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The Fifth AND Second Age of Computing?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 23, 2021 01:53 PM

Now counting predecessors to electronic processors (mechanical, water, and other computers), nor the "human computer", we are arguably, perhaps by some measures, now in the Fifth (but also back in the Second) Age of computing?

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How much do you actually value transparency, privacy, and security for you, your business, and your clients?

How much do you actually value transparency, privacy, and security for you, your business, and your clients?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 12, 2021 01:35 PM

My response to a discussion on Alignable: "For small business owners : I have noticed and experienced uptick in legal issues and cybersecurity concerns with some of my clients. What do you small biz owners have in place to help and protect you legally and what do you have in place to not only help to prevent an attack on your company /clients / employees /devices but also to restore the identities and stop the bleeding? "

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Matrix Integration Manager 403 Forbidden

Matrix Integration Manager 403 Forbidden

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 06, 2021 04:59 PM

One day my matrix homeserver was working, then some days later, during a crucial demo, the widgets and integration server were giving me "403 Forbidden" with no explanation...

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Modifying Odoo Menu

Modifying Odoo Menu

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 29, 2021 01:45 PM

An annoying issue with Odoo (Community Edition) (in all versions) is that the Odoo menu (back end) is out of order. Here are the steps to put it in the desired order.

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IT and Project Management (PM)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 23, 2021 08:02 PM

This is one of many postings about observations of an organization "doing it wrong" when it comes to projects, with some suggestions on how such a situation can be improved.

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CollectionSpace Catalog Server Automated Server stop and start script for systemd

CollectionSpace Catalog Server Automated Server stop and start script for systemd

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2021 09:29 AM

This is not elegant but it works for our development CollectionSpace Catalog server. A more refined version will be setup for the production environment later as we learn more about Cspace. This is specific to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

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Jitsi Architecture Variants

Jitsi Architecture Variants

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 13, 2021 08:01 AM

Due to Jitsi’s modular, opensource, and highly configurable nature, there are many different architecture variations available when deploying a Jitsi ecosystem. This posting attempts to summarize, some more theoretical for the sake of discussion and analysis, a wide range of variants to consider for different implementations. Which Jitsi Architecture Variant to choose is based on each individual's specific scope and budget. Each successive variation tends to be more complicated than the prior variant. Note that these are NOT Jitsi official variations or terminology. These variation distinctions were created by Hawke Robinson as an attempt to bring some order to the many different potential approaches, and increase clarity when considering scalability, features, and budget constraints.

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InfoSec Beginners Reading List

InfoSec Beginners Reading List

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 08, 2021 04:06 PM

This is a reading list for those interested in learning more about Information Security (InfoSec).

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Critical Thinking About Microservices vs. Bandwagoneering - The Latest Buzzword Bingo: Microservices, Containerization, etc.

Critical Thinking About Microservices vs. Bandwagoneering - The Latest Buzzword Bingo: Microservices, Containerization, etc.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 23, 2021 01:18 PM

Every profession is rife with buzzwords, and tech is replete with them. The specific details change, though the basics remain the same, and often recycle old-as-new every 20 years or so. This posting discusses the current bandwagon buzzwords about old-is-new microservices and monoliths primarily, though with some ancillary mentions regarding containerization, and more on Jitsi.

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Trying to run multiple selenium 3 chrome driver nodes per AWS spot instance: goal 5k users minimum

Trying to run multiple selenium 3 chrome driver nodes per AWS spot instance: goal 5k users minimum

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 03, 2021 04:11 AM

I am tasked with extensive load testing of Jitsi and related components. There have been a number of challenges just getting the tests to work on the scale needed (minimum 5k users, preferably 20k, but that can be extrapolated from the 5k). But just trying to get to 5k continues to be a challenge due being back in the 1970s and the popularity of "the cloud". I once again have to deal with the equivalent of the IBM engineers and begging for resource access to do my job... Anyway, here are updates on how it is going...

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At 2,000 and climbing! [SOLVED] Standalone all-in-one Jitsi server max capacity 600 users, no matter how much hardware (at least in AWS)

At 2,000 and climbing! [SOLVED] Standalone all-in-one Jitsi server max capacity 600 users, no matter how much hardware (at least in AWS)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 28, 2021 11:10 AM

I am working on a very extensive load-testing for capacity planning project analyzing Jitsi and various related components in educational and other settings, for my current employer. In the current load-testing I have hit a hard limit around 600-650 users for a default-install standalone all-in-one Jitsi server. This is not expected behavior. I am hoping the JItsi community can help determine if it is as simple as a configuration tweak, or if it is a more serious bug.

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At 2,000 and climbing - Success Setting Up Environment for Load-testing AWS Jitsi 1000 Video Users - Onward to 5000+ - However Jitsi fails at 650 users standalone all-in-one

At 2,000 and climbing - Success Setting Up Environment for Load-testing AWS Jitsi 1000 Video Users - Onward to 5000+ - However Jitsi fails at 650 users standalone all-in-one

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 05, 2021 05:41 PM

I am working on a longitudinal series of projects that heavily involve the use of Jitsi, especially in educational settings. This is for large scale environments that have highly demanding loads, and are intended as Zoom replacements in the USA and worldwide. This is just one of a number of components. Today was great to finally reach the 1,000 simulated video users load test basic baseline. Next goal is 5,000+, and then adding in additional features and still trying to keep it all working on this scale (recordings, transcriptions, closed captioning, intricate chat options, complex permissions managements, file management, and much more). Great things happening!

