How old are those disks, anyway?

The day after the big heat wave, I woke to a dead home server. Not good. Fortunately things eventually recovered enough to bring everything back up, but that got me thinking about the actual age of the spinning rust (the drives) and the likelihood that the consumer/home grade drives were probably due for an upgrade.

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If this then that.

This isn’t new. It’s just new to me. I’ve built similar systems myself based on this idea, but IFTTT has done a really nice job of integrating a slew of social media sites and tumblr_lx2dbqMTuy1qf10njsmart phone sensors (well, location anyway) to allow for really simple automation. Besides you just have to love any service where the About link points to a page named wtf.


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Bad Robot

How do you make wordpress generate a robots.txt file? Or a sitemap?

Easy Peasy. You create and upload your own robots.txt file into the root directory of wordpress. I used this page for hints for a good wordpress robots.txt. That contains the Sitemap link, which you get from the XML Sitemap plugin. And then you kick google Webmaster tools until they show the right thing.


Bringing Up Baby

I’m slowly getting things like robots.txt and xmlsitemap and google webtools relinked to the site. It’s amazing how much I forgot I had done.