An Open Letter to BT

Dear BT, All I wanted you to do was move my number from my old flat to my new flat and give me a SIM in time for me to pass it to my broadband provider so that I didn't have any loss in broadband service during my move. What…

Exhibition of my photos at Oliver's Village Cafe

Following the success of my solo exhibition at Cafe Seventy Nine in Primrose Hill last year, an exhibition of my photos is now on at Oliver's Village Cafe, Belsize, London. All prints are pure iPhoneography/mobile photography. If you're in the area during August then check it out! They serve…

HttpOnly flag for persistence cookies in HAProxy

A client arranged penetration testing in order to achieve PCI compliance and it was found that not all cookies contained the HttpOnly flag, which is an automatic fail because apparently you are more vulnerable to XSS attacks if you don't set your cookies to use HttpOnly. This problem turned out…

Virtualisation with KVM and LVM on CentOS 6 via the command line

I've found plenty of articles out there explaining how to use KVM with graphical GUI tools. On most of the CentOS servers I administer, however, I use Kickstart to create a customised and minimal GUI-free install to keep things as simple and efficient as possible. Here, therefore, are some guidelines…

PostgreSQL tuning: ensuring that as many sorts as possible are done in memory and not on disk

(This post assumes a PostgreSQL installation located at /var/lib/pgsql on a Red Hat-type Linux system such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS. If your system differs from this, you may need to modify some of the paths accordingly.) In PostgreSQL, sorts larger than a certain size will…

Matt Brock: iPhoneography @ Cafe Seventy Nine

For six weeks I am exhibiting my iPhone photography in Cafe Seventy Nine in Primrose Hill, London. It’s a great space so go along and check it out! There are prints and books of my work for sale there. They also serve great coffee and tea and delicious vegetarian…

A Beginner’s Guide to iPhone Photography

I've written an article for Digital Photographer magazine called A Beginner’s Guide to iPhone Photography, which will hopefully come in useful for all you budding iPhoneographers out there. There's a link to Part 2 at the bottom of Part 1. Enjoy!…

Mac OS X Lion review

My experience with Lion so far has been, to say the least, mixed. I thought I'd list some of my experiences in the form of a brief review. Launchpad: Tedious scrolling through multiple screens of apps in order to launch one of them? No thanks. Dreadful. Mission Control: It seems…

iPhoneography: where photography, art and technology truly meet

Photographers are increasingly embracing smartphones, and Apple's iPhone in particular, as valid alternatives to their SLRs. Adopting the philosophy that 'the best camera is the one that's with you', photographers find with iPhones that they can simply point and shoot in situations where photography would not be an option with…

London iPhoneographers: Street Photography

At 7pm on 11th July, the Apple Store on Regent Street will be hosting an iPhoneography event to highlight four talented members of the London iPhoneography Group who will be showing their work and discussing how they use their iPhones for street photography in London: Daniel Holland, Robson Santos, Matthew…