Fridge Magnets

Safeguarding your photos

I have very few irreplaceable possessions. Very few of the objects I own have any sentimental value. I’d be gutted to lose our fridge magnet collection, but it wouldn’t be a dying regret if I failed to save them from a fire. But when people are asked what they would pull from an inferno, photographs are consistently…

Network Layout

My current home network design

With six people using our home network, and heavy requirements to move data and stream media, my home network has evolved over the last twenty years. I have just made some substantial changes – things now look different from my last update, so this attempts to document those changes. Why change? The last iteration used…

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Why I’m back on Facebook

Just over six months ago, I deleted my Facebook account. Since then, the following good things have happened: I haven’t been adding to Facebook’s growing pile of behavioural data, and they’re moving to new levels of douchbaggery Although I haven’t reduced my procrastination, it’s now channelled into reading RSS via Reeder But I’ve missed out…

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It’s time to sort out your passwords

I’ve been improving the way I manage my passwords recently. In light of the recent LinkedIn Password Snafu, I thought I’d share my approach. What’s broken? Using a weak password. When something like LinkedIn’s data breach occurs, your password will be the first to be cracked. Using the same password for each site. If I were a hacker,…

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Tales from Simpler Times

Nessa has been collecting classic Ladybird books for Danny and Rory. These gentle tales, with their simple, bright illustrations were real favourites from both of our childhoods, and it’s been lovely to see the kids enjoying them too. Let’s take a look. “The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen” was first published in 1966. Brilliant.…

“Why I deleted my Facebook account”

There are 40,600 Google search results which match this search term. Here’s the forty-thousand, six hundred and first. Facebook privacy concerns tend to centre around inadvertent exposure of your content and your activity. New features like the News Feed and Timeline produce a flurry of blog posts, and posting on the site itself – with…

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dd-wrt pptp vpn bandwidth

Earlier today, I received a comment from @RyanMeray on twitter, and on my blog post PPTP VPN, dd-wrt and private DNS resolution. Ryan’s transfer bandwidth across the VPN is 150Kbps, despite having upstream bandwidth of 4Mbps – and he wondered what my experience was. I’d not noticed things being slow, but I hadn’t ever checked. I don’t…