Some of my favourite things!

 

This is a list of my favourite open source tools that I often use. I’ll up date this on occasion as I add discover and explore new things.

Documentation and ticketing

DokuWiki

This is a great little product and it’s very quick and easy to implement.
From the web site (all true!)… “DokuWiki is a simple to use and highly versatile Open Source wiki software that doesn’t require a database. It is loved by users for its clean and readable syntax. The ease of maintenance, backup and integration makes it an administrator’s favourite.”
https://www.dokuwiki.org

Ostiket

Great product if you need to quickly set up a job tracking system. Runs under LAMP and is robust and easy to use. Also comes with support and hosting options if you need them.
http://osticket.com/

 

Mediawiki

Useful for bigger and more free style projects and also runs the wikipedia site. The grand daddy of Wiki’s!
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki

 

Network related

Wireshark

Wireshark is one of the great open source projects that is an insanely great tool. Know exactly what is running on your network and dig down to forensic levels.
https://www.wireshark.org/

pfsense

I’ve written about pfsense before it’s a fantastic firewall routing system that can also be used to set up VPN’s and lots, lots more. Another project that you can purchase pro help for if you need it, or if management want to know that the thing is supported. It can run on just about anything and you an also get dedicated hardware if you want it. But you can put together a router from old parts and it will run just fine.
https://pfsense.org/

 

 

 

Not a bad start!


So, I got a nice email from the google AI? May be not… Anyway it was an invite to submit the site to https://testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com/ and so I did. I’m happy with some of the initial results, one of which was the Mobile friendly test. Have a look at this!

So I’m very happy indeed, and a big thank you to the good people who developed the PARABOLA theme http://www.cryoutcreations.eu/

I still have some serious work to do on the site, and I’ll keep you all informed as things improve. But a nice start even if I do say so my self. Stay tuned.

 

Steve

My crazy photos!

One thing a few of you may notice about this site is the photography! I’m not the worlds greatest photographer by any means, but it is a hobby that I enjoy. Most technical writing is fairly boring so I’m going to use my crazy photos to lighten things up a bit I hope you like this!

And so without further ado I thought I’d include a few recent shots!

Whiskey writing the beach

The office on a good day

 

Michael Doolan, Witch’s apple
Castlemaine gallery 2017

 

Just an old ink blotter

Yes a Major update!

Well a few people – not many but a few – will have noticed that the blog has been updated! Nice funky WordPress implementation and https! And it works on Mobile!!!!. I also have about 10 years worth of old blog articles that are still available hear. https://gingercatsoftware.com/Blog.php
In addition to all of this I will also be reviewing all of those articles (over time) and re issuing / updating them via this WordPress format, as well of course as adding lots of new articles.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the new look and feel. Hear are a couple of  additional articles I wrote at the end of last year.

Linux / Unix stuff

Notes on nginx config

Cheers

Steve