ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

Philately

I don't think I'd go as far as to describe myself as a Philatelist, but I do quite like stamps! From the age of about 6, my Dad used to buy First Day Covers for all the newly issued stamps, which back then seemed to be every 2-3 months, although sometimes more or...

TrueOS again

I had a couple of hours free this afternoon, so decided to waste them having another play with TrueOS on my MacBook Air. I've already blogged about the first attempt here but thought things might have moved on and wanted something to play around with FreeBSD outside...

Cars

I was chatting with my Mum a few months ago about cars, and it got me thinking about all the cars I've had a driving relationship with.  I say that, as it doesn't include other people's cars or ones I've hired but ones that I've spent at least...

Sugru®

If you haven't heard of this stuff, check out their website > https://sugru.com I think I saw it advertised on Facebook a few years back, and at the time had a number of frayed cables that this stuff was advertised as fixing.  It's a mouldable rubber...

macOS High Sierra (10.13)

It's that time of year when Apple releases a bunch of Public Beta versions of its upcoming software, for macOS, iOS, and tvOS 😀 Not quite sure why, but I like playing with these.  They usually have some problems, and over recent years haven't brought...

Plex Tools – PlexPy and PlexEmail

I've mentioned Plex in various other blogs (like here and here), mainly because I LOVE PLEX! It makes streaming media around the house and to devices away from home so simple, with a beautiful user interface that even my 4-year-old daughter can use.  They've also...

Virgin Media TiVo V6

I can't remember the last cold call I received during the day where I came from the call happy.  I'm registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) although this doesn't seem to stop the endless stream of calls to help me claim PPI, damages from no-fault...

CrashPlan

When I built my main FreeNAS server, the machine it replaced was put into backup duties with a nightly replication created to move some of the files from one (freenas1) to the other (freenas2).  freenas1 has 9 x 4TB drives configured in an RAIDZ2 pool...

New Plex Jail

I thought I'd rebuild my Plex Media Server (PMS) jail today, so it's using the latest FreeBSD 10.3 template which would hopefully mean when the next PMS update was released, I'd have no problem updating the jail.  While the 9.3 template jails continue to work on...

More SSL fun with LetsEncrypt & Certbot

The SSL certificate for my company domain (apeconsulting.co.uk) was due to expire at the beginning of June and was slightly out of kilter with my other certificates.  They are all LetsEncrypt ones and are created using Certbot in a jail on my FreeNAS server, but...

FreeNAS Manual Update

    OK, so I wasn't expecting this to be straight forward, but I also didn't expect to fall at the first hurdle! I knew I couldn't use the auto updater built into FreeNAS, as this will take me to the latest stable or nightly train.  I was hoping I could...

FreeNAS Upgrade – 9.3.1 to 9.10.1-U4

Firstly, why oh why does FreeNAS version numbering need to so complicated, and why does it need to change every few updates from dot numbering, then date numbering, back to dot and then the addition of uN?  Don't think I'll ever understand it, but it's only a...

iMac Bluetooth Woes

  So, for the past few months, I've been having Bluetooth connection problems on my 2011 iMac, which given I use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse is a bit of a problem. It started with just a few disconnects and reconnects, which while a little annoying,...

Bloggers Block

Not really, but I just Googled 'bloggers block' and was amazed to see it's a real thing!  Pages and pages of useful tips for when I do suffer, but my problem at the minute is time and the lack of. I think I have more draft posts saved than I have actual posts, and...

Mission to Mars

I'm currently working in the Public sector (at least for the next 2 weeks!) providing my expertise around all things IT and Procurement 😀  As a result, I got asked to go along to an event a couple of weeks ago (on my birthday, if you're interested) that XMA...

Divi

I still consider myself to be very much a newbie when it comes to WordPress, even after completing the Udemy course which I blogged about here. During the course, we used many different themes, from some of the default installed ones to various premium...

Dalwhinnie 15

What a wonderful surprise!  A good friend messaged me earlier in the week to check my address and let me know he was posting something up to me.  It arrived this morning and was a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15-Year-Old Whisky.  Do surprises get any better?...

50

After my last post, I realised the next one would be my 50th, so thought I'd commemorate it with its own dedicated post! The search for an appropriate image can be seen below, but also got me thinking.  I can't say I've ever been a big fan of The Who, but after 50...

Completed the Complete WordPress Website Business Course

I mentioned this course in an earlier blog, but finally got it finished this week!  I really like the idea of Udemy, which provides online access to hundreds of really good training courses covering a wide range of subjects.  They're pretty good value...

SSL update

I thought I'd published this blog, but I'd only saved as a draft, so in terms of a timeline, I actually wrote this before I moved my blog from web to WordPress.  It's only relevant regarding the FreeBSD 9 EOL, as the problems described below had been learned...

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