Using Disk Labels

In linux, hard drives are referred to as devices and are represented as pseudo files in /dev. For example, the first partition of the second lowest numbered SCSI drive is /dev/sdb1. If the drive referred to as /dev/sda is removed, then the remaining partition is automatically renamed /dev/ »

Stop filing everything!

I used to pride myself on how well organised my "stuff" was.  At home, I diligently hole punched my bank statements and other various incoming dead tree sources and put them in a collection of ring binders, all in chronological order naturally.  Likewise, at work, I sorted my »

Basic Introduction to Public Key Cryptography

I can only really remember honestly enjoying one maths lesson in my life.  It was spread over a number of lectures as part of my degree course at Edinburgh University and taught us all how RSA Public Key cryptography actually works.  Now, I’ve long since forgotten the finer details »

Introduction to Open Source

Open Source is a term that is widely used, but is often misunderstood.  At its core, however, is a simple philosophy that promotes a collaborative approach to development with the end product, source materials, and design documentation made available at no cost to the public.  The end product could be »

Supercharge your website with CloudFlare

CloudFlare is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) and distributed Domain Name Server (DNS) service aimed at enhancing the performance and security of websites.  According to CloudFlare, on average, a website using their service will load twice as fast, use 60% less bandwidth and will stop malware bots and spammers reaching »

Using Picasa on Multiple Computers

Here at Liquidstate, we use Picasa 3 at home to manage our photos and Picasa Web Albums to share them with family and friends.  As you would expect, we store all of our data on a central storage server (UnRAID running on an ESXi host if you must know).  Unfortunately, »

Ireland Sailing Holiday 2011 - delivery to Oban

After our holiday in Ireland, Robert wanted the boat left in Oban where we would collect it the following weekend to begin his own holiday trip through the Caledonia Canal and up to Shetland.  Jen's mum took the ferry over to Larne and met us at Carrickfergus where she would »

Ireland Sailing Holiday 2011

The Ireland Sailing Holiday was a little different from our usual; for a starter, we stayed in the same place for a week!  After Robert and I had sailed the boat from Troon to Carrickfergus, Jen and Chris came over on the ferry to Larne with Kyle.  Robert had some »

Ireland Sailing Holiday 2011 - The Delivery

In preparation for our sailing holiday in Ireland, it was agreed that me and Jen's Dad would sail the boat over from Troon to Carrick Fergus and the girls would follow on the ferry with Kyle the next day. Robert and I left on Friday evening after work, with a »

Clyde Sailing Holiday 2011

Just come back from an absolute cracker of a sailing holiday with Ben, Fi, baby Ella and resident crew, Lise.  This was our first trip with two babies onboard and it was either going to go very well or very badly! We started off in our home port of Troon »

Using Dell OpenManage with VMWare ESXi 4.x

At home, I've got a Dell PowerEdge 840 server running VMWare ESXi 4.x.  I was looking for a method to monitor and manage the underlying hardware - particularly BIOS settings and a way to 'reset' the alert light on the front of the chassis after some recent tinkering. The »