People love their titles

Submitted by devin on Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:09

One of the things I noticed when I started university was that my peers started signing their emails like this

Jane A. Student
Honours Bachelor of Aviation and Biochemistry
Class of 2020, part time student

There is a lot of hilarity hidden inside this signature, and most of it isn't mine. 

Why do people love titles so much? Probably has to do with identity, grumble, grumble, grumble...

Wordpress permissions script

Submitted by devin on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 15:33

In the same vein as my Drupal permissions setup script, here's a script that should set up a Wordpress install with file permissions that are secure, except Wordpress will allow editing of the files through the admin backend. Permissions are locked down in the same way as with Drupal, except wp-content is set up like Drupal's files directory with write permissions for the webserver.


Submitted by devin on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 19:12

People love complaining about YouTube comments, and I do too. I disagree with lots of people in YouTube comments.

People also love hating democratically elected leaders; which is their right. Among the people I know, it's common to hear people saying "Stephen Harper doesn't do anything right" or "Rob Ford should never have been elected". I'm not really in a position to evaluate these claims and probably agree based on what I know.

Drupal and Wordpress on Apache and Nginx

Submitted by devin on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 22:17

My two favourite CMSes and my two favourite web servers. Here are four config files for the same website. Let's assume we have a user devin with two directories in his public_html folder:


And then has already created the following logs folders (nginx and Apache have a habit of crashing when you try to specify a non-existent logging directory):

Setting up an FTP server with vsftpd

Submitted by devin on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 22:03

vsftpd is a simple and secure FTP server, I hear. I've used it to set up an FTP server quickly. Rather than fighting with TLS and FTP, I just use SFTP now - it's much simpler.

You'll need to download and install vsftpd and openssh-server at least. Also, I usually use AllowUsers in my /etc/ssh/sshd_config to whitelist  which users are allowed to ssh in like so:

Why I drink beer

Submitted by devin on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 21:39

Beer is a vice, so I shouldn't feel particularly proud of drinking it. But I feel a certain kinship to those with vices. Drinking beer isn't pleasant, on first glance. It can be bitter and literally tastes like poison.

Dominant Leaders

Submitted by devin on Sun, 03/02/2014 - 23:28

I just saw a documentary about a sushi maker. You might think I was focussed on the sushi, but what really struck me was some of the ways Japanese culture works, and the universality of dominance with humans. We defer to leaders, time and again. I'm going to reflect on that, but the focus in my mind is not this particular sushi chef. The focus is dominant leaders and their followers.

Three Points about Accelerators

Submitted by devin on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 23:04

(I have lots more to say on this topic - even more so than other topics. But I'm going to sleep now and can't finish this :( )

1) There are a lot of crappy startups right now.

2) People are bad at choosing which businesses will take off, but think they are good. Accelerators could easily turn into a big circle jerk, but more insidiously, a place where startups that make the bosses happy get resources. Often innovative startups are frowned upon because new ideas are hard to understand;