Koken SSL Issue, Resolved

by on May 17, 2016

This will just be a quick post.  I recently started to evaluate using Koken to self-host some of my photography work and I was having a lot of mysterious issues.  My server is configured running nginx and all domains are 100% SSL, meaning there is no non-SSL access to a site.  Koken is a PHP application built on the CodeIgniter framework, so there is also php-fpm in the mix too. While Koken looks really nice, nice enough for me to spend time trying to resolve my issues, the support is pretty poor.  There are hundreds of posts related to the following issues, which I have resolved with one configuration item in my nginx config.  I hope this might solve some problems for a lot of other people since development appears very slow since it was sold.  I believe the issues above are isolated to people running Koken on nginx with […]

My Ambilight, My Obsession, My Curse

by on May 13, 2016

Introduction First let me say, I am not a software developer, nor am I hardware developer. If I were, I may not be writing this post. I am merely a hobbyist and I would be absolutely overjoyed if a well-seasoned veteran in either of those areas read this post and had a solution for me. With that out of the way, a disclaimer: this is going to be a very long, rambling, post. I have spent the better part of the last year with my mind subtlety occupied by this subject. I think about it for at least a few minutes every day. This post is going to be a sort of dump of my collective learning on the subject, mostly just as an attempt at getting it out of my brain, and secondarily as a hope that perhaps someone will stumble across it and offer me a solution I […]

Crouching Slave, Hidden Master

by on March 24, 2016

For the past 15 years or so I have run my own authoritative DNS server for all of my domain names.  It started out because back when I was 18 or 19 I ran a small web design / web hosting business which was also a re-seller for a registrar.  At the time it made sense to run my own name servers.  After that business was dissolved, I consolidated my server farm down to one small un-managed VPS for my own personal projects, and just kept running my own DNS.  There was no real reason for me to keep it, but it worked, and I like hosting my own stuff. Recently I started toying with the idea of offloading my DNS to somewhere else.  There are a number of free options that I have access to, but the more I was thinking about it, the more I liked having complete […]

Unicode Font Issue in Windows

by on February 17, 2016

Let me start out by saying that I am not sure if this is a common issue, or a rare issue. My current workstation has been upgraded from Windows 7 > 8 > 8.1 > 10 and I have had a some strange issues crop up, so there is a good chance this problem is somewhat unique. To summarize the problem: Certain Unicode font glyphs were not showing up in certain programs, but displaying fine in others. An example would be that Chrome/Firefox worked fine, but MobaXTerm and Notepad++ did not. The issue was related to Windows Font Fallback and/or Font Linking. The way the issue manifests itself is when you attempt to display Unicode characters that do not exist in the now selected font, they display as missing characters, either a ? or a box. The correct/desired functionality is for windows to fallback to another font which can display […]

Let’s Encrypt with Nginx

by on January 28, 2016

When I saw the first news of the Let’s Encrypt project several months ago I got pretty excited about it, mostly because I don’t like to use self-signed certificates and this blog didn’t seem worthwhile to pay for a proper certificate on.  Combined with the recent news of Google starting to shame sites not using SSL I figured I would give it a shot.  Here is a quick rundown of how I configured my nginx web server to use Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates.  The official documentation for Let’s Encrypt can be found here. A few things to note at the start: I did not use the nginx plugin, as that is very broken I followed a fairly manual process using the “webroot” method thanks to this tutorial My Linux distro is Arch Linux This first thing you need to do is install/configure Let’s Encrypt. You can do this in any […]