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.

Picking a host for your Web site

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.

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:

  • Cost (including add-ons)
  • Amount of storage
  • Number and size of databases
  • Number of email accounts
  • Free non-commercial SSL certificates
  • Speed (promised)

At the moment, I have my Websites on three different hosts:

A crash course on phishing

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.

It is time that the news media covered President Trump properly

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.

An elected official should never call anyone names, especially a President who is immune form prosecution for libel. 

Selective Insurance—how not to run a major insurance company

In my previous blog, I talked about my new Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Of course, the first stop after picking up the new car was a visit to my long-time insurance agent to get my auto insurance transferred. When she entered the VIN for my new car, it came up as a Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle with a rating of 59—much higher than my old Accord with a 39! This raised my bill a proportionate amount, so I asked my agent to call Selective and to speak with her underwriter.

2018 Honda Clarity PHEV review

I bought a 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid and loved the pep the electric motor gave when you pushed down the accelerator. I did not like the lack of room in its trunk. After almost 7 years, the Accord Hybrid's NiMH battery pack died (although it was just barely still covered by a warranty). My habit of many short drives was not good for the NiMH battery, so I traded it in for a 2013 Accord with a V6 engine that actually got better gas mileage than the older hybrid. But ever since, I have been looking for another hybrid vehicle.

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