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Stress testing WordPress on a single node VPS

Lately I’ve been trying to find a cheap close-to-perfect-but-not-so-difficult-to-setup solution for my personal blog. A kind of “set and forget” thing if you will.
Until now, my blog was running on a Dell Dual-Xeon /w 2GB RAM cPanel server (along with a few other sites) and was working pretty smooth. Based on pingdom’s full page test my blog needed 6-7 seconds to fully load which is kind of acceptable considering the theme, the twitter/flickr integration on the sidebar and the needed dns queries to contact facebook, google analytics and woopra servers.

Last night bestvpscloud from the VPS.NET forums pointed out to this script that installs nginx, php5, mysql, exim4 and wordpress on low-end VPS servers, and after reading the comments I got to this guy’s blog who also suggested adding the dotdeb.org repository and upgrade to PHP 5.3.

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How To: Reveal Hidden Passwords in Firefox

Today I wanted to replace my router and realized that I don’t remember my ISP’s username and password. Like in any router’s web interface, the ISP’s password is saved behind asterisks (or dots in case of Windows Vista/7) but there’s an easy way to reveal this password in Firefox:

Just paste the following code in your browsers address bar when you’re on the page that displays the username and password of your connection and press Enter.

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How To: Use the Apple Magic Mouse on your Windows PC

Back in October 2009, Apple released the Magic Mouse, the first pointing device with a multi-touch surface. Like with the iPod or the iPhone, you interact with the device using gestures. And of course like with any other mouse, you can click it: The mouse itself is the button!

The Magic Mouse

I bought the Magic Mouse from the London Apple Store during a quick trip there and because my previous mouse was a Logitech MX518, when I first started using the Magic Mouse I got a little bit disappointed by the lack of precision when trying to do some very detailed work. Getting it to work with Windows 7 is not that difficult, all you have to do is follow the simple steps of this how-to.

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