Posts filed under the 'Blog' category


My IoT problem: the garage door opener

About 18 months ago, the motor in our garage door opener died suddenly. Ok, so it was 20 years old, hence no real surprise in a way, and it was fairly easy to get around until someone came to replace it: just detach the chain from the motor, and lift the garage door up and pull it down. Move over, exercise coach at the gym! […]

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Windows Terminal is now default for console apps

Sometimes you just gotta laff. It seems that, as of Windows 11 version 22H2, the default for console apps is now Windows Terminal and not Windows Console. So what? you may ask. […]

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Default HTML files for subfolders with AWS

I have a set of static websites that I run on AWS (Amazon Web Services) and a bunch of sites that are essentially apps running on servers on Azure. The latter ones? No real issues, after all they’re written in C# and .NET which I’m kinda familiar with. The sites on AWS? Well, it’s been a hoot over the years. […]

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I’m done with PHP hackers

For a while now, I’ve been collecting statistics on requests made to this site that have resulted in 404 “Not Found” errors. The main reason was to make sure that I hadn’t inadvertently misnamed some file or hidden it so that readers don’t get what they were wanting to look at and read, but what instead has happened is that the vast majority of 404s are from script kiddies trying their hardest to hack into some PHP server code that they think I’m running. Such as WordPress. […]

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Tesla and Colorado Springs

I was chatting the other day with Paul Usher about the goings on in the UK and he suddenly veered off on a weird tangent. He’d heard a rumor that Tesla lived in Colorado Springs, which is where I live, and was it true? By that he meant Nikola Tesla, not the cars. […]

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I don’t have a website?

Like many of my readers I’m sure, I get scam texts trying to sell me something, or pretending to be some financial institution, or attempting to deceive me into doing something I don’t need to do. Me? Probably one a week on average, although of late I’m getting “Vote for Me!” type texts as well. Roll on November 8th when that’ll all go away. […]

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BSOD City

For some unearthly reason, over the past week I’ve been suffering from daily Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) issues on my Dell XPS 13 laptop. Essentially all of a sudden, my keyboard freezes up, I can move my mouse but clicks no longer have any effect, and then after about 10 – 15 seconds I get the BSOD. […]

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Mechelen (Malines)

One of the things I’m missing a lot at the moment is conference travel. 2020 was the year in which face-to-face conferences were suddenly tossed aside in favor of virtual or broadcast versions, and slowly but surely 2022 – especially the latter half – has brought them back. We’ll see how things go for us at work, especially in the spring next year. […]

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Facebook password hacks

You know it’s a great evening just as you’re getting ready to go to bed and have a good night’s sleep after a hard day’s work when you get two – yes, TWO – emails from Facebook that start: […]

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London Congestion Charge Zone

Me, a month ago, while on our holiday in England: Yeah, it's Saturday, let's nip into Oxford Street and do a bit of shopping. It's Saturday, so no issues with the congestion charge. […]

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