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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IronWolf Health Management on Synology’s NAS

Seagate and Synology collaborated to include the IronWolf Health Management feature into Synology’s NAS. IronWolf Health Management monitors the health of Seagate IronWolf and IronWolf Pro series of hard disks more accurately than the usual S.M.A.R.T utility. Aside from monitoring the drive parameters traditionally used by S.M.A.R.T utility, IronWolf Health Management monitors more than 200 drive parameters that may influence the health state of hard disk.

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