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Top 5 Posts of 2015 on Tekhead.org

This is just a very quick note to say thank you, everyone, for your awesome support and continued readership over the past year! Without that I don’t know that I would put in the effort!

I very much hope that the content produced continues to be of some use in the coming year…

Moving swiftly on to the Top 5 most popular posts of 2015; they were as follows:

  1. My Synology DSM Blue LED issue was actually just a failed drive!
  2. NanoLab – Running VMware vSphere on Intel NUC – Part 1
  3. Installing Docker on Ubuntu Quick Fix
  4. Docker Part 1 – Introduction and HOWTO Install Docker on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  5. NanoLab – Running VMware vSphere on Intel NUC – Part 2

I can’t say I’m surprised with the Synology post popularity, as there are far more Synology users out there than virtualisation and storage admins I should think… not 100% my usual reader demographic. 😉

The Nanolab series continues in popularity, which warms my cockles! They make for an awesome homelab, and I have a handful of posts almost ready to go for 2016 to continue this series.

Finally, and most interestingly considering current industry trends, the Docker HOWTO series has definitely proven very popular, even though so far I have stuck to the absolute basics! I will definitely endeavour to expand on this series throughout this year.

So that’s it for now, just a quick one. I hope you all had an awesome New Year (I spent mine this year watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens woohoo!) and wish you all the best for the exciting things to come in 2016!

RIP Google Reader, Long live Feedly!

Google Reader

They say RSS is dead, yet for years Google Reader has been my number one resource for technical news and insight, and I don’t think I’m the only one! Following 70+ individual blogs and news sites, I regularly breached Google’s 10,000 feed items per month, but sadly after nearly 8 years Google are finally pulling the plug tomorrow. If you haven’t already made plans to replace your aggregator, now is your last chance to do it!

When the announcement came out, I deliberately waited until as late as possible to ensure I could get the best to option. I won’t go through them all as there are loads, but Giga Om did a particularly good job of weighing up the options:

http://gigaom.com/2013/06/24/life-after-google-reader-gigaoms-guide-to-the-best-options/

As I rarely use Google Reader via the web page, my main requirements were:

  • Support for gReader Pro (Android)
  • Support for Reeder (iPhone)
  • The ability to tag or even better, sort feeds into folders
  • If possible, an easy migration path, e.g. though OPML support or similar.

Fortunately, Feedly has turned out to meet all those requirements and more! Not only does it support gReader (with Reeder support coming soon), they implemented a one click migration process, where you simply give them permissions on your Google Reader account, and they will migrate your entire feed list in one go, replicating it on their system. Awesome!

The only thing left was to log out of gReader on each of my devices in turn, and log back in using the Feedly account option, job done!

If you want a recommendation for a great Google Reader replacement, you won’t go wrong with Feedly!

Fix for Twitter API Error “Sorry, that page does not exist”

Many of you may have noticed that in the last week, your twitter plugins have stopped working on your wordpress blog or any other code which calls the twitter API. It seems to be that Twitter have disabled the twitter.com user_timeline method, and want you to use the api.twitter.com method instead. There is a very simple fix for this which I have detailed below…

Check your plugins page, and search the code for “twitter.com”. If you are currently trying to get your timeline via RSS using the following address (or similar):

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/[yourscreenname].rss

Change this to:

http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=[yourscreenname]

Your twitter plugin should now miraculously start working again. 🙂

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