Ramblings of an IT geek

Advent 2 – The Last Christmas!

Now I’ve been blogging for a whole year; you’ll probably start to notice some patterns in my behaviour.  This year is no different to the last (several) with another Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar!  I’ve just started a new contract up in Aberdeen which means I’ll be away from home Monday to Thursday, so the pictures might not get updated as frequently, and some of the models will be built by my daughter, once she’s done her Lego Friends one 😀


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Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

So, a quick update, obviously without any spoilers given most sensible people won’t be seeing until later today (no excused beyond that!) Let’s start with saying it’s good.  How good is always a little subjective, but I’d say it’s in the ‘Good Range’ with The Force Awakens and Rogue One.  I’ll need to watch again at a more sociable hour, and in 2D before I give a final verdict, but at the minute I feel it’s not quite as good as those, but not by much.   read more…

New (German) Kitchen

After clearing out all the draws and cupboards for the new kitchen that’s been fitted this week, I don’t think we’ll ever be moving house again (although I think I’ve probably done my fair share already, that I blogged about here) read more…


Another calendar related blog, this time spanning back much longer than Star Wars Lego. This is my 15th, yes, fifteenth, Kylie calendar and a Christmas present I always look forward to the opening!

I’ll update this each month so you too (is there anybody out there?) can enjoy the pleasure of glimpsing Ms. Minogue every morning 😀



Merry Christmas!!!

emby – 2 months in and no Plex

I’ve been using emby in anger now for two months, so thought I’d provide a quick update on how things have gone.  I still have a jail running Plex 1.8.4, but it remains logged out of and other than running in the background, scanning and updating with any new media I’ve added, I’ve not used it for watching any media in the house (although my 5-year-old daughter has used it occasionally on her iPad!). read more…

AWStats – how is my server being accessed

My recent blog about cron reminded me that I’d started this one, but hadn’t got around to finishing it.  I’m using cron in the same jail to run an hourly task to update the web statistic for AWStats that I’d set up in my reverse proxy jail.  I had AWStats set-up and running on my old FEMP jail, which I blogged about here.  It actually makes much more sense for this to happen on my reverse-proxy jail so I can track ALL of the stuff coming into my network.

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Philips Fidelio – now doing what it should!

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What is a Philips Fidelio I hear you ask?  Well, it’s an Airplay speaker I’ve had for about six years and for the most of that time it has gone completely unused, mainly because it was completely unusable!  After posting a review on the Philips website, I’ve now been sent a firmware updated, and it appears to be doing what it should, almost! read more…

Virgin Media Superhub 3 – even faster broadband!

You might remember earlier this year when I got a surprise call from Virgin Media and a new TiVo v6 box, which I blogged about here.  Well, this time it was my turn to call Virgin and try to negotiate a better price for my Broadband, TV, and Telephone services.  The result was a saving of £10 and a new Superhub 3 which will bump up my broadband speed from 200 to 300Mbps 😀

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