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Nginx tutorial: getting started with nginx.conf

NGINX tutorial: the basic commands and configurations

Nginx is very different from traditional server software such as Apache in the way that it responds to client requests and the fact that it also involves configuration changes. In this nginx tutorial you can learn how to make changes without having to restart the web server software as well as how to set up a simple proxy server for images in just a few steps.

Solr

Solr: the powerful search platform from Apache

What exactly is Solr? The answer to this question lies in our article. In combination with the Java library, Lucene, Solr can be used to build powerful web search engines. Do you need to index your documents? Solr will take care of this. First, we explain the basic terms of practical open source software and its functions. In our Solr tutorial, we’ll explain how to set up the search platform. In...

Apache Hadoop: the framework for Big Data

Apache Hadoop: distributed storage architecture for data quantities

Are you looking to execute complicated computing processes with large amounts of data? This is exactly what the Big Data framework, Hadoop, focuses on. The open source Apache software offers a Java based frame with which various Big Data applications on computer clusters can be parallelized. Hadoop’s modular expandability, which offers users an enormous range of functions, is a particularly...

Image tools in comparison

Image tools: A comparison of the best programs

Double is better, especially when it comes to data backups. Backups shouldn’t only contain important files like documents, tables, presentations, or videos. Generate a comprehensive storage image of your entire system with the help of image-based backup tools and completely restore it including configurations in the event of total failure. Find what makes a good image tool and which functions you...

nslookup

nslookup: Here’s how the useful DNS check works

Those who want to access computer systems and applications in networks need host (or rather, domain) names. As long as the Domain Name System, which is responsible for the name conversions, is functioning normally, users remain unaware that machine-readable IP addresses are hidden behind these names. However, if complications with the DNS and the involved name servers arise, they can be quickly...

Windows PowerShell

Introduction to PowerShell – Tools for system administrators

For a long time, Windows users were left behind when it came to command interpreters because the command prompt did not allow full access to operating system internal components, and scripting also offered only limited possibilities. This should finally change thanks to Microsoft’s PowerShell. The cross-platform program not only does much better than cmd.exe, it also provides remote computer...

Converting ACSM files

Opening and converting ACSM files

Sellers of e-books and other electronic publications face the same problem as the creators and copyright owners of films, music and software – because the content is digital, it is easy to reproduce and redistribute. To prevent this, commercial ePUBs, PDFs and other files are copy-protected, for example using Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM). This is where ACSM files come into play.

Raspberry Pi alternatives: Single board computers to check out

Four current Raspberry Pi alternatives: Single board computers by comparison

Raspberry Pi is the first choice for do-it-yourselfers around the world when it comes to single-board computers: It’s small, cheap, and meets most server and media center requirements. But more and more manufacturers are putting their own mini-computers on the market: Raspberry Pi alternatives want to set themselves apart with lower prices, more powerful hardware, or edgy and exceptional features....

Compress images with the help of free tools

Compressing images: an absolute must

Computer storage volume is increasing by the year. But while we have access to more gigabytes and terabytes, it’s best to keep the file sizes down to a minimum–especially if you operate a website. This is because compressed data leads to quicker loading times, happy visitors, and a good Google ranking. Pictures bound for the internet in particular should be compressed. We’ve compiled some of the...


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