The Verge ran an article today highlighting that Instagram is separating out their private messaging functionality from their app into a standalone app. This is the same move that facebook made a few years ago (which made me uninstall the facebook app instead of installing their messaging app alongside). It's notable that facebook owns instagram, so the people responsible for facebook's app decision may have an influence on instagram's current app decision. But regardless, why is private messaging so heavy that they feel the need for a separate app?
As a user it's frustrating to me that they would need to install 2 apps on my phone. Facebook is one thing. All the facets of facebook should be wrapped up into one thing on my phone so I can compartmentalize all the things that go along with facebook. Instagram is one thing. I think you see where I'm going here.
This kind of highlights the re-emerging need to have a singular app merge and coalesce all the ways of contacting me into one singular feed and being smart enough to respond to you in the same way you contacted me. This was starting to gain traction in the early naughts but died out by the mid naughts. Digsby was the one that I used but I didn't really like the UI on it. I think we could reapproach this problem using modern programming and modern UI and come up with a more effortless system. Hmm, maybe that's the next thing I should build.
rake routes | grep 'brand'command at work today. Didn't bother to look it up, just typed it out and it worked. Boom! Finally, one piece of basic linux competency learned, and it only took me 14 years! Woo!
I have to find the documentation for all of them every time because it's been long enough that I don't remember how to do them each time, so I figured I might as well document more or less what I have to do to set this up. I'm using Bitnami stacks for my virtual machines and these instructions are relevant to Ubuntu 14.04.
/etc/network/interfaces like so:
#iface eth0 inet dhcp
iface eth0 inet static
dns-nameservers 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124
Make sure you choose an address outside the address space of the dhcp server then restart networking with
sudo service networking restart, except the networking restart like this isn't working on Ubuntu so I'm restarting the machine (the good ol' Windows reboot on a Linux box, smh.)
Source: Ask Ubuntu
sudo mv /etc/init/ssh.conf.back /etc/init/ssh.conf
sudo start ssh
Source: Bitnami docs
Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/home/bitnami/.ssh/id_rsa):
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
Enter same passphrase again:
Your identification has been saved in /home/bitnami/.ssh/id_rsa.
Your public key has been saved in /home/bitnami/.ssh/id_rsa.pub.
The key fingerprint is:
This command should create two files named id_rsa and id_rsa.pub in the /home/bitnami/.ssh directory. Copy the private key file named id_rsa to a secure location. Do not share this private key file. Transfer the contents of the public key file to the /home/bitnami/.ssh/authorized_keys file:
cat id_rsa.pub >> /home/bitnami/.ssh/authorized_keys
Edit the /etc/ssh/sshd_config and uncomment (or add if not already present) the following lines:
In the same file, disable basic password authentication:
Restart the SSH server for the new configuration to take effect:
sudo /etc/init.d/ssh force-reload
Source: Bitnami docs
/opt/bitnami/mysql/bin/mysqladmin -p -u root password NEW_PASSWORD
Source: Bitnami docs
At the end of the configuration file for Apache,
/opt/bitnami/apache2/conf/httpd.conf, add the following lines to deny spammers:
<Limit GET POST PUT>
allow from all
deny from xxx.xxx.xxx
Put the subnets you want to block in place of the xxx.xxx.xxx and you can repeat that line for as many subnets as you want. I manually add spammers to this list when I find them attacking my server, and the subnets that have been added are all in China and Russia. I don't get many visitors as it is, and Chinese and Russians really don't have a reason to have interest in my blog, so I don't feel bad about blocking entire subnets in those countries. I might think hard about it if the subnet was in a country where I might have readers.
Source: lost to the wind, but I copied the section off the bottom of my httpd.conf of my last server I spun up (which I've been using about 2 years now).
So, confession time: I've never really done too well at setting up a server. I'm sure this one is no exception. I have a tough time figuring out where to put things on servers, where and how to serve up additional sites. That said, I've learned a bit about multi-site configuration on a single server over the past year from work. I now have multiple vhosts setup so that I can hit the same server with multiple domains and get different websites, except I'm not pointing any other domains at my server yet. What I did do though was use subdomains so that I can have multiple rails projects running on the same server, permanently set up with Apache and Passenger. I'm still testing this out, so I'm not sure that it will work the way I want it to, but here's what I'm thinking.
I'm creating a
/home/bitnami/projects folder where I can stash all my projects. The bitnami stack that I chose is the Ruby stack, which gives me Apache setup already with Passenger integration, which allows me to server either Rails apps or PHP sites. I can create new projects in my projects folder, and then give each project it's own vhost entry so that I can hit each of them individually. I'm going to use the ServerAlias directive to give them each a subdomain, then add CNAME records to my DNS for each subdomain which point back to my server, that way Apache will decode the url and point to the right vhost.
I added a line to the end of the
I created the vhost file there so I don't have to deal with permissions issues (i.e. sudo/running as root) when I'm adding new vhosts.
I'm thinking about creating a project that's served by default (i.e. if someone hits the server with the IP or if they hit with the root domain, because apparently those can be different), and that project will essentially be a page of links to all the projects (subdomains) on the server. I can set up a php script to either read through the vhosts file in my home directory or go through the directory of projects and create a list of links and then write them out to a php file. I can use cron to run that php script every <interval of time> so that when I create new projects they'll show up automagically on my jump page (working title). I need to figure out what a sensible interval of time to run the script is. Often enough where I don't feel the need to run it manually every time I create a project, but not too often where it's needlessly chewing up CPU cycles.
Hope this helped you, but, more importantly, I hope it's still available next time I need to setup a new server!
"Where did you find the code you used for that task?"
"Where did I find the code?"
"I can see you wrote most of it yourself but there's pieces that I'm guessing you found on a forum somewhere, maybe stackoverflow?"
"I don’t remember but the piece that I found is the piece for remove the duplicates. line 176 to 180
the other is from and old project that I did in my last job."
"Cool. It's an interesting approach. There's a couple spots I think we can tighten it up but good job."
"Hey, sincerely take care how you ask some questions. Sometimes I feel that you treat us as if we know nothing of what we do."
Dude, seriously? I was just being polite. Your code looks like you bought some commercial engraved wooden boxes and then tried to build a dresser to contain them out of loose sticks from the forest and duct tape. It's diamonds covered in dog shit and you're trying to pass it off as high-end jewelry. You didn't write most of that code, and I know that because I have to redo the entire task now because it's so far off from what should have been written that it's futile for me to try to describe what it should look like and give you a second chance.
You only found the piece for removing duplicates online? Oh, cool, so you wrote that regex piece yourself? I didn't realize you were a regex master. I still have to look that shit up every time I use it so I'll just come to you with my regex questions in the future. Shut up clown. I treat you like you know nothing because you know nothing. I wasn't mad that you looked up code online, I do that too, I just wanted to know if you have a resource that I don't know about so I can use it too. Now I know who I'm dealing with and, news flash: You're no rock star.
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