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September 30, 2010

Uncomplicated Firewall for Linux

One thing I really dislike about setting up a new dedicated Linux box from scratch is installing and setting up a software firewall. It's always a year or two between times that I'm setting up a new machine, the details have faded and software changed so I'm not 100% up to speed. I've shot myself in the foot one too many times setting things up and locking myself out of a box and had to get the operations folks at the data center to revert.

Sometimes I opt for a web-based administrator that makes the setup a bit more simple, but the machine overhead and security implications of having a web-based admin tool for one small thing makes it feel overly lopsided. I prefer a leaner server.

Enter Uncomplicated Firewall, a tool that makes it pretty darn easy to throw rules into the iptables ruleset and start/stop it.

This is on the two dedicated servers I recently leased with Ubuntu 8, not sure how available it is across systems.

Posted by mike at 10:29 AM

September 22, 2010

Interspire Shopping Cart Inventory Management Add-on

Awhile back I developed an inventory management add-on for our Interspire shopping cart. Just a little something to keep track of how much inventory is in stock, when it's going to run out, and how much to order. Helps keep things available for the customers.

I set up a web site to sell the add-on, but didn't see a lot of traffic and then didn't pay for the web site to keep the hosting plan up. So it went away and then people started asking about where it went. I'm putting it up here on my blog for some permanence.

The inventory management addon gives you the following information:

The re-order date and quantity to order are calculated based on settings you put into the module settings.

Unzip it into your addons directory and it will be available to install in the Interspire addon manager.

You can have it for free, but if you'd like to make a donation using credit card or PayPal I'd really appreciate it. It was many hours of development work. When it was for sale the price was $50, but you decide what it's worth to you. If you have questions about the inner workings or have suggestions to make I'll be more likely to bump up your inquiry if you've made a donation :)

You can download the zipped up files here: inventory.zip

Posted by mike at 4:41 AM