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...

Public Content
Rumpus can make simple logos and images, PDFs, and other public content easily accessible. - July 7, 2020
Rumpus 9.0 Pre-Release
Rumpus 9.0 is coming. Get details, and even download the Beta... - November 24, 2020
Security Scan Warnings
If your server is audited by an automated security scanner, you may have some warnings to address... - March 31, 2020
Google Chrome Password Warning
When one of your Google Crome users is reporting a warning about a potential security breach, here's how to address it. - March 10, 2020
OS X 10.15 Catalina
Help for administrators who encounter issues upgrading to OS X 10.15 Catalina. - October 28, 2019
The Importance Of Upgrades
Question: My existing Rumpus server has been stable for years. Do I really need to upgrade? - July 31, 2019
Old Rumpus, New OS
A new Operating System update is available. Is my older Rumpus version compatible? - June 20, 2019
Rumpus 8.2 Pre-Release
Rumpus 8.2 is coming. Get details, and even download the Beta... - August 8, 2018
Rumpus As A General Purpose Web Server
If you need to publish a simple Web site, your existing Rumpus server can do the job. - April 25, 2018
Controlling Search Engines
A Rumpus 'FTP' server is also a Web server, so search engines may access your server. Here's how you can control them. - September 14, 2017
Must Have Applications
Rumpus administrators, download these applications and simplify your life. - August 17, 2017
Secure Mail Failure
In Rumpus 8.1.7 and later, why is Rumpus unable to send mail securely via my SMTP server? - July 14, 2017
SSL/TLS Security Level
For those who crave details, here's how the 'SSL/TLS Security Level' feature works. - June 23, 2017
Let's Encrypt SSL Certificates
How to obtain a trusted certificate from Let's Encrypt for use on a Rumpus server. - June 23, 2017
Re-Installing Rumpus on Windows
Need to re-install Rumpus on your Windows server? Here's how... - May 17, 2017
3 Common Questions, Answered
I answer questions about Anonymous FTP, e-mail only tech support, and automated SSL test reports... - March 12, 2017
Displaying Video
Rumpus may send videos to clients, but it's the client that displays them. So optimizing playback is a little complicated... - December 5, 2016
Storing Passwords Using Strong Encryption
Storing passwords with strong encryption is a powerful, and very clever, tool for security conscious administrators. - November 18, 2016
Video Display Issues On iOS Devices
Having trouble viewing videos from a Rumpus server on iOS? Here's what is likely happening, and a fix. - November 10, 2016
Rumpus 8.1
Rumpus 8.1 is now available, and features security updates, "baskets" of content, new administration options, and more... - November 8, 2016
Re-Installing Rumpus on OS X
Need to re-install Rumpus on your Mac server? Here's how... - April 26, 2016
Mobile Downloads
So, you want to send files to people who are using a phone or an iPad... - April 19, 2016
Reporting Rumpus For Windows Crash Problems
All non-trivial software has bugs, and Rumpus is no exception. Here's what you can do to get a quick resolution when crashes occur... - April 19, 2016
Managing Multiple Certificates In Rumpus
When you are waiting for a certificate, and need to use a self-signed or older cert in the mean time... - January 11, 2016
Port Conflicts with OS X Server 5
How to resolve port conflicts between Rumpus and OS X Server 5. - October 20, 2015
Rumpus Thumbnail Folders
What is the 'Rumpus_Thumbs' folder, and how can I make it go away? - August 20, 2015
User-Specific Mail Delivery
When Rumpus needs to send mail on behalf of your users, a little tweak can make your SMTP server much happier... - August 5, 2015
Multi-File Download Limits
WFM users can download many files at once, which is a great feature. But practical limits need to be enforced... - July 17, 2015
File Expiration
Rumpus can automatically delete uploaded files after a set period of time. Here's how to set it up. - May 27, 2015
Sharing User Accounts
Finding a balance between convenience and security should never include people sharing user accounts... - March 12, 2015
Rumpus 8.0.5
Rumpus 8.0.5 includes optimized alias resolution, better SFTP compatibility, and more... - December 12, 2014
The "Shellshock" Vulnerability
Is Rumpus effected by the 'Shellshock' bug? - September 29, 2014
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
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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