Jim Rome's Interactive Site http://jamesrome.net/drupal/rss.xml en Script for updating the Drupal 8 core http://jamesrome.net/drupal/drupal8_update <span class="field-wrapper">Script for updating the Drupal 8 core</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:02</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/drupal8_update" hreflang="en">Script for updating the Drupal 8 core</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-attachment field-name-field-attachment field-type-file field-label-above"> <div class="field-label">attachment</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">You don't have access to download this file.</div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><hr /><p>Drupal 8 has integrated  other projects and modules into the Drupal Core. For example: Views, Symfony, and JQuery. Asz a result, whenever any of the included projects have an architecture change, or security issue, the Drupal Core must be updated, and there is not an automatic way of doing this. As a result, there have been a half-dozen Core updates in the past month, and it wastes 2–3 hours of my time whenever I must update my 6 sites. And this is if there are no bugs in the provided update, and all goes smoothly.</p> <p>It occurred to me that I essentially do the same things to each site each time I update them, so why not create a shell script? So I did, and I offer it to others with the following provisos:</p> <ul><li>There are no guarantees of correctness or application to your site. Editing the script may be needed. Although my script makes a backup of your files and database, I suggest you make your own until you have confidence in the script.</li> <li>I assume that there are links to <em>composer.phar</em> and <em>vendor/drush/drush/drush </em>in the installation directory (where vendor and this shell script are located).</li> <li>I inserted pause statements in the script to enable you to make sure things are working correctly as the script is executed. When you are confident of the script, comment them out.</li> <li>I have used this script to successfully update major (5.5 -&gt; 5.6) updates, and minor updates (5.6.14 -&gt; 5.6.15).</li> </ul><p>Save the script in your main Drupal directory. I called it <em>drupal8_update.sh</em></p> <hr /><blockquote><p>#!/bin/bash<br />  <br /> # A script to upgrade a Drupal installation to the next minor version<br /> # This script uses drush to initiate database updates; Assumes there is a drush link to vendor/drush/drush/drusha<br /> # and a link to composer.phar in the install directory<br /> #init<br /> function pause(){<br />    read -p "$*"<br /> }<br />  <br /> TMP="/tmp"<br />  <br /> # check for user input<br /> if [ ! $@ ]; then<br />   echo<br />   echo "  Usage:"<br />   echo "    $0 MAJOR MINOR SITE [DIRECTORY]"<br />   echo "    MAJOR: The new MAJOR version to install - e.g., 8.6"<br />   echo "    MINOR: The new MINOR version to install - e.g., 14 (for 8.6.14)"<br />   echo "    SITE: a nick for your site (fixes multiple sites)"<br />   echo "    DIRECTORY: The relative path to your Drupal installation; if blank the current directory is assumed"<br />   echo<br />   echo "  Example usage:"<br />   echo "    $0 6.  9 mysite public_html/"<br />   echo<br />   exit 0<br /> fi<br /> MAJOR=$1<br /> MINOR=$2 <br /> VERSION="${MAJOR}.${MINOR}"<br /> OLD_VERSION="${MAJOR}.$(( ${MINOR} - 1 ))"<br /> DRUPAL_OLD="drupal-${OLD_VERSION}"<br /> echo "OLD_VERSION = $OLD_VERSION   DRUPAL_OLD =$DRUPAL_OLD"<br /> pause 'Press [Enter] key to continue...'<br /> if [ ! $4 ]; then<br />   SITEPATH="."<br /> else<br />   SITEPATH=$4<br /> fi</p> <p>SITE=$3<br /> DRUPAL_SITE="${SITE}-" <br /> DRUPAL_VERSION="drupal-${VERSION}"<br /> DRUPAL_PACKAGE="${DRUPAL_VERSION}.tar.gz"<br /> TMP_FILE="${TMP}/${DRUPAL_PACKAGE}"</p> <p>echo "Drupal_site=${DRUPAL_SITE}"<br />  <br /> cd $SITEPATH<br />  <br /> # Put the site offline<br /> echo "Putting site in offline mode..."<br /> ./drush sset system.maintenance_mode 1</p> <p>pause 'Site is offline. Press [Enter] key to continue...'</p> <p># backup core files<br /> echo -n "Backing up current Drupal core files... "<br /> tar -czf ../"${DRUPAL_SITE}drupal-core.backup.tgz" ./.htaccess ./*.php ./libraries ./modules ./profiles ./utilities ./themes<br /> echo "Done."<br />  <br /> #backup database; use result-file option to prevent charset corruption<br /> echo -n "Backing up current Drupal database... "<br /> ./drush sql-dump --result-file=../drupal-upgrade.backup.sql.tgz<br /> echo "Done."</p> <p># example download link <a href="http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/drupal-6.9.tar.gz">http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/drupal-6.9.tar.gz</a><br /> DOWNLOAD="<a href="http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/">http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/</a>${DRUPAL_PACKAGE}"<br /> echo -n "Start downloading $DRUPAL_PACKAGE... "<br /> wget -q $DOWNLOAD<br /> echo "Done."<br /> echo -n "Untarring new distribution" <br /> tar -zxvf $DRUPAL_PACKAGE<br /> pause 'Untarred. Press [Enter] key to continue...'<br /> echo "Removing .old directories and old distro files if any"<br /> rm -rf *.old<br /> rm -rf ${DRUPAL_OLD}*<br /> mv core core.old<br /> mv vendor vendor.old</p> <p>echo "Old versions removed. Core &amp; vendor moved to .old Upgrading Drupal core files... "</p> <p>cd $DRUPAL_VERSION<br /> cp -R vendor ../<br /> cp -R core ../<br /> cp -f *.php ../<br /> cd ../</p> <p>pause 'New directories copied. Press [Enter] key to continue...'</p> <p>./composer update<br /> pause 'Composer did the update. Press [Enter] key to continue...'<br /> # The .htaccess file is purposely not copied<br />  <br /> echo "Done."<br />  <br /> echo -n "Upgrading Drupal database... "<br /> yes | ./drush updb<br /> ./drush cr<br /> echo "Done."<br />  <br /> # Put the site back online<br /> echo -n "Putting site back online... "<br /> ./drush sset system.maintenance_mode 0<br /> echo "Done."<br />  <br /> echo<br /> echo -n "If something went horribly wrong type \"restore\" to restore from backup: "<br /> read RESTORE<br />  <br /> if [ "$RESTORE" = "restore" ]; then<br />   echo -n "Restoring database... "<br />   MYSQL_CONNECT=$(drush sql-connect)<br />   $MYSQL_CONNECT &lt; ../drupal-upgrade.backup.sql.tgz<br />   echo "Done."<br />  <br />   echo -n "Restoring files... "<br /> #  tar -xzf ../drupal-core.backup.tgz -C ./<br /> rm -rf core<br /> mv core.old core<br /> rm -rf vendor<br /> mv vendor.old vendor<br />   echo "Done."<br />  </p> <p>  echo "Your upgrade failed, but the backup was restored"<br /> else<br />   echo "removing .old directories"<br />   echo "Your upgrade is complete"<br /> fi<br />  <br /> BACKUP_DIR=$(readlink -f ../)<br /> echo "Backup files before the upgrade where saved in the following locations:"<br /> echo "  ${BACKUP_DIR}/${DRUPAL_SITE}drupal-core.backup.tgz"<br /> echo "  ${BACKUP_DIR}/drupal-upgrade.backup.sql.tgz"</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=186&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="FDAKAXAEMxoDiklNGN5VjPJgsoUQrUQE6QW_Lszgu7s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:02:59 +0000 jarome 186 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/drupal8_update#comments How you can stream your music collection http://jamesrome.net/drupal/streaming_music <span class="field-wrapper">How you can stream your music collection</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Thu, 02/28/2019 - 13:35</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/streaming_music" hreflang="en">How you can stream your music collection</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>I have run out of room for CDs and records. All available wall space is taken, and cabinets can cost more than the music media. Hence, all of my music has now been transferred to my computer systems. I have about 120,000 tracks now, which take about 2 TB of storage. All newer tracks are in lossless Flac or M4a, and many are in high-resolution (24 bits up to 96 kHz). To be safe, I have FIVE copies of everything on different disks and different machines. (I have actually managed to lose three backups once...). I also have one copy in my vault. </p> <p>But how to play the music in three venues: on a computer, at my HiFi, and when I am out and about (or sharing with friends and relatives). I have multiple solutions I use: Logitech's Media Server and their Transporter DAC; Subsonic; and BluOS streaming to my Node 2i - 3855 DAC/Streamer. I also use Audirvana on my Mac, and tried using Roon to also feed the Node 2i.</p> <h2>Playing on a HiFi System</h2> <p>Although I have an excellent wireless WiFi system, if you want to stream Hi-Res music, you should get hard-wired Ethernet connections. I have two such devices:</p> <p><img alt="" height="289" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/P2280003-1.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p>On the left is the Node 21 - 3855, and on the right (bottom) is a Logitech Transporter.</p> <h3>Logitech Media Server</h3> <p>I have been using the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logitech_Media_Server">Logitech Media Server</a> (LMS) system since forever. It used to be called Squeezebox until Logitech bought out Slimdevices and dropped the product line. I own 3 Transporters and 5 of their lesser devices. The way the system works is that you install their free LMS server software on a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer. I have mine on a Linux i7 Dell running OpenSUSE Leap 15. This machine is always on ready to serve its clients. The Transporter got <a href="http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/tested-logitech-transporter-network-music-player/">rave reviews</a> when it first came out, but it is quite old in the tooth now. It has a 24bit/96kHz limit, and no MQA. But I cannot hear the difference at higher sample rates. You can still buy a new Transporter on Ebay for $500. I have one at my HiFi, and one in my bedroom. Note that if you try to play multichannel or over 96 kHz tracks, <strong>bad things will happen</strong>!</p> <p>You access the LMS server via its Web interfaces. There are two:</p> <p>One is for setting up the system in all its gory details</p> <p><img alt="" height="355" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/LMSsettings%20.png" width="704" /></p> <p> </p> <p>The other is for selecting your music</p> <p><img alt="" height="786" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/LMSPlayer.png" width="919" /></p> <p>Now of course, I could access my LMS collection via any Web browser (say on phone) and use the phone as a controller when at my HiFi. But if you allow LMS access through the firewall, you can also listen to music ON your phone.</p> <p>Aside from things sounding really good, the LMS is very configurable, which is probably why it was discontinued. Fortunately, Logitech still has one person (Michael Herger) who is maintaining the software and adding new features. There is also a very helpful online <a href="https://forums.slimdevices.com/">forum</a> left over from the Squeezebox days. As you can see, LMS can stream media from all the major streaming services, in addition to your own music collection.</p> <p>Note that the above Web interface will not play music on your computer, but there is an app called Squeezeplay that will do so.</p> <p><img alt="" height="495" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/Squeezeplay.png" width="789" /></p> <p><img alt="" height="493" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/Squeezeplayatrist.png" width="803" /></p> <p>Generally I am very pleased with the LMS system, and sincerely hope that it keeps going. There is now an open source version of the LMS software.</p> <h3>Bluesound Node 2i</h3> <p>I got the <a href="https://www.bluesound.com/products/node-2i/">Node 2i </a>to see if it was time to replace my LMS system.  It costs $500, and supports 24-bit/ 192 kHz audio streams. It also has MQA. </p> <p><img alt="" height="201" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/Node2iback.png" width="769" /></p> <p>Notice the Ethernet connector—a sign that this is a music player, and not just a DAC. The BlueOS software is inside the Node 2i, and is accessed via the Web, or an application on your Mac, PC, or phone. Again, this will only play music via the Node 2i, so the phone interface is just a remote control.</p> <p><img alt="" height="598" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/BlueOSController.png" width="800" /></p> <p>As with the other music servers, BlueOS supports all of your networked music (a NAS server is not needed, just a Windows Samba share). It also supports your accounts with all the major streaming services as shown above. The BlueOS software makes better use of album images than the LMS system.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 800px;"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" height="818" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/Screenshot_20181128-090950_BluOS.jpg" width="398" /></td> <td><img alt="" height="818" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/Screenshot_20190228-191302_BluOS.jpg" width="398" /></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>On the left is the Android app accessing my music library, and on the right, it is accessing Qubuz.