Apache 2.4 and PHP 5.5 Test Server, and Another Monitor
Yesterday I tried getting Apache 2.4 and PHP 5.5 using the package manager. I didn't get it to work. Today I decided to compile it from source like I always have. That did work. I copied most of my old configuration file to the new setup and have only run into a couple of places that need to be changed. There are still some issues I need to work out with the older Perl script sites, but a port on the main server should be doable soon.
I have again been watching my server logs. I started running a duel monitor setup in April of 2005 and had used one monitor to display all my server stats. As I began to make more and more use of my screen real estate and became less interested in watching logs, I stopped doing this. Now that I'm far more involved with getting the website back to being robust I've again started watching log file. The Blue-Dragon (my current console) has four monitors, although I usually only had 3 running at a time. With 5440x1600 pixels of screen space you would think I had room for everything. But gone are the days when applications didn't waste pixels, and I have become very use to having 3 screens to work on. So when I wanted to display my log files, there was the question of where to put them.
The 4th monitor on the Blue-Dragon was a CRT, but it wasn't in a great location. Xiphos had given me an old LCD he wasn't using, and for awhile I used it for a work computer. It has been sitting idle. I decided I would fly the monitor and place it above one of my secondary screens. Initially I was going to do this using a shelve I planned to put behind the secondary monitor. But as I was setting this up I changed my mind. The new LCD to add into the collection had a large base that made it difficult to put the monitor where I wanted it. After removing the base to see if I couldn't construct something else, I found mounting screws on the back of the LCD. I decided to see if I couldn't mount the monitor to a wood bracket. It turned out to work better than I had expected. I was able to mount a 2x4” board to the back of the monitor, and screwed that to a second 2x4” board that connected to a shelve.
The results are pictured, and I am pleased with them. While low resolution, it can hold all my logs so they are at an easy glance, and don't interfere with my work space.