Comparing uptime performance monitoring tools: StatusCake vs Freshping vs UptimeRobot

Comparing uptime performance monitoring tools: StatusCake vs Freshping vs UptimeRobot

When you host your own website on a Virtual Private Server or on a DigitalOcean droplet, you want to know if your website is down (and receive a warning when that happens). Plus it’s fun to see the uptime graphs and the performance metrics. Did you know these services are available for free? I will compare 3 SaaS vendors who offer uptime performance monitoring tools. Of course, you don’t get the full functionality for free. There are always limitations as…

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The best way to update your openSUSE Leap system

The best way to update your openSUSE Leap system

There are several ways to update openSUSE Leap. However, there is one way that has served me the best over the last 10 years using openSUSE. And this is via the YaST Software Management graphical (GUI) interface. Other ways to update openSUSE Leap are: Via the command line / Zypper YaST online update KDE Plasma Software Updates The command line / Zypper method works just as well as the method described in this article. However, not everybody is comfortable with…

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Upgrading to openSUSE Leap 15.1, downgrading to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

Upgrading to openSUSE Leap 15.1, downgrading to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

In my latest article on upgrading to openSUSE Leap 15.1 I had experienced issues with my graphics card, an AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB card. The drivers were not working, which resulted in a black screen during the upgrade process. I could work around this by using nomodeset, but that essentially meant that I wasn’t using my midrange graphics card at all. I have bought this HP Pavilion Power 580-146nd especially to be able to run my Linux / Steam…

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The openSUSE Leap 15.1 update experience

The openSUSE Leap 15.1 update experience

On the 22nd of May, openSUSE released (1) Leap 15.1. A couple of days later I took the plunge to update my laptop and desktop from openSUSE Leap 15.0. In this blog, I will detail my update experience. Updating my laptop My laptop is a ASUS VivoBook X402NA-FA112T. This is a laptop with an Intel Pentium N4200 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. The upgrade to Leap 15.1 went flawless. I have used the SUSE studio…

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Leap 15.1, the release that nobody talks about

Leap 15.1, the release that nobody talks about

openSUSE Leap 15.1 is almost ready for release! (1) This is always a high point of the year for me. I started researching what was new in this release. However, there is not much buzz around this release. I found only a few articles on Softpedia (2), Phoronix (3) and the announcement by Ludwig Nussel (4). When I tried to establish what was new (5) in Leap 15.1, I started to understand why. Leap 15.1 mostly features minor updates. Still…

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