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Raspberry Pi network boot server

I've been erasing and reinstalling a few machines lately - some for sale on eBay, some to set them up for friends. And I've finally reached the point where I...

Linux Capabilities and rdiff-backup

Hazel Smith gave an excellent talk at FLOSS UK's Unconference in London last weekend about Linux Capabilities and using them to run a backup system with mini...

FLOSS Unconference 2015

I had a good time at this in London yesterday - some interesting talks in the morning including one about Linux Capabilities which I'll definitely be lifting...

Sometimes it’s just too easy

My church, being a modern and forward-looking organisation, keeps its rotas in a spreadsheet on Google Docs. Last week, I was asked if it was possible to sen...

EE’s bargain basement broadband

Having recently moved into a new flat, I found myself back on the market for an internet connection for the third time in as many years. There's no Virgin Me...

Moving our Bytemark server to York

We've had a dedicated server at Bytemark since 2009. This has always been physically located in Manchester, which has been fine. However, recently Bytemark f...

Motorway driving

I drove from Coniston to Oxford today. It took far too long, mostly because both the M6 and the M40 kept bunching up and slowing down. Often, the cause of de...

Cheap GPS

No, not that cheap GPS. This one: I bought myself a Garmin Dakota 10 last year to use for road cycling. It does a great job for that - crucially, the basic U...

London Gatwick? Obviously not.

I spent last week walking in Austria. And jolly nice it was too - the weather was near-perfect, the hotel was a lovely little family-run establishment with g...

TalkTalk Business, the good and the bad

Last year, the assimilation of Be into Sky prompted us to have a think about our internet provider at the church. We have a single phone line into the church...