my time is needed somewhere else besides watching code scramble across my screen as I dutifully watch for errors or segmentation faults.

For this server so far it only has the basic LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) installed. I’ve installed the software I need to get FTP (File Transfer Protocol) up and running; I just haven’t edited the configuration files yet. I’ve also installed Munin and NFS so I can monitor my network machines and access my data server’s files. That is about all I “should” install on here. I will probably install a few more things; but for now I’m very happy to have a moderately stable web server so I can share my ideas, thoughts and data with those that might give a shit.

If I have time, I will also load up a few tutorials for things I find useful (like getting the web server up and running). For now, it’s going to be a warm body in a black hole on the “interwebs”.

Thank you for your time and fare well,