Does my computer need anti-virus?

Does My Computer Need Anti-Virus Software?

Does My Computer Need Anti-Virus Software? Its an age old question. In the last few weeks a very interesting article has been doing the rounds online by Ex Mozilla developer Robert O’Callahan called “Disable Your Antivirus Software (Except Microsoft’s)“. In this article, Robert puts forth the case that: Antivirus software vendors…

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Possible HP Gen8 Microserver Upgrades

Over the last month or so, been getting quite a number of hits on my posts that deal with upgrades to the HP Gen8 Microserver so I though i’d collate everything together in a definitive post with links to more information. Due to its small footprint, the Gen8 Microserver is…


Installing Server 2016 on a HP ML10 v2

After a sort out of my loft, I discovered my long forgotten HP ML10 v2 server that was part of my initial home lab setup (before it went all Mac Mini), so I thought i’d fire it up and see if I could get Server 2016 on a HP ML10…


The Zalman ZM-VE350 – Essential Kit

I consider the Zalman ZM-VE350 an essential piece of kit in my tool bag. The drive itself is fairly unassuming, its simply an 2.5 inch external hard drive caddy with a small LCD screen and a whole load of extra functionality. The drive comes as a bare bones unit so…


IT Career Hacks for 2017 (CBT Nuggets)

This handy gem popped up on my Youtube feed today: This CBT Nugget video on IT Career Hacks for 2017 is a great starting point for anyone looking to either get into IT in 2017 or expand your career options. Although i’m a SysAdmin / Network Manager / 2nd line /…


Boston 2016 Highlights – Day Trips

I’ve finally got around to processing some of the images taken on my Boston trip last month – i’ll let the photos speak for themselves. There will be more to follow over the coming weeks. Ayer, MA Rockport, MA Russell Orchards Farm, Ipswich, MA.


HP MicroServer Gen8 – Cashback Deal Back On

The cashback deal for everyone’s favorite home server is now back on and running until the end of Jan 17 Feb 17. Although the base price has increased a tad (damn you Brexit..) the cashback amount has increased as well so we are pretty much getting the same deal as we…


one gallon brewing final

One Gallon Brewing – Citra Smash IPA Results

Well the time has come so i’ve just cracked open a bottle of my Smash Citra IPA. Its been nearly 5 weeks since brew day and in total it has had 2 weeks in the fermenter with an additional 2 and a half weeks in the bottle. It would appear that…


A Year Of Blogging

A Year of Blogging

This little milestone has almost passed me by, today is one year since I started this particular iteration of the blog. As mentioned in my first post, I’ve owned the domain for some years and its been many things – holding page, a test bench, a photo blog and more. Here…


Install Windows Server 2016 on a Mac Mini

After much build up and fanfare, Windows Server 2016 has now been officially launched. I’d planned on creating a test VM on my HP Microserver Gen8 but its puny Celeron CPU just doesn’t have the grunt that I need to be able to play around with Server 2016 properly. I’d…