Almost there….

27 08 2007

This school term is almost over. Thank the heavens.

This term has been the hardest so far. The two classes I’ve had, Speech and Linux Administration, were each incredibly demanding. I really wish I’d had these classes separately, especially the Linux class. I’ve really enjoyed it so far, but being paired up with Speech, I wasn’t able to devote as much time and attention to it as I would have liked. I’ve learned a lot of cool things you can do in Linux, and I feel a LOT more comfortable using it.

For my final project, I’ve set up a blog and chat server. Aside from a few anomalous roadblocks, the installations went very smoothly. It wouldn’t be much at all to set up a chat or blog server for our company, I don’t think. It certainly wouldn’t cost a ton of money, especially if you use existing hardware.

I used WordPress for the blogging, and 123flashchat for the IM.

WordPress took a little bit of configuration, but even so, it was very simple and straightforward. There’s very good documentation on the WordPress site, and via Google.

123flashchat was even easier. I just downloaded the server media, unzipped it, and that was it. There was no configuration at all. I was having trouble with it for a while – I couldn’t access the chat interface from a client computer. I tried tweaking IP addresses, subnets, and gateways, but nothing I tried worked. Then I finally realized that the firewall on the server was still on. chkconfig iptables off and service iptables stop did the trick.

Now I just have to show my teacher that the blog and chat servers work, and that will be that. From what I’ve learned doing this, I might see if I can set up a chat server for use here at work, so we don’t have to go through GTalk or other 3rd party services.

This marks the end of my third semester at Herzing. I’m 1/3 of the way through the Bachelor Degree. Next semester I only have two classes, one per term. Which means no online class. Next semester shouldn’t be nearly so hellish.

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