February 11th: The Day We Fight Back

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ASO Customers:

Tomorrow, A Small Orange will proudly join a broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms in “The Day We Fight Back”, worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA’s mass spying regime. We’ll be joining thousands of other sites in posting a banner at the footer of our site urging people to call and/or email Congress, to ask legislators to oppose the FISA Improvements Act, support the USA Freedom Act, and enact protections for non-Americans.

This event is being held in honor of the late activist/technologist Aaron Swartz,
and in celebration of the victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act in 2012- a proposed bill that Aaron helped to prevent from passing.

Read the whole press release here.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org
2. Sign up to indicate that you’ll participate and receive updates.
3. Sign up to install widgets on websites encouraging its visitors to fight back against surveillance. (These are being finalized in coming days.)
4. Use the social media tools on the site to announce your participation.
5. Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to participate — and encourage others to do the same.

Check out this video with more details on this event:

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A Small Orange’s first National Security Process Transparency Report

As part of our homegrown approach to web hosting, it is important that we are honest and transparent with our customers whenever possible.

That’s why we were pleased to see that last week the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement announcing new and more flexible reporting methods for national security orders, including National Security Letters (NSLs) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders. Under one of the two disclosure options provided by the U.S. government, companies can now disclose the total number of all national security process received, including all NSLs and FISA orders, as a single number, starting with 0-249, and thereafter in bands of 250.

We believe that the press coverage of, and attention paid towards, national security orders is disproportionate to the actual number of orders issued. For example, according to data published by the companies, Google has received fewer than 1,000 NSLs, as has Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

The above data from some of the largest tech companies in the world suggest to us and others in the technical community that the number of NSLs and FISA orders received by a typical internet company is likely not very high.

Today, A Small Orange is publishing its first Transparency Report on national security process received, including NSLs and FISA orders:

  • National Security Process Received: 0 – 249
  • Total Accounts Affected: 0 – 249

At A Small Orange, we still believe we should be able to disclose the exact number and type of national security orders we receive. It’s a question current and potential customers have asked us a number of times, and it bothers us to not to be able to answer it.

After the DOJ announcement, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition, of which A Small Orange is a founding member, issued a statement reiterating the need for companies to be more transparent with their customers than even the new guidelines allow.

We will be following the developments in this area closely.

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A Small Orange Community Newsletter January ’14

Welcome back to the A Small Orange Community Newsletter.
Hope your 2014 is off to a great start.

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Ghost 0.4 Support & One-Click Upgrade

ghost_logo_big-300x200We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Ghost 0.4 support on our shared and business cloud shared servers. The new release of Ghost marks the first minor release update to the popular Ghost blogging platform and includes some 150 bug fixes and a handful of important feature additions. For more details on the Ghost 0.4 release please see the Ghost.org official blog post and the release notes.

The A Small Orange One-Click Ghost installer available to customers in their account cPanel interface has been updated to support the latest Ghost 0.4 package, allowing for One-Click installations of the latest version of Ghost.ghost_installer

We have also provided a convenient upgrade feature that is now available to customers that previously utilized the One-Click installer for version 0.3 allowing customers to automagically upgrade to Ghost version 0.4.softac_upgrade

If your Ghost 0.3 installation was performed manually over SSH, you will need to upgrade to Ghost 0.4 manually. We have however put together instructions to walk you through this process which are available here.

To learn more about NodeJS support at A Small Orange, please find our implementation guide for other NodeJS applications here.

As always, questions or comments, we can be reached 24/7 through any of our support channels. Thank you.

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PHP Updates: 5.5.8 & 5.4.24

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We are pleased to announce that we have completed an update of the PHP versions available on all shared and business cloud servers to PHP versions 5.5.8 and 5.4.22. This update is largely bug fix and performance related changes, for more details please see the PHP.net change log notes for PHP 5.5.8 and 5.4.24.

The use of PHP 5.5 and 5.4 can be enabled on your account or on a per-directory basis through a simple .htaccess modification. This modification can be placed in an accounts public_html/.htaccess file to enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4 for the entire account or in the .htaccess file of a specific directory (e.g: public_html/wordpress/.htaccess) to enable under that directory tree only.

To enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4, you must add one of the following htaccess option:

 AddType application/x-httpd-php55 .php

Or

 AddType application/x-httpd-php54 .php

The binary path to the PHP 5.5 and 5.4 installations, should you require it for executable php scripts or cronjobs, is located at:

/usr/local/php55/bin/php

And

/usr/local/php54/bin/php

As with the existing PHP 5.3 setup, when you enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4, it will respect any custom php.ini settings you may have under your account. In addition, all standard PHP modules and extensions from the existing PHP 5.3 setup are default enabled in the PHP 5.5 and 5.4 setup to ensure the best compatibility possible.

As always, questions or comments, we can be reached 24/7 through any of our support channels. Thank you.

 

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