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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: Yes a WebSite Can Be Cheap Tech!

By Tim

It is not all about hardware here at High End Cheap Tech. Sometimes you may need web hosting or wish to run your own site from home! This post covers that topic! There are 2 ways to run a website, one involves running a VM (Virtual Machine) with a Linux server and a bit of a learning curve and the other involves relatively easy remote web hosting.

If you have been visiting tabletserver.com for a few years you will already know that we have run a website directly from in-house using a tablet or small desktop.  There are probably a dozen articles on this website describing the various devices I have used over the years to run numerous websites/domains via a simple cable connection and some port forwarding via router, both hard wirded and WiFi.

For those who are unfamiliar with this, the video is near the bottom of this post. Please be careful folks, you MIGHT actually learn something when watching the video!

Obviously when I moved I was forced to switch over to a shared hosting site and that is also “Cheap Tech” at $5.95/month for 20 GB of disk space. Check all the links below for a lot more info related to the video.

Below are the links to all products/sites mentioned in the video.
ChangeIP.com: http://www.changeip.com/accounts/aff.php?aff=1443
VMWare Player: https://tinyurl.com/y88p3maf
Turnkey Linux LAMP Stack: https://www.turnkeylinux.org/lamp
Wordpress: https://wordpress.org/

Below is the promised video…as usual please share it, please visit our channel on YouTube and Like the video and subscribe if you enjoy the info provided.

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Tim

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Tablets do make it super easy to run your website from anywhere!

SoASUS-Memo-Pad-ME572C-Hands-On-003 here as I sit in my car outside the local laundramat doing a few loads of laundry and courtesy of today’s technology, I am able to update my website and post several articles, all while sitting in my car.
This is a truly amazing time folks! Here I sit listening to tunes in a car using my cheapo BLU Android as a hotspot and editing pages via my trusty ME572C connected by the aforementioned hotspot, to an inexpensive Dell PC running VMware on Linux Debian 7.2.
All of this courtesy of yourfreewordpress.com. Which incidentally has a few free demos and slots for at least 2 more 2 gb WordPress sites. They have several demo sites running over there if you would like to try WordPress yourself. Check them out!


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I think I am finally happy with my Windoze PC…

tpompcnet_smAs those of you who have read my posts before know, I am no fan of Microsoft, but I have finally reached a state where I can tolerate it with my current machine.

Why is that Tim? you might be asking yourself? Well, it is because it keeps me entertained, is 1 billion times faster than my old Duron based Linux box and it allows me to run a few virtual server based websites (on Linux of course!).

So without further explanation I shall proceed to give you the links to those little sites that I run off this very same single machine that I watch videos on, play an old game called Unreal Tournament on and generally use to surf the web, unless I feel the urge to start-up an extra VM in Linux.

What I run off this machine….

The above sites all run off a single VMWare/Turnkey Linux machine which allows me to play around with all that cool webserver stuff without being constrained by Windows. If you visit my homepage you can get an idea of what can be accomplished with a basic machine and a little determination.

Virtually half that site is server side includes and it really is full of some handy information on virtual servers. It is rather nice to be able to play around with virtual hosts,  SSI, and cgi again. Of course there are the usual databases(MYSQL) and php which run this site.

Bonus here…I can export the VM and put all of this onto any PC/Server anywhere running VMWare. Try that with your Windows server….

The newest version of this server is now on a Zotac Ci323  mini-PC with a 240 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM.

Tim


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My quest for PC Nirvana continues…I think I have reached a compromise.

147639-dell-optiplex-745-tower-angleUpdated: 12/11/2014

So as I wrote about several times the last few weeks I got myself an older Dell Optiplex machine (dual core 2.13 GHz) which I have now upgraded to 2.5gb of ram. While I am not impressed at all with the stock Windows 7 system I have found a glimmer of hope.

I have been trying several flavors of Linux on this machine that I use basically as a typewriter to post articles to my Asus Memo Pad HD7…..which is what you are seeing this post served from. I can’t and won’t ever use Windoze for daily chores on a PC when I can use Linux. So last night I thought to myself…”Self, why not try out VMWare?” and low and behold I found a VM software that kicks ass and takes names.

I am not trying to say that VirtualBox isn’t great…but it is slow and clumsy compared to the free version of VMWare player (look in the desktop and End user section).

If you are going to try out some Linux on your Windows PC…go with VMWare over VirtualBox. I am only running 2.5 gb ram on Windows-7 and allocated 1.5 gb to the virtual Debian Linux I decided to stick with and the performance is flawless. Below is a screenshot of what I am seeing as I write this article.

So far I am happy with this setup….but like all things geek…I may simply delete the current VM and move on to another tomorrow. That folks, is the great thing about virtual machines. You can change them faster than styles change in Hollywood.

Update: So as of today I am now running the latest BIOS update and 3 gb ram on this machine and I am happy to report that Debian runs fast as hell using about 2.0 gb ram in a Virtual Machine. Sure, I would like to add a lot more ram , but I keep getting orders of RAM that only 50% of what was ordered is functional. That may be machine related, or it may be a BIOS issue, but even with a minimal 3 gb ram box, I have the best of both worlds.

Last and Final update to this article: I replaced the Dell with a  Zotac mini-PC running 8 gb of ram with Windows 10! I have now allocated 5.3 gb to the VM and all is well on a tiny box that makes no noise, runs cool and uses 1/3rd the power with the latest Windows AND Linux in the VM.


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