</p> <h3>Roon</h3> <p>Many writers in audiophile publications (Stereophile, Absolute Sound) rave about Roon. I rave AT Roon. I had a free 90-day trial and installed Roon on my Linux server (very easy to do). Roon supports the node 2i and enev my Transporter. However it does not support any of the LMS plugins that make the Transporter so useful—it is my clock and weather forecaster.</p> <p>The problem with Roon is that it is totally unacceptable for a large classical music collection. I have about 5000 artists (which for me is composers). They are stored in my file system as <em>Last_name, First_name,</em> which is appropriate for classical music. Roon insists on displaying then by <em>First_name, Last_name</em>. Very few people know the first name of obscure Classical composers (Currier, Philador, Shebalin,....). According to Roon</p> <blockquote><p>this practice runs contrary to how Roon behaves. This quote is from the Roon KB for Best File Tagging Practices:</p> <p>One thing worth noting is that Roon will attempt to match up names that you have put into your file tags with Roon database versions of the <em>same individuals</em> who are associated with <em>identified</em> content in your library. You’ll get much better results if you stick with the likes of the following:</p> <ul><li>Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart</li> <li>Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky</li> <li>Paul McCartney</li> <li>Richard Rodgers; Oscar Hammerstein II</li> </ul><p>than if you use:</p> <ul><li>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus</li> <li>Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)</li> <li>Rodgers and Hammerstein</li> </ul></blockquote> <p>There is also an issue with how one transliterates Russian names. I decided upon <em>Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky</em>. </p> <p>Even worse, unlike in LMS, there is no way to limit the tags used by Roon in making its list. This there are a huge number of entries, many of which are doubled, even tripled (Artist, Album Artist, Composer). And each one is displayed in a large image.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/RoonArtists.jpeg" width="312" /></p> <p>And scrolling on a phone through over 5000 such images is a non-starter. There is supposedly an alphabetical index, but it was hidden on my devices. Roon also lists each act or Swan Lake as a separate album, adding to the plethora of listings. The advice from Roon is to use WORK and PART tags, to correctly identify compositions. But I have 115,000 tracks, and am NOT going to retag them.</p> <p>Thus, it is impossible to find things to play. Roon is a case where more is worse. On the Roon forum, I got this message:</p> <blockquote><p>I guess for a start most users aren’t mainly classical devotees and don’t have such large libraries. You are already a double edge case as a user.<br /> If you have a set way of working and tagging that is at odds with the roon default then this will also be difficult.<br /> Roon are re-doing the classical experience after a lot of feedback such as yours. You might be better off by skipping a few months until whenever the next major release surfaces and see if it is a better fit.</p> </blockquote> <h2>Streaming to phones and your own externally accessible music server</h2> <h3>Subsonic</h3> <p>I am a big fan of <a href="http://www.subsonic.org/pages/index.jsp">Subsonic</a>, and use it to access my music outside of my house, or to share it with friends. If you want Subsonic to work on mobile device apps (as opposed to using a Web page), it costs $1 a month. I bought a perpetual license many years ago. </p> <p><img alt="" height="1220" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/subsonic.png" width="1110" />I really like Subsonic's interface. Unlike with Roon, you can rapidly find the composer via the left-hand pane. The right-hand pane shows all users online and what they are listening to. It also has a rudimentary chat capability there. Because this is a software-based system, it actually plays the music you choose from the Web page, or from a mobile app. On Android, I recommend <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=github.daneren2005.dsub"><em>Dsub</em></a>; In IOS I use <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/play-sub-music-streamer/id955329386?mt=8"><em>play:Sub</em></a>.</p> <p>By default, Subsonic runs as root, so you must create a subsonic user and run it as this user to be secure. Also, it is easy to encrypt your sessions with a self-signed certificate, but your users will have to accept this certificate after a security warning.</p> <p>Subsonic also gives you a detailed listing of network usage by user</p> <p><img alt="" height="884" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/SubsinicNetwork.png" width="800" /></p> <p>As you see, you can configure users to be able to upload or download music. Access is password protected.</p> <h3>LMS</h3> <p>You can also configure the Logitech media server to serve music to the Internet, but I much prefer the Subsonic interface. There are Android apps that will play the LMS music on your phone, or that will control your HiFi system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=185&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="X6CQ9qEDJ2_jx__e-ZOBkzi-AY1ygHMBkLuqQQKUbkU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 20:35:56 +0000 jarome 185 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/streaming_music#comments A comparison of lossless music streaming services http://jamesrome.net/drupal/streaming_services <span class="field-wrapper">A comparison of lossless music streaming services</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Mon, 02/25/2019 - 13:30</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/streaming_services" hreflang="en">A comparison of lossless music streaming services</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>As an audiophile, I only want to listen to lossless audio, and high-resolution audio is even better. I also refuse to subscribe to streams with copy protection. This leaves out iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, and their ilk. I also listen almost entirely to Classical music, so if that is not your thing, some of my comments may net apply.</p> <p>A few general comments are appropriate for classical music fans. Unlike most other genres where the artist name and the song title are needed, for a classical fan, much more information is needed so that you know what you are listening to. You need the</p> <ul><li>composer</li> <li>name of the composition</li> <li>name of the movement or section (which can be quite long)</li> <li>performers (conductor, soloists, symphony,...)</li> <li>performance date (not the same as the release date) </li> <li>the release date (so you can tell if it has been remastered)</li> </ul><p>None of the streaming services do this properly, although Qubuz is the closest to what is required. Thus, I always must look up the thing I am listening to on the Web. I have found that <a href="https://www.allmusic.com/">Allmusic</a> usually has the most complete information.</p> <p>Another issue all the services are guilty of is sometimes streaming tracks in an album out of order. Why, I wonder?</p> <p>I have extensively tried Deezer, Tidal, and Qobuz, but Deezer never turned on their Hi-Res music stream while I was subscribed.</p> <h2>Tidal</h2> <p>Tidal must be having financial problems because they ripped me off several times. They have a policy of no refunds, no matter what. In particular, I had two accounts at Tidal, and there is no way to log out of their Android app to switch accounts. This caused me to accidentally subscribe twice while trying to get it to work. Even 1 minute after activating the wrong account, they refused a refund.</p> <p>Tidal uses MQA for its high-resolution tracks, which is technically not lossless, and I do have Audirvana Plus to decode them on my computer, and also have a BlueSound Node 2i to decode MQA on my HiFi system. However, it is quite unclear how to record these MQA tracks so that they can unfold at a later time. And my old ears cannot hear any better reproduction from MQA vis-a-vis a 24-bit 96-kHz stream (Qobuz). The advantage to MQA is that it takes less bandwidth, which may be important when listening on a mobile device.</p> <p>There are several issues with Tidal that made me drop it.</p> <ul><li>Its Mac application keeps stopping with red error messages. Weekly-ish upgrades do not seem to make things better.<br /><img alt="" height="435" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/TidalError.png" width="701" /></li> <li>It is really aimed at non-Classical customers. <ul><li>They do not have that many Classical tracks, and even fewer in MQA.</li> <li>It is often impossible to tell what you are listening to because Classical tracks need much more information than pop/rock tracks (see above). For example, in a collection album, the composers are often not listed. (Which composer wrote which quartet?) <p> <img alt="" height="579" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/TidalComposer.png" width="800" /></p></li> </ul></li> <li>Because of this, I always have to open a browser to look up the album so I can label it properly when I rip. This is made much harder by the fact that NONE of the writing on the application is selectable so that I can easily copy it into the browser search bar. This is a royal pain.</li> <li>Most (in my opinion) new albums are NOT listed in the new album section. I have to read <em>BBC Music Magazine</em> or <em>American Record Guide</em> and mark new albums. Then I search for them, and even though they were never listed in New Albums, they are there about half of the time.</li> <li>Many of the tracks are overloaded (clipped at 0 dB), ven after I reduce the recording volume. What is the point of a Hi-Res or lossless track when the loud parts are distorted? (Lord of the Rings recording) <p> <img alt="" height="597" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/LOTRClipped.png" width="807" /></p></li> <li>Tidal plays other music after my desired selection. There seems no way to turn this off!</li> </ul><h2>Deezer</h2> <p>Deezer is based in France, and has many of the same issues as Tidal. But their application does not crash. </p> <ul><li>It is impossible to copy text out of the application.</li> <li>Again, not all new albums are listed.</li> <li>They never got the promised high-resolution tracks.</li> <li>Another issue arises if you listen to operas where there are track divisions, but no natural pause in the content. MP3 requires a gap in the music at these points, but FLAC should allow a gapless stream. Deezer has gaps in the "lossless" stream. This does make it easy to find track label locations, but interrupts your listening enjoyment.</li> </ul><h2>Qobuz</h2> <p>Qobuz just turned on in the USA two weeks ago. Its Hi-Res (24-bit) stream costs $25 a month, but it is worth it. There are still a few teething pains in that not all the albums that say they are Hi-Res, are actually in Hi-Res, but Qobuz says they are working on it. Qobuz is by far the best of these three services.</p> <ul><li>Note how many albums are available in High-Resolution: <p> <img alt="" height="846" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/qobuz.png" width="800" /></p></li> <li>The Album title information is selectable and copyable, so it is easy to find information about the albums.</li> <li>While the track labels are not selectable, and also do not list the composer, if you double click a playing track, you get full information that IS selectable and copyable. However, the full track name is still cut off, so you must still use a Web browser to get the movement tempo. <p> <img alt="" height="597" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/QobuzQuartets.png" width="800" /></p></li> <li>Note that the track has its bit rate displayed.</li> <li>Generally, things are not clipped. Compare the same Lord of the Rings recording:<br /><img alt="" height="290" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/LOTRQuobuz.png" width="800" /></li> <li>Qobuz has program notes for many of the albums, and informative articles: <p> <img alt="" height="573" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/QobuzInfo.png" width="800" /></p></li> <li>Their Mac application has not crashed, nor has the stream stopped.</li> <li>If you adjust the volume properly, there are no overloads.</li> </ul><p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=184&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="vj77P6xK5_a-o8LGq2U45hUQ-475PUdfXisUzMdSe8s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Mon, 25 Feb 2019 20:30:50 +0000 jarome 184 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/streaming_services#comments Do fancy speaker cables make a difference? http://jamesrome.net/drupal/speaker_wire <span class="field-wrapper">Do fancy speaker cables make a difference?</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Thu, 01/24/2019 - 08:29</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/speaker_wire" hreflang="en">Do fancy speaker cables make a difference?