I’d like to shout out David Herron from TechSparx for writing a quick and easy to follow tutorial for deploying Node.js on a Dreamhost server!  Super easy instructions and examples to follow, worked like a charm!

I’d highly recommend Dreamhost link to this article since their instructions fall quite short explaining how to it!

Click here if you’re looking for the “Node on Dreamhost Solution!”


Even with smaller companies, I don’t think it hurts to look into automating more server admin and web development processes.  Puppet is one of those DevOps tools that keeps popping up.   I’m definitely going to learn more about it so here’s a link to a free e-book, “Essential Steps to Mapping Your DevOps Journey” on Puppet Labs’ website.  I figured that was a good place to start.

“Managing infrastructure as code” is a recurring theme on their website and materials that makes a lot of sense.  I look forward to learning more about Puppet!

Many awesome software packages like Odoo come with free downloadable editions, it’s much easier to install software and packages via the command line, but sometimes you might need to download the package so you have an image ready to deploy quickly.  Whatever your reason, if you have a .deb file, that’s the package for Debian and Ubuntu Linux servers, this is usually how you install the .deb files:

dpkg -i packageNameHere.deb
dpkg --install packageNameHere.deb
dpkg -i -R /path/to/dir/name/dotDebFiles/
dpkg -i --recursive /path/to/dir/name/dotDebFiles/
  1. -i or --install : Install the package.
  2. -R or --recursive : Recursively install all *.deb files found in specified folders and all of its sub-folders. /path/to/dir/name/dotDebFiles/ must refer to a folder instead of packageNameHere.deb file name.

It’s amazing how much bloat your Windows machine can accumulate, it’s worse than eating too much over the holidays!

I ran Piriform CCleaner on my machine and it freed up over 2 GBs of unnecessary files.  Lots of small files added up really taxes your system.  Also, the registry tools worked superbly in improving my bootup speeds.

Download the free version of Piroform today!

All you have to do is know where VirtualBox is installed, change the path to it below, then also change the name of the virtual machine (VM) you want to autostart below.  Here, upon boot up, I have one of my local development servers auto start “vm1”, which is a Ubuntu web server with a few Symfony projects.

cd "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox"
vboxmanage startvm "vm1"

Fast, easy and reliable so if your server restarts, you don’t have to worry about your server staying offline.