Updating Plex Media Server again

About one month ago I took the giant leap to the then most recent version of Plex, after running an ancient pre-1.x-version for years, so an upgrade now after only about one month feels really rushed.

But the fixlist seemed worth it, in particular fixes concerning performance and network where I’ve been seeing some glitches after last upgrade. Nothing major, or big enough to require a rollback, but sometimes annoying, so I’m hoping for this being better now, and at least from first glance on the webpage it loads considerably faster now, but I’ll reserve some final judgements until I’ve had some time to watch any movie.

Apart from faster performance on the web I also notice the background is lighter, I liked the old dark background very much but this one is not bad at all actually. I can like this.

What I don’t like so far, and still, is that I can’t disable warnings or alerts in the settings menu for this being a private server and not reachable from internet. It’s supposed to be, it has nothing to do on the internet, could I please turn the alert off? And also at the same time the alert for a new version being available for manual installation, I don’t want that either since I quite prefer to wait for the versions to become available via QNAP appstore, so I can be certain they’re tested by QNAP, for my device hardware.

And there are some missing translations as well for the Swedish localisation.

But if those are the only glitches they’re really no problem and hopefully this will be a great update. New version is 1.5.3.3580.

 

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iPhone oddities

I upgraded my iPhone to iOS 10.3 the other day, and have been seeing some “lagging” in games which no longer flows as smooth as they used to. And also an increased battery drain, which seemed to stop once the adblocker app was updated. Coincidence or not? I’m not sure.

But the oddest thing happened today, when my (private) iPhone suddenly started a loud alarm (at work, which surprised everyone around).

Once checked, I found it to be the “Find my iPhone” making the noise. And an email was also sent out to the mailbox of my AppleID with the same message, that “a sound was played on <device>” on <date and time>.

But there’s no clue in the email as to why it played, or who initiated it. Until I know otherwise I can only assume someone was trying to locate or hack my phone remotely through the Find my iPhone feature. These times it feels comforting to at least have enabled 2FA for logins.

But it’s still annoying not knowing the cause of the alarm sound, or what triggered it.

Disabling Firefox insecure password form warning

While I believe in security in general, and in SSL-certificates as a means for that, it gets quite annoying to have the newly released password form warning for several of my sites.

In particular my home router and my intranet NAS-box at home, which prefers http login, even though the NAS actually comes with an https-variant, which unfortunately does not work very well since it uses a self-signed certificate issued to QNAP NAS, and therefore does not match the hostname/URL of my configured NAS. Which still creates warnings and needs for exceptions and so on rather than actually helping out.

But anyway, the point of this post was not about QNAP, (who beyond this little misstep makes a splendid product), but about how to disable the insecure password form warning in Firefox, and also how to re-enable password autofill on http sites again.

So. Here’s how to disable Firefox insecure password warnings:

  1. Open a new tab, paste about:config into the address bar.
  2. In the Search box at the top, paste insecure_field_warning.contextual.enabled
  3. Double click the setting to change it to “false”, to disable Firefox’s insecure password warning.

To also restore autofill functionality, so saved login/password automatically populates in an HTTP form here’s how:

  1. In the Search Box on the about:config page, paste signon.autofillForms.http
  2. Double click the setting to change it to “true,” to enable autofill

And I believe the old joke on doing unsafe things you shouldn’t used to come with the warning “don’t do this at home!”… 😉

One thing I would like very much however is for Binero to come up with their planned support for free SSL-certificates through some 3rd party provider. (I believe Let’s Encrypt was mentioned in a comment to a blog post a while back but now I can no longer even find that specific blog post so it might have been deleted).

 

 

Upgrading Plex Media Server

Today I made a new attempt to upgrade my Plex Media Server on my QNAP to the most recent version available in the QNAP appstore.

From an initial quick check most things seems to have worked better this time, compared to what went wrong the last time.

