So I need some technical advice. Hubs/routers/switches and 2 VoIP lines and cable Internet.

2-phones_diagram-networkSo, the deal here at home is that I have an opportunity for a new job, working from home doing tech support. That is all well and good, I can basically fix anything, given the proper feedback from the user.

Of course the issue is simple,  I’ll need a dedicated line for this and I already have one line coming in from the cable company. So the question arises, can I simply add an Ethernet switch/hub to my cable modem and then run a Vonage line  off of that? Does anyone know if the cable companies have issues with this? Obviously Vonage is cheaper, avoids adding a second cable line/modem and/or charges for a “business” service which is actually slower than the high speeds I get through Media-com Cable Premium services. And no, I can’t get a second /overpriced line from cable without switching to business service which is, as I stated previously, inferior to residential speed wise.

If you have done this, or something similar, I would appreciate the feed back.

Tim

 


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RAM upgrade appears successful…so far.

upgrade-your-RAMAs promised last week, the server has been upgraded.  Like anything else related to upgrading an older machine using after market parts, tonight’s upgrade of the server went well, with a few minor exceptions.

I had to re-order the RAM I installed to stop the errors I received initially. This is probably because I am mixing 667 MHz ram and 800 MHz ram and the old Dell chooses to run it all at the higher speed.  But after fiddling about and doing about 12 reboots all appears to be well. Of course time will tell, but for now, I can say with complete….uh, 65% confidence that the upgrade was a success and that we all have an extra 500 mb of virtual memory for the VM itself and an additional 1.5 gb for the Winderz portion of things.

I did run the Windows diagnostic on ram and it passed. No clue if that test is worth a damn, considering it is from MicroCrap…

So for now, don’t worry, be happy and sign up for a free site!

Tim


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The server is getting a small upgrade.

transcend-jm667qlu-2g-400x400-imad4fzrxdn5kn8q Currently the server runs on a machine that has 3 gigabytes of RAM. That RAM is shared with Windows 7, which means the actual Linux Virtual Machine (VM) runs on about 1.7 gb of RAM.

Early next week I’ll be adding an additional 2 gb of RAM to the server and allocating roughly 500-750 mb to the VM here.  That should improve performance a little. It will also help my Windows 7 run a bit more efficiently.

I know that this is probably not a concern to those who occasionally read this page, but for anyone wishing to run a site here, it will make a great deal of difference.


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Another video…how to use the “dummy sites”

hot newsSo right here, right now you could try out a WordPress install and setup a site. Yeah, it’s been covered here at least twice…so for those that must have (ANOTHER) video , I have chosen one of the sub domains I allocated on here and am going to setup a site, in short order…

Below is the full list of sites you can try/use:

Instructions: the sub-domain (in the video example: yfwp2) is the username/password for ALL the above sites. So if it asks for a username or password during setup…yeah…it just ain’t that difficult. For instance if the site was totallyfree.yourfreewordpress.com, the username would be….think about it, yeah totallyfree and the database name would be…totallyfree and the database password, yeah, same …totallyfree.

Watch learn…and as usual, I apologize, because this just isn’t Hollywood and I am not trying to do anything but teach.

 


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I could use a little help/input. Then again, you could choose to be a selfish bastard and not share your knowlege…

923-923-helpdeskSo here we have a site dedicated to helping folks learn about WordPress and also how to setup their own server. Yet we have very little participation and although I offer some free disk space and even some test sites, no one seems interested.

So once again I a reaching out to find folks who wish to help, perhaps even post some articles. I know, before I even hit publish that no one will sign up, but I am asking anyway.

I can post a zillion articles on the server end of things, but help for folks learning to run a blog could also help folks.

So sign up, sign in and send me a message from dashboard.


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So what is it you wish to learn about WordPress? Post a reply and I’ll do a video.

Question-MarkThere must be more questions out there than can be counted on how to do this or that with WordPress or a Virtual Machine. So tonight I am asking for for those questions, so I can help out.

It doesn’t matter if it is a really basic question or something about setting up your server, or just a how-to on how to setup this plugin or that. If I can, I will try to help.

I am more of a server-end guy, so be gentle with the questions on php editing and save those for the folks at WordPress.org. But if you want to ask server questions, such as where to find files, what to chmod, or how to chmod, or even just some basic server/computer/VM questions, I am here to help.

Yes, you have to register to post comments, or send a PM, via the messaging system or to use the forum, but that is sort of how the inter-web works.

So for now I shall sit back and wait. Ask away, and while there is no guarantee I will know the answer, I will damned sure find the answer for you.

Tim


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