ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

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...

Whirlwind

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...

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...

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: switching on/off my Philips Hue lights...

SSL

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...

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...

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