Showing posts from June, 2014

Setting up a Dashboard using Bootstrap

Bootstrap dashboard I have a number of web-based tools to monitor and maintain the various devices and applications on my network. It would be very convenient to integrate the tools with an administration console hosted on a secured web server that will let me in from the outside but keep the script kiddies out. 

I decided to use Bootstrap to build a dashboard to do that. It is a front-end web development framework that was written by Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton at Twitter to standardize their development environment and share common design patterns and code. 
Why Bootstrap and not some other web framework? It was released under the MIT open source licence in August 2011 on GitHub, so you are free to download and use the code, modify it, and distribute it, as long as you respect the license terms; It uses HTML 5 which makes the site design very responsive irrespective of the form factor of the device, whether desktop or mobile;There are many free templates to get you going, and there…

Yes, Another Blog About Technical Things

Another blog?"A blog? Aren't there too many blogs?"

Absolutely. As of today, there are 188.7 million blogs on Tumblr, more than 70 million on, and nobody knows how many are on Blogger because Google keeps that a secret.

"Then why are you blogging?  Who is going to read yet another blog?"

Well, I never update my FaceBook page because I am not very sociable. I do have an account on Google Plus even though my son thinks it consists of tumbleweed and the lost souls of Linux administrators, and I occasionally post there, but the format does not lend itself to long technical posts.

I decided to blog for two reasons. Firstly, the notes I make while I wait for the kettle to boil get archived in the universal bit bucket of digital entropy on a regular basis, so a blog on a server owned by Google is a fine off-site disaster recovery site.

Secondly, the hundreds of millions of blogs out there host a rich seam of thought nuggets that help enormously when face…