Ramblings of an IT geek

SSL Certificate Renewal

It was time for my SSL certificate renewal, which I blogged about creating here.  At the end of that blog, the dry-run had worked fine, so I wasn’t expecting any issues with the renewal.  Expectations are not always reality though… read more…

Resize VirtualBox Disk

VirtualBox Logo

I received an e-mail today telling me that CrashPlan hadn’t backed up for the last 3 days.  I have CrashPlan running in a VirtualBox jail as I blogged about here, and I very rarely check it as it just does its stuff in the background, and sends me a weekly update to say everything is fine.

So I used a Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) to check the VM and was surprised to see error messages to say it has run out of disk space.  When I’d set it up I’d created a virtual disk of 20GB, which I’d assumed would be plenty, but when I investigated it appeared to be all but full.  So the daunting task of increasing the size of the VirtualBox .vdi file, which I’ve done before on a Windows VM, but not one running in a Jail on my FreeNAS server. read more…


The first question I’d be asking if I’d read the other Plex 🙁 emby:-) blog is whether emby is actually a good replacement for Plex, or is it just too much of a compromise?  Well, ‘out of the box’ so to speak, I’d probably say it wasn’t but it’s not too difficult to add in some of the missing pieces and after a few days configuring and testing I’d say it mostly is.

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Beautiful, aren’t they?  Never really thought about it?  Probably!  And why on earth are you blogging about butterflies? Good question, and one that probably needs addressing right now! (more…)

CrashPlan Pro

CrashPlan Pro

It doesn’t seem that long since I last blogged about CrashPlan, mainly because it isn’t!  I’d mentioned it previously in other blogs but wrote specifically about how I use it here at the end of May.  So what’s changed?   Quite a lot actually, yet at the same time very little! read more…

SSL Reverse Proxy Jail

Reverse Proxy Diagram

I’ve written a few blogs about this subject too (most recently here), so after several attempts which worked, but were a little messy, I’ve done a bit more research.  That’s led me to create a single jail to work as a both a reverse proxy with SSL.  I’ll be using all the same tools as before, so NGINX for the reverse-proxy and Certbot to create (and hopefully automatically renew) the LetsEncrypt certificates.

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Where have you lived?

Along a similar theme to the Car blog, I got to thinking about all the places I’d lived in the last 45 years.  Again, these are places I’ve spent at least a few months living at, and not just a few weeks visiting.  I’ll save that list for another blog!

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Queensferry Crossing

You might have seen a previous blog with pictures of the iconic bridges crossing the Forth at Queensferry, but if you haven’t we live pretty close by and whilst we don’t use the bridges that often, we get to see them from time to time.  Over the past 18 months construction has been underway on a new bridge, which opened to traffic on Wednesday last week (30th August).  It was closed 2 days later to allow 50,000 people a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to walk across it, and I was one of those lucky people! read more…


Is there another city anywhere around the world which transforms so dramatically for a month each year?  I don’t think I’ve visited one, or at least not one that changes quite as much as Edinburgh does during August when the Fringe comes to town. read more…

July 2020