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Today’s Thoughts on the Incredible Power of Modern Computing Devices That We All Take For Granted.

Originally posted 2016-06-19 12:52:44.

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This is what a “server” used to look like

I have been associated with computers since about 1988 and IT in general , even when it was called IS (information systems), and I remember the “old days” which were actually only a few years ago.

For the younger folks out there, who do not remember the year 1995, because you were not cognizant of the world about you yet, I distinctly remember Bill Gates telling us we would never need more than a 350mb hard drive! Yes children, in 1994/95 we were in heaven if we had storage in the megabyte range!

Now lets fast forward to the  current year, 2016. We can actually run a web server on a freaking tablet! Look at the image at the top of the article  and then think about this: That device had about 1/10th the storage space and at best, 1/4 the processing power of a modern high end tablet! It weighed in at roughly 35 lbs and had numerous screaming fans to keep it cool.

On the other hand the server that I am writing this on has no fans, weighs in at under a pound, including it’s protective case and only makes sounds when it is telling me I have email. The server I am running this site on has more storage capability than the entire rack shown in the image below!

All those big boxes, contained less storage than your phone does!
All those big boxes, contained less storage than your phone does!

What a server used to sound like…(perhaps a very slight exaggeration)

Now certainly there is a lot to be said for huge servers with redundancy and fallbacks, but if you just want to run a simple web site and cough up information and images to the masses, you have that capability with a tablet/notebook/PC these days. This site is currently running on an Asus Z580CA with 4 gb ram and a quad-core 2.3 gHz processor and as I sit here typing it is playing music and syncing my Gmail/Facebook/Yahoo/Outlook accounts. All while being connected wirelessly and allowing me to run a web site.

As for redundancy, well a few clicks and I can back the site up to Dropbox or Google drive, which I do on a regular basis, and I can restore to my Dragon Touch X10 or to my Windows 10 Asus X553SA running a Virtual Machine in Linux.

What this all means is that in today’s world everyone can run a web site as long as they have a relatively fast connection such as cable or fiber if you are super lucky. I use KSweb on the Android tablets to run the server and VMware on the Windows 10 notebook to run a Linux Debian VM.

We truly live in amazing times technology wise folks! Sure, there are downsides to all this. It means that hackers and terrorists can easily setup a web site as easily as you or I, but that is a matter of YOU taking responsibility for your actions and being situationally aware of what you are doing. Never depend on your anti-virus program to protect you 100%, but be aware of information that you share. Always check the address bar on your browser and make sure the site you “thought” you went to is the site you are actually at. Simple little steps can keep you safe on the web. But it is YOU who needs to protect yourself. Your mommy ain’t here to protect and clean up your messes and software, while great only goes so far.

So in closing, lets just take a peek at what the server I am wring this on looks like….

Yeah, less than 7mm thick and no fans!
Yeah, less than 7mm thick and no fans!

Yes folks, than little slab of plastic and glass is the web server (currently), and we should all be thinking, damn! Ain’t life cool in the new millennium +16!

Tim

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The HiBook News: We need some cash!

So as any regular visitor here knows, this site normally has run on a HiBook tablet or even a notebook PC. However because I just moved I had to reorganize everything and put everything onto to a shared hosting site.

Yes, the site is faster, but as we know the entire purpose of this site is to run it on a tablet or notebook and abuse the crap out of the device just to make sure that said device is worth buying.
The HiBook has served as a server for more than 1.5 years and shows no problems. My old Asus X553SA  notebook served for about a year as a backup and the Hi12 has done its fair share of playing server as did my Asus Z580CA tablet.

So where am I going with this post? Well we need some dollars here to fuel the cable company so I can get everything running back here at the new apartment. We are not talking about a fortune here, about $1800 will do the job and get us a new laptop/notebook to abuse and test along with a years worth of cable service.

So bottom line here is I could use some donations. Sure, if you clcik a link on most pages here and purchase something I will make a few dollars! That would be super. Bottom line however is that in the last 12 months I have made about $59 off of adverts/clicks. Considering the roughly 3500 hrs I put in per year to maintain this site and try to provide info, that simply ain’t hacking it.

So now I am going to come out and ask, that if you find this site useful and or informative that you send a small donation.

 

My promise is that once we achieve at least 50% of the goal that ALL adverts will go away. Of course I will continue to link products in the faint hope that someone uses the link, but by and large all the image type ads will go bye-bye!

Of course you can donate via PayPal! You would be amazed that no matter how small the donation, how much more we could do here! So do not wait, lest we are eaten by dragons…huh? Yeah, If you like the site and the others I run help now by clicking here. Or on the blatant Donate button below…

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I will do my best to make sure all contributions are given credit and I will be sure to visit your web site, and link it also!

That is all for now,
Tim

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The HiBook News: This Edition, Moving Woes, Phone Connect Ain’t Hacking It

So we have now moved to a new location and I have no cable as yet so we are running the server off of shared Linux hosting on ChangeIP.com, which works great, but sort of defeats the purpose of this site.

The hosting is working great once I ironed out the glitches and for less than $6.00 bucks a month you certainly can’t be atthe price anywhere and tech support is pretty damned good!

But…when editing a post on any of my sites I often run into an error from my connection that says “err_connection_reset”. Once that happens I can’t connect to any of my sites.

This only happens with my sites and I have run pings and trace route and it appears to be an issue with the phone itself, because I can walk across the street and connect to the local gas station WiFi and all is well.

So on to other subjects to reduce Cell data usage I have been listening to music  but I have realized that all Win 10 media players are crap and I am back to using the now defunct WinAmp which is still the best MP3 player ever made! 15 years later it is still the best!

That is all for now,

Tim

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Okay perhaps my idea about a tablet server cluster was silly. I believe the correct term is redundant servers.

Originally posted 2015-11-17 23:57:23.

This is Tablet redundancy
This is Tablet redundancy

Should you read this post this evening, you will notice a notation that this is my Asus Tablet now running as a server. Same address, same KSWeb app, but running on an Intel with twice the ram.

Now what I need is a simple system to keep both tablets synced, because this post won’t be on the Dragon Touch when I fire it back up tomorrow as the test server.

It is rather an interesting question, that really doesn’t require an answer, but gosh darn it, I want suggestions!

Tim

 

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It Is The HiBook News Friday Report! Tonight’s Edition: Bumped the Ram Allocation on The Linux VM and All is Well!

This is the prequel to the normal Saturday HiBook News and tonight we decided to go crazy and allocate the maximum safe amount of ram to the Linux VM that this server runs on.

Windows 10 needs about 2 gb of ram to run on and this server is now using 1.8 gb ram. That is a 100 MB bump and still leaves us some leeway, but the video GPU also needs its share, so as far as I am concerned we are right at the limit.

So far there are no issues to report. All seems well and the server seems a tad snappier.  Of course a full day of running tomorrow will tell the tale. The worst that can happen, the server crashes and during the restart I change the memory parameters. VM’s are a wonderful thing kiddies!

That is all for this evening, stay tuned for the regular Satuday HiBook News report!

Tim

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