</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>As an Electrical engineer, I thought that I knew enough about speaker cable. My Magnepan MG 3.7i speakers were connected to my Sanders Magtech amplifier using <a href="https://www.monsterstore.com/collections/speaker/products/black-platinum-cl-rated-monster-xp-clear-jacket-speaker-cable">heavy zip cord</a> from Monster Cable.</p> <p>But ever since I bought my new Maggies (to replace my old original MG-1s), I had been unhappy with their imaging, and have been moving my speakers and my listening position, all without much effect.</p> <p>After reading an ad in Absolute Sound for Kimber Kable, it seemed to me that they had some sound physics ideas. The cross-braided helices should reduce any pickup of interference from electrical interference, and the multiple strands insulated from each other should provide plenty of surface area for the higher frequencies, which travel on the surface of the wire.</p> <p><img alt="Kimber Kable 12TC" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bc4f2302-252e-4509-9920-1f72f4f33845" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/inline-images/12tc_angled.png" width="400px" /></p> <p>Since there was a 30-day trial, I decided to get a <a href="https://www.kimber.com/products/12TC">2-m pair of Kimber Kables</a> for about $650 with banana-plug terminations.</p> <p>My preconceptions about speaker cables were all wrong. As soon as I turned on my system with the new cables, a palpable sound stage opened between, and encompassing my MG 3.7i speakers. Imaging was back!</p> <p>I have a SVS subwoofer, which I also have not been truly happy with. It connects to my Sanders preamp via SVS cables, so my new speaker cables should not really matter. However, the crossover to my subwoofer is set at 35 HZ, so a fair amount of the bass is actually produced by my Maggies. Suddenly, the muddy, flubby bass disappeared! The cannons in the 1812 Overture still shook my room, but they now sounded like cannon, and not bass drums. </p> <p>One of my favorite organ albums, "Toccatas &amp; Fugues; E. Power Biggs, Organ of the Cathedral at Freiburg," sounded absolutely awesome. The first track uses different banks of pipes, which are placed about the cathedral. I could now hear their U-shaped arrangement clearly.</p> <p>I will keep the cables. Color me a believer!</p> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=181&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="r-jVbrYCWXuqe8Z7p4_mzNbFjTkrc4aDBXVsXBhiWiw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:29:48 +0000 jarome 181 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/speaker_wire#comments How to install (or update from Drupal 7 to) Drupal 8.6 http://jamesrome.net/drupal/installingDrupal8 <span class="field-wrapper">How to install (or update from Drupal 7 to) Drupal 8.6</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Wed, 10/24/2018 - 09:21</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/installingDrupal8" hreflang="en">How to install (or update from Drupal 7 to) Drupal 8.6</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><ol><li> <p>Create a database, database user (with all permissions) and a database user password. Most hosting environments let you do this from a mySQL link in the Control Panel. You can administer the database using phpMyAdmin, also accessible from the Control Panel.</p> </li> <li> <p>Unpack the Drupal 8.x distribution in a directory and open that directory in a Web page.</p> </li> <li> <p>Follow the installation instructions and eventually you will be shown the site home page.</p> </li> <li> <p>Be sure that your webpage hosting environment for PHP is at least PHP 7.0. The newer the better. Be sure that your command line PHP version is also at least 7.0. </p> </li> <li> <p>Install composer by putting this php file into the Drupal directory <a href="https://getcomposer.org/installer">https://getcomposer.org/installer</a>. Run the installer:  </p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">php ./installer</span></p> </li> <li> <p>Link composer.phar to composer (for convenience):</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">ln -s composer.phar composer</span></p> </li> <li> <p>Install drush using composer:</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">php composer require drush/drush</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">ln -s vendor/drush/drush/drush ./drush</span></p> </li> <li> <p>Although Drupal has a GUI interface for managing modules, in Drupal 8 it is better to install them using composer because it correctly makes the two composer.json and composer.lock files. Also, they are placed in the modules/contrib directory rather than in modules. Unless you are doing Drupal development, use the --no-dev option in the following:</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">php composer update --no-dev</span></p> <p>Confusingly, it asks you</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">Discard changes [y,n,v,d,?]?</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">   y - discard changes and apply the uninstall</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">   n - abort the uninstall and let you manually clean things up</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">   v - view modified files</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">   d - view local modifications (diff)</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">   ? - print help</span></p> <p>and you want to answer yes. Answer yes a second time to actually update the symfony files inside the Drupal distribution</p> </li> <li> <p>You should install additional modules using composer:<br /><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">php composer require drupal/module_name</span></p> </li> <li> <p>You can enable a module from the command line using drush:<br /><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">drush en module_name -y</span></p> </li> <li> <p>At this point, it is a good time to check that your site is still working. Check for errors:</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">./drush watchdog-show</span></p> <p>or do this from the GUI Reports/Recent log messages. Using drush can help you to find errors if your GUI breaks with the infamous "The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later." message.</p> </li> <li> <p>Update your database using the update.php web page, or using drush</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">./drush updatedb</span></p> </li> <li> <p>Now install your initial module set using composer. I recommend stopping occasionally to check that your site is still working. Installing <em>admin_menu </em>totally trashed my site. (Use <em>admin_toolbar</em> instead.). If you are updating your site from a previous version of Drupal (6 or 7), install all of the modules that were activated in your old site, and make a list of those unavailable in Drupal 8. Using composer to install modules also installs their required libraries and enters the modules into the composer.json and composer.lock files. Installing from the Extend menu does not do these things.</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">php composer require drupal/your_module_name</span></p> </li> <li> <p>While you are doing the above, use the GUI Extend web page to find and activate each newly-installed modules to be sure nothing is going wrong.</p> </li> <li> <p>Clear your caches after any big change to see the result</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">./drush cr</span></p> <p>and now is a good time to back up your database using <em>phpMyAdmin</em>. Also zip up your Drupal directory, for example:</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">zip -r d8-10-22-2018.zip d8</span></p> </li> <li> <p>Every time there is an update for the Drupal core, you need to replace the core and vendor directories and all of the .php files in the main directory. You then must run steps 7 and 8 and 10 again.</p> </li> <li> <p>You should now run a status report. You will probably find the following, but you should NOT fix this until your site is moved to its final location.</p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">TRUSTED HOST SETTINGS</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">Not enabled</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">The trusted_host_patterns setting is not configured in settings.php. This can lead to security vulnerabilities. It is highly recommended that you configure this. See <a href="https://www.drupal.org/node/1992030">Protecting against HTTP HOST Header attacks</a> for more information.</span></p> </li> <li> <p>If you are upgrading from a previous Drupal version, now is the time to run your update. Be sure to install and enable all of the update modules first.</p> <p><a href="https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/upgrade/drupal-8-migrate-modules">https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/upgrade/drupal-8-migrate-modules</a></p> <p>especially Migrate Drupal UI unless you wish to upgrade using drush. It is a good idea to copy all of your public files to the new site (if you want them) before the upgrade.</p> </li> </ol><hr /><h2>What if things go wrong?</h2> <p>Here is an example of what can go wrong with Composer:</p> <pre> <span style="font-size:11px;"><code>[RuntimeException] Failed to execute git clone --no-checkout 'https://git.drupal.org/project/coder.git' '/home2/orcmaorg/public_html /vendor/drupal/coder' --dissociate --reference '/home2/orcmaorg/.composer/cache/vcs/https---git.drupal.org-projec t-coder.git/' &amp;&amp; cd '/home2/orcmaorg/public_html/vendor/drupal/coder' &amp;&amp; git remote add composer '<span style="color:#e74c3c;">https://git.drupal.org/project/coder.git</span>' &amp;&amp; git fetch composer Cloning into '/home2/orcmaorg/public_html/vendor/drupal/coder'... fatal: unable to create thread: Resource temporarily unavailable fatal: cannot repack to clean up</code></span></pre><p>Note that the URL in red does not exist. You need to search the bugs in the coder project to find <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/coder/issues/2919773#comment-12846434">https://www.drupal.org/project/coder/issues/2919773#comment-12846434</a><br /> which says the code is at <a href="https://github.com/klausi/coder" rel="nofollow">https://github.com/klausi/coder</a>. </p> <p>There are two files that Composer creates and updates (an important reason to do things using Composer and not the GUI).</p> <ul><li><strong>composer.json</strong> lists all the <em>system</em> modules in your Drupal, and which versions of each module is needed. I ran into problems with entity_update, which is required by drush (I think):<br />       <span style="font-size:11px;"><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">"drupal/entity_update": "^1.1"</span></span><br /> but it needed to be<br />        <span style="font-size:11px;"><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">"drupal/entity_update": "^<a href="mailto:1.2@RC">1.2@RC</a>"</span></span><br /> so I edited this file.</li> <li><strong>composer.lock</strong> gives the name of each system module, and all of its metadata, including where to get the module. It is here that you have to fix the above URL:<br /><span style="color:null;"><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;"><span style="font-size:11px;">        {<br />             "name": "drupal/entity_update",<br />             "version": "1.2",<br />             "source": {<br />                 "type": "git",<br />                 "url": "<a href="https://git.drupal.org/project/entity_update">https://git.drupal.org/project/entity_update</a>",<br />                 "reference": "8.x-1.2-rc7"<br />             },<br />             "dist": {<br />                 "type": "zip",<br />                 "url": "<a href="https://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/entity_update-8.x-1.2-rc7.zip">https://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/entity_update-8.x-1.2-rc7.zip</a>",<br />                 "reference": "8.x-1.2-rc7",<br />                 "shasum": "1da5f2de7c6adcda9eac8140b5406e588910d50b"<br />             },<br />             "require": {<br />                 "drupal/core": "~8.0"<br />             },<br />             "type": "drupal-module",<br />             "extra": {<br />                 "branch-alias": {<br />                     "dev-1.x": "1.x-dev",<br />                     "dev-master": "1.2.x-dev"<br />                 },<br />                 "drupal": {<br />                     "version": "8.x-1.2-rc7",<br />                     "datestamp": "1515696784",<br />                     "security-coverage": {<br />                         "status": "not-covered",<br />                         "message": "Project has not opted into security advisory coverage!"