ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

More tenting

So after our camping adventures in the garden, which I blogged about here, we decided to step things up a little and take some baby steps to become more regular campers with some more tenting escapades! My daughter enjoyed all of the garden tenting and was keen to get...

Inflatable Kayak

We'd seen a similar inflatable kayak for sale at Lidl last week, but when we popped into the Bo'ness store to pick one up they'd sold. Someone told us Aldi were selling a very similar inflatable kayak on Sunday, so we popped into the Linlithgow store early on the way...

MacBook Decision

The new MacBook Air decision was pretty much made before the i3 and i5 arrived, with the i3 not leaving the box! I'm loving the upgrade from the 2016 MacBook, but here are some of the reasons why. Magic Keyboard I think my frustration at the old Butterfly Keyboard...

Update Week

Well, it seems like I've updated lots of things this week, so why not call it Update Week? A pretty successful one at that! FreeNAS 11.3-U4 I'm usually very conservative when it comes to updating my FreeNAS servers, but there was a replication bug that I had reported...

New MacBook Air

MacBook Air 2020 Ok, so I've bought a new MacBook Air, but I'm sure the big question you're asking is what's going to happen to 2016 MacBook, the 2013 MacBook Air and most importantly the 2010 MacBook Air I used at the very start of this blogging journey? I started my...

Arduino

I picked up my first Arduino as somewhat of an impulse purchase to avoid extortionate delivery costs when I was buying the Devastator Robot Platform which I blogged about here. I thought I might be able to use the Arduino to control the robot but ended up using a...

Camping (in the garden!)

Our Easter trip to Philadelphia and Mexico was cancelled due to COVID-19 and our summer holiday plans to France are in doubt, but after our Camping adventures in the back garden, we might be trying to find somewhere in Scotland we can get away for a few nights.  Not...

Airsonic

This is another one of those things I really don't need, but now I've found it and set it up I think it's pretty cool and have been trying to find a more permanent use for it! Airsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music,...

NGINX Proxy Manager

Using NGINX as a reverse proxy, with Letsenctypt to generate SSL certificates and secure access to my externally exposed services, was a real game-changer for me, automating something that in the past has been a real challenge.  NGINX Proxy Manager simplifies things...

Updating Bitwarden

I blogged about my switch from using 1Password to a self-hosted version of Bitwarden here, and its been running perfectly ever since. That said, I had tried updating Bitwarden a couple of times, all of which have failed and I'd ended up rolling back a snapshot. I...

More Pi (1B, Zero W, 3A+ and another 4B)

I blogged about my Raspberry Pi 4 here and here and was quite excited to see what I could try and do with it next. I've been doing a little more 'Pi playing' and have now amassed a small Pi family. I already had a 1st generation Pi 1B in the garage, so dug that out,...

APE Wiki

I had a few spare hours yesterday and had been meaning to try and recreate the MediaWiki docker container inside a FreeNAS jail. A few gotchas were found but they were resolved pretty quickly, and I now have my own APE Wiki! It's really just another FAMP...

FreeNAS0 – Finishing Touches & 11.3

The journey that started back here when I seriously started looking at components for FreeNAS0 almost seems complete so I thought I'd blog about some finishing touches and my upgrade to 11.3. I'll start with the upgrade, which I guess I'd been putting off for a couple...

Resize Virtual Disks

This is as much a reference for me as it is anything else, but I needed to resize a couple of virtual disks over the weekend, and these are the pretty simple steps to do it, at least for my FreeNAS configuration. It started because my UPS decided to shut down for some...

COVID-19

I'd drafted a final blog relating to my FreeNAS adventures over the last few months, but it all seems a little pointless at the minute given whats going on around the world with COVID-19. Who could have even begun to imagine we'd be where we are now when I ordered the...

Happy Birthday

..too Me!  I just realised that in almost 200 blogs, I haven’t once blogged about my birthday, so this one is to wish Happy Birthday to me!

More Raspberry Pi 4

It really is quite incredible what this tiny little computer can do, especially when compared with the very early home computers that I got the opportunity to play with when I was about the same age as my daughter. So this blog is about some more Raspberry Pi 4 things...

Aperture

This is another one of those blogs that I started (well, I gave it a name and saved it!) a few years ago, but just never got around to it. I thought I better having blogged about it a little here, and I really do need to find myself a replacement for Apple Aperture....

Episode V – The Apps Strike Back

I really can't remember how long ago I drafted this blog about Apps and Linux, but the main block was in the classic format and it was supposed to follow on from this blog, so I'd say it was at least a couple of years ago! Having recently updated my MacBook Air which...

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