  • New version prompt is still there, but it’s a minor annoyance only. (And I won’t try the available direct manual download just yet, but stick with the officially available version from QNAP).
  • The unclaimed server prompt still pops up every now and then, also somewhat annoying, still nothing major.
  • I’m not yet used to the new menus, and the front page is in English despite settings being set to Swedish, while the rest of the menus seems to be Swedish. I can’t quite put my finger on it but something feels like missing in the settings menus, but since I can’t spot it right away I’ll assume it’s no problem, for now.
  • Lastly, what broke it last time was that Media Libraries seems corrupt or content missing, no trace of this in this upgrade, so hopefully everything should be fine.

There was a small new surprise in that when trying to change the title of “Recently added movies” to Swedish, this did not change, but also (and instead) added a conversion task of all recent items, which I have no use for and needed to cancel.

It’s also annoying the settings menu can’t be hidden from the left side navigation bar, since it’s anyway present in top right menu, and in navigation bar it shows an error for not being logged in. I wish I could at least disable the warning, if not the entire menu from showing up in navigation.

But all things considered, it feels like the glitches are minor and I can live with them, which is quite nice since I’ll then be past the 1.x version, going from version 0.9.12.18 to version 1.3.4.3285 in one single upgrade. A version jump of 6 major releases and an uncounted minor versions.

I’ll try this on for a few days before claiming it a success though.

Enabling 2FA login

I came across this article on enabling two-factor-authentication for several accounts.

I noticed that not only are there several more services now offering 2FA than when I last checked a few months back. But once I set out to enable my accounts on these services I also noticed that several of them now supports apps in addition to SMS-messages.
And I’m also very glad that the apps are becoming more generic so I don’t need to have a mass of apps installed on my phone, but rather that it’s now possible to use for example Microsoft Authenticator not only for Microsofts own accounts but also for Google, Twitter, Dropbox, Amazon and others.

The article doesn’t mention Steam though, but I think it should. Steam is quite huge as platform and enabling 2FA was both easy and well worth it, considering the info stored there. And neither is Apple mentioned which is a little odd, but AppleID is also very smooth to enable for 2FA.

There are also some identity services missing in the article where maybe I should look more into their respective settings to see if they now support easy to use 2FA as well.

I’m thinking specifically of WordPress, Instagram, IMDb and Origin. And of course all the web shops where personal info is stored.

And lastly what I’d like to see now is support in Password Safe for PC and the pwSafe iOS app for tagging accounts with a green colour flag if they’re 2FA enabled.

My cyber is now protected. But against what?

As much as I like Avast Antivirus, and after some getting used to I’m also starting to like Avast SafeZone browser (with a few horrid exceptions, like the handling of shortcuts and colors, and the annoying fact that when you launch one instance of the browser it launches 8 separate processes)

What I don’t like is not being informed in any way when new features affect the operating system. When SafeZone was added that was annoying, but it was “just” another browser, like so many other adware programs that tries to install their own plugins, addons, and whatnots.

But installing a Windows service is quite another thing, in my eyes. And when I’m not even sure why it’s being done, for what purpose, and when it’s actually protecting me (or what it’s protecting) then I get a bit more annoyed. And then I try to find out where the settings are, and how to deactivate the plugin.

avast-ids

So far I haven’t found its settings, and it’s not listed as an installed component within the Avast settings user interface, and neither is it listed among the Windows installed software, so it must be handled as a part of the main Avast installation itself, but I’ll get there in the end I hope.

And if I don’t I’ll just consider uninstalling Avast and go back to basic Windows Defender. It wouldn’t be the first time.

CSS modifications to Minnow

I’ve made two minor modifications to my Minnow theme style.css:

Under section /* Wide screens */ changed

    .site-content {
max-width: 960px;

to

    .site-content {
max-width: 1100px;

and second under

    .content-area {
max-width: 660px;

changed to

    .content-area {
max-width: 800px;

At first I had planned to go for 1200/900, but this became so massive so I backed down to 1100/800 instead. For now. 🙂