SysAdmin fame at last!

I was interviewed for a careers feature in the esteemed PC Pro magazine, and my article has been printed in the latest edition: I think they've done a great job of editing my original monologue into a compelling description of the excitement, challenges and rewards of administering computer systems and…

Dairy- and gluten-free pork pie recipe

This is quite a departure from the usual sort of content I produce on my blog, but I wanted to keep a record of this recipe so I could repeat it in future. Also, I thought it might be of benefit to others wanting to create similar pies, so here…

Comparison of keyboards for iPad mini with Retina display

At any given time I'm effectively on 24/7 support for a number of clients, but I don't always want to carry my laptop with me wherever I go. I therefore decided it would be a good idea to buy a keyboard for my iPad mini with Retina display in…

Security hardening on Ubuntu Server 14.04

Recently I've been involved with a project where I needed to perform some security hardening on Amazon Web Services EC2 instances running Ubuntu Server 12.04, so I used this excellent guide as a starting point, then I added, removed and modified things as needed. I decided to take those…

A successful migration from WordPress to Ghost

Over the years my blog has been dragged kicking and screaming through a variety of different blogging and hosting platforms. Though some tweaking and tinkering has invariably been required to survive these transitions, thankfully my blog posts remain fairly intact and just as (hopefully) informative as they've always been. Originally…

Runner-up for Weapon of Choice in the Socially Awesome Sysadmin Awards

I have to admit I was a little gratified and fairly amused to see that I was runner-up for the "Weapon of Choice Award" in the "Socially Awesome Sysadmin Awards" as a result of using the obscure Twitter client YoruFukurou. Unfortunately I stopped using YoruFukurou a while back as it…

Useful Unix commands

For a long time I've maintained a memory aid in the form of a list of useful commands which can be used on the command line for Linux, OS X, BSD, Solaris, etc., so I thought I'd list them in a blog post in case they come in useful for…