Thoughts on Windows 11

I have one Windows computer and two Windows VMs running on my Mac Pro using Parallels. One of the VMs is in the Developer's Channel, as is the stand-alone machine. Both of these updated promptly to Windows 11, even though the checking tool on the VM machine said it could not run Windows 11

I do not like the "improvements" in the desktop or the Start Menu. 

Updating from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9

Drupal claims that updating sites from D8 to D9 is easy. That is true if you have no additional modules installed. But in the real world, it is really difficult. I have done 4 sites now, and all were somewhat different, alas. The issue is updating the modules, or removing those that cannot be updated to D9. Here is my procedure.

Make sure your D8 site is fully updated

Update everything to the latest Drupal8 (currently 8.9.6) version.

A survey of DLNA/UPnP media servers

For many years now, I have been ripping my CDs to my computer and playing them using my Logitech Squeezebox Server (on my Linux computer) and listening to them via my Logitech Transporter players. However, time marches on, and now high-resolution audio is available on the internet via services such as Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify, etc. I highly recommend Qobuz, which offers audio streams up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. 

VPNs—Not needed for the average user

Now that many of us are working from home, we are being bombarded with ads and offers to be safe, and use a VPN. This is a scare tactic. VPNs are totally redundant for MOST purposes.

What is a VPN?

A  Virtual private network (VPN) is a secure tunnel that encrypts traffic between its endpoints. If traffic is already encrypted between your computer and a destination, a VPN is totally redundant.

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