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Host your own web picture gallery Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Sunday, 08 May 2011

Host you own web picture gallery!

And the first question is "Why?"

Thats fair enough, why would you want to host your own web gallery, surely thats what Flickr, and Facebook is for?

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Technical - EasyPeasy Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011

EasyPeasy......its a distro of Linux based on Ubuntu. So why should you care?

Because it does what 99% of people need from a laptop from the default and easy installation without any faffing about.

Easy Peasy is really designed for Netbooks, it gives you some of those typical Netbook interfaces that contains large icons that you click on to load the specified application. Though unlike some other specific Netbook interfaces it's not limited out of the box.

I have admin tools, I have access to the CLI, I have access to my network shares.

Other than that I have pre-installed all the video codecs I need, it just works with my hardware.

Also it formats really well on a full sized laptop. It got my Grand parents online.

I use it on my netbook and never found it lacking.

To learn more about Easy Peasy or to download please visit http://www.geteasypeasy.com/


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Technical - Backing up your Mobile Phone Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Thursday, 25 June 2009

Originally this was going to be an article about backing up mobile phone and using these techniques to not only backup your phone but to provide productivity tools for small and medium enterprises. (SMEs)

This turned out to be a very large article so I decided to separate these articles into.

Technical – Backing up your mobile phone

And

Technical – Blackberry on the cheap, OTA for the rest of us.


So click on read more to see why and how to back up data on a mobile phone :-).



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Technical - Opensource geek on using cloud computing for DR purposes Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009

The OpenSourceGeek recently did a live DR using cloud computing for his website.

Read about it at http://opensourcegeek.org/2009/06/08/dr-and-the-cloud/#comments

Next Friday, my own technical article like back in the old days

Next week I cover Mobile Phone Backing up.

The the weeks after that I'm planning on Open Source Groupware Alternatives and Blackberry for the rest of us. These will mainly be aimed at SME's.


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Technical - Opensourcegeek.org on Cloud Computing Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Bless the Opensourcegeek. He saves me having to type up content of my own

He has a very interesting article on his first steps into cloud computing.

Can be found at http://opensourcegeek.org/2009/05/11/first-steps-in-the-cloud/comment-page-1/#comment-27


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Technical - Adding facebook badges to Joomla 1.x Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Adding a Facebook badge to Joomla allows visitors of you Joomla site to see your facebook status.

Some might find this pointless, especially those that update their sites regually. If your like me and update your Facebook status more than you update your site then this is for you.

This is seriously easy though doing a Google search on the subject brings up ways I personally wouldn't use.

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Technical - IPv4 address availability counter Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A simple counter that shows the IPv4 public address space being exhausted.



What is IPv4? Look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipv4


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Technical - Windows and Linux on Netbooks Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Sunday, 26 April 2009

Firstly I suppose I should apologise for the lack of new content. I'm working down a very large backlog at the moment but will hopefully start posting again soon.

My mate the opensourcegeek who will remain nameless as he likes being a man of mystery and who's blog can be found at http://opensourcegeek.org

His latest post is quite interesting. Titled Linux Epic Fail it states that Netbooks with Windows installed are currently vastly outselling Netbooks with Linux installed. He is asking peoples opinions on what could have been done to avoid this disaster.

Can be found at http://opensourcegeek.org/2009/04/09/linux-epic-fail/#comments

typical comparsion between a netbook and a normal laptop

Typical size comparsion between a Netbook and a normal sized Notebook.


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Technical - Creating a Personal Website Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Friday, 27 March 2009

Right, finally................

Creating a personal website.......

Inspiration..now

No eeerrrmm

Inspiration....now

OK, creating and running a personal website can be hard work. You need to come up with fresh content to keep your viewing public.

If you want a personal site that lets you keep your friends informed about your personal life then social networking sites like Facebook will probably do this better. As I stated here:

Odd Bits - Are Personal Websites Dead?
The Orange Place of Rich - Monday, 23 March 2009

But if you want to share a specialism with the world, start your own community website or something else that social networking or it's terms and conditions might not cater for then click read more....



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Technical - Free software Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 03 February 2009

I've been posting these virtually every day on my facebook.

Anyway
www.giveawayoftheday.com gives away a free piece of software everyday for you to download, but you only have 24hrs so you need to check every day.


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Technical - Securing RDP, Bruteforce attacks and Terminal Services Alternatives Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Friday, 30 January 2009

Still having issues queuing content. (Sorry).

Thankfully the guys at HAK5 are more organised.


Please bear with me, next weeks technical article is about creating a personal website. (If all goes to plan).


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Technical - pfSense router Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Friday, 23 January 2009

pfSense is a distribution that turns a normal x86 PC into a router. (FreeBSD based). OK sounds like IPCOP? In a sense yes but pfSense gives you more configuration control from the web GUI.

