Shared hosting does take care of a lot for you

As I build my own server — and this would be the same for a cloud VPS or a local computer, there is a lot to set up and configure. Shared hosts like NearlyFreeSpeech.net (which I will be using more soon) and Hostgator (which I’ve used for years and will probably be using less) take care of many things in a safe and secure way. Setting up your own server is very much like reinventing the wheel.

Setting up FTP on my Raspberry Pi

Running your own servers — be they VPSes on Google, AWS or Digital Ocean, or Raspberry Pis in the closet — is a learning experience. You have to put on your sysadmin hat and get to work. Today I’m trying to figure out the ftp server. I’ve used a hundred of them but never installed and configured one. The hardest part to figure out is the SSL encryption. If you see this file, it means I’ve made some progress.

My current fix for the Conexant-Flow.Exe-Firefox issue

The problem for users of Windows laptops using the Conexant audio driver that makes Conexant’s Flow.exe program eat large amounts of CPU when the Firefox web browser is running has not been solved by “conventional” means. And in order to be part of the “solution,” should one ever come, I filed a bug with Mozilla on the issue. There have been many fixes proposed for this problem, which only seems to manifest itself on my HP Envy laptop while running Firefox.