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Sri Lanka National Day Celebrations

February 4th, 2019

Today, Sri Lanka will celebrate its 71st Independence Day with festivities organized throughout the country. The main event will take place at Galle Face where President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presides the show. Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will attend the ceremony as Guest of Honour.

Google is also celebrating the Sri Lanka National Day with a doodle that resembles very close to the one portrayed last year. For some reason, the emphasis is on the red and green colours only. I did use the colour picker on the doodle and yes, the colours are from the flag!

Google Doodle Sri Lanka National Day 2019
Google Doodle – February 4th, 2019

So what is a Google doodle? According to Google:
“Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.”

The Google team have created over 2000 doodles on their homepages around the world over the years.

In fact, Google users/the public can submit ideas for doodles. So remember, if you want to be creative, you can email proposals@google.com with ideas for the next Google doodle.

Upcoming Network Maintenance – Jan 8th 2019

January 8th, 2019

To those of you who are on our US server, please be informed that we will be performing maintenance in out Atlanta facility as described below:

Network maintenance

START TIME: 2019-01-08 06:01:00 UTC (That’s about 11.30 am Sri Lanka time)
ESTIMATED END TIME: 2019-01-08 10:00:00 UTC (That’s about 3.30 pm Sri Lanka time)

During the maintenance window listed above, our network engineering team will be optimizing network routes to some of our upstream providers. During the network re-convergence, increased latency and brief periods of packet loss may be observed.

Blessed Christmas and new year wishes

December 24th, 2018
Christmas greetings

As you enjoy this Christmas holidays, we want to say a big thank you for being with us throughout 2018.  We’ve absolutely loved having you as a customer this year, and we really hope you’ve enjoyed dealing with Webvision!
 
During this year, we launched our new Pro tier services in our UK cloud servers and helped you grow and build an even faster hosting for modern and demanding sites.
 
It’s been an exciting time and we’re looking forward to more in 2019.

As always, our technical experts will be providing support throughout the forthcoming holidays, so if you need any assistance please contact us by email.

Kindly note, our office would be closed during the period 24th December to 2nd January, so any new design/hosting accounts will be queued until the new year.
 
Whatever your plans for the season, we wish you a blessed Christmas and fantastic 2019 and look forward to working together in the coming year.

How to download a website using wget Linux command

November 21st, 2018

Website codeThe wget utility is a powerful and effective mode that enables you to download web pages, files and images from the web using the Linux command line.

For this guide, we will learn how to download this free one page template – https://blackrockdigital.github.io/startbootstrap-coming-soon/.

So you open up the terminal on Linux.

It is worth creating your own folder on your machine using the mkdir command and then moving into the folder using the cd command.

For example, let’s make a folder named “onepage”:

mkdir onepage
cd onepage
wget https://blackrockdigital.github.io/startbootstrap-coming-soon/ 

The result is a single index.html file. On its own, this file is useless as the content, images and stylesheets are not included.

To download the full site and all the pages you can use the following command:

wget -r https://blackrockdigital.github.io/startbootstrap-coming-soon/

This downloads the pages recursively up to a maximum of 5 levels deep.

Five levels deep might not be enough to get everything from the site. You can use the -l switch to set the number of levels you wish to go to as follows:

wget -r -l10 https://blackrockdigital.github.io/startbootstrap-coming-soon/

If you want infinite recursion you can use the following:

wget -r -l inf https://blackrockdigital.github.io/startbootstrap-coming-soon/

You can also replace the inf with 0 which means the same thing.

There is still one more problem. You might get all the pages locally but all the links in the pages still point to their original place. It is therefore not possible to click locally between the links on the pages.

You can get around this problem by using the -k switch which converts all the links on the pages to point to their locally downloaded equivalent as follows:

wget -r -k https://blackrockdigital.github.io/startbootstrap-coming-soon/

If you want to get a complete mirror of a website you can simply use the following switch which takes away the necessity for using the -r -k and -l switches.

wget -m https://blackrockdigital.github.io/startbootstrap-coming-soon/

Therefore, if you have your own website you can make a complete backup using this one simple command.

Do remember though, not all websites will grant you permission to download all the pages.  If you are the legitimate owner, you can still get though by using the following switches to specify the username and password.

wget --user=yourusername --password=yourpassword

Beware, on a multi user system if somebody runs the ps command, they will be able to see your username and password.

The wget command has a huge number of options and switches. It is worth reading the manual page for wget by typing the following into your terminal window:

man wget

Enjoy!

INFOTEL 2018 ‘Towards a Digital Economy’

October 31st, 2018

Infotel2018The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) would be conducting their National ICT Exhibition INFOTEL under the theme ‘Towards a Digital Economy’.  Incidentally, they had the same theme the year before. ie. in November 2017.