<br />                     }<br />                 }<br />             },<br />             "notification-url": "<a href="https://packages.drupal.org/8/downloads">https://packages.drupal.org/8/downloads</a>",<br />             "license": [<br />                 "GPL"<br />             ],<br />             "authors": [<br />                 {<br />                     "name": "Nuwantha",<br />                     "homepage": "<a href="https://www.drupal8.ovh">https://www.drupal8.ovh</a>",<br />                     "role": "Admin"<br />                 }<br />             ],<br />             "description": "Update Drupal 8 Entity schema.",<br />             "homepage": "<a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/entity_update">https://www.drupal.org/project/entity_update</a>",<br />             "support": {<br />                 "source": "</span></span></span><span style="color:#c0392b;"><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;"><span style="font-size:11px;"><strong><a href="https://github.com/klausi/coder">https://github.com/klausi/coder</a></strong></span></span></span><span style="color:null;"><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;"><span style="font-size:11px;">",<br />                 "issues": "<a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/issues/entity_update">https://www.drupal.org/project/issues/entity_update</a>"<br />             }<br />         },</span></span></span></li> </ul><p>But making these changes still gave the same error message!</p> <p>Composer makes a <strong>.composer</strong> directory above your Drupal main directory. Inside of this is a <strong>cache</strong> directory. It too must be deleted. Then everything will work.</p> <h3>Drupal 8 should not be this difficult!!!!</h3> <hr /><h3>Finding things inside Drupal</h3> <p>I grabbed these tips on how to find things that are referred to in your Drupal installation, but are missing:</p> <p>Do the following:</p> <p>grep -rnw '/path/to/somewhere/' -e "pattern"</p> <ul><li> <p>-r or -R is recursive,</p> </li> <li> <p>-n is line number, and</p> </li> <li> <p>-w stands match the whole word.</p> </li> <li> <p>-l (lower-case L) can be added to just give the file name of matching files.</p> </li> <li> <p>Along with these, --exclude or --include parameter could be used for efficient searching. Something like below:</p> </li> </ul><p>grep --include=\*.{c,h} -rnw '/path/to/somewhere/' -e "pattern"</p> <p>This will only search through the files which have .c or .h extensions. Similarly a sample use of --exclude:</p> <p>grep --exclude=*.o -rnw '/path/to/somewhere/' -e "pattern"</p> <p>Above will exclude searching all the files ending with .o extension. Just like exclude file it's possible to exclude/include directories through --exclude-dir and --include-dir parameter; for example, the following shows how to integrate --exclude-dir:</p> <p>grep --exclude-dir={dir1,dir2,*.dst} -rnw '/path/to/somewhere/' -e "pattern"</p> <p>--------</p> <p>grep -Ril "text-to-find-here" /</p> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=180&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="h-stXHK3scsM6_vCBgM4Bc82maazQ9mQGaC7DJb9VmM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Wed, 24 Oct 2018 15:21:56 +0000 jarome 180 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/installingDrupal8#comments Picking a host for your Web site http://jamesrome.net/drupal/hosting <span class="field-wrapper">Picking a host for your Web site</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Sun, 10/21/2018 - 08:46</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/hosting" hreflang="en">Picking a host for your Web site</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>This advice applies to the kind of shared hosting accounts that individuals and small organizations might use. Your site shares a server with other users.</p> <p>If you want to host a Website accessible to the public, how should you go about picking the host? Most people look at the obvious things:</p> <ul><li>Cost (including add-ons)</li> <li>Amount of storage</li> <li>Number and size of databases</li> <li>Number of email accounts</li> <li>Free non-commercial SSL certificates</li> <li>Speed (promised)</li> </ul><p>At the moment, I have my Websites on three different hosts:</p> <ul><li>Just Host (<a href="https://my.justhost.com">https://my.justhost.com</a>)</li> <li>Ionos (was 1&amp;1) (<a href="https://www.ionos.com/hosting/web-hosting">https://www.ionos.com/hosting/web-hosting</a>)</li> <li>A2 Hosting (<a href="https://www.a2hosting.com/">https://www.a2hosting.com</a>)</li> </ul><p>Each site tries to lure you with its offers:</p> <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 800px;"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" height="1170" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/ionos.png" width="798" /></td> </tr><tr><td><img alt="JustHost.png" height="580" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/JustHost.png" width="798" /></td> </tr><tr><td><img alt="A2Hosting.png" height="582" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/A2Hosting.png" width="800" /></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>Please notice the greater technical details and features in the A2 Hosting site. While these are important considerations, there may be more critical differences among hosting providers. I run six Websites, all based upon Drupal (which I recommend highly for a serious site that needs fine-grained access controls). However, to run Drupal Composer requires ai least 768 MB of memory for php, so you cannot use the cheapest A2 plan. The cheapest Ionos plan offers just 256 MB.</p> <ul></ul><p>I am going to migrate all of my sites to A2hosting. Let me tell you why.</p> <p>The first difference among the sites is the file layout. All sites give you a htdocs (or public_html) directory, which is where internet-accessible are placed. But you also need a directory that is NOT accessible over the internet for security purposes. Drupal requires this. Amazingly, <strong>Ionos does not give you a directory above htdocs</strong>. They do allow you to specify private files, but there is no way for Drupal to use these. You need this file space to store backups, new patches or versions for your system, etc. T<strong>his is a security issue!</strong></p> <p>All hosts also allow you to choose Linux or Windows as a hosting platform. I always choose Linux (usually a version of Debian). I see no good reason to use a Windows-based server.</p> <p>All hosts let you manage your site via a Control Panel. Almost all sites use a control Panel from CPanel.com, but there is a difference in what you can control, and how fine-grained things are. In addition to the Web interface via CPanel, to really manage your site, you will want to log in with ssh or to transfer files using sftp. All hosts allow this, but it is a bit easier with JustHost because you can use your username and site name:</p> <pre> ssh username@sitename.org</pre><p>Other hosts require the specific address of your host server. It is no big deal, but you should keep track of this. No host allows the use of X-windows (graphical ssh interface), so you need to learn how to use Vi (or better, Vim) in order to edit site files in your terminal window. However, on my Mac, using Transmit, I can mount a remote directory and use BBedit locally to edit my site files.</p> <p>You will need a bunch of usernames and passwords to manage your site, so I urge you to make an encrypted spreadsheet page to remember all of them. <em>They need to all be different for site security</em>! For example, you will need login credentials for</p> <ul><li>Your hosting provider</li> <li>ssh/sftp</li> <li>Drupal (or Wordpress...) administration</li> <li>The database server</li> <li>Your site email accounts</li> </ul><p>And you may also need credentials for useful site add-ons such as</p> <ul><li>Google Maps and/or geolocation</li> <li>Paypal</li> <li>Mailchimp</li> <li>Recaptcha (anti-spam)</li> </ul><p>The latest versions of Drupal (8.x) require management from your terminal via programs called <em>Composer</em> and <em>Drush</em>. This makes life a lot harder for site builders in my opinion. Both of these programs and Drupal itself rely upon the program <em>PHP</em>. There are three issues: All hosts allow you to choose the version of PHP for your site, but not all sites offer the latest version. </p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 800px;"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="phpVersionsJustHost.png" height="889" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/phpVersionsJustHost.png" width="798" /></td> </tr></tbody></table><p><strong>JustHost stops at PHP 7.0,</strong> whereas PHP is is now up to version 7.3. Even worse, for Drupal, many of the Composer options require PHP &gt; 7.1.3. There is no reason for the host to NOT put up more recent versions of PHP. Notice also that the PHP extensions offered by JustHost are Meagre. A2 Hosting offers an easy checklist to add extensions:</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 800px;"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="A2phpversions.png" height="619" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/A2phpversions.png" width="798" /></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>The second issue is that the version of PHP that you can use in your ssh shell is not necessarily the same as the one you can choose for your Web site. JustHost has only recently switched this to version 7.0 (from version 5), but it is still too old to properly run Composer.</p> <pre> php -v PHP 7.0.31 (cli) (built: Aug  2 2018 14:51:52) ( NTS</pre><p>And, no host allows you to actually change your shell PHP version.</p> <p>A2 Hosting uses php 7.1.23</p> <pre> php -v ea-php-cli Copyright 2017 cPanel, Inc. PHP 7.1.23 (cli) (built: Oct 13 2018 05:10:45) ( NTS )</pre><p>but, for Ionos:</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:Courier New,Courier,monospace;">~$ php -v<br /> PHP 4.4.9 (cgi-fcgi) (built: Oct 19 2018 06:51:47)<br /> Copyright (c) 1997-2008 The PHP Group<br /> Zend Engine v1.3.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2004 Zend Technologies</span></span></p> <p>and their explanation is:</p> <p><em><strong>"We set the php version to default which is PHP 4. In a shared hosting package we don't have an option to change that." </strong></em></p> <p>Php 4 is no longer maintained so <strong>using php 4.x is also a security issue</strong>, and moreover, it will not run the Drupal tool <em>Composer</em>, which is used to update Drupal and should be used to install modules. Yes, you can search for a newer version of php and use it via a full path, but since you have no home directory in which to put a .bashrc file which could change your path, or make aliases, this is a royal pain.</p> <hr /><p>The final issue is whether you can control the PHP runtime parameters, and how easy it is to do this. A2 Hosting once again has a nice interface for this</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 800px;"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="A2phpOptions_0.png" height="618" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/A2phpOptions_0.png" width="798" /></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>On some other hosts, you must edit a php.ini file manually. Ionos (1&amp;1) seems to ignore the php.ini file.</p> <p>Having up-to-date host software is critical because your web environment might require the latest versions, and also, there are many security fixes. <strong>It is dangerous to use old unpatched versions of software</strong>. You have no way of telling whether your host software is patched or not. Once again, JustHost seems to be behind the curve. If you run phpMyAdmin (to administer your databases via a GUI), you get</p> <pre> You should upgrade to MySQL 5.5.0 or later.</pre><hr /><h3>Migration</h3> <p>When you switch hosting providers, it is very nice for the new host to migrate your site from the old host. A2hosting does this nicely.</p> <hr /><h3>Software to manage your site</h3> <p>My Drupal Theme Zurb_foundation requires npm to manage it properly. Without a directory level above www, it is impossible to do this. On A2Hosting, a ~/bin directory is already in your path, and you can easily install the required node.js, linking its bin directory to ~/bin.</p> <hr /><h3>Vulnerability checking</h3> <p>Another advantage of A2Hosting (I just discovered) is that they scan your installation for security issues and send you an email; none of my other hosts do this.