I'm still new to Octopress and so far I'm quite happy with it. While it always feel like a trade (between power and simplicity), the choice between HAML or Markdown is really nice.
Anyway one of the thing I wanted to hack was a nice custom 404 page. I found a lot of info on the web but no complete walkthrough, so I decided to write a quick post about it.
Seriously. People hate it with passion and creativity designing mugs, T-shirts, writing parody code and full websites about how frustrating it is. While I am not planning a long complaining post (although the temptation is strong) I had to do something.
Some fellow bloggers already did a great hating job (kudo to them!). The best posts I could read on the topic are PHP Must Die and PHP: a fractal of bad design . The first one is short and simple while the second is exhaustive and merciless (there is a link to the PHP documentation in its "Credits" section).
PHP is meant to die is also a very interesting post I recently found. It is focused on the "dying programming model of PHP" and its consequences.
Last time I checked, they were using
Most of my online stuff (including this web log) is hosted on a dedicated server at OVH running FreeBSD.
Hopefully, I'll be posting more stuff about the services I configured later on. This post aim to guide you to the very first steps that you might want to take (regardless of what your server is going to do in the end).