Self hosting WordPress securely in 2018 on FreeBSD with nginx, PHP 7.2, ModSecurity, brotli, Let’s Encrypt SSL

Self hosting WordPress securely in 2018 on FreeBSD with nginx, PHP 7.2, ModSecurity, brotli, Let’s Encrypt SSL

Complete guide to hosting a secure WordPress site, powered by fast nginx web server with Web Application Firewall and brotli compression, on modern, secured PHP 7.2. There is a large volume of security-related WordPress plugins, but server-side security is even more important. If for any reasons you don’t want to use shared hosting for your WordPress needs and rather like to self-host it in a secure manner on a VPS or dedicated server – this howto is for you. If…

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I don’t like how Meltdown and Spectre – releated bugs were handled

I don’t like how Meltdown and Spectre – releated bugs were handled

I wasn’t going to write anything on the recently found x64 architecture – related bugs. I’m not a kernel developer nor even a programmer and I can’t say that I have a solid understanding of what Meltdown and Spectre attacks are. Also there already is a ton of articles and posts written by people who have no grasp of the subject. I’m however a malcontent and I find this a good way to express my feelings: Intel: as a *BSD…

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How to upgrade macOS to High Sierra without filesystem change (HFS+ to APFS)

How to upgrade macOS to High Sierra without filesystem change (HFS+ to APFS)

During the installation of developer and beta versions of macOS High Sierra, user was asked if he/she wants to “upgrade file system to APFS”. With the final (17A365) version of High Sierra, such question is no longer displayed to people with systems on flash-only storage. It is however still possible to avoid filesystem conversion and install High Sierra on HFS+ filesystem, or keep HFS+. This is not a “you should”, it’s a “you can” This howto (hownotto) only shows how…

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APFS vs HFS+: benchmarks on 2017 MacBook Pro with macOS High Sierra

APFS vs HFS+: benchmarks on 2017 MacBook Pro with macOS High Sierra

In July, when I replaced my dated MacBook Air with a shiny new 2017 MacBook Pro, it was my first workstation equipped with a blazing-fast NVMe SSD. At that time Apple was releasing developer and beta versions of their new macOS, High Sierra, which includes APFS – filesystem that is going to succeed an almost 2 decades old Mac OS Extended (HFS+). I did some benchmarks, that while being maybe not that well-thought, showed some disadvanteges of using Apple’s new…

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APFS and HFS+ benchmarks on 2017 MacBook Pro with macOS High Sierra beta

APFS and HFS+ benchmarks on 2017 MacBook Pro with macOS High Sierra beta

This post was written in July 2017 and all benchmarks were made on High Sierra beta 17A306f. You can find benchmarks from macOS High Sierra final here   While writing a post on securing and configuring fresh macOS High Sierra installation (not yet ready), I have made some benchmarks to compare Apple’s new file system – APFS to their almost 2 decades old HFS+ (Mac OS Extended). As I require full disk encryption, I was primarily interested in encryption overhead with APFS….

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Actors re-casted for different roles in Stargate series

Actors re-casted for different roles in Stargate series

While rewatching Stargate series, I kept noticing the same actors that played different roles. After some time, I started writing them down and tried to find as many  as possible, who were re-casted for different roles in Stargate movies and TV series. With /r/Stargate‘s help, the list has grown to 74 positions! While creating this list, I was NOT going for: Different actors playing the same role (2 actresses playing Drey’auc, 2 playing Elizabeth Weir, etc) Goa’uld/Tok’ra symbiotes, nor other different consciousnesses in…

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