John's Blog

I'm John O'Fallon, founder of Maxum and lead developer of Rumpus. Since 1997, I've also been the person responsible for helping people when they have problems or otherwise have questions about Rumpus. Welcome to my blog, where you'll find articles that go into a little extra detail about how a Rumpus server works, describe cool new Rumpus features, and discuss general issues related to running an Internet file server. Anything Rumpus is fair game...

Connection Errors
Taking a look at connection errors in your log files... - September 11, 2014
Event Notices Primer
Here's an overview of having Rumpus send an e-mail message when users upload or download files. - August 26, 2014
OS X and SSL Vulnerabilities
I saw a security bulletin about OpenSSL. Is Rumpus vulnerable? - April 9, 2014
The Early Days
A look back at Rumpus 1.0. - April 2, 2014
Moving To Windows
Here's how to move an existing Rumpus server running on OS X to Windows... - February 25, 2014
Simultaneous Connections
Making sure you can provide reliable service for all users means optimizing the number of connections you allow... - December 9, 2013
Mavericks
Notes on OS X 10.9, Mavericks, compatibility and how to resolve a post-update Rumpus launch issue... - October 24, 2013
Display-Only Video Files
Using content wrappers and kiosk mode to allow users to view, but not save, videos on your Rumpus server... - October 4, 2013
Event Notices Via Notification Center
A short AppleScript can be used to set up an Event Notice that will send messages to your iPhone or Mac... - September 23, 2013
File Posted Notices
There is a little-known feature of Rumpus that can make it a lot easier to notify people when new files are posted to the server... - July 17, 2013
For The Curious: Rumpus Version Numbers
The next significant release of Rumpus will be called "Version 8" for a reason... - June 4, 2013
Rumpus 7.2.12
An important maintenance update for all Rumpus 7.2 users... - April 19, 2013
Addressing Event Notices
Making sure Rumpus event notices get sent to the right people. - March 25, 2013
Secure Connections Only
Allowing users to connect to your Rumpus server using only secure services. - March 6, 2013
The Rumpus Drop Box
The new drop box feature lacks documentation. Here's what it does and how it works... - February 15, 2013
Moving Your Server To A New Mac
How to move a Rumpus server to a new Mac is a really common question, so here's my best answer. - December 10, 2012
OS X Server Conflicts
Rumpus works fine on OS X Server as long as you avoid port conflicts. That sometimes means turning off Apache. - December 4, 2012
File Pickup Links
How to include a file download link in Rumpus Event Notice e-mail messages. - September 24, 2012
Reinstalling Rumpus
When things get seriously messed up, sometimes a complete Rumpus re-install is the only option. - September 11, 2012
SSL Certificates
How to make sure the process of obtaining a signed SSL certificate goes smoothly. - September 6, 2012
Version 7.2.5
A few small but helpful features have found their way into the Rumpus 7.2.5 "maintenance" release... - August 10, 2012
Forgotten Passwords
Inevitably, end-users will forget passwords. Here are a few tips for what you can do when it happens. - July 20, 2012
Using Gmail SMTP
Sending mail from Rumpus using the most popular mail service on the planet... - July 3, 2012
3rd Party Frames
A recent change to Safari means problems for services embedded in "3rd Party Frames". - June 26, 2012
URL Cloaking
Here's a tip for those times when the URL used to access files and folders should be made a little less obvious. - June 12, 2012
Broken Transfers
Occasional file transfer failures are a fact of life, but if your server seems unreliable, here are some possible causes. - June 8, 2012
Debugging Rumplet Problems
Rumplet is proving to be very popular, but getting it set up perfectly can sometimes be tricky. - March 20, 2012
Blocked Clients & Server Security
Protecting your server from spambots, dealing with problem proxies and routers, and the #1 security mistake made by admins. - Feb 14, 2012
The "Extra" Function
Improve your workflow with this often-overlooked feature of Rumpus. - Feb 9, 2012
Drop Shipping
Send big files as a link in an e-mail to anyone, anywhere. - Jan 16, 2012
User Access
Controlling who has access to what content starts with setting up a logical folder hierarchy... - Jan 12, 2012
File Modification Dates
When a file is transferred, why is the file's "last modified" date changed? - Jan 12, 2012
Multi-File Selection
Making it as quick and easy as possible for clients to select many files at one for upload... - October 5, 2011

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