A statement from INFOTEL 2018 states:

This year we decided to continue with the same theme as last year ‘Towards a Digital Economy” since it is still timely and valid.

Sri Lanka has recognized that the digital economy has to get priority in order to face future economic and social challenges and a number of innovative efforts have already been initiated.

When:  2nd-4th November 2018

Where:  BMICH, Colombo

More info:  http://www.infotel.lk/

Microsoft Windows removes warning about installing Chrome, Firefox…

September 18th, 2018

Windows 10 warningThere was much talk earlier this week, of Windows 10’s warning when users tried to install the Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Vivaldi web browsers, “You already have Microsoft Edge — the safer, faster browser for Windows 10.” The dialog box presented two options: “Open Microsoft Edge” — the default — and “Install anyway.”

The good news, according to CNET, is that a new “fast-ring” test version of Windows, Insider Preview Build 17760, no longer interrupts the installation of rival browsers.

Can you remember old Internet Explorer (IE) browser in the first browser wars two decades ago? That was the time when IE dominance got Microsoft in trouble, with the US Justice Department and the European Commission dragging the company through antitrust proceedings.

Today, Edge – the “safer and faster” browser is struggling to reclaim even a shadow of the dominance it once held with its IE browser. According to StatCounter, the worldwide browser market share is dominated by Chrome (60%) while Edge remains at a dismissive 2 percent!

New SSL/TLS settings in our UK based server

July 20th, 2018

SSL/TLS ProtocolIn order to ensure PCI compliance and the security of the data of our clients, we have changed the SSL/TLS settings on our UK based server.

We have updated the SSL/TLS protocol version to allow only TLSv1.2 connections. That means, TLSv1.0 and TLSv1.1 would no longer be supported.

This change applies to inbound connections only, e.g. applications connecting to our UK based server to access webpages, collect email, and FTP.

Kindly note, Webvision is unable to support or provide advice on operating system or application updates. Please seek advice from your support channel or vendor if you are unsure on support for TLSv1.2 in your environment.  If you are using Windows 7/Outlook read on…

Outlook / Office

Microsoft have previously been slow to update their Office suite with support for TLS greater than v1.0 for versions of Windows earlier than 10.

Whilst there is now support built in to Windows 8.1, there is no support in 8.0 and so all users of 8.0 should upgrade to at least Windows 8.1.

Windows 7 requires updates to be installed in order to provide TLS 1.1 or greater support (including TLS 1.2 which is now required).

Please see this Microsoft support document for details on how to update Windows 7.

FTP software

We are aware that a lot of FTP software vendors have been slow to update their builds.  However, FileZilla does support modern security standards.  We recommend this FTP client to all our customers.

Modify your images online using cPanel

June 20th, 2018

cPanel Images interfaceThere are some cool tools on cPanel that are designed to make your web hosting experience easier to manage. Version 68 of cPanel offers the Images interface which allows you to modify and manage images that you saved to your account. In fact, it would help you to simplify creating thumbnails, converting image file types, and scaling/resizing images.

The advantage is that you can do all of the above, online, without having to use an external photo editing software.

For detailed use of the Images interface, check out their clear documentation here:
https://documentation.cpanel.net/display/68Docs/Images

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HomeGroup is gone from Windows 10

May 31st, 2018

Windows 10If you are one them who have been using the HomeGroup feature in Windows 10 and did a recent update to the newest version 1803, you will be shocked! HomeGroup is gone.

According to the official post by Microsoft “HomeGroup has been removed from Windows 10 (Version 1803). However, even though it has been removed, you can still share printers and files by using features that are built into Windows 10.”

But wait, there’s more!! It doesn’t appear to be so rosy as mentioned by Microsoft. Windows 10 has issues with showing certain computers over the Windows Network, leaving them invisible in the Network folder of File Explorer.

One of the fixes may be found in the following article, but if you read the replies, you will notice that not all have been delivered from this mess:

https://winaero.com/blog/network-computers-not-visible-windows-10-version-1803/

Another thing I found is that if you have been accessing mapped network drives and cannot reconnect, even after clicking the “remember by credentials” check box, get to the Credential Manager and respecify the correct path.  This saves it for good!

Subama suba aluth avuruddak wewa!

April 13th, 2018

Suba aluth avuruddak wewaWe are in April already and it’s avurudu time!  So, heres wishing all of you a fantastic kiri, pani, aluth avuruddak!

I know everyone loves specials during this season.  Koooo, koooo here’s the special offer from Webvision… Order any cloud hosting account and get a .com domain absolutely free.  What’s more, we even give you the first month of hosting totally free!  So grab your free domain and sign up for a reliable cloud hosting account today.

https://webvision.cloud/cloud_hosting.php

Note: this offer is valid only till the end of April 2018 – so act fast now before the koha’s stops mating!


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