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Here’s how to update Plex Media Server on a server running Ubuntu. Make sure you replace the URLs and packages with the latest release. Find the URL for the latest Plex Media Server package here. SSH into your server.  Download the latest package (replace filename with the latest), then install it:

Following installation, remove the installer file with this command:

Remember that you don’t have to type the entire filename, just the first few letters…

I’ve just discovered an incredibly cool project on Github: DeOldify, which uses deep learning to automatically colorize old black & white photos. It’s not perfect, but what it’s able to do is pretty amazing, and improving rapidly. In addition to ninja-level coding, author Jason Antic (@citnaj on Twitter) does a terrific job writing up how the algorithm works in the README file. Essentially, his code uses a deep learning technique called a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN.)…

My primary development machine is a desktop Windows PC, and I’m an iPhone user. Often, I’ll want to share a website that I’ve discovered on my desktop PC via the iPhone’s Messaging app, and as of this writing, the world of iMessage is still completely isolated from Windows, likely for strategic reasons on Apple’s part. So how do you get a link from your desktop Windows machine to an iPhone? Here are a few different…

I met John Warrilow in 2010, when we were both living in France. John’s an experienced entrepreneur, a published author (his own book, columns for Inc. and other business publications.) He runs Built to Sell Inc. and the informative business podcast “Built to Sell Radio,” which talks about the steps involved in selling your business, and profiles entrepreneurs who have gone through that process. In November, I had a chance to speak with John in an…

Jupyter Notebooks are a great tool for data scientists, allowing you to work with languages like Python and R to analyze and visualize data. I was pleased to see that The Azure team has now made Jupyter Notebooks available for free at https://notebooks.azure.com. Here, in a simple “Hello World” application, I’ve used the platform to do a simple analysis of the bicycle traffic over the Fremont Bridge here in Seattle. There are sensors on the…