Loads of new stuff


Just a short post to say there have been many changes at mac-mann. When I get some time I will post a write up. Needless to say the site is now fully resilient with two physical hosting locations and a private/public cloud as well as CDN.

New Infrastructure

This week has been an interesting one for Mac Mann. First off I built an AFP to NFS gateway using a Raspberry PI so my old macs running apple talk can share with my other systems via Samba. Also this weekend I moved the mac mann website “in house” on my own private proxmox cloud. Proxmox is a versatile virtualisation product at a fraction of the cost of VMWare. The free version does most things people (clustering, live migration) want but most importantly the backups do restore and work!

With bringing the website back to the Mac (proxmox is running on a mac pro). I needed some features I’d miss from the previous set up so today I built an NGINX (pronounced Engine X) server to cache but most importantly to automatically display a maintenance page whenever I reboot the webserver.

Stay tuned for more updates!


Mac-Mann now has an im domain. IM is the TLD (top level domain) for the Isle of Man. Many thanks to the Isle of Man government for allowing me the manx spelling of Man (Mann).

If you are in the market for a short domain whether you are manx or not check out www.nic.im as well as www.domicilium.com for complete hosted solutions and connectivity.

Open heart surgery.

Little job for MacMum. Reports of printer printing faint. New toner didn’t help so a bit of open heart surgery later (stripped it down and cleaned all the optics) MacMum’s printer lives to print another day..