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UPDATED! – D3100 Docking Station with Dell XPS 15 Laptop & Linux Mint 18.1

Submitted by: Slydder

Getting the D3100 working on our Dell XPS 15 machines using the NVIDIA proprietary drivers. If you have to ask why then this tutorial is not for you.

XPS 15 specs:

  • 7th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
  • 1TB PCIe SSD
  • 32GB DDR4 2.400MHz

Also included in the order were 2 D3100 Docking stations. If you are here then you probably already know that these “Docking stations” are based on DisplayLink technology that is barely supported under Linux.

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Fixing the MySQL/MariaDB requirement in the Froxlor Debian package

Submitted by: Slydder

OK. Any of you working with Froxlor on Debian in an HA environment knows that you will NEVER have a local DB server installed on a content node. You also know that Froxlor is one of the best Web Control Panels on the market.

Unfortunately some of the Devs in the Froxlor project are lacking in experience/knowledge in high end hosting situations or are just interested in keeping the install idiot proof for non-admins. Either way it is a pain for power users wishing to enjoy the power and versatility that Froxlor can offer.

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Making Froxlor NFS mount safe

Submitted by: Slydder

As you all know I love Froxlor. Unfortunately I have problems dealing with developers at times. The Froxlor developers would seem to be no exception. Therefore, I am constantly generating patches for Froxlor but rarely submit a request.

This is another such situation. As many of you may remember, I run Froxlor in a 6 layer HA cluster stack with the HA cluster containing Froxlor in the 2nd layer in from the edge. All content and configs for Froxlor are stored on a GlusterFS HA cluster mounted using NFS.

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Froxlor Stack/Cluster Plugin Preview

Submitted by: Slydder

A while back I posted an article titled “Froxlor Love!”. In that article I promised to show a bit more of what I have been doing on my own with Froxlor. Well, here is a bit of info on the Stack/Cluster support I have been working on.

I finally finished a few larger projects, the budget planning of our Infrastructure for next year and a few other chores that have been on the back burner for a while. Afterwards I could free up some time to get some work done on the plugin. Here are a few screenshots of what I have working as well as a planned feature list I am shooting for. If you have any ideas on how to make this even better then let me know.

Without further ado on to the screenshots.

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“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”

Submitted by: Slydder

I recently read an article by Olga Annenko which was an interview with Patrick Wills (Founder and managing director of Earlymarket LLP out of London). OK. I tried to read it, but gave in to exasperation about half way through, and had to go back 2 more times until I could actually finish it. I then commented on the article (not pertaining in any way to Ms. Annenko because it was very well written) which eventually lead to a rather long comment. In that comment I mentioned a few points regarding Cloud services in general that has been bothering me for a while now due to all the hype and pressure to move more and more to the Cloud.

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An introduction to LBActive

Submitted by: Slydder

I have run across applications that work good as a load balancer but fall short of being a great load balancer due to the fact that they only do passive health checks (check based on possible return code from back-end server) and do not have the ability to dynamically adjust the weight/preference of each back-end node based on an active check.

One of these is my personal favorite; Nginx.

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Stephen Elop new chief innovator for Australia’s Telstra

Submitted by: Slydder

The former Microsoft executive excoriated by some industry watchers for the collapse of Nokia Mobile Phones, Stephen Elop, has re-emerged down under. Telstra says Elop is being appointed to the new role of Group Executive Technology, Innovation and Strategy, “leading Telstra’s strategy to become a world class technology company”. Telstra cites Elop’s “deep technology experience” and “innate sense of customer expectations” as grounds for this insane decision.

The Register pretty much sums it up in a small piece.

   
 

Google Will Start Ranking ‘Mobile-Friendly’ Sites Even Higher In May

Submitted by: Slydder

Google has announced it is rolling out an update to mobile search results in May that “increases the effect” of its mobile-friendly ranking signal. The goal is to “help our users find even more pages that are relevant and mobile-friendly,” though the company didn’t share exactly how much of an impact it expects the change to have.

 

EU Court Says Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Owners Aren’t Liable For Third Party Piracy

Submitted by: Slydder

A preliminary ruling from a European Court of Justice Advocate General has said it is not reasonable for owners of public Wi-Fi hotspots to be held liable for copyright infringement committed by users on these networks.

Sony took legal action against a German business owner after a third party allegedly illegally downloaded music to which the record label owned the rights to on the basis the network should have been secured. However this view has been rejected by the Advocate General who says it is impossible for all public Wi-Fi to be secured. His recommendation will now be debated by European judges.

   
 
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