Centralized Logging

Logs are a critical part of any system, they give you insight into what a system is doing as well what happened. Virtually every process running on a system generates logs in some form or another. Usually, these logs are written to files on local disks. When your system grows to multiple hosts, managing the logs and accessing them can get complicated. Searching for a particular error across hundreds of log files on hundreds of servers is difficult without good tools. A common approach to this problem is to setup a centralized logging solution so that multiple logs can be aggregated in a central location.

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Octopress Blogging System

After several years of maintaining a Wordpress blog, I’ve decided to switch to Octopress. Wordpress worked well for me at first but it seemed to have more functionality than I really needed or wanted. The breaking point happened last night when I tried to upgrade it and the templates I was using no longer worked. Digging into the code was going to be more effort than it was worth. So now I’ve moved on to something simpler. Read On →