Server Problems

I’m not much of a sysadmin. At all really. Its great that I can even run basic Linux commands. So, in hindsight it may not have been the best idea to host this blog myself.

I self-host this blog on AWS using a t1.micro instance running 64 bit Linux. For the most part, it’s very easy and I’m very happy.

But every 2 months my blog unexpectedly crashes. No response from the server. No way to SSH into it. Nothing.

I have worked around this by making a new server every time it happens (3 times now) and loading the EBS, and restarting httpd and mysqld.

Blog back up and fixed in no time.

Yet it would be quite a bit nicer if this never happend.

If I can’t find a solution, I will probably have to change servers.

Very sorry about the blog being down!

– Jason

Totally Satisfied: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Those of you who read my non tea/coffee/tasting related posts will remember the little problem I had with Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Aug 5th.

And while they never got back to me about handing out car keys like Greek Bonds, I am happy to report that they have forever won my favor (though a different location) .

My mother stopped by the new location with a warning light on the dashboard about low tire pressure around 2pm. The manager looked and decided it was fine, but by 5:45 the tires were flat, and my mother was stranded at a gas station soon to be late for a city board meeting (which she sits on).

The manager sent an intrepid employee to come to the rescue with a new car, traded with my dear mother, and she made it to her meeting on time. Paperwork was filled out on the spot, and their was no charge.

Very good service. This was far over and above what was expected, and they have won our business for renting a car in the future.

– Jason

Coffee Bean!

Look its a coffee plant! It starts off as a bean! (who knew?)

And this is the bulk of my ecology research in Panama… (kinda-sorta-not really).
The bean grows into a plant, which then produces more beans. (now that’s all I know!)

Also, loosing both of your big toe nails, at the same time, sucks!

– Jason

Dissatisfied: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

We needed a spare car for my week long jaunt in Miami (where I grew up most of the time), and this is what they gave us.

That’s right. 5 keys. 2 electronic and 3 hardware. Is that $1,000 worth of keys? On a sealed wire ring? Do they think adding weight will make you less likely to forget it? Or will it be the growing mass of hatred from trying to fit this in your pocket that reminds you?

Ya, One Thousand Dollars worth of keys.

I’m surprised they don’t higher the mugger to wait for you outside the lot.

Not OK.

– Jason