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The making of Mark Zuckerberg - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:31pm
The world’s largest social network needs fixing. Facebook’s frontman has known for years.
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FCC sets date for first 5G spectrum auction - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:30pm
The first spectrum auction of airwaves dedicated to the deployment of 5G services is scheduled to start in November.
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Alleged robocall scammer tells U.S. Senate he's no 'kingpin' - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:28pm
A Florida man fined $120 million by the FCC for making nearly 100 million illegal robocalls appeared before a Senate hearing Wednesday and denied wrongdoing.
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Ad-blocking Brave browser gets big partner: Dow Jones - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:25pm
The publisher of The Wall Street Journal and Barron's shows itself willing to experiment with the startup's technology for changing online advertising.
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Sonos One to debut new fall color line in 2018 - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:22pm
Sonos will collaborate with a Danish design brand this year on a new series of limited edition colors for its One smart speaker.
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Here's all the EVs on sale in America and how far they'll go - Roadshow

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:21pm
With lots of great options from a variety of manufacturers, there's never been a better time to get into an electric vehicle.
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Amazon, Best Buy team up to sell smart TVs - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:19pm
Best Buy will exclusively sell more than 10 models of 4K and HD Fire TV Edition sets from Toshiba and Insignia starting this summer.
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BMW developing different battery cells for sexier designs - Roadshow

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:18pm
Designing different batteries for hybrid and electric SUVs than for sedans and coupes could yield better-looking, more spacious models.
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How well do you know Westworld? Take our quiz to find out - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:16pm
Saddle up. Westworld season 2 is coming back to HBO April 22, so now's the perfect time to test your knowledge of hosts, player-piano tunes and beyond.
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Google's Nest eyes Nokia Health assets - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:07pm
Nokia is looking to sell its Withings home health business, and Google's Nest may be interested, according to reports.
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Facebook tests letting you post recorded video as if it's live - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:00pm
Called Premieres, the idea is to give people the ability to interact and experience a new video for the first time together.
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GoPro Hero6 Black is $50 off when you trade in any old camera - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:00pm
You can also exchange for $100 off the company's 360-degree Fusion camera.
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ZTE's potential catastrophic Android problem (The 3:59, Ep. 388) - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:57pm
We talk about ZTE possibly losing its right to use Google's mobile operating system, Amazon partnering with Best Buy, California's net neutrality law and our profile on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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Cambridge Analytica ex-director: Don’t delete Facebook, reform it - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:53pm
The former director of Cambridge Analytica, which is at the center of Facebook’s data privacy scandal, has a vision for the future of your data privacy.
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2019 Lexus ES is a wallflower no more - Roadshow

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:38pm
A new generation of Lexus' most-popular sedan is Beijing Motor Show-bound and should get oodles of new tech, too.
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Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen leaves GM - Roadshow

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:36pm
Former GM Canada boss Steve Carlisle takes over as president of Cadillac.
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Westworld twists were hidden in Futureworld all along - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:22pm
The original Westworld's 1976 sequel Futureworld is a bit rubbish, but it did make CGI history -- and it held the key to the new TV show's secrets.
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California net neutrality bill survives first vote - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:06pm
California's net neutrality bill is moving ahead and giving hope to the national movement to preserve the FCC's 2015 rules, which are about to die.
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YouTube tests tools to help keep creators paid - CNET

Webware - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:01pm
The video site widens programs that let fans "sponsor" favorite creators and let creators specify in advance that their uploads shouldn't be demonetized.
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Aten Design Group: Consolidating Websites Using Pantheon Upstreams

Web - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:34am

Over the last couple years, organizations have been coming to us with a new problem. Instead of needing a single website, they need dozens, if not hundreds. They might be large universities with many departments, an association with independent franchises nationwide, or a real estate developer with offerings all over the world. Often, these organizations already have several websites supported by different vendors and technologies. They’ve become frustrated with the overhead of maintaining Drupal sites built by one vendor and Wordpress sites by another. Not to mention the cost of building new websites with a consistent look and feel.

While the details may vary, the broad ask is the same. How can we consolidate various websites onto a single platform that can be spun up quickly (preferably without developer involvement) and update and maintain these en masse, while maintaining enough structure for consistency and flexibility for customization. Essentially, they want to have their cake and would also like to eat it.

Over this series of posts, we’ll break down the various parts of this solution. We’ll first look at Pantheon’s hosting solution, and how its infrastructure is set up perfectly to give clients the autonomy they want. Then we’ll look at the command line tools that exist for developers to easily manage updates to dozens (if not hundreds) of websites. Lastly, we’ll look at the websites themselves and how Drupal 8 was leveraged to provide flexible website instances with structured limits.

Pantheon and Upstreams

Pantheon is a hosting solution designed specifically for Drupal and Wordpress websites. For individual sites they offer a lot of features, however the ones we’re most interested in are single click installations of a new website and single click updates to the code base. Using a feature called Upstreams, users can create fresh installs of Drupal 7, Drupal 8, or Wordpress that all reference a canonical codebase. When new code is pushed to any of those Upstreams, any site installed from it gets notified of the new code, which can be pulled into the instance with the click of a button.

Outside of the default options Pantheon maintains internally, developers can also build their own Custom Upstreams for website creation. Anyone with access to the Upstream can log into Pantheon and click a button to install a new website based on that codebase. In short this codebase will handle installing all of the features every website should have, establish any default content necessary, and be used to roll out new features to the entire platform. This setup allows non-technical users to easily create new websites for their various properties, and then handoff specific websites to their appropriate property managers for editing. We’ll go over more specifics of this codebase in a later post.

Since a developer is no longer required for the creation of individual sites, this frees up a lot of time (and budget) for building new features or keeping on top of maintenance. The process for rolling out updates is simple: the developer writes code for a new feature and pushes it to the upstream repository. Once pushed, every site connected to this upstream will get an alert about new features and a shiny button that pulls them in with a single click.

Pantheon and Organizations

At this point it’s worth mentioning that custom upstreams are a feature of a special account type called an Organization. An organization is used to group multiple websites, users, and Custom Upstreams under one umbrella. Organizations also come with additional features like free HTTPS and code monitoring services. It’s recommended that each organization signup with their own organization account, rather than use one tied to their development partner. This gives them full control over who can create new websites using their Custom Upstream, who can manage all their websites, and who can only access specific websites.

Organization accounts and Custom Upstreams go a long way in helping organizations reduce the overhead they may have from managing several properties simultaneously. Having the option to create an infinite number of websites in-house helps reduce the cost of growth. Having every website using the same codebase means new features can easily be rolled out to the entire platform and security vulnerabilities can be handled quickly.

The only downside with this approach is updates are generally applied one site at a time. The developer can push the code to the Custom Upstream, but it’s necessary to log into every website and click the button to update that site. For a handful of sites, this might be manageable. For dozens to hundreds, this problem becomes tedious. In the next post we’ll look at some of the scripted solutions Pantheon has for applying and managing an ever growing number of websites at once.

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