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Monitoring Your Web Sites and Servers For Free

  • Episode 231
  • February 21, 2012

Robbie and Hillary demonstrate how to setup service monitoring using the free Uptime Robot service, allowing you to see when your web site, server or service is up or down.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Liquid Image, Garden Gate Farms and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Hillary Rumball present live from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Greetings to new viewers.
  • Call for viewer postcards and what we'll be doing with them on the upcoming new Category5 TV web site.
  • Call for beta testers for the new Category5 TV web site.
  • Viewer Question: Can I send a package to your postal box?
  • {play 8:37}Viewer Question.
  • Viewer Question: Could you explain the folder and file permissions for a Linux web host? 777 seems to work, but I know this isn't safe. What permissions should I use?
  • Understanding the octal digits in Linux file and folder permissions, which can be changed with the chmod command.
  • Finding the running user of Apache2:{code}ps -ef | grep apache2{/code}
  • Changing the ownership of files or folders in Linux using the chown command.
  • Viewer Question: I'm building a media centre PC. Which distro is the best to use?
  • Viewer Question: How would I redirect my domain to point to a different domain?
  • Viewer Question: Do you have to install a 64-bit host OS if you want to host a mix of 32-bit and 64-bit guests on VirtualBox?
  • Advantages to running a 64-bit host OS when running a virtualization server.
  • Viewer Question: What is the best way to convert a physical PC to a virtual guest?
  • Viewer Question: Is there another way, other than VNC, to access your VirtualBox guest OS remotely from a Windows workstation?
  • {play 30:28}Top stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • {play 36:21}Feature: Using the free Uptime Robot to monitor your web site or server's uptime.
  • {play 50:22}Hillary's Windows 7 experience is a case for Linux: malware wiped out her computer at no fault of her own. Robbie and Hillary discuss why learning to use Linux is actually easier than trying to survive as a Windows user.
  • {play 57:19}Phishing email warning from Robbie's inbox: a fake PayPal email looks incredibly legitimate and could easily trick users to click the links, which could install malware or steal your credentials.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Hillary Rumball



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