8 posts categorized "site news"


Is no one safe from SpringSource?

SpringSource has created a new site, TomcatExpert dedicated to "improving the adoption of tomcat in the enterprise".  Apparently, they must have noticed the wild success of this blog and were inspired to create their own web site dedicated to stealing my "tens" of weekly visitors tomcat in production.  And I can't say I blame them.  Outside of this blog, there aren't that many sites out there where an administrator can go to find information on how to disable ciphers in tomcat, change ports in jboss, or connecting IIS with tomcat.

Many of you reading this post might be thinking, "Well, Chris, these tomcat posts are OK but when I visit techstacks.com,  the combination of 'tomcat' and 'expert' doesn't occur in my mind.  You're a bit full of yourself, eh?"  Although my near-perfect bounce rates and low average time on site values seem to confirm this, let's compare this blog to the new TomcatExpert site:

  1. Both blog.techstacks.com and www.tomcatexpert.com are filled with posts containing questionable grammar and edits.
  2. Both blog.techstacks.com and www.tomcatexpert.com really like SpringSource.
  3. Both sites talk about how great tomcat is while simultaneously running on platforms that do not utilize tomcat. (techstacks == TypePad, tomcatexpert == Drupal).
  4. Both TomcatExpert and my sister-site Techstacks Tools currently contain "coming soon" submit feedback "links".  ( Theirs. (just above the "The Blog" link)  Mine. (last paragraph) )

See? We are not so different! 

So, now I am at a bit of a crossroads.  What to do?  I realize it's an uphill battle.  Take a look again at their fetching design.  So clean!  So easy to read!   Mere hours after official launch, TomcatExpert has 5 times as many followers on twitter.  I'm #106!  (editor's note:  D'oh!).  (However, I do wonder how many of the SpringSource employees following TomcatExpert on Twitter were "encouraged" by email from "The Management" to do so.)  If anyone from SpringSource is reading this, I triple dare you to follow me!

Yes, I could pull a RedHat and come out with a retaliatory series of 'one' blog post on how I plan on dealing with SpringSource encroaching on my turf but for now I'll simply watch and wait and plan for a blistering counter-attack.  You're on notice, SpringSource!


New HOWTO Article on Disabling Trace and Track on a BigIP

I have just uploaded a new article for those of you looking to disable trace and track on your BigIP-managed VIPs onto my HOWTO mini-site. The article is located here.


Site News: New HOWTO Section Started

I've started a new HOWTO section on this site, available at www.techstacks.com/howto/home.html.  The articles on this site are meant to be concise, single-topic items with instruction on how to set specific things up or to perform certain tasks.  For example, if you want to find out how to disable the trace method in Apache, there is a HOWTO on it that not only provides you with the modifications tat are necessary to be made to apache but also provides a way for you to test and verify that it worked.  

Currently there are only a handful of HOWTOs available but I'm constantly working on expanding the number.  The downside sometimes to running a technology blog that shares lessons learned, best practices, code examples, or other kinds of tips and techniques is that one winds up with numerous articles on items like disabling TRACE or different ways to verify it exists (or no longer exists after remediation), which makes it difficult to find the kind of thing you are looking for.  Now, there are pages specializing in particular topics.  

The following HOWTOs are now available:

    HOWTO: Set Up IIS and the Jakarta isapi_redirect Connector

    HOWTO: Disable Trace/Track in IIS

    HOWTO: Disable Trace/Track in Apache HTTPD

    HOWTO: Distinguish the Good SSL Ciphers from the Bad in J2SE5  

All these pages do allow comments and trackbacks but they are hidden and really meant more for feedback on items that I can then incorporate into the main page as corrections or updates.  Thanks for visiting my site today!