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Third step – Finally

So finally i realized the final configuration on my network. I integrated my Security Gateway into my network and i am enjoying the statistics the thing is showing me. I am fully satisfied for the moment. For sure i am hoping for more options especially some kind of protection for children or other non wanted pages. I’ve been used to Ipfire for some time, but for my private needs the USG should be doing it.

But what should i tell you? I’ll show you some screen shots which is better than any long report! Ah yeah… I just ran into one issue during installing my device. It’s default IP is in the 192.168.1.X Range which may become a problem if your router / Internet Connection is in the same range! So before i realized that i really had a hard time. But finally changing the Modem’s IP solved everything and from that on the system keeps running.

           

Managing multiple WordPress Sites

So do you need to update more than one WordPress Site? If this is the case you might look around for managing multiple Sites over a singe interface. A few weeks ago I did have a look into that topic due to the fact that I didn’t want to spend an hour every month logging into various sites I keep an eye on, simply to click and update everything. So I had a look over the horizon of these programs.

I found a few but most f them were managed somehow by companies where you needed to somehow provide them your log in’s, which seems logical if you want them to update your sites. But as I am a somebody suspicious, I wanted to stay the boss of my data and so I decided myself for a tool called “MainWP”. So if you should ever consider getting something similar, you might have a look at the program.

You simply have to install the plugin on your main Site, and install on the sites you want to manage a child plugin. That’s it! No fancy registration etc. Very easy! And you stay Master of your passwords and log in’s!

The tool itself comes as a simple plugin for WordPress. They recommend setting up an own WordPress Site for the tool, which I definitely can confirm! It simplifies things and keeps it more clear and clean. Another thing I recommend is enabling the unique security ID on the “child” sites, those are the sites you want to manage over your central site. This gives your managed sites more security. I am not sure that without enabling this feature, it would not be possible for anybody to modify your site. But anyway… Enabling security features isn’t a mistake! Never!

For the rest you should simply try it out yourself. It’s worth a try! Yes there are other sites with more features and you might need to put up an own cron-job, but you stay your very own Key-Master.

P.S. Sites / URL’s have been blanked out!

Virtual Server made easy

I was shown by a colleague of mine a nice tool I wanted to share. Ever wanted to have your own cheap Linux server on the net? So did I and the prices were not so, let’s simply say, attractive! Either you get a real Virtual Server and these come starting for at least 10€ / month, but you can find prices for about 5€ / month where you get a scalable server.

The service I tried out is called DigitalOcean and it appears to be one of the most simple services in this sector. You can, in less than a Minute, create a new server, scale them up and much much more. And the best of it, you pay as you use it. Not using any space or CPU etc, means you’re not paying anything.

It’s easier than running your own Raspberry at home and not having a fix IP etc. For the fix IP you’re already paying much more, and many tools need an own IP so if you’re interested in this, you might have a look at it.

That’s the way the cookie crumbles…

Luxembourg goes Prime-Video? Oder och net!

As I am client at the concurrency (Netflix not to name it), I still was happy to hear the news that Amazon Prime-Video became available in my country. Directly the next Saturday I created my Test-Account and hoped to watch that evening the first movie. But my joy had only lasted for a short instant… I immediately got an Geo-IP Blockage message…

So I read that, thought about it and logged into my Amazon.de Account to have a look at what the problem could be. There I was explained that I had no Prime-Video an that I should start the Test-Month. I did not really realise what had happened so I started (for the second time) the Test. But it was not as I imagined the Prime-Video but for the whole Amazon-Prime what I really didn’t want, so shortly after that my first mail to the support went out… It took me 3 mails until somebody finally nearly understood what I wanted and so my Prime month was cancelled. If I can ever try again a free month of Prime services is what I still do not know but honestly, it started to pull my leg as much that I do not care any more…

Back to my Video. My free Test-Week of Prime-Video (yes for the rest of the world not living in Germany, it is only one month) kept on running and after 4 mails after 5 days my problem was still not solved. After the Geo-IP- Blocking, I ran into Error 5505 where nobody again could help me.