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 798px;"><tbody><tr><td> <table border="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://www.a2hosting.com" target="_blank"><img alt="A2 Hosting" border="0" shrinktofit="true" src="https://my.a2hosting.com/images/a2hosting-logo-320x50.png" /></a> <p>Toll Free (USA/Canada): <strong>1-888-LINUX-HOST</strong></p> <p>International: <strong>+1 734-222-4678</strong></p> <p> <a href="https://my.a2hosting.com/">Support Center</a> <a href="https://my.a2hosting.com/">Billing Services</a> <a href="http://www.a2hosting.com/contact">Contact Us</a></p></td> </tr></tbody></table><table><tbody><tr><td> </td> <td bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <table><tbody><tr><td>Hello, <p> As part of our commitment to providing you with a secure hosting environment, we performed an automated scan of your domain(s) kacbtn.org hosted on mi3-ss36.a2hosting.com</p> <p> It appears patches are available for application(s) installed in the following path(s):</p> <p> Open redirect vulnerability in Drupal<br /> /home/kacbtnor/public_html/core.old/lib/Drupal/Core/Security/RequestSanitizer.php</p> <p> Open redirect vulnerability in Drupal<br /> /home/kacbtnor/public_html/core.old/lib/Drupal/Core/Routing/UrlGenerator.php</p> <p> Open redirect vulnerability in Drupal<br /> /home/kacbtnor/public_html/core.old/lib/Drupal/Component/Utility/UrlHelper.php</p> <p> Incorrect permissions vulnerability in Drupal<br /> /home/kacbtnor/public_html/core.old/modules/content_moderation/src/StateTransitionValidationInterface.php</p></td> </tr></tbody></table></td> </tr></tbody></table></td> </tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Sign up to create or to transfer your Web site to A2Hosting</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.a2hosting.com?aid=jarome&amp;bid=a9ce3dc6" target="_top"><img alt="" height="60" src="//affiliates.a2hosting.com/accounts/default1/banners/a9ce3dc6.jpg" title="" width="468" /></a><img alt="" height="1" src="https://affiliates.a2hosting.com/scripts/imp.php?aid=jarome&amp;bid=a9ce3dc6" style="border:0" width="1" /></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=179&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="p6f-yHhiXNlpSBYvxl7UyaOgwPZoiCd6HBcxaQBOd_g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Sun, 21 Oct 2018 14:46:55 +0000 jarome 179 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/hosting#comments A crash course on phishing http://jamesrome.net/drupal/phishing <span class="field-wrapper">A crash course on phishing</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Sat, 09/15/2018 - 07:43</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/phishing" hreflang="en">A crash course on phishing</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>Recently members of one of my mailing lists received e-mail purportedly from me, and thought that I had been hacked. I am quite paranoid about computer security, so know that my systems are all secure. It takes several hours a week (at least) to do this. What I believe happened is that someone on my list has been hacked, and one of my e-mail messages to the list was intercepted, and the list was used for phishing purposes.</p> <p>We all need to know how to identify perhaps innocent-looking e-mails that are maliciously directed at us. I really recommend using Google's Gmail because it is very effective at filtering out such messages. Here is an example of a phishing message from my gmail spam folder: (I have highlighted suspicious things for your edification, but the whole message reeks of unreality.)</p> <hr /><pre wrap=""> <span style="font-size:10px;">Bank of America 115 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA From Desktop of Mr. Jeff Anderson Our Ref: BOF-0XX2/987/20 E-mail: <a href="mailto:jeff44105@gmail.com"><span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">jeff44105@gmail.com</span></a> It is my modest obligation to write you this letter as regards the Authorization of your owed payment through our <span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">most respected financial institution (Bank of America)</span>. I am Mr. Jeff Anderson, TRANSFER INSPECTION OFFICER, foreign operations Department Bank of America, the British Government in Conjunction with us government, World Bank, <span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">united</span> Nations Organization on foreign Payment matters has empowered my bank after much consultation and consideration to handle all foreign payments and release them to their appropriate beneficiaries with the help of a Representative from Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As the newly Appointed/Accredited International Paying Bank, We have been instructed by the world governing body together with the committee on international debt reconciliation department to release your overdue funds with immediate effect; with this exclusive vide transaction no.: wha/eur/202,password: 339331, pin code: 78569, having received these vital payment numbers, <span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm your payment</span> with us within the next 96hrs. Be informed that we have verified your payment file as directed to us and your name is next on the list of our outstanding fund beneficiaries to receive their payment. Be advised that because of too many funds beneficiaries, you are entitled to receive the sum of <span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">$14.5M,(Fourteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars only)</span>, as to enable us pay other eligible beneficiaries. To facilitate with the process of this transaction, please kindly re-confirm the following information below: <span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">1) Your Full Name: 2) Your Full Address: 3) Your Contact Telephone and Fax No: 4) Your Profession, Age and Marital Status: 5) Any Valid Form of Your Identification/Driver's License: 6) Bank Name: 7) Bank Address: 8) Account Name: 9) Account Number: 10) Swift Code: 11) Routing Number:</span> As soon as we receive the above mentioned information, your payment will be processed and released to you without any further delay. This notification email should be your confidential property to avoid impersonators claiming your fund. You are required to provide the above information for your transfer to take place through Bank to Bank Transfer directly from Bank of America We Look Forward To Serving You Better. Mr. Jeff Anderson, TRANSFER INSPECTION OFFICER Bank of America</span> </pre><hr /><p>The information they request is sufficient for the sender to clean out your banking account!</p> <p><strong>Note that it is trivially easy to change the From: name of the message sender, so you can never trust this.</strong> But you can go further to see who really sent this; in Thunderbird, you can do this in the View menu and selecting headers/all. Or, you can use View/Message Source. You will then be presented with the full route that the e-mail took through the internet:</p> <hr /><pre> <span style="font-size:10px;">Delivered-To: jamesrome@gmail.com Received: by 2002:a67:dd83:0:0:0:0:0 with SMTP id i3-v6csp981460vsk; Sat, 1 Sep 2018 16:10:47 -0700 (PDT) X-Google-Smtp-Source: ANB0VdZP5hl5aj9eEycLEMUKsu50rwHbVtD3eFwrpKkxQHSyScHj/buTJ31eUH8T0iuli8JSma2P X-Received: by 2002:a63:24c:: with SMTP id 73-v6mr20914277pgc.252.1535843447249; Sat, 01 Sep 2018 16:10:47 -0700 (PDT) ARC-Seal: i=1; a=rsa-sha256; t=1535843447; cv=none; d=google.com; s=arc-20160816; b=KAmB+sKtR/d9gocNxjvx98I1V9pudt4YlnOs5PTSuzBLVccJkrQTh+n7MzxwD4RIeW SaYxDe3AzP8vaC28gVlhItq8Ao4sgVbTsnkf2OAraAm77V+dMUXcQaxu4xqGM57p8e68 Yv1ofDOIM3PxtsmiqlV6BE2qXoqlhazHzI4uEx72snRuTw91IIeHo3xCid3c0A0q3J+4 Ty6CCKRvEF1PPy0F5NQazmhW+CDhMx/+ARpBZpDgZyV6YgTyoXbVLJGYFIKm+DKKgRuG sVSO6tNvo2wLqpqu9MSk3N1FJ4mRid1cJfId36+5Kt1Nq/9CRWAW3yIMivYE8MuA/UVN LhDA== ARC-Message-Signature: i=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=google.com; s=arc-20160816; h=to:message-id:content-transfer-encoding:mime-version:date:subject :from:reply-to:arc-authentication-results; bh=+qiV0KE8J5jwioiXhBhoxbc+f5PGBxBFMIyJrH38oCI=; b=Lnqr7bTEoytKYtdNGUKvzaWrWyp5LWeiykKI8vZBCFRpVELXXQnFve7dbX9RzKrjjr ZJpTNjhF0VG5Q2yIsymAAFGt57UYtM5OqZuLACR0VgL3OWbhgHPwF3lyQ926XFKDGPe/ 7IXq2itfDJcee2EvdERgoSyIrgRqmg3Q18aQzcsm8FLdFADFwS3oIhDKEQFGTpGye3PQ B46nmGwWMIdhNLeycSyr37519/dfXK53yZCwYFcDc6RzK06UYc482j3vCux2xbt2ubI/ CotsRAbN/u7RA5ofKDfjqGasuEtsJCvZ6pZgWvC1sSShOUanqcqJulLRK8ByngHfUHtk iCKg== ARC-Authentication-Results: i=1; mx.google.com; spf=pass (google.com: domain of admin1@angel.ocn.ne.jp designates 153.149.233.14 as permitted sender) smtp.mailfrom=admin1@angel.ocn.ne.jp Return-Path: &lt;admin1@angel.ocn.ne.jp&gt; Received: from mbkd0213.ocn.ad.jp (mbkd0213.ocn.ad.jp. [153.149.233.14]) by mx.google.com with ESMTP id 81-v6si15855928pfw.261.2018.09.01.16.10.32; Sat, 01 Sep 2018 16:10:47 -0700 (PDT) Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of admin1@angel.ocn.ne.jp designates 153.149.233.14 as permitted sender) client-ip=153.149.233.14; Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=pass (google.com: domain of admin1@angel.ocn.ne.jp designates 153.149.233.14 as permitted sender) smtp.mailfrom=admin1@angel.ocn.ne.jp Received: from mf-smf-unw008c1 (mf-smf-unw008c1.ocn.ad.jp [153.138.219.102]) by mbkd0213.ocn.ad.jp (Postfix) with ESMTP id 44E042005B0; Sun, 2 Sep 2018 08:10:28 +0900 (JST) Received: from msgw008-03.ocn.ad.jp ([180.37.203.154]) by mf-smf-unw008c1 with ESMTP id wF2CfsSribXPgwF2CfG9li; Sun, 02 Sep 2018 08:10:28 +0900 <span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">Received: from User (p1186067-ipngn200712niho.hiroshima.ocn.ne.jp [114.151.158.67]) by msgw008-03.ocn.ad.jp (Postfix) with SMTP id 42B83C59D61; Sun, 2 Sep 2018 08:09:52 +0900 (JST)</span> Reply-To: &lt;jeff44105@gmail.com&gt; From: "BANK OF AMERICA"&lt;admin1@angel.ocn.ne.jp&gt; Subject: MESSAGE FROM BANK OF AMERICA Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2018 01:10:29 +0200 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="Windows-1251" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2600.0000 Message-Id: &lt;20180901230953.42B83C59D61@msgw008-03.ocn.ad.jp&gt; To: undisclosed-recipients:;</span></pre><hr /><p>Notice that the real sender was from Japan: <span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">p1186067-ipngn200712niho.hiroshima.ocn.ne.jp.</span><span style="background-color:null;"> This is clearly not from Bank of America in New York.</span></p> <p><span style="background-color:null;"><strong>While reading a e-mail text will not infect your computer, embedded images and especially attachments can.</strong> Good e-mail clients will block images in e-mails until you approve them. <strong>Never open an attachment unless you follow the above steps to verify that the sender is legitimate.</strong></span></p> <p>To end this brief tutorial, here is a legitimate e-mail from me so you can see the difference in the header:</p> <hr /><pre> <span style="font-size:10px;">Return-Path: &lt;jamesrome@gmail.com&gt; Delivered-To: webmaster@orcma.org Received: from just174.justhost.com by just174.justhost.com with LMTP id kEaPKwUTnVtWbwAArTHMMg for &lt;webmaster@orcma.org&gt;; Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:11:17 -0600 Return-path: &lt;jamesrome@gmail.com&gt; Envelope-to: webmaster@orcma.org Delivery-date: Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:11:17 -0600 Received: from mx76.antispamcloud.com ([46.165.232.196]:50042) by just174.justhost.com with esmtps (TLSv1.2:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:256) (Exim 4.91) (envelope-from &lt;jamesrome@gmail.com&gt;) id 1g1BI5-0007Me-7w for webmaster@orcma.org; Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:11:17 -0600 Received: from mail-yb1-xb29.google.com ([2607:f8b0:4864:20::b29]) by mx76.antispamcloud.com with esmtps (TLSv1.2:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:128) (Exim 4.89) (envelope-from &lt;jamesrome@gmail.com&gt;) id 1g1BHt-0002M6-4O for webmaster@orcma.org; Sat, 15 Sep 2018 16:11:05 +0200 Received: by mail-yb1-xb29.google.com with SMTP id k5-v6so5973773ybo.10 for &lt;webmaster@orcma.org&gt;; Sat, 15 Sep 2018 07:10:53 -0700 (PDT) DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=gmail.com; s=20161025; h=to:from:subject:message-id:date:user-agent:mime-version :content-transfer-encoding:content-language; bh=55XWXD9NPxm+omfraVCH6GQ2qOp+Xd1x54JB1lD5JhI=; b=ioR/BBEiYtvjNhJcLYFHtp+pycN9+TKkMoTNYukkoQMWm0K12SP4bjXZ6HesMkrtw6 GsnmlXrLjvz1SnPIUsYkASa49ZlSpLl7z+QZ/Ldu4H36Hwy2NGO4EzM1akPggx20guxl yihKqYRC6atLHoPU9u1MqIDUH/iaAMyt7RSDBlCnC8neiaHt1d01QyUcd7o7KqUgrNpC JR0loA+F0caiQD4CeEzrkDw3SJXIc9lqd7U9ggcMotAtw4n2S2E9vKYXdKstDLgehzm5 tClzQWyNQ9iypQzLdsQ+O1GEpp6PEQ5nB5drscED5GAMqdim781oVHy3iXrg4vwCn14s sSZw== X-Google-DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=1e100.net; s=20161025; h=x-gm-message-state:to:from:subject:message-id:date:user-agent :mime-version:content-transfer-encoding:content-language; bh=55XWXD9NPxm+omfraVCH6GQ2qOp+Xd1x54JB1lD5JhI=; b=oAZ8K8psyhSuNKHkW+kNQIAOnA9Y+Q6ew/xsg3jkXeJvox+DXHOODGz6damZAAAh90 T69u8Bw0SiDuH6YWhlvRAcFf+CTsM7sjaj9IIsehtvvYhR0uYG84b13unyvgUzneRuzM nsqPZiAe86CaAamQ2/oA+1tWXQBn0fIHVoPam9OYADX5l0EHwE/h4VITU8+XtmG2hYbC 6koyFSYbvj/Dct6qB/90L4s1Uy5uRJ3JGJNOLFOhlr8cbE4YwloKghVcggPN0q3Y3cPg m+gRx4lJI13F32t0QvM6m1pjbJnE4sfPMQBU452klT2v1KXg5fggtNe2nYOmvaPEdU7r nNsg== X-Gm-Message-State: APzg51DRQXBu1kZmfKiLNGdb5gjnzpPyb6dlwtANv2zZsxBhEEg/xYvW Modoft2TQiwpiTbyQi9PHr2Zh0uA X-Google-Smtp-Source: ANB0VdZ4YojFZbWTwWzBxm9Uuw3wijVl0a965Mhid4ztbMrBLuOwNbbpJp+19XWqOJ7/EiYI4W5YBg== X-Received: by 2002:a25:cbc8:: with SMTP id b191-v6mr7519987ybg.223.1537020651508; Sat, 15 Sep 2018 07:10:51 -0700 (PDT) <span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">Received: from JARMAC.local (c-73-121-14-196.hsd1.tn.comcast.net. [73.121.14.196]) by smtp.gmail.com with ESMTPSA id s63-v6sm5566520ywd.63.2018.09.15.07.10.50 for &lt;webmaster@orcma.org&gt;</span> (version=TLS1_2 cipher=ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256 bits=128/128); Sat, 15 Sep 2018 07:10:51 -0700 (PDT) To: webmaster@orcma.org From: James Rome &lt;jamesrome@gmail.com&gt; Subject: This is a test Message-ID: &lt;366df68d-0466-8f50-2ffb-5dd94329886c@gmail.com&gt; Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2018 10:10:50 -0400 User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.13; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/60.0 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Language: en-US Received-SPF: pass (mx76.antispamcloud.com: domain of gmail.com designates 2607:f8b0:4864:20::b29 as permitted sender) client-ip=2607:f8b0:4864:20::b29; envelope-from=jamesrome@gmail.com; helo=mail-yb1-xb29.google.com; X-SPF-Result: