Computer Science: Session 1, 2019

As the end of the session draws near, I came to a few realisations about my move to ECU.

Although this is session 1, for me, it's closer to the denouement of a first year computer science undergrad. I started this degree in session 2, 2018 at another university, finished four units, and then transferred to ECU in March of this year. Having completed two of the first four units in ECU's course syllabus at my previous school, I'm totalling the credit points accrued from a year of studies with the completion of just two units this session. And next session, too …

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Boost Nextcloud Performance with Redis Cache on OpenBSD


A PHP memory caching utility such as Redis can significantly decrease load times, speeding up PHP requests by storing compiled files for quicker retrieval.

Install Redis

Both the Redis database and PHP interfacing extension need to be installed:

# pkg_add redis pecl-redis

Add to rc.d to run at startup and then start Redis:

# rcctl enable redis
# rcctl start redis

Redis and Nextcloud Configuration

First, make the directory with appropriate ownership and permissions in the chroot where Redis will create the unix socket file:

# mkdir /var/www/redis
# chown …
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Let's Encrypt HTTPS with acme-client on OpenBSD


Since OpenBSD 5.9, the base system comes with acme-client: an open source implementation in C that requests a free HTTPS certificate from the Let’s Encrypt Certificate Authority. It is super simple to setup and even easier to use. And once your certificate is issued, the acme-renew script will ensure your website stays TLS encrypted for the remainder of its lifetime.

The following assumes OpenBSD 6.2 6.7, please refer to the relevant man pages``_ for other releases as the syntax of …

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OpenBSD Web Server with httpd, MariaDB, PHP and WordPress


The ubiquitous LAMP (Linux / Apache / MySQL / PHP) Stack that runs on just about every private or SOHO, and even enterprise level, deployment has scores of guides available across the Internet. If you are establishing your own web server for the first time, you can google LAMP Stack $linux_distro and Google will return thousands of results; many of them up-to-date and accurate enough that you can reliably follow the steps provided to deploy a secure production environment where you can serve anything from your WordPress …

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