CategoryLinux Stuff Updated

A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me a message letting me know that he liked my site. I had written about it here a few months ago,, and he had used it somewhat regularly for password generation.

After his note to me, I went back and looked at it, and it looked horrible! I was surprised that I never went back and did anything else to it, but I did that this weekend. It is much more presentable now, and I have added some more things to it that make it work a little better for the user. If you a need a password, I think that it is an even better option now.

Here is a screenshot of it.

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– Drew

ISPConfig 3 Script Updated

Over the past few years, I have maintained an installation script for ISPConfig3. The script is hosted over on Github, ISPConfig-3-Debian-Installer, and I recently made a few changes to it. I had wanted to make it just work better, and a few issue were submitted in a row that made me take a look at it again. It now works in just one file, and I think that is the biggest improvement. If you have an empty VPS or Server, you should give the script a shot. The control panel that it installs is pretty cool, and it is actively maintained over at How To Forge.

If you use the script and find any issues, feel free to send me an email here or open an issue at GitHub. Either way, I will take a look at it.

– Drew

A few weeks ago, a person at a forum that I visit regularly gave away a pretty cool domain name. When I saw it, I instantly wanted to get it and make a password generator out of it. I use one all the time for random stuff, and I wanted something that I know how it works. So, I did just that. You can find the site over at It uses freely available open-source software, and you can find more information about this on the About page.

The site is a pretty simple site that allows you to generate random passwords based on different settings. It is really nothing to write home about, but it is mine! I will use it pretty heavily, and I hope that other people can find some use for it.

Let me know what you think.

– Drew

Updated ISPConfig 3 Theme

Yesterday, I took the time to update my ISPConfig 3 Theme. I call this theme ISPConfig Clean. It just seemed like a good idea at the time, and you can’t really go back on that. It is a cleaner version of the default theme that ships with ISPConfig 3. I use or used the styling that is on the ISPConfig website as a base, and I am still working on it. I will be converting it over to SASS and Compass pretty soon. I just have to clean up a lot of things that are still in there. I will be constantly pushing updates to the Github Repo as I have time. This version will only work with 3.0.5. The older version for 3.0.4 is still available, but I will no longer be maintaining it.

Here are some pics of it.







My Site – Now on Version Control

It seems to me that everyone is starting to do this, and I thought that I should jump on the bandwagon as well. I don’t really know why I did it, but I am now running this bad boy with Git, BitBucket, and a shell script that runs to automatically pull the repository on my server. It seems to work pretty well so far, but I have only been using for a few hours.

The reason that I set this up is because I have made a lot of changes to theme of my website, and I got tired of having to use FTP/SFTP to put the files there. It does not seem like the efficient thing to do, and I didn’t want to do that anymore. After searching on the Internet for an hour or so I found a solution using a script called deploy.php, but I did not like that anyone could get access to it.

There had to be a better way, and I think that I found it using the Linux cronjob and bash script to run some commands for me. It might put some minimal extra load on my VPS, but I don’t think that it will be noticeable. I would like to set up something like WP Stack, but it seems like it is a pain to set up. I might look into it more later, but I think that I will stick with this for a few days or weeks. It is way better than what I have.

The only bad thing about doing this is having to update my plugins in development first. I am not super thrilled about that. I guess that I could exclude that directory, but I have a custom plugin for this site that I do some work on at times. It handles my Custom Post Types, and I try to tweak it to make it slightly better now and then. I am also not sure how to handle the database changes that the plugin might need to make. I guess I will have to find some way to dump the database and then import it to the production server. I do not want to get into the habit of taking a dump and uploading it constantly. That is not fun!