Apps and tools I use on my Mac

About 7 years ago I started using Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) after buying a used iMac. It started out as pure personal use for checking my mails and surfing the web. Later on I got a MacBook Pro from my employer and I started using this magnificent piece of hardware on a personal and professional basis. At this moment I’m a Linux System Engineer and consultant for some years now and I have gotten used to working with Mac…

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How to purge the Varnish cache

How to purge the Varnish cache

Edit: This guide was created using Varnish 3, it is possible that some action will not work with Varnish 4. In one of my previous posts I have guided you into configuring Varnish for WordPress websites. One of the main purposes of Varnish is caching and it is great at it. Yet you may come into a situation where you would want to view the actual site, page or file instead of the cached version of it. Developers for example…

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PHP-FPM on Apache with split configuration per site

PHP-FPM on Apache with split configuration per site

While configuring this very server I kept in mind that I would want to host multiple sites on it. I wanted to be able to configure PHP settings on a per site basis instead of modifying the global PHP configuration for the entire server. I also wanted to make sure that every site/user had its own permissions and thus wasn’t able to screw things up on my server in case of a successful break-in attempt. And of course I also…

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Varnish config for WordPress

Varnish config for WordPress

The server that hosts this website was configured from the ground up by myself. The purpose was to configure a server with a rather limited resource set that was able to serve a few websites without handing in on performance and page speed. One of the ways to maintain a good performance of the server and websites is to ease the web server from its tasks by implementing a caching proxy. In this case I used Varnish Cache to accelerate…

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Mac OSX slow, caused by aslmanager

Mac OSX slow, caused by aslmanager

For a while I had been experiencing random slowness on my iMac. This slowness could only been solved by a reboot of my iMac but this was just a temporary solution. I didn’t look for a specific cause until it began bothering me for a while and I had the time to look into the issue. I opened my activity monitor (be sure to select “All processes” from the dropdown) and I noticed that a certain process called “aslmanager” was…

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