Posted on March 11, 2021Categories TechnologyTags , ,   Leave a comment on Here’s What’s Happening in That Viral Oil Well Bitcoin Mining Video

Here’s What’s Happening in That Viral Oil Well Bitcoin Mining Video

A video of a bitcoin mining rig on an oil well got thousands of retweets and replies, criticizing it for destroying the planet—but it’s not that simple. — Read on www.vice.com/en/article/dy8b9y/natural-gas-oil-bitcoin-mining-rig-viral-video

Posted on January 8, 2021Categories ScienceTags , ,   Leave a comment on Quantum Particles, Magnetic Fields, and Migratory Birds

Quantum Particles, Magnetic Fields, and Migratory Birds

www.sciencealert.com/birds-have-a-quantum-sense-and-for-the-first-time-scientists-see-it-in-action An interesting article on Science Alert about how cellular biology is influenced by magnetic fields. This can trigger cellular reactions that, in theory, can influence biological behavior. It is a theory in how living things, like migratory birds, can detect Earth’s magnetic fields and navigate using them.

Posted on July 8, 2020Categories Technology, WordPressTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on Cleaning Up WordPress – Large wp_options.idb

Cleaning Up WordPress – Large wp_options.idb

Did your tiny AWS Bitnami WordPress server run out of disk space? The culprit may be unoptimized data tables in MySQL. Finding a 4.9GB wp_options.idb file on your server is not as uncommon as you may think. What makes it surprising is when you look at your wp_options entries and discover there are only 300 rows in that table with limited text in the option_value column. Thankfully there is an easy fix as long as you can get enough disk … Continue reading “Cleaning Up WordPress – Large wp_options.idb”

Posted on March 30, 2020Categories Security, WordPressTags , , , ,   Leave a comment on Hate Spam? Turn Off Jetpack Email Sharing

Hate Spam? Turn Off Jetpack Email Sharing

The past few days have been spent diagnosing various email delivery issues from the AWS web cluster that is running our WordPress plugin store as well as our SaaS locator platform. During this process email routing was pushed from the servers through the AWS Simple Email System. SNS notifications were enabled to monitor the progress and provide some insight as to what was happening on the send mail side of things. Not far into the mission something odd was showing … Continue reading “Hate Spam? Turn Off Jetpack Email Sharing”

Posted on December 11, 2019Categories AWS, PHP, Security, Technology, WordPressTags , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on AWS LEMP Stacks and EFS Issues

AWS LEMP Stacks and EFS Issues

Lesson learned — if you are using EFS on production systems you want to be using provisioned throughput mode. But, before we get into that, let’s go over the details of this implementation… Service Configuration We utilize AWS EC2 instances to run multiple WordPress sites hosted in different directories. The configuration is fairly standard: 2+ servers configured as part of an load-balanced cluster. The servers run from the same image meaning they use the same underlying software stack. Part of … Continue reading “AWS LEMP Stacks and EFS Issues”

Posted on November 7, 2019Categories TechnologyTags , , ,   Leave a comment on Internet Enabled Voting For US Elections

Internet Enabled Voting For US Elections

Internet enabled voting is a must IMO. Many that are afraid of the security risks and remote hacking have a very shallow, if any, understanding of the risks involved. To claim physical (paper) voting is more secure is absurd. Every country that has used that system, including ours, has encountered fraud in some form. Maybe this is the perfect catalyst for getting our Internet providers to finally enable IPV6. It would make external attacks a couple orders of magnitude more … Continue reading “Internet Enabled Voting For US Elections”

Posted on November 7, 2019Categories TechnologyTags , , ,   Leave a comment on Internet Enabled Voting For US Elections

Internet Enabled Voting For US Elections

apple.news/A2hlUbDHwRjifTbSwv6fOZQ Internet enabled voting is a must IMO. Many that are afraid of the security risks and remote hacking have a very shallow, if any, understanding of the risks involved. To claim physical (paper) voting is more secure is absurd. Every country that has used that system, including ours, has encountered fraud in some form. Maybe this is the perfect catalyst for getting our Internet providers to finally enable IPV6. It would make external attacks a couple orders of magnitude … Continue reading “Internet Enabled Voting For US Elections”

Posted on September 24, 2019Categories AWS, Technology, WordPressTags , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Converting A Standalone Instance Into An EC2 Load Balanced Cluster

Converting A Standalone Instance Into An EC2 Load Balanced Cluster

Creating a new web application that resides on an AWS load balanced cluster is easy with the Elastic Beanstalk assistant. That is a great solution if you want to run every web service or application on their own instances. It is not a great fit for complex environments like the one being used for Store Locator Plus®. Store Locator Plus® has several environments running within the same master domain. Multiple servers and load balancers creates a security certificate nightmare. Not … Continue reading “Converting A Standalone Instance Into An EC2 Load Balanced Cluster”

Posted on August 31, 2019Categories Programming, WordPressTags , , ,   Leave a comment on WP_User_Query Inverse (NOT) Search

WP_User_Query Inverse (NOT) Search

It took a LOT longer than it should have to build an efficient query for WordPress users today. The query — an WP_User_Query INVERSE search. The list I was trying to generate was based on two things: – All users with a meta_key field ‘account_status’ containing the status ‘active’– EXCLUDE all users with a nicename ending with “at_slp_dot_guru” Turns out this is a LOT more difficult than it should be due to shortcomings in the WP_User_Query class. The solution that … Continue reading “WP_User_Query Inverse (NOT) Search”