I was given the advice to completely move my Amazon Account to the UK Store. But that is something I really do not want to do, due to the fact that my movies as well (which is even more important) all my shopping at Amazon would run over the UK shop!? WTF? To try it out, I simply followed the guidelines and came to the point to switch to foreign Amazon Shop’s but UK was not an Option. I could chose between French and the USA. French was not the language I wanted and American as primary shop? That’s a no go for EU citizen! Again I was of to write to the support. We had arrived onto mails No.6&7 an still no solution in sight…

Finally I have realised that my FireTVStick is sticking to the German Amazon Shop, and which is even more important, that you can not watch Prime-Video on that device. It can only be done over Tablet’s and Phones. It was the last reply from the support that explained everything to me.

What I have to say about the support of Amazon… Honestly: Thumbs up! They were always very friendly, always trying to help and even tried to call me. Respect on that!

So my final conclusion for the Product itself? Not really ready for the market in Luxembourg! If I have to take my tablet / phone to stream it over that device onto my TV that’s not really an Option. Their product can not even be used on their own player? Really? Maybe they should have put some more thoughts into the production bevore launching their platform for the main part of the countries. As Luxembourg is always special with Geo-IP and as Germany is still a licensing issue for Amazon I will stick for the moment to my regular VOD service even if they do not have as many new movies as Amazon does… Netflix here I come again!

Obwuel ech schonns Client bei der Konkurrenz sinn (Netflix fir se net beim Numm ze nennen) hunn ech wei ech d’Noriicht gelies hunn dass een bei Amazon Prime-Video kënnt Client ginn mech dorobber gefreet. Direkt Samschdes drop hunn ech een Test-Account op gemeet  an hunn mech kuerz drop op deen éischten Film gefreet. Mä meng Freet war vun kuerzer Dauer… Ech krut direkt mol een éischten Fehler vun wéinst Geo-IP- Blockage…
Gelies, iwwerluet an op Amazon.de ageloggt fir no ze kucken wou den Problem läng. Do krut ech kuerz drop mol erkläert dass ech guer keen Prime hätt an op ech den Test mount wielt ufänken. Obwuel ech et net richteg verstanen hunn, hunn ech mol den Gratis-Test Mount dann ugefaangen an der Virstellung et wier fir den Video eleng. Neen dat war fir den kompletten Amazon-Prime, wat ech net wollt an wou ech also dann kuerz drop mol schonns déi éischten Mail un den Support gemeet hunn… Nuje… Et huet 3 Mailen gedauert bis dass iergend een dann och nëmmen unnährend verstanen hat wat den Problem wier, an den Mount gouf dunn mol annuléiert. Op ech jeemools nach eemol den Gratis Test Mount kréien weess ech éierlech gesot net, mä ass mer och elo ze blöd et nach eemol ze erklären…
Zeréck bei den Video. Meng Gratis Test Woch vun Prime-Video (jo fir den Rescht vun der Mënschheet ausserhalb vun Däitschland schengt et net een Mount ze sinn) ass also gelaf an no 4 Mailen an knapps 5 Deeg huet nach ëmmer keen den Problem geleist gehat. Vun der Geo-IP Blockage sinn ech op Error 5505 gefall an och opgrond vun deem Fehlercode konnt keen mir helefen.
Ech krut dunn virgeschloen mäin kompletten Amazon Konto op Amazon.co.uk eriwwer ze migréieren. Dat well ech ower net, well dann meng Akeef wei Filmer komplett iwwer UK géifen lafen. WTF?! Egal… Wollt et trotzdem probéieren op dat klappen geif, also der Mail vum Support mol gefollegt mä op den Punkt koum, wou ech guer net UK als mäin Kindle-Shop auswielen konnt. Wat den Kindle mat Prime an Video ze din huet, entzitt sech menger Kenntnis mä mäin Problem wor also nach ëmmer net behuewen. FR an USA waren déi eenzeg Méiglechkeeten wou ech ugewisen krut. Franseich well ech net wierklech an Amerikanesch als Haaptshop? Geet jo guer net… Also alt erëm eng Mail un den Support. Mir sinn bei Mail No.6&7 ukomm an nach ëmmer keng Léisung an Aussiicht.
Ech hunn schlussendlech realiséiert dass mäin FireTVStick op den Däitschen Marché gebonnen ass, an wat nach vill méi wichteg ass, dass de keng Prime-Video Offerten kanns op deem kucken. Des Offer kann just iwwert Tablett / Handy gekuckt ginn, wat mir an der läeschter Mail vum Support erkläert gouf.
Wat ech nach iwwert den Support vun Amazon soen kann… Ganz éierlech: Top Service! Si woren wierklech ëmmer immens frëndlech, hunn ëmmer probéiert ze hëllefen an hunn souguer probéiert mir un ze ruffen. Respekt fir dat!
Mäin Fazit: Definitiv nach net prett fir den Lëtzebuergeschen Marché! Wann ech meng Tablette / Handy muss huelen fir se doriwwer op meng Telé ze streamen, dann ass dat net wierklech praktesch! An ganz éierlech, et funktionéiert net um Player deen aus hirem Haus kennt? Éierlech? Villäicht hätten se sollten méi Gedanken an d’Realisatioun stiechen ier se hir Plattform op den Marché geworf hunn. Well Lëtzebuerg nach ëmmer speziell wor betreffend Geo-IP an well Däitschland fir Amazon nach ëmmer een Lizenzen Problem ass, muss ech wuel bei mengem regulären VOD Provider bleiwen, souguer wann deen net esou vill Filmer am ugebuert huet wei Amazon… Netflix hei sinn ech erëm!

