Setup VSFTPD on Ubuntu Server in 8 minutes

Install VSFTPD then open up the configuration file.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install vsftpd
[email protected]:~$ sudo vim /etc/vsftpd.conf

Update the following variables…

anonymous_enable=NO
local_enable=YES
write_enabled=YES

Save it out.

Create, chown and add a user to that group with the www directory as the home directory.

[email protected]:~$ sudo groupadd ftp-users
[email protected]:~$ sudo chown -R root:ftp-users /var/www
[email protected]:~$ sudo useradd -g ftp-users -d /var/www gneuftp
[email protected]:~$ sudo passwd gneuftp

Restart the ftp server app to load the changes to the variables above.

[email protected]:~$ sudo vsftpd restart

Search Working

Rioghan the Search Dog

My apologies to all of you who have been trying to get around on my site, and being shown absolutely nothing on the search. I installed a plug-in called Search Unleashed and its really a piece of work. No excuses, though – the search is finally working and i cant complain about it.

Dreamhost sent me a letter complaining about my percentage use and deleted my SEO plug-in in an effort to solve that. =( It was possibly the most irritating thing to happen in all of July, so please bear with me. I have been running this craziness on my own server and seen no spike because of SEO, the primary bastard was Search Unleashed.

Indexing for search is a process that lots of applications have to handle. The catch being that you are unable to do it without slamming the server. Search Unleashed is neat, in that it provides a few options, only problem is that each time you change anything it has to re-index, and it only provides a means to do it en-masse.

  • It clears the cache if you change the index type
  • It clears the cache when you update the plug-in
  • It clears the cache when you change an option

And it wont index periodically.

Instead of crying i will simply say that it is frustrating and cover my mouth.

Site & Project Updates

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Sometimes I can get pretty hard on myself. This usually occurs when my listing of things I’ve accomplished during that day ceases to be a priority and I just do. I don’t want to necessarily toot the horn of amazing things to never ignore, but being able to look over your shoulder and see a long list of items on your whiteboard that have bright red slashes through them is bloody amazing and keeps my smile nice and wide.

The last week is no exception, since it was finals i had a lot of free time (no, I never study for my finals ever) so i spent the time cleaning up my forum, working on Project: White and doing some other maintenance for the site, such as cleaning up my SQL Backup script.

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Getting my writing voice back

Stephen Fry hosting QI in Series A.

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I lost my voice a couple weeks ago, after a very heavy development weekend, and it took a couple outings with friends and a very interesting podcast by Stephen Fry to get me back on my feet. This is of course along side my coursework. I just completed a summary of a possible screenplay that i am currently working through having to do with Project White. It is proving to be quite extravagant and although it had to change a lot to be able to be movie directed i am proud of it.

In other news the matinee tutorial is being scrapped. The truth is, its really not as complicated as people are making it out to be, and 3dBuzz has already covered it far better than i can. The only catch is that you will hook the level loaded event into the playing of your matinee. It is really that simple. If you don’t believe me you can surely open up my intro game and give it a look over =)

I think the flash month is a bit early in the making as i am just now getting back into flash. I will probably be revisiting it later in the year, but for this month i am forecasting the other couple tutorials (Distribution, Your First Game Mode) and then i will be looking forward. My team has lost its lead coder so i will be running both jobs pretty closely once i catch my breath. Our team is still in high spirits regardless, but it will be better once i get my response post mortem completed.

=)

Where have I been?

Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Icon

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Over the last couple weeks lots of opportunities have presented themselves, and a commitment came to fruition. My team has brought themselves together to release Project: White. It is now publicly available and you should certainly check it out. We are looking forward to your thoughts and suggestions, with baited breath.

I will probably be moving to something more interesting, the theme for this month is going to be Adobe Flash and the fantastic things you can do with it. Primarily I’ll be discussing the possibilities of games in the Flash world, and maybe even developing a couple. I think that would be fun, now that I own Flash again.

It has been a good day and I’d like to send a quick shout out to my newest buddy – Wil Andrade – A fellow Game Developer that I nearly worked alongside over this weekend. If it weren’t for my own commitments I would have lost all the sleep he did. Give his broken game a once over and congratulate him.

In closing I would like to mention Windows Live Writer. I have been using it to help cut down on the actual time spent trying to author these posts, and I have been pleasantly surprised with its performance. I suggest it to all of you. The only thing that is sub standard is its spell checker. As far as I can tell though, this is something that will be updated in coming weeks. Oh and its previews are sub-par as well.