ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

elementary OS 5 Juno

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but back in 2016 when I started this blog it was talking about installing Linux on an old MacBook Air. That turned out to be elementary OS 0.4.1 Loki, but earlier this year a new version...

Mattermost (aka APE Slack)

Until a few weeks ago, I'd never even heard of Mattermost, although I've enjoyed using Slack for a few work and personal projects.  In less than a couple of hours, I now have my own Slack-like server, running Mattermost! Docker continues to impress me, as it's such a...

Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi6 Router (RAX80)

This really isn't the blog I was expecting to be writing when I ordered this WiFi6 router online, but I'm quite pleased with the way things have turned out as I've solved my DHCP problem in the previous blog pretty cheaply! I'd assumed the DHCP problem was being...

AirPort and FreeNAS Issues

Or should that be FreeNAS and AirPort issues? Given my UPS died less than a couple of weeks ago (I blogged about the new one here), the saying 'bad things come in threes' seems pretty relevant for me at the minute! Saturday It started on Saturday evening, which at...

AirPods Pro

You can probably tell from the flurry of blogs, that I'm catching up on a few things I drafted over the last few weeks! The Apple AirPod Pro was my lastest purchase, which I picked up from the Apple store last Thursday (31 October), the day after they were launched! I...

CyberPower UPS

My old APC Back-UPS ES - BE700G-UK decided to give up the ghost last weekend, started beeping and switched everything off!  I bought it in 2011, so it's not done too badly, costing me about £10 a year!  It was probably a little underpowered for the equipment I had...

Smart (Ikea) Home

It's funny, as in the last few months I've just got rid of the last of our Ikea furniture - a large king-size bed with matching bedside tables and a chest of draws in the spare bedroom. It started life as our bed in 2005 but was relegated to spare room duty in about...

Episode IX

Tickets for a triple bill on Wednesday 18 December booked today at the Renfrew Street Cineworld, Glasgow on their Superscreen! Not sure I'll be going for all 3, but will be there for Episode IX 😀 Update I thought I'd just add a little to this blog, rather than write...

Fast and Furious 9

I certainly didn't expect to be watching scenes from the next Fast and Furious (9) film when I went into work at the Edinburgh office last week! to be honest, I can't say I'm a fan of that film franchise, and whilst I may have seen a couple of the earlier ones, I...

Edinburgh Festival 2019

Only two planned trips into the Edinburgh Festival this year, and both with my 6-year-old daughter. I have been working in the centre of Edinburgh this year though so got to soak up some of the Fringe atmosphere a little more often. I'd planned the first on my iPhone...

Remote Controlled Drone

I've always loved playing around with remote controlled things, and have a number of them around the house. I've been thinking about getting one of the cheaper GPS drones for a little while now and was finally seduced at the beginning of the month. I've had my remote...

New iPad

I talked about some of my older tech in this blog, but it's been some time since I bought a new iPad.  I bought an iPad 2 back in 2011 and didn't really use it much, and then an iPad Mini 2 in 2014, and while I used that a little more I still didn't really get...

Geneva Motor Show

One of my good friends is a bit of a car geek so I went along with him for a day at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, having never been to a motor show before... I was going to spend a bit of time writing about some of the cars we saw, but I've left it too long and...

Old iPhone

This is one of those blogs I started about 2 months ago, and only got around to finishing off today! I've been running my own company since 2003 and had a pretty standard approach to replacing the ICT equipment I use or at least did until recently when I was still...

WordPress 5.2 and PHP 7.3

A short blog with a quick update to this one about PHP, this time with a little WordPress! I'd updated my WordPress jail to PHP 7.2 not too long ago, but the recent WordPress 5.2 update introduced the Site Health Check, and this reported that my PHP version was out of...

Silfra (aka Colder Dive)

https://youtu.be/u32yfjbEXkg One of my highlights from our Easter adventure was a bucket list dive at Silfra in Iceland. Play the video above and see why for yourself...

iMac Repair

It's always a slightly nervous operation when my iMac needs opening up, but on return from my holiday it wouldn't boot and everything was pointing toward the SSD I'd installed when I first got my 2011 iMac. I ordered a replacement on Amazon which arrived the next day....

Easter Holiday – London

Day 10 cont. Our last stop-over was only added as it was cheaper to fly back to London, spend a few nights and get the train home, than fly direct back to Edinburgh. It seemed like a good idea, although was maybe a little much after the Iceland and New York legs. When...

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