I’ve opened this blog site since 2013 when I wanted to write something for recording my study notes and improved my English writing.
At that time, I chose wordpress mainly because I’m familiar with it and I had the experience to build a blog site using it. Once I started building a blog, the installation was pretty straightforward – just extracting the
tar.gz and throwing the file into
/var/www/html is for the static files hosting on Debian). Then I need to configure the nginx by use of fcgi to forward the dynamic contents to PHP.
So later, I started finding a theme to make my blog beautiful and some plugins to make my writing smoothly, like the code highlighter, the TOC (aka. Table of Content) plugin, category tree plugin etc.
After I completed 100+ posts, I suddenly realised it seemed to go far away the essence of writing, as I spent too much time on doing these technical things - although my writing were mostly related to technical stuff.
Today I have the needs to transfer my vultr VPS from Australia to Japan. That’s because it’s really slow when I connect to the VPN and shadowsocks hosted on my server.
The following is the steps after I create a new vultr instance located in the data center of Japan:
setup the pptpd for VPN
$ apt-get update $ apt-get install pptpd
uncomment the section in the tail of
``` txt /etc/pptpd.conf
enable ipv4 forword in the `/etc/sysctl.conf` ``` text /etc/sysctl.conf net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1
then make it effective
$ sysctl -p
The last step is adding a rule to the iptables and restart pptpd
$ iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE && iptables-save $ service pptpd restart
Updated on 13/12/2015
Although PPTP can satisfiy my needs, I think it’s not stable and rebust. Recent days, I always use Cisco
AnyConnect VPN client to connect to my office internal network, so I decide to set up an AnyConnect compatible VPN server on my VPS.
I didn’t spend too much time to research how to do that. I just used an automatic installation script which can be refered to this Github repository.
Shadowsocks is a must-have if you live in China and need to do something by circumvention.
$ wget -O- http://shadowsocks.org/debian/1D27208A.gpg | apt-key add - $ echo "deb http://shadowsocks.org/debian wheezy main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list $ apt-get update $ apt-get install shadowsocks-libev
Then you need to modify the
``` json /etc/shadowsocks-libev/config.json
I tend to use `aes-128-fcb` method. Then reload the configuration: ```bash $ service shadowsocks-libev reload
Everything will go well!
nginx and dropbox for my blog hosting
$ apt-get install nginx vim $ cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf - $ ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd $ wget https://www.dropbox.com/download?dl=packages/dropbox.py -o dropbox.py $ chmod +x dropbox.py $ ./dropbox.py start $ cd ~/Dropbox # must enter this directory and apply the wildcard. otherwise it didn't take effect $ ~/dropbox.py exclude add * $ ~/dropbox.py exclude remove blog $ cd ~/Dropbox/blog $ ~/dropbox.py exclude add * $ ~/dropbox.py exclude remove public
Now you can see I just synchronize the directory where the static files of my blog site locate.
The next thing I need to do is modifying the
/etc/nginx/sites-available/default and changing the
But I also encountered a thing I failed to fix - nginx will return a
500 server error. I reviewed the nginx log and found that’s the issues of permission.
So I simply changed the run user of nginx from
/etc/nginx/nginx.conf. If I have spare time, I would fix the issue again.
blogging and publishing
Since I use the static blogging tool - Hexo in my local MacBook and write the article using Markdown, I need to some apps to help me manage my publishing.
After using all sorts of markdown apps on Mac OSX, like Typera, Mou, Byword, Ulysses, TextNut, I found they always had some flaws for me - including unsupported markdown syntax, automatically modifying my file like adding some a new blank line arbitrarily, owning its own library management facility. But until I met MWeb, it’s suitable to me and satify my personal needs very well.