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Invalid command ‘FastCGIExternalServer’, perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration

I got the error below when attempting to configure a Django project to be served by FastCGI via Apache for the first time. I have configured FastCGI but it had been awhile and the server I was working with had ISPConfig installed on it and what I thought to be mod_fastcgi. Below I explain the error, my mix up, and how to resolve on a Linux server.

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Tor Tunnel

You may have heard of the Tor network which if affectionately known as the onion router. Tor is a anonymity software which is free and open source. The trouble with Tor is that it can be dreadfully slow for every day use. Moxie Marlinspike has come up with a solution called Tor tunnel. Tor tunnel basically uses just the Tor exit node rather than all the hops in between. Of course this is not as good a solution for anonymity however in situations where you only need to be mildly anonymous it can be effective.

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How to Install a Ruby Gem Server

There are numerous reasons it is beneficial to have your own gem server including controlling the versions of various gems deployed to all of your servers. Below is a brief explanation of how to install a gem server on your local network.

1. Install Web Server: If you do not already have a web server installed then install LiteSpeed or Apache