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Monday, June 11

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Daily News Stuff 11 June 2018

Queen's Birthday long weekend edition.  I got nothing.  Not even fireworks, thanks to the NSW State Government.  So here's a few random bits.
  • E3 is here, but it looks like an off year; no hardware announcements, just an outbreak of sequelitis.  Elder Scrolls LXXVI and such.

  • I'm reminded by that Tyan Ryzen server motherboard that you can get Ryzen servers right now if you look around a bit.  It's good value and I might be tempted if Europe weren't so preoccupied with packing the internet with explosives and lighting the fuse.

  • Someone wants to build the C256 that Commodore designed in the 1980s but never released.

  • Udoo is Kickstarting a Ryzen embedded development board.  For those who need just a little more horsepower than the Raspberry Pi.  (For example, those taking the sensible approach and emulating that C256.)  It's less than 5" square, yet supports up to 32GB of RAM and four 4K displays.  Oh, and it has an Arduino chip in one corner.  Starts at $229 with two CPU cores and Vega 3 graphics, and $309 with four cores and Vega 8.

  • Huawei have released the MediaPad M5.  If you play 3D games on Android, it's a big advance over the M3, with twice the GPU performance.  Otherwise it's basically the same device, except that the headphone socket has vanished.  In a shrinking market for small tablets, though, it's worth a look.

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Sunday, June 10

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Daily News Stuff 10 June 2018

Weekend edition, where we pick up minor items that we didn't get to during the week.  (Because nothing happens on the weekend.)
  • Vultr upgrades their cloud servers with faster Skylake Xeons.  Up to 50% faster, in fact.  (I use Vultr for development and testing because they have a datacenter right here in Sydney.  So does Amazon, but (a) they cost at least twice as much, often more, and (b) AWS has the worst administration interface in the known universe.)

  • MongoDB is about to support transactions just like a real database.  Also like the TokuMX fork did five years ago.  MongoDB 4.0 is available as a release candidate now.

  • Microsoft buys GitHub.  Despite the squeals from the hacker fringe, this is probably good news for everyone - for Microsoft, for GitHub, for their competitors GitLab (I use GitLab myself), and for developers.  Techdirt rounds up some takes, including an embarrassing mess from the Guardian.

  • Tyan showed off the first standard Ryzen server motherboard at Computex.  This has been a noticeable hole in AMD's server offerings - they have the high-end Epyc chips (two sockets and up to 64 total cores), and embedded chips, but no low-end server offering.  And Intel have been ignoring low-end servers entirely - they have 6-core laptop parts, but their low-end server CPUs are still limited to 4 cores.  (Just to rub it in, they have six-core mobile Xeons for pro laptops, but not a server version.)

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Saturday, June 09

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Daily News Stuff 9 June 2018

  • Europe realises GDPR hasn't quite destroyed the Internet, vows to try harder.  (Seriously, this proposed new law is screwed up beyond belief.)

  • TSMC ramps up 7nm production.  This is good news for everyone in the industry except Intel, whose 10nm process has been stuck in beta for longer than Gmail.

  • ARM announces the Cortex-A76 mobile CPU which is faster than the A75, which is faster than the A73, which is faster than the A72, which is faster than the A57, which is faster than the A53, which is what I have in my phone.

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Friday, June 08

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Daily News Stuff 8 June 2018

  • ASMedia shows off USB 3.2.  That's 20Gb per second, using the same USB-C socket and cable as USB 3.1.

  • Intel announces the 8086.  40th Anniversary Limited Edition, that is; a 6-core 4.0-5.0 GHz Coffee Lake chip.

  • Facebook run by idiots, massive privacy violations ensue.

  • Amazon has been watching too much Doctor Who, decides to conquer Earth apparently forgetting they already have.

  • Europe run by idiots, massive privacy violations ensue.

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Thursday, June 07

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Daily News Stuff 7 June 2018

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Monday, June 04

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Pro Tip: When Caddy Warns About Insufficient File Handles, GIVE IT MORE FILE HANDLES

We're back on the air now.

Update: Also, the editor glitches are fixed.

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Monday, May 28

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Right, Now I Need To Set Up...

Oh.  I already did that, like, ten years ago, and it still works?

Huh.

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Saturday, May 26

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System Updates

Made good progress on the HTTPS cutover today.

Two main problems:
  1. We need a wildcard certificate, because the rate limits for free certificates would take decades to secure all the blogs.
  2. Forms have to be explicitly HTTPS; implicit form actions are HTTP (unencrypted), and browsers don't permit HTTP form actions from an HTTPS page.
I've updated Minx to produce a [http.base] field that you can simply stick in front of any relative path that will automatically update for the HTTPS switch (and also if you change your blog address).

There were a couple of glitches while this was going on, but mostly it was confined to my blog.

Update: DNS changes have propagated, and I've set this blog to always use HTTPS.  All forms across all blogs should be updated in the system now to switch to HTTPS as it becomes available (this caused me the most pain).

Will continue testing on this blog before switching everyone else across.

Update 2: Bugger, got one of the DNS updates wrong.  Sites will load slowly for the next hour or so because they're waiting for a script to load from an IP that's blocked by our hosting provider (long story).  I could try to fix that, but it would take an hour to make and test the changes.  Some of the fancy features might not work while we wait for that DNS change to propagate.

Update 3: That's fixed now.

Update 4: Broke mee.im, which was depending on the old mee.nu DNS servers.  Fixed that too.

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Pest Toast 2

Post post post....

Post more.

Post post post post.....

Foof!

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Friday, May 18

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Glitch In The Matrix

Sorry, the backup script froze the database for a few minutes.  It's not supposed to do that, but it did.

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