DNS IS SEXY

The peeps at Dyn Inc. hooked me up with a sick shirt!! Isn’t it awesome!?!?

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I guess now is a good time to fill you all in on the super kick ass DNS and mail infrastructure at T3CH.com….

Since what feels like the beginning of time, I have been a smiling DynDNS user. I primarily used the free dynamic DNS hosting service back in the day to battle the dynamic IP’s issued by the ISP for my basement servers. In 2006, I upgraded to paid services. While I am fully capable of running my own Bind services (and do for some internal stuff), public DNS is not something I care to be responsible for. DynDNS has the infrastructure in place to handle any size load of queries with a history of zero downtime. That being said, the T3CH.com DNS infrastructure is exclusively managed with DynDNS’ Custom DNS Service making T3CH.com SEXY!~

A very important feature to me (with any service) is the API. These guys did it right, check out their Developers’ Connection site and you too can build an update client for any platform or device.

I almost forgot to mention… Email. In a world full of free Gmail/Yahoo! mail services and awesome providers such as Apple’s MobileMe, it is in your best interest to maintain the sanity of your email routing. I rely on MailHop Outbound and MailHop Forward to be the entry/exit points of my mail infrastructure. This allows me to switch around to different mail services (usually my own servers or Apple’s MobileMe, and sometimes Google’s Gmail) without having to risk losing any incoming email. Most MTA’s will keep trying to send mail for a few days, but there is no guarantee. By having my MX records pointing to MailHop Forward servers, I don’t have to worry — ever! MailHop Outbound benefits me in several ways. First, I can set SPF records to ensure that my mail recipient’s servers will know that the IP of MailHop Outbound is an authorized sender for my domain. This helps to prevent evil spammers from using your domain name as their email address. Second, no matter which email service I am using — I always have the same outbound server and never have to modify my email clients, which can become time consuming now a days with multiple devices (for me: laptops, iPads, iPhone, Droid, etc…). Yea I have multiple iPads now 🙂

Anyway… If you give a shit about your DNS, I recommend Dyn Inc. Get the full scoop at http://dyn.com.

Image Transfer 2.0 for Android

Version 2.0 was released yesterday and includes a feature that has been requested by many users…

“An option to only transfer new files since your last transfer.”
90% of feature requests were for this functionality. We are hesitant to add new features since the goal is to keep Image Transfer simple and lightweight, but this feature should have been included since the beginning!

Several performance tweaks and bug fixes are also implemented in this release.

Download the free version: Image Transfer v2.0

New settings menu:

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Deploying Android Apps From Your Apache Server

Just like every type of file, the webserver must know how to handle the content. This is where MIME types come into play.

First, plug in the MIME type for ‘.apk’ files. This line needs to end up in your Apache config. If your running a default config, just search your ‘httpd.conf’ file for ‘AddType’ and insert this line:

AddType application/vnd.android.package-archive .apk

Don’t forget to reload your http daemon after modifying the config.

Next, you should explicitly set the MIME type within the links to your Android packages. Here is an example:

Have fun.

Open Source Project: WordPress Dev Tools

I’ve been maintaining a bunch of BASH scripts for working with my WordPress sites. Moving the databases from prod to dev environments, working with the source code repos, etc. So I am migrating all this into a new open source project ‘WordPress Dev Tools’. The language of choice is Python and everything is object-oriented. It’s super simple right now, but I anticipate increasing functionality weekly.

Check it out, contribute, tell your friends.. http://github.com/joet3ch/wordpress-dev-tools