pi-top CEED

After a few month of waiting for my second Crowdfunding Project, i finally recieved my pi-top CEED. I aditionally backed the Speaker so this was an Option in the funding. So wanted to Review a litte bit this Project which i followed from the beginning on.

First i have to say that the Initiators always kept a very good contact to the funders! They posted on a regular Basis News of the Project and so as a backer you were always kept informed. This was especially interesting due to the fact that at some Point they ran into Problems and had difficulties to stay in the schedule. In my opinion very positive and so as a backer i always felt myself very comfortable even with some weeks falling back! I never got the idea that my Money could get lost.

Another nice touch was that they posted on a few occasions Pictures of what we could expect as a result.

As the package arrived at my home i have to admit, that it was very well protected. The packaging itself was as already seen on the Pictures nice and trendy.

Using the device itself… Inserted the SD-Card which was provided and connected the Raspberry-Pi (i did buy it separately) and booted the device up. No Problems with defective Pixels for my device and the Speaker worked after the Installation as it should! Okay… It is not only the physical Installation but you also Need to install the Drivers. Inside the package you could find the How-to or you can read it from the page under this link.

Finally i have to say that the Linux-OS package provided from them is not my favourite… It is quiet Special and has apart from the standard Desktop a Icon based second Desktop. Apparently invented for Kids or Linux-Newbies this should do it work, but for People who are used to Linux not the Thing you want… I will try to get more into that distro and see if it is what i Need. Otherwise i will stick to as usual Distro for the Raspberry.

Anyway… The device itself is of very good Quality in my opinion! I got a green one and the Color is flashy =D I´m lovin it! The idea to hold the Raspi with Magnets is another glorious idea! The only negative aspect is that inserting any USB device may result in misplacing the Raspberry… By being careful it should work.

Roundabout it is a nice Piece which i got for a reasonable price by being a backer.

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Spam goes Lëtzebuergesch

This week now the first Spam Email in Luxembourgish arrived in my Inbox. Thank you Google Translate! The most astonishing fact was, that my Email Address from an DE Domain made it into an Spamlist specific for Luxembourg. Respect!

Criminals seem also to improve their tactics. You can find the text below.

Dees Woch elo huet mech lo déi éischten Spam Email op Lëtzebuergesch erreecht. Merci Google Translate! Iwwerraschenderweis huet meng Email Adress déi op eng DE Domain leeft et an eng Spamlescht gepackt spezifesch fir Lëtzebuerg. Respekt!

Och Krimineller schéngen sech weider ze entwéckelen. Den Text fannt der hei drënner.

Léiwe Frënd,

Ech Sir Jonathan Stephen Cunliffe, Deputéierte Gouverneur, Financial Stabilitéit Bank vun England. Ech hunn eng interessant Offer deen derwäert ass (GBP 11,5) Millionär mat Iech ze deelen. Wann interesséiert, schreiwen zréck ze meng perséinlech Mail: jonclf10@aol.co.uk fir méi Detailer.

Opgepasst: Dëse Message iwwersat gouf eng Google Iwwersetzer benotzt. Wann dir schwätzen kann, schreiwen a verstoen Englesch, sot mir wëssen, wéi et besser fir eis Kommunikatioun ginn.

Gréiss,
Sir Jon Cunliffe