ADD MEDIA TO WORDPRESS

WordPress has the ability to upload images directly to a post, but there may be times when FTP of a large number of images is more expedient. MEDIA FROM FTP is a handy plugin that will add any unknown images to the WP media gallery where they can be inserted into articles as needed. This …

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TOSHIBA 14TB HARD DISK

Toshiba has announced the world’s largest conventional magnetic hard drive. The Toshiba’s MG07ACA enterprise 3½” series comes in at 14TB and features nine disk platters in a helium-filled sealed unit. Toshiba also has a 12TB model with 8 platters. 14TB and 12TB capacity models Innovative 9-disk helium-sealed design for superior storage density Industry Standard 3.5-inch 26.1 mm …

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PENDING SECTOR COUNT

Ordinarily hard disks operate transparently. Any problems are handled by the drive logic. Disks in use may find problem sectors or tracks and they then map spare area into the block number table when the error correction cannot cope. badblocks -sv -b 512 <device-name> If the disk is one of the newer 4K sector designs, …

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WHITELIST SECURITY

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We have used whitelist security for protecting our servers for a very long time. More recently we have seen Linus Torvads in the media over securing a server.  Version 4.15 of the kernel will now start mainstream whitelists. Securely managing memory for possible malware is something that is sorely needed for Linux. Sadly a lot …

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ASYNCHRONOUS JAVASCRIPT

Asynchronous JavaScript can improve page loading times considerably. The idea is very simple. <script defer=”defer” src=www.example.com/somescript.js> signals that the script can be loaded in parallel with the main document. The advantage is that a slow service from Google or other ad provider does not have to have an adverse effect on overall page render times. …

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UPDATE FAILURE

Today when managing our VM running Ubuntu 16.04 we ran across this rather serious fault. We rebooted the VM immediately in principle. Hopefully Canonical can fix this problem so that cloud users can carry on. The VM runs MySQL to handle webapps and it works fine.   sudo apt-get update Hit:1 http://azure.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial InRelease Get:2 …

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WORDPRESS TABLE BUG

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Pasting an HTML table into the text view of the editor in WordPress will display double lined boxes even for single line rows. This has been a bug extant even with WP 4.8. To circumvent this bug you need to add some inline style to each row. Add style=”line-height: 0;” to each <tr> and <th> …

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ADBLOCKER DEFENCES

This site, like most, use countermeasures to ensure that advertisements are displayed. This is an ad supported web site. PHP runs on the server so the adblock plug-in cannot find it. The blockers have no chance. By checking to see if a given advertisement container is modified, then a blocker is detected. The modification is …

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KERNEL 4.12

Linux Kernel 4.12 has been released. It may take some time for various distributions to get it ready for installation. Support for AMD Vega Support for NVIDIA Pascal Two new I/O schedulers Intel Atomic Mode is now enabled by default Two new I/O schedulers have also found a place in Linux kernel. These schedulers are …

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WORDPRESS 4.7.4 LINKS

For some reason WordPress 4.7.4 has made some changes to the way it handles advertising links. The problem arose with the abuse of target=”_blank” where it was termed reverse tab napping. We have not seen this reported so we suspect that is more a WordPress related problem. WordPress adds rel=”noreferrer noopener” to links using target=”_blank” which will …

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