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Issues with Images- Resolving once for all

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Ever since I moved this blog in May 2019 from Bludit to WordPress, this site has been plagued by the issues of images not loading properly. Learn what I am doing to address this.

A Weeklong Outage that went Undetected by downtime monitors

I experienced the “perfect storm” this week with my website.

This morning, I was looking up analytics on this blog, number of visits had dropped to 10 percent of daily traffic. I am aware that google algorithms have changed (again) and many are experiencing a drop in traffic… but the numbers were alarming. What exactly went wrong?

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9 months later.. Benchmarks on Server by Racknerd

Introduction

I am publishing a post about running benchmarks on server after a while. In this post, you will find the benchmark tests on a VPS located in Chicago, by Racknerd.

Background

During Black Friday 2020, I had surprisingly won a 1 year “freebie” from Racknerd… they had posted their offers on LowEndTalk. I actually won twice, but I ended up returning one freebie.You can read about my Black Friday 2020 “bounty” (web hosting plans I signed up for) in this post.

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Server Uptime Monitoring Using Screpy

Introduction

In this post, I will write about Screpy, a SaaS (Software as a Service) tool for monitoring, optimizing and managing your server.

In a previous post, I have talked about the need to monitor the uptime of your website. In that post, I discussed over 15 tools for monitoring website performance, such as Hetrix Tools and Uptime Robot . Some of these tools or SAAS (Software as a service) are free, while others follow the freemium model. A few, such as Phpservermonitor, are self hosted open source programs. These services monitor the uptime of websites and send alerts via SMS, email or slack when there is downtime. The methods they use include ping, http/s, UDP, and others.Read More »Server Uptime Monitoring Using Screpy

Text To Speech Services- Podcaster’s Friend or Foe?

Introduction

Over the past few months, there has been a flurry of companies who have started offering Text to Speech (TTS) services. Many of them are startups, majority of them are in early staged of growth, and almost all of them use one or all of the Amazon Polly, Google Text to Speech, or similar solutions from IBM or Microsoft Azure*. In this post, I will talk about a few such services, and ponder on the all important question for Podcasters:

Are the Text to Speech (TTS) services a podcaster’s friend, or foe?

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