Jun 16 10

howto FTPS with FileZilla

by lukas

The following short tutorial (in german) explains how to access our FTP server using FileZilla.


Jun 8 09

howto ftps and fireftp

by lukas

We have a new german! howto which explains using FireFTP to connect to a website on our webserver.


Apr 30 09

checking links

by robert

In order to maintain an up-to-date website it can be useful to know wether links on your pages refer to other existing pages or are rather dead links. For this, linkcheckers can be used. Two prominent examples are the LinkChecker and the W3C link checker. Other link checkers do exist, but lack features such as ignore directives. While the W3C Link checker has a commandline equivalent, it is not as powerful as the LinkChecker. A detailed list of features of LinkChecker can be found here.

An example is the following command

linkchecker --recursion-level=3 --check-html-w3 --output=html > /tmp/linkchecks.html

It will take links into account up to a recursion level of 3, check the syntax of HTML URLs with W3C online validator, and return the output in html format.

Additionally, LinkChecker allows to create different profiles for different sites, easing the adminstration of several projects you have to look after.

Apr 19 09

First things first

by robert

Behind highway1.ch are two IT hobbyists who enjoy web hosting, the nature, and think California is cool. One of us is living in Mountain View, CA, the other one in Zurich, Switzerland, our servers are located in Germany and Switzerland as well.

The intention for this blog is to share things we’ve learned with the world. Once started with a simple web server based on apache, highway1.ch hosts many different services such as web and email servers, file repositories, and our own nameserver. Over the last years we have gained some insight and think it can be helpful to others as well. Thus posts on this blog will mainly deal with installation and configuration issues around the administration of a web server. And since our servers are based on debian, it actually refines to a blog on debian server adminstration.

Why do we do this? Mainly for its own sake that is to learn how things work and be in control over the things we use (because of our geek nature).

We have chosen Highway1.ch as our main domain, because we got to know it pretty well during an internship back in 2005. This is by the way how we met and found out about our shared geekiness. Highway 1, a California state route has many names, among them Pacific Coast Highway, Cabrillo Highway, and Shoreline Highway. It runs along the coast of California and starts in the north at Fort Bragg traveling all the way down to Capistrano Beach down south.