ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

Moving from web to wordpress (part 2)

I'm writing this about a week after the event, so it might not be entirely accurate, but needless to say it wasn't quite as straightforward as I'd expected when I first had the idea! As mentioned previously, the FreeNAS jail I was using to host WordPress previously...

Moving from web to wordpress (part 1)

I'VE MOVED MY BLOG!   Not that you'll really care, as I suspect you never actually found the old one 🙂 If you've read through anything before this, you might have worked out that my WordPress installation was running in a FreeNAS jail with a FEMP stack.  I...

When did BA become RyanAir?

I haven't flown with British Airways (BA) for a couple of years, but the last time I did they still allowed you to pick a seat when checking in and provided a complimentary drink and snack en route.  Just back from a short trip to Oxford (via London Heathrow) and...

Dongle to the rescue

Now, who said dongles were a bad thing?  I guess they are in the sense that they're often seen as a replacement to standard IO ports in the march toward building thinner and lighter laptops, but to be honest for the number of times I actually need to use them...

Ping Pong

I played ping pong for a bit of fun at university, mainly when there wasn't a pool table free in the students union!  I always enjoyed it, but never really considered it as a great way to keep fit.  After a couple of sessions at a local course I've signed up...

TrueOS

Well, the answer to the question is a resounding YES, although there is a fairly BIG caveat! On my first attempt, I'd selected the Grub boot loader as this is what eOS uses so I'd through from compatibility perspective it would make perfect sense....

PC-BSD is dead, long live TrueOS

Well, that was probably an even a bigger schoolboy error than not reading the PC-BSD manual!  In my search to find a solution to my 'Start X' error, it turns out the PC-BSD is no longer supported but is pretty much continuing under the TrueOS banner. Whilst you...

PC-BSD

I've been wanted to get back to where we started, specifically my MacBook Air (MBA) and doing something with the spare partition I created when I setup eOS, but I hadn't really found the time or decided what I was going to use it for. Given FreeNAS runs on FreeBSD I...

Harmony Elite Remote

After getting to grips with Alexa (well kind of) I thought I'd ramp up the home automation and get a Harmony remote to consolidate all my other remotes and allow for some further voice activation. After reading lots of reviews, I was really torn between the...

I want to ride my bicycle

I used to love cycling as a kid and have many happy memories of spending hours and hours, not really going anywhere but hanging out with friends and having fun. One memory from back in the early '80s is taking part in a scheme called Cycling Proficiency if my fading...

HDD failure

Always a pain, but at least with my FreeNAS set-up, it's never too much of a worry knowing I can tolerate 2 failed drives without any loss of data, whilst also having the safety net of a full local backup. To be honest, the drive in question hadn't actually failed but...

VirtualBox

In my earlier FreeNAS post I talked about my use of VirtualBox (VB) and thought it might be useful to do a 'How to...' type blog showing show to create a VB jail and get a Virtual Machine (VM) up and running.  It's really not that difficult, I promise! FreeNAS...

Never underestimate the power of the Dark Side

I've seen these decals on other people's Mac's before, and always thought they looked a bit tacky, but when I saw this one pop up in my Facebook feed, I couldn't help but click the link.   It cost less than £10 delivered from www.decalontop.com so I was seduced...

FreeNAS (part 2)

So I finished off part 1 with the following list of things I use FreeNAS for... Plex Media Server (a couple of jails) PlexPy PlexEmail emby ownCloud nextCloud openVPN Unbound (DNS) Calibre Webserver (FEMP) Nginx Proxy VirtualBox (4 jails running various Windows, Linux...

The Complete WordPress Website Developer Course

This is just a placeholder for the time being, or maybe even a free advert, but having started playing with WordPress I thought it would be good to learn a little more.   I've taken a few Udemy courses, and for the money, they are usually pretty good.  I've...

FreeNAS (part 1)

I've made lots of references to FreeNAS in the earlier 'technology' related posts, so thought it might be interesting to pull it all together here and go into a little more detail about my FreeNAS use. I first started using FreeNAS at the end of 2013.  I'd been...

Whisky

That's right, there's no 'e', or at least not in the country who invented the stuff! I've always liked the idea of drinking whisky, but only since moving to Scotland have really begun to appreciate it as it really should be.  And I think it's fair to say my taste in...

Advent

The Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar - it's become a bit of a Christmas tradition!  Even though next year I'll be closer to 50 than 40!! I think this is my 5th or even 6th calendar, and my daughter is now joining in with her own Lego Friends version. I thought I'd share...

AirPods

Earlier this year (January to be precise) I backed a Kickstarter project for, what at the time seemed to be, some rather unique wireless earphones > https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/revols/revols-premium-quick-custom-fit-wireless-earphones Unfortunately, as...

Almost there…

Sorry it's taken a while to get around to this, and it probably won't be all that detailed for now, but I've been a little busy since the midnight showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last Wednesday/Thursday I went to last week. Staying up until 04:30 am didn't...

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