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selenium Error forwarding the new session Error forwarding the request

selenium Error forwarding the new session Error forwarding the request

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 16, 2021 11:30 AM

Containerized selenium + chrome + terraform + docker + docker-compose + jitsi + malleus jitsificus dockerized fails.

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Change test email address for Odoo 12

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 18, 2021 04:04 PM

Odoo 12's default test outbound email template attempts to send email to noreply@odoo.com. This needs to be changed to something useful in a production setup.

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Odoo 12 Changing Upload limits

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 12, 2021 09:57 PM

Since Odoo 13 was so inherently unstable we moved to Odoo 12 (had to fresh install, no backward migration option). This posting covers file and data size considerations.

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Add public scheduling to Odoo

Add public scheduling to Odoo

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 16, 2020 01:12 PM

Here is a great free app compatible with Odoo 12 to allow public users to book appointments easily using the app s2u_online_appointment.

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[SOLVED] MacOS Wifi No Hardware Found Can't Get USB Wifi to Work Either

[SOLVED] MacOS Wifi No Hardware Found Can't Get USB Wifi to Work Either

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 28, 2020 12:38 AM

Getting external wifi dongle to work with MacOS requires third-party software...

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Someone please help. So close! Getting Discord User ID to populate Custom Gluu attribute discordUid during OAuth transaction

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 07, 2020 07:46 AM

I have been hammering pro bono on a project for over a month now. With the help of two different teams from India (Jajati from Centroxy and Kalpesh from Xecurify), and various community support from the Gluu community (and unfortunately very little help or response from any of the Discord community so far), we finally were able to (yesterday) get basic authentication working between Gluu and Discord. Now just need this one last little step working to save this project today. If I can't figure it out, the ENTIRE PROJECT IS TOAST.

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Uh Oh, Odoo Community Forum Not so Open?

Uh Oh, Odoo Community Forum Not so Open?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 31, 2020 11:06 AM

I recently posted an Odoo community forum question asking about any options exporting from a newer version (Odoo 13), backwards to an older edition (Odoo 12). They instead tagged it as "not a question" and now it doesn't appear to show up on the community site even when searching for it. This is very dishonest, not open, and worrisome that they have a policy of covering up such questions. That worries me...

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Transitioning to Odoo 13

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 20, 2020 09:56 PM

So, at long last I think we have found a complete replacement for Plone. It breaks my heart that the Plone developer community has fallen apart so badly, but it has been too many years of pain since the Plone 5.x approach has continued down a path that is too far off track from previous versions and typical open source. We are migrating to Odoo 13 Community Edition.

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Facerig Error on Startup: vcomp100.dll not found

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 08, 2020 06:15 PM

Just freshly purchased and installed Facerig on Windows 10 computer, but can't start it up. Tried full reboots, uninstall, reboot, install fresh Facerig, still same error. here is the easy fix...

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NWN Linux Dedicated Server Running Maintaining and Updating

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 07, 2020 10:03 PM

Notes for running dedicated and persistent world Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition linux dedicated server.

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Q4os Linux on Dell 2 in 1 XPS

Q4os Linux on Dell 2 in 1 XPS

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 20, 2020 10:54 AM

Since Cent OS 7 was never able to fully support my hardware, and Cent OS 8 doesn't support any of the software I need (see the previous postings), I had to drop CentOS from laptop use. After some research I'm trying out Q4os to see if it can address both the hardware and software requirements. Here are notes on the process...

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Cent OS 8 Linux on Dell XPS 2-in-1

Cent OS 8 Linux on Dell XPS 2-in-1

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 09, 2019 10:09 PM

Recently "upgraded" from Cent OS 7 on my Dell XPS 2 in 1 to Cent OS 8. This has a slew of challenges and differences from similar efforts with other distros. This page will be a capture of my notes.

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Wordpress Versus Plone 5

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 05, 2019 09:09 AM

You may have seen my various postings about the decline of Plone sine 5.x. A recent solicitation email prompted a revival of our disappointment and real issues and challenges we're dealing with as we try to find a platform to migrate to from Plone 5.x.

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Django-cms on CentOS 7

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 12, 2019 01:57 AM

Since we are trying to drop Plone and evaluate moving to Django we are evaluating various options. Centos needs extra steps to be able to install Django and Django-cms and to use it. here are some notes as guidance and reminder.

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Neverwinter Nights and Cent OS 7 64 bit

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 07, 2019 09:14 PM

Neverwinter Nights Diamond, and more recently Enhanced Edition have been compatible with Linux since 2002. However Cent OS has some issues trying to install and run. This page lists some of the issues.

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centos decrypt luks "feature only available with HAL" trinity

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2019 11:43 AM

Trouble decrypting LUKS encrypted device in Cent OS 7 using Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE). Quick notes to address.

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Heartbroken about what Plone has become :-(

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 20, 2020 09:30 PM

I have been involved with tech since the late 1970s when I first started programming. Fast-forward to the web, and content management systems and web applications, platforms, products, frameworks, etc. Plone has been a stellar solution up until the version 5.x line, and since then something seems to be going more and more "wrong" with the development and community, which breaks my heart...

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