Reflecting on 10 years of (mostly) technical blogging

It all started shortly after I joined Rackspace in December of 2006. I needed a place to dump the huge amounts of information I was learning as an entry-level Linux support technician and I wanted to store everything in a place where it could be easily shared. The blog was born! The blog now has over 700 posts on topics ranging from Linux system administration to job interview preparation. I’ll get an email or a tweet once every few weeks from someone saying: “I ran into a problem, Googled for it, and found your blog!...

2017-03-10 · 1 min · Major Hayden

HTTP/2 for the blog and icanhazip.com

I’ve recently updated this blog and icanhazip.com to enable HTTP/2! This probably won’t have much of an effect on users who query icanhazip.com with automated tools, but it should deliver the content on this blog a little faster. If you’re using an older, non-HTTP/2 client - don’t worry. All of the sites will continue working for you as they always have. Head on over to Wikipedia to learn more about HTTP/2 and its benefits....

2016-09-13 · 1 min · Major Hayden

Helpful, low-FUD information security sites, mailing lists, and blogs

Keeping current with the latest trends and technologies in the realm of information security is critical and there are many options to choose from. However, as with any content on the internet, it takes some effort to find sites with a good signal-to-noise ratio. Information security is a heavily FUD-laden industry and I’ve taken some time to compile a list of helpful sites. General sites Cryptanalys.is: https://cryptanalys.is/ Linux Weekly News (subscription optional but highly recommended): http://lwn....

2015-01-08 · 1 min · Major Hayden

Reaching a new milestone and making some big changes

This is my 500th post on this blog! I’m really grateful for the constant comments, questions, and even the complaints (really!) that I receive about the topics discussed here throughout the years. The sole reason I keep this blog going is for the readers and I hope you’re able to get value out of it over time. (If you don’t, be sure to let me know so I can make some changes....

2012-11-26 · 3 min · Major Hayden

Why technical people should blog (but don’t)

I originally wrote this post for the Rackspace Blogbut I decided to post it here in case some of my readers might have missed it. Please feel free to leave your comments at the end of the post. Sometimes people talk to me about posts I’ve written on my blog, or posts they wish I would write. At some point during the discussion, I’ll almost always ask the person why they don’t start up their own blog or contribute to someone else’s....

2012-03-30 · 6 min · Major Hayden

Five years of rackerhacker.com

Today marks the fifth year that this blog has existed on the internet. I bought the domain on February 14th, 2007 and tossed together a quick WordPress installation (I can’t even remember the version now!) to hold my notes that I was gathering at work. Rackspace as an entry-level Linux system administrator. The abrupt change from “top dog at the startup” to “wow, I don’t know anything about Linux” caught me by surprise and I was trying to stuff as much knowledge into my brain as quickly as I could....

2012-02-14 · 2 min · Major Hayden

400th post: Looking back at where this blog started

Last night’s post about my charity drive for the Movember Foundation was the 400th post on my blog! I started posting on rackerhacker.com way back in the spring of 2007 shortly after I was hired by Rackspace in December of 2006. My main purpose for the blog at the beginning was to create a place where I could write quick articles about problems I found and how to fix them. Most of the people around me were using their own handy systems to store notes (Stickies on the Mac, Tomboy notes on Linux, or just simple text files), but they weren’t able to share them easily....

2010-11-14 · 2 min · Major Hayden

Raising money for prostate cancer research and survivor support

Movember 2010 This is a bit of an unusual post for my blog, but I wanted to reach out to you for charitable reasons. I’m currently trying to grow some facial hair (which is a feat in itself) with some folks from work for the Movember Foundation. I look a bit sillier than usual, but at least it’s for a good cause. The Movember Foundation currently passes along the proceeds to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG....

2010-11-13 · 1 min · Major Hayden

Why I’m a Racker

I normally try to keep my work-related items separate from this blog, but I felt that I needed to break tradition for a moment. The new Rackspace Talent site was released a few weeks ago and Michael Long asked me to write a blog post about what it means to be a Racker (that’s the term we use for employees of Rackspace). After the post went up, I received as much feedback from people outside of Rackspace as I received from Rackers....

2010-03-26 · 1 min · Major Hayden

Upgraded to WordPress 2.7

I’ve upgraded the blog successfully to WordPress 2.7 (with a bit of frustration). When I attempted the upgrade, I received this error: Call to undefined method wpdb::has_cap() in schema.php on line 22 Even though I followed the instructions on the WordPress site, and I disabled all of my plugins, the error kept appearing. The only parts of the site that remained unchanged after the upgrade were the wp-config.php page and the wp-content directory....

2008-12-26 · 1 min · Major Hayden