HIGHPOINT SSD7101A SSD CONTROLLER

The HighPoint SSD7101A is a PCI Express 3.0 x16 card with four M.2 slots on the card. Using the recent Samsung 2TB M.2 SSD cards, it’s possible to install four of them for a RAID0 array of 8TB. Such an array can achieve 16GB/s with fast enough SSD drives. The card routes each M.2 slot …

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WORDPRESS HTTP 304 ETAG HEADER PLUGIN

By deploying some additional code to your WordPress site, it can cut down on the need to have Google etc have to download every page on your site. The idea of HTTP 304 is to tell a search engine a given page is unchanged. By using a hash value, a tag called ETAG can be …

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NETGEAR RECALL

Netgear has reported that four of its product lines that use the Intel Atom C2000 line of processors may experience “higher-than-normal failure rates” and that it is contacting affected customers to assess whether replacement or repair is appropriate. ReadyNAS devices RN3130 and RN3138, and Wi-Fi managers WC7500 and WC7600v2 all have Atom C2000 processors. We …

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SHA-1 COLLISION

It took several years but researchers have finally beat SHA-1 and found it is easily possible to have 2 different documents with the game hash value. SHA-1 was officially deprecated by NIST in 2011 SHA-1 is widely used with HTTPS certificates in addition to many other applications. SHA-1 is also widely used for file integrity. Consider …

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SITEMAP NOW 50MB

We have noticed that sitemaps can now be 50MB up from the previous 10MB. The change was made to manage for longer URLs which are becoming more common with database driven sites. We use descriptive permalinks which make it easier for people to read when they wish to save a URL. The sitemap is still …

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LOCATION BASED ADVERTISEMENTS

At its most basic, an agent on a website has an IP address. By using a database, then known ip address ranges can narrow down the search. We have seen many problems with mixed http and https configurations. OBTAIN THE CLIENT IP ADDRESS $protocol = "http://"; $useraddress =  $_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’];$protocol = "http://"; $useraddress =  $_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’]; if ($_SERVER[’HTTPS’] == ‘on’) …

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UBUNTU FORUM

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Given the problems we have experienced with the Ubuntu forum is why this site exists. Over time more and more general self-help articles will be posted. The original post has been removed and inquiries have failed.  Security is a serious problem which needs more attention. We are aware that in 2016, a full 20% of …

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KERNEL 4.10 RELEASED

Linus Torvalds has released version 4.10 of the Linux kernel. This will find it’s way into everyone’s distribution as time permits. THE POST On the whole, 4.10 didn’t end up as small as it initially looked. After the huge release that was 4.9, I expected things to be pretty quiet, but it ended up very much a …

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1.5 MILLION WORDPRESS WEBSITES HACKED

About 1.5 million WordPress sites have been defaced thanks to the use of plug-ins that allow PHP to be used in comments etc. Remote code execution and worse is possible, If PHP is needed, then we strongly suggests developing a plug-in to handle the backend code.

INTEL ATOM C2000 CPU FAULT

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The Intel Atom C2000 processor is widely used in embedded applications. Cisco has issued a warning that versions of its routing, optical networking, security and switch products prior to November 16, 2016 are unreliable – and may fail in the next year and a half, rendering affected hardware permanently inoperable. Apparently there is an issue with …

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