Ryan Petris

Articles in the System Administration category

Why I Use Linux

Roughly 15 years ago I abandoned Windows for a Mac, and since then have been flip-flopping between MacOS and Linux as my primary operating system. For the last 15 years, as long as I was running some Unix-like operating system, I was happy. However, even when I was using MacOS …

Goodbye, Mandrill

I received the following email from Mandrill yesterday which unfortunately means that I will have to discontinue my usage of Mandrill for sending and receiving email. Specifically, I am currently using a free Mandrill account as the incoming email provider for Disposamail, and continuing my usage of Mandrill is not …

Account Locked - Action Needed

GoDaddy Email Screenshot

For the second time in the last few months, GoDaddy has locked my account and forced a password change “for security purposes”. While I would expect this kind of behavior if someone managed to login to my account in another country or in an area that I’m not normally …

Multicraft Backups

I don’t really like the way Multicraft handles backups. If you’re using a non-official server such as Bukkit or Spigot, and use a plugin that allows you to have multiple worlds (such as Multiverse), then Multicraft can’t handle backups of those worlds. Additionally, even if you allow …

Minecraft Server Installer

Last night, I wrote a script to install the Spigot Minecraft server on a server (or desktop) running CentOS 6. It will install all dependencies on a fresh installation as well as creating a user to isolate the server and setup monitoring with monit, and automatically start the server. This …