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AMAZON IS AT IT AGAIN

Amazon ads with insane prices

We also have noticed  some ads from Amazon with prices way out of line with pricing. One ad had a Sapphire RX 470 for US $599 which is triple the price when the card launched. Sapphire is the asian manufacturer previously owned by AMD before they spun it off as an independent company. Sapphire offers …

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SANDISK 32GB STICKS FOR BOXING DAY

SanDisk CZ59 Cruzer U Series USB 2.0 Flash Drive

We grabbed some cheap Sandisk Cruzer CZ59 U-Clip 32GB USB sticks for 10 beleaguered peos (Canadian dollars) each. We bought 3, one in each of 3 colors available. Given the loss of our Transcend 128GB it was time to leverage the Canadian Boxing Day tradition. We find it handy to have several USB …

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MORE GAMES EXPECTED FOR 2019

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Over the holidays we are downloading a large number of games for review. We constantly need more hard disks to handle the vast number of games. Low cost 2TB hard disks are fine for the system disk but vast game libraries need larger capacity secondary disks. GAMES BIGGER THAN EVER Many games are now over …

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LENOVO T500 NOW RETIRED

Lenovo T500

Our old venerable Lenovo T500 has long served on our studio. The machine has a cold cathode backlight and while its possible to modify the LCD, the old T9400 only has 2 cores which is enough for Windows 10. The brightness of CCFL slowly declines over the years. Compared to a LED based panel …

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SITE CLEANUP FOR WORDPRESS 5

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This winter we are expecting to have time to update the site to be more efficient. We installed a nocache header as the site uses compressed HTTP from the site cache so pages are fast for new users. WordPress 5 is now expected to be rolled out on November 27, 2018. We are considering moving …

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SITE PROBLEMS GALORE

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Due to theme problem, SEO issues, certificate problems and more. We had to basically reset the site from scratch to get it to render. It’s not clear why all the problems manifest over the last couple of weeks but we have been forced to so some very advanced work to fix the site and recover …

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THEME UPDATE CRASHED THE SITE

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A recent update to the theme used on the site caused a problem with WordPress. Unfortunately HTTP 500 errors are notoriously difficult to pin down. After removing all of the plugins and the site still threw HTTP 500 errors, we then turned to the theme to attempt to get the site to load. With no …

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ASIAN TRAFFIC GROWTH

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We have noticed a larger amount of traffic from Asian sources. It seems that we are being cited more often on forums and websites with news about mostly hardware. It seems that some shared links attracted enough traffic to top the active list with Google’s tracking. WordPress can be easily translated which is probably the …

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TRAFFIC DOUBLED IN A WEEK

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According to Google’s Analytics, traffic is literally more than double since we upgraded the database to a SSD. For SEO purposes, this result tells us that a SSD is now mandatory for a web server. The page load time on the site is much faster as WordPress is very lean and mean and with the …

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SITE ERRORS FIXED

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We were experiencing some problems with our database due to some problems with Linux VM. The VM was becoming unresponsive so we dumped the database and created a new one with a latest version of Linux. It seems that some problems arose from using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and upgrading to 18.04 LTS  did not work …

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