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 […]

Ubuntu backups using 7z (7zip)

Hi, This week I want to look at the use of 7zip in creating an effective backup routine. We all know we should backup regularly, but it’s a pain to do, and most of us have been burnt by the loss of data from time to time, caused by a lack of backing up. Since […]

How to install GNOME on Ubuntu

I’ve been using Ubuntu as my primary operating system for a couple of years now, but choose to support the default Unity shell which has recently been announced to be ending. This guide documents the simple steps I’ve taken to install GNOME without reinstalling Ubuntu. To install GNOME itself: sudo apt install gnome gnome-shell During […]

How to use MS Outlook rules to filter internal emails from external trusted, and untrusted mails

My job title is a magnet for spam, and the predictable format of email addresses across companies means I have to work my way through a load of targeted spam everyday. Spam filters do a great job, but targeted spam is difficult to identify, as it’s sent person to person, it’s just unwanted direct e-mail. […]

Recipe: Simple, healthy celery soup (lazy healthy eating)

Summary I hate poncy cooking! This recipe is simple, healthy, and delivers an addictive tasty soup with minimal effort, and no fancy ingredients. Please leave a comment if you enjoyed this (or not). This is the first time I’ve posted a recipe, so am keen to know whether to do more simple recipes! Ingredients 650g […]

FIXED: Zyxel router DDNS error “Error validating DYNDNS svr answer. Check usr,pass,hostname!”

This is a quick post to hopefully help others suffering with this issue. I setup DDNS (Dynamic DNS) on my Zyxel router, connected to a no-ip.com hostname that I had setup. No matter what I did with the configuration, I couldn’t get it to work. In the end, I setup what I thought was right […]

How to fix infinite reboot loop with Windows Startup Repair

Are you stuck in an infinite reboot loop with Startup Repair? I recently suffered this following a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) after initiating xbootmgr. This article aims to use my experience to offer a fix. The Issue You are unable to access Windows. Every reboot results in a “Windows Error Recovery” boot menu offering […]

Fixing “HACKED+BY+CELLATREIS” message on WordPress

There are many out there hacking into WordPress sites and defacing them. This post seeks to help anyone who’s got the “HACKED+BY+CELLATREIS” or similar message. This one is simply encoded text in the wp_options table of the database. To check this is the cause: 1. Goto the wp-options tables in your WordPress database 2. Find […]

How to change the battery in a Peugeot/Citroen key fob (2-button)

When your car key battery starts to fail, your garage will be happy to offer to replace the battery for a fee. Mine quoted me ?25 (circa $30) for this insanely simple task? crazy! I thought I?d do a quick guide for others who may be cautious of just diving in with a screwdriver! I?ve […]

Using an ARC/IMO Car Wash

This may seem odd, but after 10 years of driving, it turns out that my obsession with hand washing my car myself, means I’ve actually never used a car wash before!! Having received some vouchers for free car washes at the ARC/IMO car wash, I’ve been giving it a go, and it’s certainly a quick […]

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