VPNs—Not needed for the average user

Now that many of us are working from home, we are being bombarded with ads and offers to be safe, and use a VPN. This is a scare tactic. VPNs are totally redundant for MOST purposes.

What is a VPN?

A  Virtual private network (VPN) is a secure tunnel that encrypts traffic between its endpoints. If traffic is already encrypted between your computer and a destination, a VPN is totally redundant.

Internet ID monitoring is useless

As part of their "service," MyIDCare monitors your compromised passwords on the internet. But this is totally useless!


But, almost all of my 1000 different accounts use my e-mail address for my user ID, and this report does not identify the site in question, so there is nothing I can do about this!

If you were compromised by Equifax, take the $125 (+ $25.hour spent) rather than credit monitoring.

 

Script for updating the Drupal 8 core


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.

How you can stream your music collection

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. 

Do fancy speaker cables make a difference?

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 heavy zip cord from Monster Cable.

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.

How to install (or update from Drupal 7 to) Drupal 8.6

  1. 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.

  2. Unpack the Drupal 8.x distribution in a directory and open that directory in a Web page.

  3. Follow the installation instructions and eventually you will be shown the site home page.

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