17 Nov 2015
After much research I decided to purchase ESET Antivirus for our Windows clients.
But rather than install ESET Antivirus on each client in turn, I decided to install ESET Remote Administrator on an Ubuntu VPS.
ESET Remote Administrator is a server program for controlling ESET Antivirus (and other ESET programs) on clients, you can use it to deploy the ESET Agent, which in turn can then install and monitor the ESET Antivirus software.
17 Nov 2015
I have a problem with a Samsung M3 Portable USB3 external hard drive only working intermittently.
I use a couple of these for off-site backups for work and so I need them working reliably.
In fairness a reboot does cure the problem, but I hate that as a solution.
To troubleshoot this problem, the first step was to check the system devices:
16 Nov 2015
I assumed that, when I migrated from Wordpress to Jekyll, one of the casualties would be the old Wordpress comments.
I had decided to use DISQUS for comments on Jekyll, partly because it is the “new thing” and partly because it is incredibly easy to achieve.
But I never for a moment considered that migrating the old comments would be a possibility.
15 Nov 2015
I was reading Phones need ‘bed mode’ to protect sleep on the BBC, that computers should have a blue light filter to help people to sleep properly at night.
As I am frequently working on my laptop until late in the evening, I felt that I should investigate further.
Currently I do turn down the brightness, but it seems that is not enough.
15 Nov 2015
Following my recent announcement, I thought I would give some of my reasons for the move and some early impressions of using Jekyll.
What is Jekyll?
Jekyll is a Markdown based website and blogging platform, written in Ruby.
The principle is simple - you write markown text files and they are automatically converted to static HTML webpages.
12 Nov 2015
For the past few weeks I have migrating chrisjrob.com from Wordpress to Jekyll.
I have also been merging in my previous blog at bootpolish.net.
This process has proved to be much more work than I expected, but this evening it all came together and I finally pressed the button to transfer the DNS over to the Jekyll site, hosted by GitHub.
15 Oct 2015
Being tall (6’2”), sedentary and over 40, I have succumbed to the inevitable
back problems. Listening to Jono’s review of the LIFT Standing Desk on Bad
Voltage reminded me that I’ve been
meaning to try out working standing up, at least for part of the time. I
haven’t gone for the LIFT, as I wasn’t able to find it on Amazon UK, but I have
purchased the Bac Posture Stand, better known on Amazon as Portable Folding
Notebook or Laptop Table - Desk - Tray - Stand -
09 Oct 2015
Following the demise of my Novatech
I have now taken delivery of a shiny (actually “shiny” is one thing it
isn’t!) new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen
This is not a review of the X1 Carbon - there are plenty of those
available already, but
merely my experience of the first few days of ownership.
So why did I choose the X1 Carbon?
01 Oct 2015
I received a surprising amount of interest in my Novatech n1410
and my subsequent nine-months on
Over the past 32 months I have continued to be fairly happy with my
Novatech n1410. It has generally been fast enough, reliable enough,
light enough and with a decent battery life. The downsides over the long
term proved to be the keyboard and trackpad which have never been
enjoyable to use and the lack of audio volume. Overall though I would
say that it has lived up to my expectations for a budget Ultrabook.
02 Sep 2015
I was surprised to learn that Ubuntu 14.04 can talk to Skype for
Business AKA Lync 2013 using the Pidgin Instant Messaging client. The
general steps were:
# apt-get install pidgin pidgin-sipe
And then restart Pidgin and add a new Account. The Office Communicator
is the relevant plugin, with the following parameters: