Automating CloudFlare DNS updates with PowerShell
Using a home-based server to publish your website or other web-enabled services where a static IP address isn’t available requires manual updates of DNS if your IP address were to change, or using a Dynamic IP service that automatically handles that update for you. Depending on your DNS host, you have several options to make that process as hands-free and automated as possible.
Hulu plans $10 price increase for Live TV subscribers
If you are a Hulu + Live TV customer and felt lucky that your provider hadn’t raised their prices as others have, well, that comes to an end next month. Hulu has announced that they will raise their price by ten dollars for subscribers of their Hulu + Live TV service effective December 18, 2020. Their live TV streaming service will now cost you $65/month. Hulu has followed suit with other live TV streaming providers who have increased their prices this past year. Many of these streaming providers that offer live TV programming are approaching cable TV package prices. Remember when YouTube TV was $30/month? Those were the days.
#WindowsUglySweater is back!
It’s back again for the holiday season, and this year it shows-off everybody’s favorite 8-bit drawing app – MS Paint! The previous years’ releases included sweaters for Windows 95 and Windows XP, and although they were available this morning, they have since sold out. If the MS Paint version of the sweater isn’t your jam, you can add it to your wish list or share your email, and they’re let you know when some become available. And not only does your sweater purchase cloak you in some sweet nostalgia, but it also helps a great cause. $20 from every sweater purchase goes to GirlsWhoCode, a non-profit whose mission is to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. And on top of that, Microsoft will contribute a minimum of $50,000. That’s goodness, all-around. So, go get your sweater here!
T-Mobile TVision brings new options for streaming TV
The newest addition to the streaming TV offerings landscape comes from none other than mobile telephone service provider T-Mobile. TVision launched on November 1st to current T-Mobile subscribers and later in the month to its Sprint subscribers. They plan to expand to the general public sometime in 2021. Options TVision has a few different “flavors” available based on your tastes. The service offers a lot of flexibility for different programming types, including live television and a library of over 35,000 on-demand titles. TVision LIVE – Live TV The “Live TV” package has 35 channels, including local network channels depending on location. This package gives you the basics for news and sports coverage plus a few other entertainment channels and something for the kids, all for $40/month. TVision LIVE – Live TV+ Each package builds on the previous, so Live TV+ gives you a total of 57 channels. You’ll get all…
Upgrading my home lab from ESXi 6.0 to ESXi 6.7
I deployed my original ESXi 6.0 home lab server back in 2015, and although I’ve been putting off upgrading the hardware, ESXi 6.7 was released in April 2018 and I’ve finally gotten around to upgrading ESXi. I’m a Microsoft guy by trade, but wanted to build some experience around VMware so made the decision a number of years ago to have VMware ESXi in my home lab as my primary hypervisor instead of Hyper-V (although I have run them both in my home lab at one point). The biggest challenge I’ve had with this setup is using hardware that is on the VMware HCL and making sure that I could find supported drivers for the NICs I had laying around. Through this upgrade from 6.0 to 6.7, I found out first-hand how tricky dealing with non HCL’d hardware and lack of VMware-supported drivers would be. Once all the pieces were…
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