Sending Mail Using PHP and Amazon SES on Centos/AWS Linux

If you find yourself using Amazon SES for sending outgoing emails in a PHP web app, getting everything set up is much simpler than it may seem. In my case, this was on an AWS Linux image, but it will work on any Fedora/CentOS AMI.

Getting Started with Continuous Integration in PHP with Jenkins

My company has made a recent transition from a small shop that cranked out short-term projects that typically had one or two devs on a single project, to a larger team working on more complex projects with 5 or more devs working on the same code. It was time for us to up our game.

The Way Techops Works in Large Companies is Stupid

For the fourth time in as many weeks, I have just spent at least several hours explaining DNS, IP addresses, SSL or TXT records to the marketing business owner at a very large client company. This is fucking stupid.

Locking Down Your Linux Server with APF + BFD

If you allow SSH access to your server, there are some simple steps you can take to restrict access and protect yourself from brute force attacks. Two of my favorite scripts to do this are Advanced Policy Firewall coupled with Brute Force Detection, both by R-FX Networks.

iPhone/iPad Apps for Coders and Sysadmins

It wasn’t that long ago that I scoffed at the idea of the iPad, or at least thought it would never have any place in my tech toolkit. I finally broke down and got one, and it’s changed the way I work, largely because of the number of fantastic apps out there.