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Infrastructure Engineer, Singer/Songwriter, Photographer and Multipotentialite

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Using MFA for Sudo Only

Passwords are weak, we know this and so often methods such as key based authentication is used for connections like SSH.

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Powershell Speaking Clock

After a phone system upgrade we were unable to get the speaking clock within the office, which started off a conversation about how much it costs to call, presently 50p per call in the UK.

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Bordering On Obsession Released!

Over the summer I took part in a song writing game/mission with other songwriters on the web and one of the resultant songs that came out of the exercise was Bordering on Obsession, a song about lost loves, aspirations and self examination.

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Dism.exe Cleaning Up Invalid Images

After finishing editing and wim image using dism I was being left with Windows still thinking the image was still mounted somehow and not able to remount the image file.

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[Solved] WDS Driver Filters Not Working

Like many people it seems I’ve been scratching my head as to why WDS’s Driver Package Filters were not matching my hardware when imaging a machine that I’d created a driver package group for.

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Exporting your Google Stars to CSV or KML

I’m part of the Google Local Guides and a question came up amongst our cohort about being able to export your Stars from Google maps into something useful you can then import elsewhere.

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Google+ For the Win!

Last month Google+ introduced Collections https://plus.google.com/collections/welcome A devilishly simple way to group your posts by topic.

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HTTP/2 Explained

Explaining the methodologies implemented within HTTP/2, this is a must read for IT staff O’Reilly Book Chapter 12 HTTP/2

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Cisco How To Find A MAC Address By IP

From a switch that the device is plugged directly into (otherwise you’ll get the MAC of the next hop) first ping the IP address to ensure it’s in your ARP cache, then view the ARP cache, like so

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Photo24London

I recently took part in a 24 hour photo shoot event whereby the participants were directed and could wander around London and throughout the day were text messaged little missions.

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Recent Photo Work

I’ve been taking my camera out with me a lot more lately and it’s given me a wealth of opportunities for some amazing photos.

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Canon SLR Auto Exposure Bracketing AEB

If you want to use AEB feature on a Canon SLR camera, make sure whilst you are trying to set the bracketing that your on body flash is down/off , otherwise no matter what you do you won’t be able to enable bracketing.

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Losing Weight Again

Losing Weight, It takes effort So after my previous efforts to lose weight after the 14 Stone Wobble eventually fell by the wayside I’ve recently gone back up to 14 stone again and so I’m trying to lose weight.

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Xbox One An Honest Write Up

Day by day I see PS fan boys slam the Xbox One misquoting sources, or not quoting the full story, or printing satirical articles as fact.

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Google Hangouts Firewall Ports

Our firewall was configured as per Google’s documentation to allow the Google Hangouts nee Talk client and the Android Google Hangouts app to connect.

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Is the world 20dB too loud?

On The Buses Again With my last flat move I’ve spending move time on public transport than I have for a long time and, arguably, more time in public too.

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Stressimism

When stress exists in the pessimist The pessimist find it hard to exist

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Negativity

As the English nation, we are, by and large, a nation of complainers.

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IOS6 What Would You Like To See?

IOS6 Is Coming IOS 6 looks to be certain for this Monday’s Apple Keynote, along with what we suspect is a new iPhone and every item in their arsenal, aside the iPad, getting a little something something.

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Consume

The more I look at this street art the more I see.

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Copenhagen

I’m doing a bit of travelling at the moment and this is a station Herlev, near Copenhagen city.

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PS Vita: My Review

I bit the bullet I was being good and avoiding buying a PS Vita but sharing a flat where I can’t game on my own schedule and desire, but on when the front room is free.

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Light

Another shot I just had to take. In Bank tube station.

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14 Stone Wobble

Well I knew I’d put on some weight, but was shocked to see the scale telling me I was 14 Stone this morning.

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Tablet’s will not cure all that ails you

As I read the article Tablets Will Transform the Classroom [OPINION] I found myself getting increasingly frustrated at this article’s view on what Tablets like the iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc would bring to the classroom.

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Reverse Timesheeting

I’m lazy and forgetful, not in a bad way, but I don’t like to do more than I have to if I can simplify something and streamline it, and I have a bad memory for the more mundane things.

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The future of newspapers

Newspaper publishers are finally coming to terms with new media and trying to work out where there business model lies in this new landscape.

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Time O’The Signs

Via gizmodo.com, and email a couple of webbased service pricing changes that affect me came to light this week.

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What’s in the future for the iPad?

I’ve been a bit quiet hear so far this month whilst my work get’s busier, but that’s not to say I’m not constantly thinking about technology and our future with it.

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This is the Future of Transport in London

Gizmodo posted an interesting article today http://gizmodo.com/5530730/b+cycle-the-gps+equipped-bike-sharing-system-i-want-right-now This is very similar to a cycle system I was envisaging for London about 6 years ago except more techie.

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How eBooks and iBooks Might Cost Us All

I was looking for a book on Buddhism yesterday and, as I’m sure it not uncommon for many reader, I checked Amazon first had a browse around and found a book I liked the look of.

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Bluetooth Hearing Aid

A colleague of mine, Dan Shane, suggested to me today a good topic to post on my site would be bluetooth hearing aids.

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Zero Foot Print Earphone Plugs

In this crazy world where you can buy a 64GB usb drive that is little bigger than the USB plug itself how comes ear phones still have a zonking great big plug on them.

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Compact Living

After moving flat time and time again one thing is true of all rented accommodation it seems.

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USB Power Sockets

A discussion came up amongst friend about devices that charge via USB socket, such as phones, Nintendo DS etc.

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