Fixing Prosody SSL after upgrade to Debian Jessie

April 15th, 2016

When I upgraded my home server from Debian 7 (wheezy) to 8 (jessie), my installation of the Prosody Jabber chat server broke. Specifically, my chat client would no longer connect, saying SSL was not supported on the server, and prosody complained about SSL support not being available whenever I ran prosodyctl. First I'll show the diagnostic information, then the fix and explanation (spoiler: downgrade lua-socket!), then the new diagnostic output.

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Fast, manual, incremental updating of WordPress

February 6th, 2008

WordPress recently released 2.3.3 as an urgent security fix for 2.3.2. Rather than wiping all non-configured files from my development site, extracting the replacement files from the tarball, and re-uploading said files by FTP, I used the fast and precise approach: Only upload changed files.

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Ubuntu “Feisty Fawn” upgrade was a breeze

April 20th, 2007

I just completed the easiest operating system upgrade I've ever experienced: Ubuntu Edgy Eft to Feisty Fawn. I directed the entire process over VNC, and did not have to leave the GUI at any time. Only a single restart was required, I did not have to edit any config files, and there does not seem to be anything left to clean up.

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Force Firefox extensions to work in the latest version

November 19th, 2006

When Firefox updates to a new version, some extensions are disabled. However, you can easily edit the extensions to make Firefox re-enable them -- no particular expertise required.

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