Setting up Lancache on Ubuntu 20.04

With the recent upgrade to Fortnite, I saw that the bandwidth at the house was being saturated with these 17GB updates going to 3 different Playstations. With that being said I started to think there had to be a way to set up a local report, or a cache to serve all the updates/installs to save not only bandwidth but also …

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The hidden network quality tool in macOS Monterey

Usage It seems that Apple has quietly added a new tool in macOS Monterey for measuring your device’s Internet connectivity quality. You can access this tool via the terminal on your computer. To do so you would simply type networkQuality in the terminal prompt to execute the utility. Running the networkQuality command will provide the …

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Scam: DMCA Copyright Infringement Notification Email

Per my usual morning routine when I get up, I spend a few minutes on my phone. The first thing I always do is check over the notifications that came in while I was sleeping, reply as needed. After that as a habit I update all the apps on my phone that need updating, and while that is happening I check my email.

The other morning while checking the email I noticed a new contact form had been submitted on my Home Owners Association site that I handle the IT side of things. Normally most of the emails that come in are neighbors inquiring about the HOA dues, events in the neighborhood, or once and a while a general question or complaint.

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Optimize images for WordPress

When it comes to optimizing your site there are a few things that should be done, in my book the first is properly optimizing the images that you upload to your site. I always stick with the mentality that I am my site(s), pages, or posts for someone that is on a 3G connection or …

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Using WP-CLI to maintain multiple sites over SSH

Not all hosts provide a simple way to update WordPress Core, Plugins, or Themes within their control panel so that leaves you logging in to each WordPress install one by one to push updates (Of course you can enable auto-updates in WordPress these days). There is another way of going about this if you like to have a little more control, and that is by using WP-CLI. WP-CLI allows for you to create a config.yaml file in the /User/home/username/.wp-cli/ directory on your computer that has WP-CLI installed.

The process of setting this up is pretty straightforward, first, you want to make sure for ease of use you push out your SSH key to each site/server that you will be connecting to else you are stuck typing in the password for each site which kind of defeats the purpose of this setup. I won’t explain this process as there are many walkthroughs out there that can help you get this going if you are unfamiliar, I even wrote a bash script to help with this process.

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Handling the scheduling of Draft Posts in WordPress

With the recent start of the 100 days of blogging challenge that I am participating in with a few other coworkers at Kinsta, it got me thinking about how will I ever manage all of these scheduled posts. The way I am attacking this challenge is simply by creating a bunch of draft posts on …

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WordPress Black Friday Deals 2021

Every year the WordPress space has some awesome Black Friday deals when it comes to Themes, Plugins as well as Services. Below I will attempt to keep an updated list of some of these great deals on Themes, Plugins and Services that I stand behind and personally have used over the years. Themes Generate Press …

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GoDaddy acquires Pagely

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That was all the talk last night in various WordPress channels, and that did not stop at all today. I have to say that I did not at all see this coming. I simply base that on knowing Josh the now ex-CEO of Pagely for many years, I never thought I would see the day …

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WordPress 5.8.2 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 5.8.2 is now available which is a security and maintenance release that features 2 bug fixes in addition to 1 security fix. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. All versions since WordPress 5.2 have also been updated. I went through and updated a bunch of sites that I maintain and …

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My homelab setup

The topic of what exactly I have in my homelab comes up often enough that I figured I should make a post about it. The overall setup has not changed since December 2020 outside of the location and is a bit more cluttered with cables. Current setup The current setup utilizes the following hardware as …

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