Rackspace Cloud Sites File Manager

I was recently updating a website hosted on the Cloud Sites infrastructure at Rackspace and ran across an inconsistency with the documentation I was finding online and what I was seeing in the control panel.

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Using the File Manager

I needed to update a single file on a website and was already logged into the control panel. I thought that I would just use the “File Manager” tool from the control panel (which I had read about) and this would save me the time of not opening up an FTP connection. I searched the control panel navigation to no avail. So I reached out to Rackspace online chat (BTW, I have been nothing but pleased with Rackspace’s support channels) to find an answer.

Where can I find the File Manager in the Cloud Sites control panel?

The answer is you can’t find the File Manager. Shane in tech support instructed me that Rackspace has “disabled the File Manager on the Cloud Sites product and does not have a time frame to add that feature back”.

So for those on the Cloud Sites infrastructure… FTP is your only method of file management.

Hey Google, This Site Sucks!

user blockGoogle has released an extension for its Chrome browser that will allow users to block sites in. With the plugin you can block domains/hosts from appearing in your Google search results.

At this point the plugin doesn’t extending blocking any further than a personal level, but we’d be naive to think that Google won’t be watching this data to assist in further developing their search algorithm.  This step towards “edited” content is a page out of the Blekko book of search. Blekko is a new search engine that users human editing to help rank the sites that appear after the search query.

While this is big news, the cat was let out of the bag during the Farsight 2011 conference. Matt Cutts (Google) hinted at this development during his debate with Harry Shum (Bing) about Bing stealing search results from Google.

Does this mean that Google will start using human editing to improve their rankings? I don’t think so. Matt Cutts and those at Google have been pretty adamant about Google continuing on the algorithm path to keep their results impartial and automated. Google will likely use these signals to help improve what their algorithm can do. Matt Cutts recently addressed this thought on Hacker News.

Get the Chrome extension.

Internet Usage in 2010

The recent events in Egypt got me to thinking… “Just how much do people use the Internet?

Well here are some 2010 usage stats for you: _as I find them interesting_

  • 107 trillion emails in 2010
  • Approximately 262 billion spam email messages per day
  • 255 million websites online in 2010
  • Nearly 60% of the web servers are Apache
  • 2 billion Internet users worldwide (14% increase from last year)
  • Asia makes up the largest share at 42% of the Internet users (North America is #3)
  • Internet Explorer still holds the #1 browser title with 46% market share. Firefox and Chrome round out the top 3
  • 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute.
  • 3000 images are uploaded to Flickr each minute

These numbers (and more) were reported in a recent post by Royal Pingdom.