A year ago today I had a significant outage on the Rennug classifieds because I missed renewing the SSL certificates in a timely fashion, then misconfigured sign on servers without a complete chain of certs. I am embarrassed to admit that I did this again when the certificates expired this year.
I’ve switched to a Let’s Encrypt style certificate. This has several advantages, but the most important here is that the renewal and installation become 100% automated. While I am human and prone to failure, the machines will not miss a renewal, and will configure themselves.
This makes the server side of the process much more similar to the browser side. No one has to stop and think “is my browser certificate up to date?”. It just happens. The same should now be true of the servers for me.
My apologies for the inconvenience, and thank you for using the site!
The 2018 Mother Earth News Fair is in full swing. Stop by and visit!
My apologies. I think AWS has rebooted everyone of my servers now, and we should be back up and running.
Been a while, I guess I was due for a database failure? I’m sorry about the downtime Sunday.
I’ll be set up again this year at the Somerset Mother Earth News Fair. Stop by and visit if you’re in the area.
Seven Springs, Pa.
Scammers are quick to take advantage of current events. The US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) has recently released two advisories regarding emerging scam tactics.
Hurricane Related Scams
Equifax Data Breach Phishing Attacks
This article suggests that there is more of a deficit than I might have expected in awareness of online safety issues.
US Consumers and Online Saftey
For the most part, I’ve tried to stay quiet this election season. While I have great hopes for President Elect Trump, the election process this year seemed more geared to providing entertainment than selecting the next leader of the most powerful nation on earth.
That said, when someone sent me this, I couldn’t resist sharing.
Countdown to Obama Leaving Office
Merry Christmas one and all. May God bless each of us.
There’s a lot to be thankful for this year. We demonstrated once again that we can change political parties without violence. We’re seeing a climb out of some bad economic years.
Find some time to reflect on what you’re thankful for this year. For me, one of those things is the opportunity to provide a website to a lot of great people.