I noticed today as I was about to start a different article that my website was looking a bit, well, funny. The layout was wrong, some of the colours were off, the whole thing was a mess. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not at the forefront of design, and won’t win any beauty awards, but it looked awful!
Firewalls are not fun. I’ve got to open with that statement as I’ve been doing a lot of work with firewalls in the past couple of weeks. It’s not been the most enjoyable of experiences, but I can see why it is needed.
After posting my intention of building a home file server for storing my movies, pictures, music and probably other files, I had to order some new hard drives to give me the space I think I will need. They have now arrived so I get to install those into the case, and then set up the operating system to run everything.
I spend quite a lot of time on StackOverflow, both in terms of finding answers for something I need, and also for helping people out with their issues. One question I see quite a lot is around security permissions for creating files on the server. Usually these questions are for PHP, and as such I’m going to address this post as if PHP developers are sensible and deploy on a LAMP stack.
More often than not, I see the posts and they have something along the lines of the following:
I’ve set the permissions to 777 but it’s still not working
It makes me want to turn into the Hulk and smash things.