How Much Bandwidth Used in a 128k Radio Stream

How Many Megabytes in a 128k Music Stream?

How much bandwidth is consumed on your internet connection when you listen to online radio, or watch music videos and clips on Youtube?

Let’s start with the most popular stream rate for online radio and internet radio stations. 128kbps means 128 kilobits per second.

So how do we translate that into bandwidth on my internet connection?
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Ubuntu How to Change Color Linux Directory Listings

Here’s another change I automatically make when installing a new Linux Ubuntu Server.
I’m using Bash prompt, and that’s the standard prompt for all Debian (Ubuntu, Mint, etc…) installations, so the chances are that you are using Bash too.

The standard default color scheme for Linux directory listings (when you type in ls at the linux prompt) is hard to read. If you’re using putty on a Windows machine to connect to a linux server, the color scheme is dreadful. The deep blue is simply illegible for me.
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WordPress How to Setup Automatic Backup Entire Blog

If you run a WordPress blog on a Linux server, let me show you how to very easily set up an automatic backup.
You can set the frequency of the backups and the saved files of the entire blog/website will be added to a directory of your choice.
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How to Get USA Proxy Using Your AWS Server – Three Easy Steps

If you have an AWS Amazon Web Services Linux Web Server, you are in luck.  Creating a full USA Proxy Server has never been easier.

Here’s a quick guide that will show you how to set up a proxy server using your existing AWS server.

We’ll show you in just a few easy and completely free steps how to create a winproxy tunnel. Your local PC will take the IP address of your AWS server.
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How to Make Streamripper Save UTF8 Filenames

I’m assuming you came here because you are already using Streamripper on the command line.
This fix is for those who rip streams with filenames that are not the basic character set (Not English).

If you are seeing ripped file names that look like this øòåú çï – áùãä éøå÷.mp3 then here is the solution:

On the linux command line, use the following directive:
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Qadabra Malware or Legit Review

Qadabra Ad Network invited us to join their publisher network for display ads and pop ups.

We get so many requests for publisher networks that it’s hard to separate the legit from fakes. The first phase of review seemed to produce favorable results. The email invitation comes from an actual person with an actual mail address and phone number. I was able to search and find enough information about that person (Linked In page, Facebook, etc…) to believe that they are a legit company. Additionally, their website and community discussion groups suggest they are a good alternative or supplement to Google’s Adsense Network.
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How to Copy Files to AWS EC2 Server From Windows PC With Command Prompt

If you run AWS servers from a Windows PC, you need an easy way to transfer files up and back from your work desktop to the server and back.

Linux users have the ease of native SSH tools such as SCP built in to their command tool utilities, and Windows users want the same flexibility.

Follow these easy steps and you’ll be transferring files in a flash.

1.  Get PSCP
Download the Putty tool PSCP (Putty SCP) for secure file transfer on Windows.  This is a freeware tool.

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Dropbox’s Carousel Shutting Down

From an official Dropbox communication:

“On March 31st, we’re shutting down Carousel as a standalone app and returning to a single Dropbox photo experience. Carousel has always been a way to view and interact with photos stored in Dropbox. All the photos in your Carousel timeline will remain safe in your Dropbox where they’ve always been”

Ubuntu Server How to Configure for Sendmail Port 587

Avoid AWS Blocking your Server from sending emails!
I was using AWS Amazon’s Web Service and one of my servers was set to reply to users contacting with a generic response. I had configured Sendmail and tested everything was working fine.

A day later, I got a message from AWS:

You recently reached a limit on the volume of email you were able to send out of SMTP port 25 on your instance…In order to maintain the quality of EC2 addresses for sending email, we enforce default limits on the amount of email that can be sent from EC2 accounts. If you wish to send larger amounts of email from EC2, you can apply to have these limits removed from your account by filling out our online request form.

What’s happening here is that SMTP is automatically set to use port 25 for sending out emails.  Port 25 is an open port and ISPs, along with AWS limits the traffic on that port to avoid spammers compromising or commandeering their servers for their own pursuits.

Move SMTP to port 587

Move your SMTP outbound traffic to port 587.  Port 587 is an MSA (message submission agent) port that requires SMTP authentication.  Keep in mind that port 587 is not intended for spam either.  It is, however, a better port to use to send authorized  emails from your server to your legitimate users.

