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Updating to WordPress 5 on a Linux Host: Requesting FTP Credentials

WordPress 5 didn’t install automatically on sites hosted on my CentOS 7 WordPress hosting server. That’s by design, because I’m selfish and I’d rather wait for a few bug-fix releases before making a major upgrade. When I chose to upgrade manually on a test site, WordPress asked for my FTP credentials: If you’re hosting WordPress …

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Netgear GS728TS, GS728TPS, GS752TS, and GS752TPS Switch Configuration Guide

Overview of the Netgear GS Switch Series Netgear switch models GS728TS, GS728TPS, GS752TS, and GS752TPS (Gigabit Smart Switches) are value-priced edge switches (about $1000 on Amazon for the GS752TPS 48-port model with PoE) with limited Layer 3 routing capabilities. These switches are best deployed as edge switches in a small office environment with a limited …

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New Relic APM on Fedora/CentOS/RedHat with SELinux Enforcing: Solved

I found the solution for getting the New Relic APM Agent to run on a CentOS 7 system with SELinux Enforcing. The only SELinux modification you have to make is to change the context of the log file directory /var/log/newrelic. You can temporarily make these changes with the chcon command: Kill any running instances of …

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Internet Service Comparison: Spectrum Cable Modem vs AT&T Fiber

I’m moving to a new address in Central Florida which has multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs) available. Spectrum (formerly BrightHouse) provides speeds up to 100Mbps via cable modem. AT&T just installed fiber in the neighborhood, so I was excited to find out what they would offer. Spectrum Cable Internet Here’s a cost breakdown by service: …

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Audit terminology: SAS 70, SSAE 16, SSAE 18, SOC1, SOC2, Type 1, Type 2

If you are involved in information technology and compliance in a heavily regulated industry,  or work with larger organizations, you have probably run across the terms SAS 70, SSAE 16, SSAE 18, SOC 1 report, SOC 2 report, Type 1 Report, and Type 2 Report. These terms are frequently abused and misunderstood, even by compliance …

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Configuring Laravel/Lumen applications to connect to SQL database sockets

The Laravel/Lumen framework documentation does not explain how to connect an application to a database using UNIX sockets instead of a TCP-based network connection. I recently had to configure the Polr URL shortener (built on the Lumen microframework by Laravel) to connect to Google Cloud SQL with a UNIX socket. Since all of Polr’s configuration takes place …

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