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Thread started by Dave Winer on Monday, October 22, 2012.

Two warm-up projects

This morning I have to solve two problems.

1. When I view the scripting.com home page on my Android phone, the text is all scrunched up in one column. Why? It doesn't happen on any other device I've tried, and it works well on desktops and laptops. Works great on my iPod and iPad. Here's a screen shot that illustrates.

2. I needed to create another Windows server on Rackspace, but they're no longer offering Windows Server 2003 images. So I had to go with 2008. The user interface is fairly different, but I've been able to puzzle it out. One thing I haven't figured out is how to access the web server on the machine over the Internet. The IP address that Rackspace gave me appears not to work.

Update: The problem turns out that I have IIS running on the machine. I should have figured this out for myself, but it took a Rackspace support engineer to find this for me. Now I have to figure out how to turn it off.

I have turned off IIS, which required two tries (one to quit, it and one to disable it after it relaunched after a reboot).

Now I am able to access the server on the local machine using its external IP address, but am not able to access it from my desktop using that address, orlando.scripting.com.

Update #2: This time it was a firewall problem. You not only have to open port 80 for IIS (which was the default setting) it has to be opened for all other apps running on the server. It was blocked. Thanks to the excellent Rackspace support for their quick help. They should change their name to Rockspace. :-)

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