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The first Trillionaire

The first trillionaire will not be a human, it will be a bot (though a sophisticated one). Suffice it to say that making money, legally or extralegally, will be something that could be done by a system designed to do so, that could have enough ability to act in a marketplace, and enough insight to […]

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Elixir and Phoenix

Late to the party as always, as this has been going on for a few years, but hey. In any case, this is about Elixir and Phoenix: Elixir is a 5 year old functional programming language, that runs on the Erlang BEAM VM (which is very mature, fast, and reliable), and Phoenix is a modern […]

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Install, Configure, Maintain Postfix

Postfix Mail Transport Agent (MTA) Postfix is a Mail Transport Agent (MTA). It is not a complete mail system, but focuses on the MTA component, and does not include a Mail Delivery Agent (MDA), such as IMAP support, nor does it include a Mail User Agent (MUA), such as a web mail client. Other popular […]

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Google Apps Free vs. G Suite

For those of us early adopters who managed to snag a 50 user (or 10 user) free google apps accounts, things are sweet. New users have to cough up $ 5 USD/mailbox/month (or $ 4.19 USD/mailbox/month provided yearly billing). What Google really wants is the $ 10 USD/month or $25 USD/month enhanced cloud services. Yeah, […]

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Submit URLs to Bing, Google, Yandex

If an important page is added or updated with important changes, then it behooves one to submit that URL to the various search engines, especially Bing, Google, and Yandex. Strangely enough, this is not as straightforward a task as one might think. First of course, one needs to be registered with the various Webmaster Tools, […]

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Referer, Referral, Analytics Spam

Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, eggs, and spam. You get spam with your analytics. These are not real visitors, just spam in the logs. Here is how to de-spam your analytics. Google Analytics Spam Filters Admin > Account > Filters Add custom filter, exclude by hostname Filter Pattern .*(hostname\.tld|hostname\.tld).* Note that a filter can have […]

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GeoIP on WordPress

Detecting a visitor's location can provide a semi-customized experience that can work out well. However, it can also lock visitors into an assumption that is incorrect, and that may create a worse experience. For example, changing default languages based on location is not a good idea (it is better to use cookies and reasonable defaults, […]

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ntpd, ntpdate, chrony on CentOS

Recently, I'm on a server that chrony just barfs on, so my preferred time mechanism doesn't work. Indeed, ntpdate doesn't work as well. Turns out that ntpdate is obsolete (or being obsoleted). After a lot of nonsense, it turns out that running ntpd from the commandline is possible, as long as it is not currently […]

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Piwik vs. Google Analytics

Piwik is an open source, free (fremium) analytics package in PHP that runs on one's website or hosted. It provides comparable analytics as does Google Analytics. There is also a free, open source plugin -- Piwik AOM -- for integrating data from third parties, such as Bing, Adwords, Facebook. Note: this article is valid for […]

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Bing Google Yandex Webmaster Tools

While there are Webmaster Tools for Naver and Webmaster Tools for Baidu, both of those do not have an English interface. While it is possible to muddle through, it would only be worthwhile if targeting the Chinese market (in China) or the Korean market (in Korea). Bing Webmaster Tools, Google Webmaster Tools, and Yandex Webmaster […]

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