Useful shortcodes when diagnosing UK phone line issues

This week I found myself looking into a phone line issue. I used to deal with a lot of these. This post aims to provide a reminder of useful numbers to use when diagnosing a UK phone line issue. For these events, I always try to have a small analogue phone handy to test the … Read moreUseful shortcodes when diagnosing UK phone line issues

FIXED: VirtualBox downloads giving “Unauthorized Request” error

I got an “Unauthorized Request” error when trying to download the VirtualBox 6.0.6 ExtPack (Extension Pack). There appears to be lots of people seeing the issue, but no published solution, so I thought I’d post my solution. Quite simply: replace the domain name “VirtualBox.org” with “Oracle.com”. The reason for this is that VirtualBox is owned … Read moreFIXED: VirtualBox downloads giving “Unauthorized Request” error

eMail hacked? 9 things to do now

Taking you through the steps to recover from a hacked eMail account, and to minimise the chance of a future hack. If your eMail is hacked, you need to do more than just change your password. This article answers the question of “what next?”for those who have suffered from an account hack.

Get Wake on LAN working on Linux with Atheros network adaptor

Fix for using an Atheros network adaptor when running Linux, if you have found that Wake on LAN (WOL) doesn’t work.

Filezilla error: GnuTLS error -50 in gnutls_priority_set_direct

Workaround for the current Filezilla error: “GnuTLS error -50 in gnutls_priority_set_direct: The request is invalid.
Error: Failed to initialize TLS.”.

This error appears in Ubuntu due to a GnuTLS in the current Ubuntu repository version of Filezilla.

8 top tips every website owner should be following

Whether you have a blog, business card or e-commerce website, getting the basics right can make the difference… search engines will like your site, and you’ll get a natural flow of traffic with minimal effort and cost. Here are eight simple cost-free tips that will help you make sure your website is getting the basics … Read more8 top tips every website owner should be following

Extract webpage content from Chromium cache

My host had a database outage this morning, which caused all my databases to disappear completed… needless to say, I thought I might have lost any post since my last backup. So this post is to share how I recovered web pages from the Chromium cache, as ever post on the Internet seems to talk … Read moreExtract webpage content from Chromium cache

How to embed YouTube videos with a specific start time

As a keen YouTuber, I regularly embed my videos in sites such as this one. On occasion, it’s relevant to start the embedded video at a specific time, to avoid wasting the readers time. It’s simple to do… so here’s how to do it: 1. Go to the video in YouTube, and click the “Share” … Read moreHow to embed YouTube videos with a specific start time

Finding your Bitlocker Recovery Key

A common theme I get asked about is how to recover a lost/forgotten Bitlocker Recovery Key. This unfortunately arises partly due to a lack of understanding about the strength of Bitlocker. Whilst Microsoft quite rightly encourages its use to “protect” your data. They often fail to get across the fact that it provides a level … Read moreFinding your Bitlocker Recovery Key

Holistic medicine diary of a cat with Chronic Kidney Failure

I don’t usually post about my cats, but I’m going to make an exception with this post, as one of my cats has Chronic Kidney Failure (a.k.a. Kidney Disease), and I’ve read a small number of accounts of holistic medicine being positive for the condition, but very little facts. This post will therefore be updated … Read moreHolistic medicine diary of a cat with Chronic Kidney Failure

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