My Blockchain Primer

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), blockchain, bitcoin, etc. are buzzwords these days. I am also intrigued by blockchain technology and felt that I should pen down my findings and views too. As it is often said, if one cannot explain something, it means he or she does not understand the topic. Hence, here goes my amateur understanding of blockchain technology and it might help you if you have just started out on reading up on blockchain.

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Reviewing the Synology DS1817+ with M2D17

The Synology DS1817+ and DS1517+ are announced in April 2017. The Synology DS1817+ is offered in both 2GB and 8GB RAM variants; and it officially supports up to 16GB. Three new accessories are also announced, namely: the (1) M2D17 dual M.2 SSD adapter; (2) DX517 5-bay expansion unit; and (3) E10G15-F1 10GbE NIC. We will be reviewing the Synology DS1817+ with the M2D17 dual M.2 SSD adapter for read-write cache.

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LG Hom-Bot WiFi mod

I bought the LG Hom-Bot VR6470LVM for quite a while but did not really managed to find the time to do the WiFi mod. The LG Hom-Bot is a robot vacuum cleaner. It replaced the Neato robot cleaner that I had after its battery died on me. This WiFi mod allows you to control and monitor the LG Hom-Bot over your home wireless network through a web browser.

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Automating Let’s Encrypt SSL renewal on Shared cPanel Hosting

Let’s Encrypt is a certificate authority (CA) that provides free X.509 certificates for Transport Layer Security (TLS). Simply said, Let’s Encrypt provides free SSL certificates for your websites. To make the deal sweeter, tools are available to simplify the process of acquiring SSL certificate (i.e. generate private key, get the certificate signing request, download SSL certificate). Let’s Encrypt is seamless for servers with shell access or when the hosting provider offers Let’s Encrypt support. However, the manual process could be daunting if you are on shared cPanel hosting (like me) but I hacked up a way to automate Let’s Encrypt SSL renewal for it.

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Finding your Files using Synology Universal Search

It has been almost a decade of using network attached storage (NAS) to store my files. It is a brilliant storage device. Although I have switched between different brands of NAS (i.e. D-Link, Netgear, Asustor, Synology) and used different devices to create or update files along the way, the precious memories (i.e. family photos and videos) and data that I care about remains safe. However, the amount of documents (word, eBooks, news clippings, etc.) that I amassed over time made searching tedious or slow through Windows File Explorer or OS X Finder. Recently I discovered that the Synology Universal Search can locate the contents a whole lot faster.

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