describing how the author plugged in a USB3 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, and managed to up his throughput from 94 to 222 Mbps.
I thought I'd give it a go.
Two issues arose:
1. Would the adapter I bought from Amazon for £10 work with the Pi?
2. What exactly should I do to /etc/network/interfaces to get the adapter to work, if it would?
The original author just said "and adding a line for the new eth1 adapter..." - a number of people asked in the comments what that meant, but they were ignored.
So here are my answers:
1. I got a "USB Network Adapter, Rankie® SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter" - and yes, it works. There are no LED lights on it, which I think I would have preferred, but it works.
2. Simples. I got this right by trial and error (ie, I tried something, and it worked)
First, plug in the adapter to the Pi.
Then edit the /etc/network/interfaces file:
sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces
Then copy the eth0 line, but for eth1, ie add:
iface eth1 inet manual
And save the file. (Ctrl-O, Ctrl-X)
And reboot your Pi.
If you swap the ethernet cable onto your new adapter, you can now access the Pi via that.
NB It might have a new IP address, and certainly will have a new MAC address.
For various reasons I've got my router pre-assigning a particular address to the Pi, so I had to re-do that for the new MAC address.
After installing Windows 10, I found that the Volume and Network icons were missing from the Notification Area, and that right-clicking on a Taskbar Icon (eg Word or Powerpoint) did not give me the list of recent files or pinned files I had come to expect from Windows 8.1
Something else I noticed was that my E-MU 0404 PCI sound card no longer worked. That was a shame, but I've been using a USB sound card (AVID Fast Track Solo) instead recently so I decided to remove the E-MU card and uninstall the software and drivers...
When I re-booted, the volume icon appeared, along with the Network notification, and all the task bar icons worked properly.
So it seems that my non-functioning E-MU 0404 card had been blocking something in the system. Weird. Glad it's sorted though.
Level of skill required: a little php knowledge, access to your server via FTP
You can't do it directly from cPanel, but cPanel saves autoresponder info in a way that you can modify via PHP and CRON.
How to do a weekly autoresponder:
This is what I need - I have a rest day every Tuesday, and it's helpful for people emailing me to know that they're not getting an answer for a day! I don't want to have to go into cPanel every week and setup the autoresponder again, so this little script automates it for me.
1. Set up your autoresponder using cPanel as usual
cPanel > Email > Autoresponders
Choose "Add Autoresponder"
Fill in your details.
The "interval" is neat - supposing Greg emails you every 10 minutes, well you can either send him an Auto-response to every email (set interval to 0, zero), or choose to send every, say, 12 hours. That way he won't get bombarded.
At the bottom of that page, set the dates and times for the next Autoresponder day, and "Create/Modify":
Great, now you've got ONE Autoresponder for next week.
2. Find the Autoresponder data on your server
It's in your username root, in a folder called ".autorespond".
So on my server, it would be /home/myusername/.autorespond
Each autoresponder has two files, using the name of the email associated with the responder:
That's a UNIX timestamp for start and stop times, and the seconds value of the interval (12 hours in my case)
The timestamps are in GMT for me (and that's my timezone), but how that works with your timezone you'll have to investigate.
So here's a little PHP to set the start and stop times for "Next Tuesday":
// do this so that we get the right GMT time:
// get the midnight times we want
$nextTuesday = strtotime("next tuesday");
$nextWednesday = strtotime("next wednesday");
// make an array
$autoR = array(
'start' => $nextTuesday,
'stop' => $nextWednesday,
'interval' => 43200
// and encode it
$json = json_encode($autoR);
// save it to the file
echo "Autoresponder file written:\n$json\n" . AUTOR_FILE;
Edit that for your day off, and your email address and server username (and path maybe), and save it as "day_off_autoresponder.php" or something, in your public_html folder, or somewhere else more secure.
4. Set up a weekly CRON job to call your PHP script
Use cPanel again for this.
Choose "Once per week" and an appropriate day before your day off.
You can test if it works by setting the cron to "Every minute", waiting for the timestamp to change on the .json file (watch it with your FTP client) and then visit the cPanel Autoresponder page to see what times are set for your autoresponder.