Sometimes a small project is not so small. For some reason my Odoo Server does not pass through my Comcast Home system at all well. Solution was to put a dedicated PC into my office... but, I didn't want to just have RDC available for all comers (who sure came fast).
I remembered that I had a VPN equipped router. I won't say the model. Anywy, the company who made it was aquired and the aquiring company, as they are want to do, killed most support links about the router. Turns out there were several other routers that used the same software for access, and yes, I got it too work. Honestly, I think it is just a small step in security, not a big one.
In the end I was able to get the correct VPN client by simply downloading the off of a link to a later, still supported router from the company. The client is no where as nice as OPENVPN for granularity, but it does work.
I also found that "NOIP" (https://noip.com) provides a functional way to address a dynamically assigned IP address. There are a few other ways but this was the most direct and within the budget.
Things are working for now despite the EOL from the router builders new owner.
I had mentioned in the earlier version of this post that it might be interesting to rewirte the firmware to the Router, and get it working as a OPENVPN router. That remains interesting but likely easier to do that with some other hardware and software.
EOL is one of the LEAST SUSTAINABLE parts of IT and I do not like the planned obsolesence which rules the industry.
Looking back at my notes, I started working with Magebridge (from Yireo) in at least 2013 and perhaps earlier.
It was a great idea fraught with difficulties. Its purpose was to bridge Magento into Joomla
Magebridge discontinued by Yireo a few years ago now, but on my side I just disabled it. Yireo discontinued because of the forthcoming Magento 2 and all the changes there. I am not convinced it could not have been brought forward, but I think the greater issue was the extreme complication the program was itself.
Today, I gave it one last try. Nope... no go. And now I am free.
Everything has been removed (uninstalled yes) including Compnents, Plugins, Packages, Libraries, Menu Items, Modules etc etc etc. As the attempt also disabled the Magento server I also have a full restore running there as well (to last night's state). I will likely kill the Magento server next. Also not worth the hassle.
The site is fast. I did resurrect for the time being Dynamic404 from Yireo (Yireo has gone away from all things Joomla). It seems to have some good rerouting and be able to redirect what it cannot find in the overt redirection tables (lets see how that goes).
This is not, of course, big news, but it is news about Old and New. I have long wanted everything to stay functioning, but sometimes we have to clear the decks... They are clear now and we won't try that again. (I log that I spent almost 4 hours on this attempt this morning).
And so it goes.
I have been running Magento since about 2012 with 1.3x in my memory bank. Up to 1.9x now and really just using Magento as a repository now.
Magento 2.x (2.3x to be precise) is here. It does not work, at present, with this CMS system so I have a linkage taking place through Filemaker from J2Store to Magento and by extension to Odoo.
I will quite likely just take the Magento system down. It will not be supported with updates after this coming June and the time investment of getting 2.x running and keeping it running does not seem available just now). We will see.
Anyway, for now, I am going to start redirecting the URL's to land into this system. Lets see what a pain that becomes. Likely worth the effort but also perhaps now.
Sad, but Magento was aquired by Adobe and like Odoo, they are making it more and more difficult to use it as a Open Source software. Not that either are impossible, but the reigns are steering the team towards privation.
Somewhat the nature of things these days I will say.
All good software, just a bit too time intensive.
This is a very functional system which brings the ability to work the "backend" of Magento by actually building and purchasing items you sell,
- Functionally you get all of the aspects of Odoo, including CRM, Product Management and more
- You also get the great E-Commerce capabilities of Magento, and its increditble extensability.
(to do: more detail)