mx76.antispamcloud.com: domain of gmail.com designates 2607:f8b0:4864:20::b29 as permitted sender <span style="background-color:#f1c40f;">Authentication-Results: mx76.antispamcloud.com; dmarc=pass header.from=gmail.com Authentication-Results: antispamcloud.com; spf=pass smtp.mailfrom=jamesrome@gmail.com; dkim=pass header.i=gmail.com </span>X-AntiSpamCloud-Class: whitelisted X-AntiSpamCloud-Evidence: sender X-Recommended-Action: accept X-Filter-ID: EX5BVjFpneJeBchSMxfU5k4vttopaznJi+Oy9Zlg/zMoS0oCIPR/rZSAJyoppnqc4iF/GF/s/jIX rGukyuoBNXDl5xqzAR3iXAUhHqRFFAvGkupNenPrxEEkt+tCfY2t9YrRV4WvzFt2037yKVsLxkyR hh+lk+itmHMUtkInh7Tq32fObvm4BUqXBDU2nHdDl1R7/ClUcVcJ4Qk8yjrl1iTg127TqHZDxA/k ZB41Rh//I6dVM9aCE3XwJtDzHS3TXLCgQeVFXJbShRwKWlqpy+42Vki7412dpbhrD2d47zYqyS7y viWX4Y+TSSXoHLdLbweT2+CRGv/wRpjFRRmp/QCB2MaZkZ2VaougMWpoIHvcwaxVtBcR0F+RGqyP zltVayJlvHoXTBhS4eFwr87chpjNZXvY/LaOLYt/eqQRpiYILb/DK32fbx7z0dUW4eBs0on3OmSH gIFVk16+U330sDbf7Pr0wN7IAExZRosm0MLbYXv5WOsQcB/yA02SEVSGIrv3F28sfojuZI3S+Bdc 3lnsyWu8Q0HDoORE+fy5gr3LgKffTIgl7nuGO/IJU1342OUMeHyTpNN0eXybX/w7/6hAkYmm8VLk ulb8pHdV1ZM5HoPL7XZG1wG2jCHBGpvBGplHcpVCCoX989hgB8R+yNMcQs06Siyku1OXfA2p6TjD PfbvFi2v+4eN23Y33UiTKLILAej3Udqot7L/rL7e+zWI7l3aGHQGuJm+qKiMbmpgrlzScZ9BKehd zB4Xx60LiD9/tuWoAGBqY4cqG4XYbrV4D5juttJ+Ne5zs2e7CtOIWGrMph8g/xbYmARR4eVvV2G7 4uRzYVEz+iWN4lDeuZzgDCICWjJzsTlWpuDqBSeEgPjdq+SVnW0lHN3HIsIWK35OgCET3t6v6yUd o2J+0tqA3xvMIqc3MGYVXxCnrJSIP3+25agAYGpjhyobhdhuEmgCmgCoXJeXpXuyrHo9XppQDpfP mup33qUtmQ53RslWBb39uS1TjWG2Inx+Ts2Qvce5bLLLmf+d7Dm4btGCTQ== X-Report-Abuse-To: spam@quarantine2.antispamcloud.com X-Spam-Status: No, score=1.5 X-Spam-Score: 15 X-Spam-Bar: + X-Ham-Report: Spam detection software, running on the system "just174.justhost.com", has NOT identified this incoming email as spam. The original message has been attached to this so you can view it or label similar future email. If you have any questions, see root\@localhost for details. Content preview: Legitimate e-mail from me. -- James A. Rome 116 Claymore Lane Oak Ridge, TN 37830-7674 865 482-5643 //jamesrome.net [...] Content analysis details: (1.5 points, 5.0 required) pts rule name description ---- ---------------------- -------------------------------------------------- 0.0 URIBL_BLOCKED ADMINISTRATOR NOTICE: The query to URIBL was blocked. See http://wiki.apache.org/spamassassin/DnsBlocklists#dnsbl-block for more information. [URIs: jamesrome.net] 1.0 SPF_SOFTFAIL SPF: sender does not match SPF record (softfail) 0.5 FREEMAIL_FROM Sender email is commonly abused enduser mail provider (jamesrome[at]gmail.com) -0.1 DKIM_VALID_AU Message has a valid DKIM or DK signature from author's domain -0.1 DKIM_VALID Message has at least one valid DKIM or DK signature 0.1 DKIM_SIGNED Message has a DKIM or DK signature, not necessarily valid 0.1 AWL AWL: Adjusted score from AWL reputation of From: address X-Spam-Flag: NO Legitimate e-mail from me.</span> </pre><hr /><p>Notice that I have been authenticated by the sending organization, Gmail. It even has the name of my computer.</p> <h3>How to view headers on mobile devices</h3> <p><b>Apple Mail</b></p> <ol><li>Open Apple Mail.</li> <li>Double-click to open the email message.</li> <li>Choose "<b>View</b>" at the top menu and select "Customize Toolbars."</li> <li>Drag the "Full <b>Headers</b>" or "Long <b>Headers</b>" icon into your toolbar and save changes. See Figure 1. Figure 1.</li> <li>Now, you can click on "Full <b>Headers</b>" or "Long <b>Headers</b>" to the top of the toolbar.</li> </ol><p><strong>Gmail</strong></p> <p>You cannot view headers in the Gmail app (Android or IOS). You will have to use a browser to go to Gmail.com. Once there:</p> <ol><li>From a browser, open <a href="https://mail.google.com/" target="_blank">Gmail</a>.</li> <li>Open the email you want to check the headers for.</li> <li>Next to Reply <img alt="Reply" height="18" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/support-kms-prod/0ILCTQF6KSeSL6mVgL8W9U2ax5kPcv6Ty3GH" title="Reply" width="18" />, click the Down arrow <img alt="Down Arrow" height="18" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/support-kms-prod/76B4941B08D1516AC7336D5A3C2E7914920D" title="Down Arrow" width="18" />.</li> <li>Click <strong>Show original</strong>.</li> </ol><p>The headers will show in a new window, including fields like authentication results. To get the full message header, copy everything below "Download original."</p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=178&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="UHxrIgav-Wt4wvomEc5xli2jD6WomvXCG-Os8YZvGLs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 13:43:01 +0000 jarome 178 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/phishing#comments Xfinity disabled my approved modem http://jamesrome.net/drupal/screwedbycomcast <span class="field-wrapper">Xfinity disabled my approved modem</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Tue, 09/04/2018 - 11:30</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/screwedbycomcast" hreflang="en">Xfinity disabled my approved modem</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>I got an email from Xfinity (Comcast) telling me that my Internet speed had been increased, and that I needed to get a new cable modem. I went to the page they linked to, and found that there were NO DOCIS3.1 telephony modems approved for use by Xfinity. </p> <p>I already had an Arris TG862G, but it will not support 250 Mbps download rates. I really did not want to buy another DOCIS 3.0 modem, but I bit the bullet and ordered an Arris Surfboard SVG2482AC from Amazon. It arrived, but try as I might, even with the modem in bridge mode, it blocked access to my dynamic DNS addresses, both from outside and from inside. For example, I have a ejabberd server running on my Linux machine, and I was unable to access it from inside my network at http://mydyndnsaddress.org:5280. Nor was I able to join chats on my own server. So I returned the modem to Amazon, and Googled for a solution.</p> <p>Many people said to just get a plain internet modem, use it for internet, and use the old one for telephony. So I bought a Motorola DOCIS 3.1 MB8600.</p> <p>I called the Xfinity special activation number, which answered "Welcome to the Activation hotline," but then gave me no activation choice on the menu! I waited over an hour for an agent. He activated the new modem, and assured that they were both working. For 2 days I got 272 Mbps down and 25 Mbps up speeds.</p> <p>But this morning, I had no internet. I called 800-comcast, and after the automatic reboot, and a second call, I got to an agent who wanted me to do things like reboot my computer. Finally, she found out that the Motorola modem had been disabled by the Revenue Assurance team. There was nothing she could do about it except to draft an email for her supervisor to send to them, and maybe I would get a call back.</p> <p>I now know enough to call the Comcast Executive Customer Assistance Team at 215 286-1700. (Ask for the team.) They tried unsuccessfully to activate my modem and said this should not have happened. They referred me to a local (Nashville) executive-level support person, whom they assured me could fix this. But <strong><em>he could not</em></strong>. When Comcast changed their billing system, they made it impossible to use two different modems at once with just one account. He did agree to give me a $10 credit for two years so I could get the higher upload speed (25 Mbps) without paying for it. But I had to use the old 150 Mbps Arris modem. And I doubt that Amazon will take back a second modem. I hope the situation will change in 2 years.</p> <p>Xfinity has the worst administration system of any company I have interacted with.</p> <ul><li>Comcast did not present me with a viable way of using their enhanced service.</li> <li>There is no way for a customer to know this is not allowed</li> <li>The activation specialist said this was a perfectly normal setup.</li> <li>The Revenue Assurance team should have notified me before killing my service.</li> <li>There is no way for the Executive Customer Support people to change this misguided policy.</li> <li>There is no way for me to contact Brian Roberts (Comcast CEO). All communications are routed to the Executive Support people.</li> </ul></div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-label">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-420"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1536088495"></mark> <footer> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/drupal/user/0"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> </div> </div> </article> <p>Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jamie Iverson</span> on Tue, 09/04/2018 - 12:10</p> <a href="/drupal/comment/420#comment-420" hreflang="en">Permalink</a> </footer> <div> <h3><a href="/drupal/comment/420#comment-420" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Thats Bad</a></h3> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-comment--comment-body field-name-comment-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>well hope they pull there finger out and do something... they can take your money but are not happy giving it back....</p> </div> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=420&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="D1XM0nKXI0tn2SCuxqiUQ_Y8c67nDX9CarTUWOTjsN8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-439"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="1" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1536259570"></mark> <footer> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/drupal/user/1"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> </div> </div> </article> <p>Submitted by <span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span> on Wed, 09/05/2018 - 16:38</p> <a href="/drupal/comment/439#comment-439" hreflang="en">Permalink</a> </footer> <div> <h3><a href="/drupal/comment/439#comment-439" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Here is my attempt to get…</a></h3> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-comment--comment-body field-name-comment-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p><strong>Here is my attempt to get support via "Comcast cares" on Twitter:</strong></p> <ol data-thread-id="14104847-2527981345"><li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037068606494912518" data-message-id="1037068606494912518" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">It is not modem compatibility. It is comcast's refusal to allow separate modems for phone and internet--the ONLY way I can use a DOCIS 3.1 modem and not throw money away.</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037068606494912518" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037068606494912518" type="button">Delete this message sent from Jim Rome</button></p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037068615105871877" data-message-id="1037068615105871877" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang=""><a data-expanded-url="https://jamesrome.net/drupal/screwedbycomcast" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/ENannEP04p" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://jamesrome.net/drupal/screwedbycomcast">https://jamesrome.net/drupal/screwedbycomcast …</a></p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037068615105871877" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037068615105871877" type="button">Delete this message sent from Jim Rome</button></p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037068734945476612" data-message-id="1037068734945476612" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">James Rome</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037068734945476612" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037068734945476612" type="button">Delete this message sent from Jim Rome</button></p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037068954303438853" data-message-id="1037068954303438853" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">And <a href="mailto:Brian.Roberts@cable.comcast.com">Brian.Roberts@cable.comcast.com</a> is now disabled, so there is no way to contact him about this sorry affair.</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037068954303438853" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037068954303438853" type="button">Delete this message sent from Jim Rome</button></p> <p>Sep 4Sent</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037071430255427588" data-message-id="1037071430255427588" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="14104847"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">Here is a link to a page that lists DOCSIS 3.1 modems can be used for both phone and internet on our service: <a data-expanded-url="https://mydeviceinfo.xfinity.com/" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/AtnhDKyvNN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://mydeviceinfo.xfinity.com/">https://mydeviceinfo.xfinity.com/ </a> -CC</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037071430255427588" title="Report this message" type="button"></button> <button data-message-id="1037071430255427588" type="button">Report this message sent from ComcastCares</button><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037071430255427588" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037071430255427588" type="button">Delete this message sent from ComcastCares</button></p> <p>Sep 4</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037072761016000518" data-message-id="1037072761016000518" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">I went there and bought one. But there are NO telephony modems listed. Read my blog. You refuse to activate phone on my old arris, and internet on my new motorola.