Here’s the Fix!

Here’s how you can easily start sending email traffic over port 587 and possibly get off your ISP’s blacklist.

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14 SEO Tips From Google’s Matt Cutts Pubcon 2013 Las Vegas Keynote

When Matt Cutts speaks, people listen. Google Search is trying harder, now more than ever, to communicate to the SEO universe what to expect as the algorithm universe continues to shake, rattle, and roll.

Here’s the top SEO tips and takeaways from Matt’s talk yesterday at Pubcon in Las Vegas.

Moonshot Changes

Google will be looking to shift the search experience to enable users of today’s devices to get the results they need more quickly. Examples include, voice search, conversational search, google now, deep learning, and
word pair relationships.

1. Conversational Search can be a major boon to the way we get information.
Here’s how it can work: Search will become a dialogue with Google.

Search for “Who is the President of Turkey”? You’ll get the expected results – most likely including an infographic of Tecip Erdogan. Next, search, “how old is he” and Google knows from first search who you’re talking about and provides Erdogan’s age.

Another example of conversational search:
“What’s the chance of rain today” – Google determines your location and gives you the results.
“this weekend” -Google responds with weather for this weekend at your location (even though weather wasn’t mentioned in the 2nd query).

Core Quality Changes

2. Hummingbird – Although no one other than Matt is clear what Hummingbird actually does, he did provide an example of how long tail queries may be affected. In the search “What is the capital of ever loving Texas” – “ever loving” is not important. Understanding long tail and figuring out what words are important from the search will be the biggest improvement from Hummingbird. Matt estimates that this change affects 90% of all queries (!), but not much actual change on each one.

3. Panda Softening – The Google Webspam team continues to work on how to determine if a site is “black”, “white”, or (as for many who were affected in Panda’s wake) are they in the grey zone and deserves to be back in the quality space.

4. Mobile/Smartphone Ranking – It’s likely that at some point in the future, websites will lose rank for a page that has flash and is geared for smartphone users who don’t have flash support.

5. Webspam Changes
Penguin 2.0 and 2.1 will continue to roll out.
Continues Algo tweaking for very spammy queries – like “payday loans” “car insurance” porno, etc…
Advertorials / native advertising – paid content needs to be stated clearly.
Continuing action on spam networks.

6. Google Communitcation
new videos on google support forums for malware/hacking prevention
webmaster office hours, hangouts on air, 100 speaking events
How search works website – HIGHLY recommended to look thru this. pure spam explained, etc…
Follow Google Webmaster Tools on Twitter @googlewmc
Read Google’s Webmaster Blog
Read Google’s Inside Search Blog
Check out the Webmaster Video Channel on Youtube

7. Future of Search
What are the next big future trends?
– Machine Learning – extrapolate and add value
– Mobile – Mobile is HUGE. Traffic is exploding exponentially and ahead of expectations. You need to be there. 40% of Youtube’s traffic already comes from mobile. In some countries, mobile has already surpassed desktop traffic!
You need to prepare your website for mobile NOW.
Social Identity Authoriship – great way to prevent spam. in long term, having good social signals is authority that will help you in the search engines. even though it doesn’t necessarily give you better rank today.

Advice – The most important takeaways!

8. Mobile – see above & get ready!!! get rid of flash on pages that are meant for mobile platform users.
9. Learn about requestAutocomplete – annotate your forms to help users to get forms filled with one click
10. Ad heavy pages above the fold will eventually lose rank. Put your content first and center to give your users a more quality experience.
11. Tightening Authorship – google may remove ~15% of authors to make sure the Author graphic is trustworthy
12. Rich Snippets – may depend on site quality – reputable and high quality sites will be trusted for rich snippets. and vice versa.
13. Google will get smarter on Javascript indexing – I’m thinking that will help websites that use Disqus for their commenting system.
14. Disavow for Negative SEO – not as big a phenomenon as people think. Download links from Webmaster Tools and try to get them removed, and/or use the disavow tool on Webmaster Tools if necessary.

Matt hung around for quite some time after the keynote to shmooze with conference attendees who hung on to his every word.