Ramblings of an IT geek


These were all taken using the EOS M and 18-55mm lens (mostly at 18mm) in 2015 on a Scuba Travel Red Sea liveaboard aboard Whirlwind.


Amateur Photographer

You might have guessed from the last two blog (gallery) posts that I’m a budding amateur photographer, or at least I like going out to take pictures and have far more camera gear than anyone not making money from it really needs!  

I’m also quite fortunate that I live in an area of incredible beauty, and for anyone who’s never visited Scotland, you really should.

Linlithgow Palace is a 5-minute walk for me, so I have lots of pictures taken from walks around the loch.  The Forth Bridges are about a 10-minute drive, so again a fairly regular visit to get some fresh air.

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Some WordPress tweaks

I know, another blog that doesn’t continue the eOS saga, but I’ve got things to a point that I really need to be trying to use it on a daily basis and I just don’t have the time, or faith, to attempt that at the moment.  Hopefully, I will at some point, but for now it’s somewhat parked.

Now I’ve caught the blog bug, though, I have spent a little more time playing with WordPress which I was finding a little clunky to use with the vanilla install I’d created.  I mentioned at the start of my blogging journey that I’d set-up a WordPress server as I was working for a client that provided multi-site WordPress to its customers.  On that basis, I’d set-up a multi-site WordPress server, as I had a few ideas about using for other things (my company website for one) but other than trying a few different themes, I hadn’t done much with it at all, other than a plugin for 2FA to secure things a little more.

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Alexa, write a blog update for me!

Ok, so she can’t do that, but after inviting Alexa (aka the Amazon Echo) into my house earlier this week I thought I’d do a quick blog!  

I have to say, I’m really impressed and so far Alexa has help me with the following:

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Another non-eOS blog, but this has wasted some of my time this week and thought it might be useful (at least to me in 3 months time!)

In today’s internet world, creating and using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate (cert) should be much easier.  Ok, it’s actually a lot easier than it used to be a few years ago, but it’s probably still beyond most people running a simple web site/server (including me!)

I first got interested in SSL when I started using ownCloud and initially used a self-signed cert.  These are great for testing stuff out but invariably will generate error messages when accessing the sites through most browsers.  If you have complete control over the machine, you can trust the self-signed cert, but where you don’t it’s a case of ignoring the errors which become a pain every time you go there.

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Rogue One incoming!

Whilst we’re on a Star Wars theme, Rogue One is now less than 20 days away.

I’ve managed to get some tickets to see it at 00:05 on Thursday 15th December at the Cineworld IMAX in the Glasgow Science Centre, so will report back after that.  Having really enjoyed EPVII I’m looking forward to this pre-EPIV instalment.

Not my most extreme Star Wars experience, which would probably be travelling to New York City in May 1999 to see EP1 as it was released in the US 2 months before the UK.  4 of us landed at JFK around 5pm EST, spent a few hours sightseeing around NYC before watching the film 3 times (00:05, 03:00 and 11:00) before jumping in a cab and heading back to JFK for a flight home!  I think it’s the only Star Wars film I haven’t seen in the UK, so you can imagine how disappointed (and tired) I was on the way home!!

Episode IV – A New App?

I’ve decided to try and break this down into 2 blogs, and as a small homage to the greatest film ever made I’m calling the first one Episode IV!  

I thought it would be useful to understand what I use in macOS before diving into the alternatives available in eOS.  This is likely to be a real deal-breaker, as I know some of the things I use daily just don’t exist outside macOS, but let’s cover off some of this to begin.  

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Not with Miley Cyrus!

One of the good things about a default eOS install is the lightweight feel.  It really doesn’t come with a lot installed, which is good if you want to add just what you need, but I do feel it’s missing a few fundamental things.  There are also some settings and switches that can make it feel a little more macOS like, so I’m going to cover these here.  Some might say they’re just apps (and they’d probably be right) but I’m still working on that blog(s)…

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