</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037072761016000518" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037072761016000518" type="button">Delete this message sent from Jim Rome</button></p> <p>Sep 4Sent</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037074117495685124" data-message-id="1037074117495685124" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="14104847"> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">You can use this site to determine which wireless gateway will work best for you: <a data-expanded-url="https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/list-of-approved-cable-modems" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/FSLIK7fnIX" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/list-of-approved-cable-modems">https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/list-of-approved-cable-modems …</a> even tells you how to filter for voice compatible devices. It's not that we refuse, the system doesn't allow it. -CC</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037074117495685124" title="Report this message" type="button"></button> <button data-message-id="1037074117495685124" type="button">Report this message sent from ComcastCares</button><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037074117495685124" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037074117495685124" type="button">Delete this message sent from ComcastCares</button></p> <p>Sep 4</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037074746238742532" data-message-id="1037074746238742532" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">I do not want to spend money on another DOCIS 3.0 Modem. I bought a recommended omne, and it did not work. You still have not read my blog. You used to be able to do this.</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037074746238742532" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037074746238742532" type="button">Delete this message sent from Jim Rome</button></p> <p>Sep 4Sent</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037365486261022725" data-message-id="1037365486261022725" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://ton.twitter.com/1.1/ton/data/dm/1037365486261022725/1037365300369522688/UBpZZMqq.jpg:large"><img alt="" data-full-img="https://ton.twitter.com/1.1/ton/data/dm/1037365486261022725/1037365300369522688/UBpZZMqq.jpg" src="https://ton.twitter.com/1.1/ton/data/dm/1037365486261022725/1037365300369522688/UBpZZMqq.jpg:large" /></a></p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">There are no xfinity approved DOCIS 3.1 modems. Go to 400 Mbps, and there are 2, but both are docis 3.0.</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037365486261022725" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037365486261022725" type="button">Delete this message sent 7 hours ago from Jim Rome</button></p> <p>7h7 hours agoSent</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037420129808568324" data-message-id="1037420129808568324" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="14104847"> <p> </p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="89" id="xdm_default1754_provider" scrolling="no" src="https://twitter.com/i/cards/tfw/v1/uri/https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FFSLIK7fnIX?cardname=summary&amp;lang=en&amp;client=dm&amp;border_radius=true%2Ctrue%2Ctrue%2Cfalse&amp;edge=true&amp;card_height=130&amp;scribe_context=%7B%22client%22%3A%22web%22%2C%22page%22%3A%22home%22%2C%22section%22%3A%22home%22%2C%22component%22%3A%22dm_existing_conversation_dialog%22%7D&amp;bearer_token=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPYXBAAAAAAACLXUNDekMxqa8h%252F40K4moUkGsoc%253DTYfbDKbT3jJPCEVnMYqilB28NHfOPqkca3qaAxGfsyKCs0wRbw#xdm_e=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com&amp;xdm_c=default1754&amp;xdm_p=1" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">We do have approved modems that do both. Please visit the following link, <a data-expanded-url="https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/list-of-approved-cable-modems" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/FSLIK7fnIX" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/list-of-approved-cable-modems">https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/list-of-approved-cable-modems …</a>, which will give you more information on the devices. -BB</p> <p>3h3 hours ago</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037425783675863044" data-message-id="1037425783675863044" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="14104847"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">Have you visited our website? We do have approved modems. -BB</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037425783675863044" title="Report this message" type="button"><br /></button></p> <p>3h3 hours ago</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037430669251670020" data-message-id="1037430669251670020" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">Yes, and if you read my blog, you will see that I tried one and it did not work, so I got a plain Motorola cable modem, and xfinity blocked it (after I had activated it because despite many on your forum saying they do it, you do not allow 2 modems</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037430669251670020" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037430669251670020" type="button">Delete this message sent 2 hours ago from Jim Rome</button></p> <p>3h2 hours agoSent</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037431373672239113" data-message-id="1037431373672239113" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="14104847"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">What do you mean by we blocked it? BB</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037431373672239113" title="Report this message" type="button"></button> <button data-message-id="1037431373672239113" type="button">Report this message sent 2 hours ago from ComcastCares</button><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037431373672239113" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037431373672239113" type="button">Delete this message sent 2 hours ago from ComcastCares</button></p> <p>2h2 hours ago</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037455823365124101" data-message-id="1037455823365124101" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang=""><a data-expanded-url="https://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Your-Home-Network/Xfinity-no-longer-allows-separate-modems-for-voice-and/m-p/3138458#M289558" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/KRoFe06TW5" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Your-Home-Network/Xfinity-no-longer-allows-separate-modems-for-voice-and/m-p/3138458#M289558">https://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Your-Home-Network/Xfinity-no-longer-allows-separate-modems-for-voice-and/m-p/3138458#M289558 …</a></p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037455823365124101" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037455823365124101" type="button">Delete this message sent 47 minutes ago from Jim Rome</button></p> <p>51m47 minutes agoSent</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037458736003014661" data-message-id="1037458736003014661" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="14104847"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">We do understand your concerns and apologize for the inconvenience. Do you have another modem you could possibly use? -BB</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037458736003014661" title="Report this message" type="button"></button> <button data-message-id="1037458736003014661" type="button">Report this message sent 36 minutes ago from ComcastCares</button><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037458736003014661" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037458736003014661" type="button">Delete this message sent 36 minutes ago from ComcastCares</button></p> <p>39m36 minutes ago</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037459737611329547" data-message-id="1037459737611329547" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang=""> am using my old one, which will only do 150 Mbps, whereas my service is for 250Mbps. Why can't I use two modems like everyone on your forum that says they do?</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037459737611329547" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037459737611329547" type="button">Delete this message sent 32 minutes ago from Jim Rome</button></p> <p>35m32 minutes agoSent</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037461492369514500" data-message-id="1037461492369514500" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="14104847"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">We can add two modems to your account. -BB</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037461492369514500" title="Report this message" type="button"></button> <button data-message-id="1037461492369514500" type="button">Report this message sent 25 minutes ago from ComcastCares</button><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037461492369514500" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037461492369514500" type="button">Delete this message sent 25 minutes ago from ComcastCares</button></p> <p>28m25 minutes ago</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037463069495095300" data-message-id="1037463069495095300" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">I added two, and the revenue assurance group blocked it!.Read my blog: <a data-expanded-url="https://jamesrome.net/drupal/node/177" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/NzR6H4xeEe" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://jamesrome.net/drupal/node/177">https://jamesrome.net/drupal/node/177 </a></p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037463069495095300" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037463069495095300" type="button">Delete this message sent 18 minutes ago from Jim Rome</button></p> <p>22m18 minutes agoSent</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037466915256467460" data-message-id="1037466915256467460" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="14104847"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">As stated previously, the (DOCSIS 3.1) modems can be used for both phone and internet on our service: <a data-expanded-url="https://mydeviceinfo.xfinity.com/" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/AtnhDKyvNN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://mydeviceinfo.xfinity.com/">https://mydeviceinfo.xfinity.com/ </a> -BB</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037466915256467460" title="Report this message" type="button"></button> <button data-message-id="1037466915256467460" type="button">Report this message sent 3 minutes ago from ComcastCares</button><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037466915256467460" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037466915256467460" type="button">Delete this message sent 3 minutes ago from ComcastCares</button></p> <p>7m3 minutes ago</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037468275763032068" data-message-id="1037468275763032068" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">No. there are none that you approve. You refuse to listen to me. Go to the page you recommend, fill it in, and there are 2 choices, both DOCIS 3.0. And why won't you read my blog <a data-expanded-url="https://jamesrome.net/drupal/node/177" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/NzR6H4xeEe" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://jamesrome.net/drupal/node/177">https://jamesrome.net/drupal/node/177 </a> which explains all this?