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Jamie Balfour'sPersonal blog

As the pilots of the planes that crash into the Severnaya bunker say in Goldeneye:

Negative so far. Everything seems normal

Well now everything actually is normal. The transition has been made from jamiebalfour.net to jamiebalfour.scot. jamiebalfour.scot now points to my new host, jamiebalfour.me and jamiebalfour.co.uk will be here in about 2 and a bit months time (due to restrictions on the transfer of domains, they can only be transferred 60 days after registration, and sadly .co.uk renewed automatically just before I started the transfer).

I had to make some changes to BalfBlog, and I have no idea why these changes were actually needed, but they were (actually, come to think of it, I have a rough idea it might have something to do with the DocumentRoot directive in Apache2, but I'll test that out).

In the meantime, if there are any further issues across my site get in touch via Facebook or my contact form on my website. I've still got a lot of stuff to try out at the moment so the site may have some issues due to this.

What's new

There's a lot of new stuff coming to my website because of the change to running my own system from the ground up (well in a VM). 

My favourite new feature is the use of PHP 7. 7 is supposedly up to twice as fast a PHP 5 and I see a huge performance gain on my website. OPCache is enabled to reduce the amount of time spent parsing the PHP in the first place too. My site was always fast but now it runs only one core and 512MB of RAM and yet it performs better than it did on the shared host where I had 3GB of RAM and four cores. Ahh the benefits of VPS!

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