Posted: 2019-11-22

Up until recently - working with ESP8266 and ESP32 devices on Mac OSX required obtaining USB to serial drivers so that the correct port under /dev/ would work when the device was connected. My usual…

Posted: 2019-09-22

I recently added a running copy of pi-hole onto a spare raspberry pi to test. One thing I wanted to do was to make the admin view work with https. This FAQ on enabling SSL has most of the information…

Posted: 2019-09-18

It seems a little odd to be looking at running an internal certificate authority (CA) in these days where free certificates are easily available from LetsEncrypt. However, I have a fully working…

Posted: 2019-07-14

I thought that it would be interesting to run up an instance of owncloud on docker. I have several machines I could put this on - but - if I were to use it as a larger server then I want the bigger…

Posted: 2019-05-15

This series goes through conversion of some basic java kafka clients to scala - step by step. It is important to understand that it is written from my viewpoint - someone who has played with scala…

Posted: 2019-05-08

This series goes through conversion of some basic java kafka clients to scala - step by step. It is important to understand that it is written from my viewpoint - someone who has played with scala…

Posted: 2019-05-03

This series goes through conversion of some basic java kafka clients to scala - step by step. It is important to understand that it is written from my viewpoint - someone who has played with scala…

Posted: 2019-04-30

This series goes through conversion of some basic java kafka clients to scala - step by step. It is important to understand that it is written from my viewpoint - someone who has played with scala…

Posted: 2019-04-25

This series goes through conversion of some basic java kafka clients to scala - step by step. It is important to understand that it is written from my viewpoint - someone who has played with scala…

Posted: 2019-04-25

I was recently a participant on a Confluent on-premesis kafka course. While working through the labs (which are in java), for fun I tried the same code in kotlin. That was fun - but I thought it could…

Posted: 2019-02-23

For a while now I have had two methods of dealing with sensitive data (usernames, passwords etc) in public git repositories. Neither were optimal. Ignore the file entirely - and then pass it around…

Posted: 2019-01-21

I was recently looking for a solution to the following question: How can I get my iPhone to always connect to my VPN except when at home? This led to this article from Thomas Witt discussing how to do…

Posted: 2018-11-27

Update: I should have checked the plex support site to start with - this is already documented on this support article. However - I did get to learn a fair bit more about how ffmpeg command line works…

Posted: 2018-11-14

So - the migtation started a few days ago is now more or less complete. This has been applied on two blogs https://www.chrissearle.org - this site - mostly tech https://www.searle.me.uk - personal…

Posted: 2018-10-11

This site has for a long time been generated using the middlemanapp site generator. I've always found it to be slightly awkward - especially when it's time to update dependencies - since it's ruby…

Posted: 2018-09-26

S'banken has support for giving a child/teenager a card connected to a bank account in the parent's customer account. They also have an android app which allows the child to see their details without…

Posted: 2018-09-21

Having recently moved a server from one machine to another - I wanted a simpler firewall to deal with than directly playing with iptables. So I googled, found and installed UFW - I'm using debian so I…

Posted: 2018-05-31

It's often quite useful to know what running process is holding a port open. Doing this on linux has long been an easy case of running netstat with the -p option which shows the PID and name for each…

Posted: 2016-10-01

I use my macs for development. That means that there's a lot of things running and I usually have a lot of heavy apps open. So I quite often hit the error "Too many open files". On linux - this is…

Posted: 2016-09-11

I've recently been struggling with my mac laptop not having any disk space left. Each time I've deleted whatever large files I had in Download or any other out of date stuff - thinking that I was just…