</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037468275763032068" title="Delete this message" type="button"></button><button data-message-id="1037468275763032068" type="button">Delete this message sent from Jim Rome</button></p> <p>Hello, James. Sorry you're unable to use 2 modems one for voice and one for internet. If you are not able to find what you want on the site that is approved. Hopefully soon there will be more Docis 3.1 modems instead of the 3.0 to choose from. You can find out if you are using an Xfinity-approved modem. This link will be helpful to you. <a data-expanded-url="https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/list-of-approved-cable-modems" dir="ltr" href="https://t.co/FSLIK7fnIX" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" title="https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/list-of-approved-cable-modems">https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/list-of-approved-cable-modems …</a>. -JH</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037475346482749446" title="Report this message" type="button"></button></p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037485539815960580" data-message-id="1037485539815960580" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="14104847"> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">The Technicolor (XB6) Wireless Gateway provides the functionalities of a WiFi router, DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem and eMTA in a single device. If you have both Xfinity Voice and Xfinity Internet service, this Gateway provides an all-in-one way to stay connected and manage your home network. This new Wireless Gateway device supports Xfinity Internet tiers with 400 Mbps and 1 Gbps download speeds with integrated simultaneous dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) wireless router capabilities. This equipment is not available to buy 3rd party, but we do have rental options available if you are on the correct speed tier listed above. We do not currently support any 3rd party 3.1 all in one equipment that is available for purchase. -Ryan</p> <p><button aria-hidden="true" data-message-id="1037485539815960580" title="Report this message" type="button"><br /></button></p> <p>14h14 hours ago</p> </li> <li data-card-component="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-component-context="dm_existing_conversation_dialog" data-is-oto="true" data-item-id="1037694779516178436" data-message-id="1037694779516178436" data-quick-reply-json="null" data-sender-id="2527981345"> <p> </p> <p data-aria-label-part="0" lang="" xml:lang="">Finally a proper answer, Ryan. You need to beat upon the previous answerers. But I really hate renting equipment. And I don't understand why I can't use separate modems for telephone and internet. Others claim they can do so. Surely this is an unnecessary burden Xfinity puts on its customers. It should not be halted by your revenue assurance group, since it is legit. And how are customers supposed to know this is not legit? You must go through the forums and add notes saying this is not allowed. If you read my blog, you will see that the Arris 3.0 modem I tried blocked my dynamic dns access (even in bridge mode!), which I need so I can access my system remotely.</p> </li> </ol><p><button data-message-id="1037475346482749446" type="button">I apologize that it took so long for you to get to Ryan and a direct answer rather than just sending you links for the approved website. I did read your blog and found it quite informative. I personally have never tried to run 2 modems and did not realize that this would be possible or possible then blocked. I will send the feedback up but I cannot respond on the forums from this department. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. If I get any direct response about the Revenue Assurance policy on removing the second modem I will respond her to you directly. - MG</button></p> </div> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=439&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="WhaEtLyp6rsnI6bIn2Ef1qPgnpe_nj0Vj6LPNZheB9o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </div> </article> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=177&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="JAqXELt5_9-Q9WsqXaWzO89t7lHkoyjb6_RzlBhkvnI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:30:04 +0000 jarome 177 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/screwedbycomcast#comments It is time that the news media covered President Trump properly http://jamesrome.net/drupal/trump <span class="field-wrapper">It is time that the news media covered President Trump properly</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Sun, 06/24/2018 - 08:21</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/trump" hreflang="und">It is time that the news media covered President Trump properly</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>Our President has the biggest bully pulpit in the world, but he has abused this by calling everyone names and telling lies over and over again so that people start to believe them. The news media can help right these wrongs.</p> <p>An elected official should never call anyone names, especially a President who is immune form prosecution for libel. </p> <ul><li><strong>All presidential news coverage should blip names that the President uses for his foes, just as if they were four-letter words.</strong></li> </ul><p>While some things must be kept as government secrets and perhaps obscured with untruths, outright misstatement of facts (like the size of the inauguration crowd) must not be propagated to the uninformed public.</p> <ul><li><strong>Every time President Trump lies, a banner should be shown stating "Untrue" and giving the correct fact(s).</strong></li> <li><strong>Alternately, just refuse to broadcast untruths!.</strong></li> </ul><p>​It is time that the news media acted to eliminate the Trump propaganda machine. The CNN "banana ads" are a wonderful example of this. John Oliver also had a wonderful <em>Last Week Tonight</em> where he <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nczWInvGXBI" target="_blank">discussed these issues</a>. All intelligent people should watch how Trump twists the truth.</p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=160&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="XJ2cCnJIr05qmZZX5jx-kVzPpNmTJXYQkAbwS-p5wuk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:21:07 +0000 jarome 160 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/trump#comments For WiFi, the Linksys VELOP is the way to go http://jamesrome.net/drupal/velop <span class="field-wrapper">For WiFi, the Linksys VELOP is the way to go</span> <span class="field-wrapper"><span lang="" about="/drupal/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jarome</span></span> <span class="field-wrapper">Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:35</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field-wrapper field field-node--field-display-title field-name-field-display-title field-type-string field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><h2><a href="/drupal/velop" hreflang="und">For WiFi, the Linksys VELOP is the way to go</a></h2> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-wrapper body field field-node--body field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>My last network go-around was <a href="http://jamesrome.net/drupal/AC5400">several years ago</a> when I combined <span style="font-family: &quot;Droid Sans&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, &quot;Nimbus Sans L&quot;, sans-serif;">a Linksys AC5400 (EA9500) router and two of their AC1900+ (RE7000) Range Extender. But time marches on, and there have been advances in the home networking field. While EA9500 is a great router, it never worked for me properly with its two extenders, which I had hard-wired to the router, and I configured them as access points. The problem is that devices did not reliable connect to the strongest signal, so my TVs were constantly losing their signals.</span></p> <p>Enter affordable Mesh networks, especially the <a href="https://www.linksys.com/us/velop/">Linksys Velop</a>. The advantage of a mesh network is that there is just one SSID, although each mesh node may have a different frequency, channel, etc. As you roam about your house, your device seamlessly disconnects from one node, and connects to a new, closer, stronger node. With the VELOP system in place, I wandered around my house, and as I walked, my WiFi server switched:</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:600px;"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="screenshot_20180617-182612_wifi_analyzer.jpg" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/screenshot_20180617-182612_wifi_analyzer.jpg" style="width: 198px; height: 407px;" /></td> <td><img alt="screenshot_20180617-182437_wifi_analyzer.jpg" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/screenshot_20180617-182437_wifi_analyzer.jpg" style="width: 198px; height: 407px;" /></td> <td><img alt="screenshot_20180617-182325_wifi_analyzer.jpg" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/screenshot_20180617-182325_wifi_analyzer.jpg" style="width: 198px; height: 407px;" /></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>You can tell it has switched my looking at the MAC address (with the colons in it) of each server on the first line of each screen shot. And my previous system never used the 5 GHz signals, which are faster, but have less range.</p> <p>As a result, the TV in my kitchen now gets 4 bars (out of 5) whereas with my previous setup, it only got 2 bars and dropped the signal on my Roku.</p> <p>So performance-wise, the VELOP is a winner.</p> <p><strong>But setting up my system took almost 4 hours on the phone with the Linksys special </strong><strong>VELOP</strong><strong> 24/7 support line</strong>. </p> <p>The VELOP system is "designed" to connect all of its nodes wirelessly, and there is a Linksys app for Android and IoS that sets this up for you. However, in my house this was a non-starter because the WiFi reception at the spots where I wanted the extension nodes have lousy WiFi reception from the primary node (which is near my cable modem. I also have a complicated system with servers, port-forwarding, and firewall rules. I wanted to keep using my very capable EA9500 router, turning off its WiFi, and replacing it with the VELOP network. I also wanted to set up the extension nodes as access points (like my previous network) that were hard-wired to the EA9500. Surely this will give faster performance than doing everything wirelessly? There are other reasons for continuing to use my EA9500:</p> <ul><li>It has 8 gigabit ports</li> <li>It has a USB port for network storage and can act as a music server</li> <li>It lets you prioritize traffic (for games or streaming)</li> <li>It automatically updates my dynamic dns address</li> <li>I run many servers, and they need firewall exceptions and port-forwarding.</li> </ul><p>But there is no user manual, and no information about how to access the VELOP nodes without using the cell phone app! I called Tech support, and the agent had great difficulty understanding what I wanted to do, and how I would go about doing it. After 3 hours, his level 2 tech support person took over the session (after a 10-minute break) and she had everything working in 30 minutes. I am a networking expert, but without any documentation, it is hard to do. So let me give a fast primer.</p> <p>I started with the "master" node and plugged an Ethernet cable into the bottom of the VELOP, and connected it to my 16-port switch that is connected to the EA9500. But how do you connect to it?</p> <p>For each device, go to <a href="http://linksys45807.local&amp;nbsp">http://linksys45807.local&amp;nbsp</a>;  where the five numbers are replaced by the last 5 digits of the serial number of your particular VELOP device (they are all different). </p> <p><img alt="Velop administration screen" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/velop1.png" style="width: 600px; height: 364px;" /></p> <p>Notice that they are still trying to get you to use their useless app!. If you click the <em>hidden</em> link in the word VELOP, or the Click here, you will finally get a proper admin screen that will allow you to set up your three VELOP​s. If you want to set up your system the way I have, here is what you must do for each node separately:</p> <ol><li>Plug the node into power and an Ethernet cable connected to your main router.<br />  </li> <li>Log into the node  using <a href="http://linksys#####.local">http://linksys#####.local</a> where ##### is the last 5 numbers in the node's serial number.<br />  </li> <li>Click the VELOP of "Click here" to get into the administration pages.<br />  </li> <li>In the Connectivity screen<br /><img alt="Connectivity screen" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/velopconnectivity.png" style="width: 600px; height: 368px;" /><ul><li>Check for and install and updates</li> <li>Set your timezone</li> <li>Change the Admin password (the default is "admin")<br />  </li> </ul></li> <li>In the Internet Settings tab of this page<br /><img alt="velopbridgemode.png" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/velopbridgemode.png" style="width: 600px; height: 372px;" /><br /> Edit the Type of Internet Connection and set it to Bridge Mode<br />  </li> <li>In the Troubleshooting section<br /><img alt="VELOP Troubleshooting screen" src="/drupal/sites/default/files/veloptroubleshooting.png" style="width: 600px; height: 376px;" /><br /> you can see the ip address of your node (assigned dynamically by your router) and the DNS servers. I put the servers into the node before I set it to Bridge mode. Otherwise they will be assigned bu your router. At that time, I also assigned the default Gateway. But I do not think that is necessary in Bridge mode.</li> </ol><p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field-wrapper"> <h2 class="field-items">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=159&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="nM3XPeqbDkDux9hSpXG2ucj0M5CfCRxLAt5nwSLxEBA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> </div> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:35:57 +0000 jarome 159 at http://jamesrome.net/drupal http://jamesrome.net/drupal/velop#comments