Try it for yourself by heading over to http://www.pfsense.org/ where your able to download the install ISO and find the install documentation.


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Technical - How to build a free web server and the reasons why you probably shouldn't Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Friday, 09 January 2009

Such an odd start to this entry I know. Why would you want to know how to build a web server if you probably shouldn't do it?

I have written articles on building cheap web and email servers before. In the “Building a network for £50” project I described how to build a simple Linux based Web and Email server using an old Dell 400MHz Tower and some CD's I burned.

Now that was a very simple solution with what was apparently quite a complex installation procedure. I moved on with the “£50 Network Project Revisited – Web and Email Hosting Alternatives” (which is now offline and those articles need rescuing) which very quickly went through how to build a Linux Web and Email server which would allow you to easily set up web and email accounts easily using a control panel. The project utilised a server I obtained for £15 which I later sold for £45. I have to admit, you probably were unable to build anything from that guide. It was written very quickly to end the project.

So this time I intend to go through the entire procedure, with screen shots so anyone can set up a web server that doesn't cost a lot. We will also cover the


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Technical - Mac Book Wheel Laptop Preview Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Thursday, 08 January 2009

The new mac book wheel laptop. A laptop with no keyboard.


Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard
Yes it is a .......


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Technical - My MythTV Article Thing. Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Saturday, 03 January 2009

Finally, promised for a long time, my MythTV article.

For years my main solution for watching media was an Xbox running XBMC. I would store all my films, music and photos on my Fileserver and access them using XBMC. This worked great for a long time. (As long as the network cable was plugged into the XBOX).



(Drawn using a seriously advanced diagram drawing system).

When we moved house last year I decided I wanted to have an expanded solution. I didn't want to be tied to watching programs and recorded media to a single room or TV. I wanted to be able to schedule programs to record whilst I wasn't at home. I was away from home a lot at the time so I wanted to be able to carry recorded TV programs with me to view on my laptop.

MythTV seemed to fit the requirements. Yet I took so long to implement it.

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Technical - Elonex Onet+ Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Sunday, 14 September 2008

I will do a more complete post when I get around to it.

So I finally received a machine from Elonex. Rather then the Elonex One I ordered ages ago I took the upgrade for the Elonex Onet+ for no extra charge. (I think Elonex are looking to charge about £170 for the Elonex Onet+).

It's small and it runs rather cool. That's about it for positives at the moment. My advice at the moment is to buy a Asus eeePC 700 for the same cost.

Though when I get time I will post a picture and hopefully start hacking it.



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Using a T-Mobile Huawei 3G USB Dongle on IPCOP Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 May 2008

Apparently when searching for "ipcop huawei 3g" in Google this site comes up. So to avoid disappointment here is a quick guide to installing the Huawei E220 3G USB Dongle using the T-Mobile service on IPCOP.

This guide can be used to install the E220 using other service providers to IPCOP, just change the APN, username and password to suit.



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Technical - ASUS EeePC 900 Review Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Thursday, 22 May 2008

I bought the Asus EeePC 900 couple of weeks ago now. It's possible you have heard of the Eee PC line of sub notebooks, you may have even seen one? If not visit the website or look at this picture :)

<Image removed as it showed a clients name and details>

One of the first things you realise is how small these things are. I'm currently editing this review on the EeePC whilst waiting for the next DLR train. (Problems with the DLR means I'm having to wait 12 minutes for the next train). Though because of the size the keyboard is quite small. I usually type with 2 to 4 fingers anyway rather then touch type but the size would be awkward to touchtype with. It doesn't take long to get used to the size but every so often I find the space key didn't actually create a space. You seem to need to hit the space key harder then you do the other keys.




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Technical Using a T-Mobile / Huawei 3G USBDongle with OpenSUSE 10.3 Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Firstly my apologies, I promised to write this guide late last year and I only remembered recently when I was installing the 3G Dongle to my new Asus eeePC 900.

Talking about the Asus eeePC, I'm typing this blog on it right now. It helps me get used to the keyboard.




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Odd Bits - Miro Player Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Miro Logo

I mentioned Miro in my last Blog but I felt it deserved a bit more exposure.

Miro is a Internet TV application that allows you to subscribe and watch the content of thousands of channels.



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Technical - Configure SSL for VHCS2 Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Instructions posted by DeVouReR on the old VHCS forum which no longer exists. This post explains how to setup a VHCS server for SSL.


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Technical - Building a Network for 50 Part 6 Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Can you build a network for 50 quid? Part 6


Over the course of this article I have demonstrated how you can build a network for only £50. Here are some pictures of how the set-up I built looked.



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Technical - Building a Network for 50 Part 5 Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Can you build a network for 50 quid? Part 5


In part 4 we built an FreeNAS Network Attached Storage Device and connected it to our network so users of the network have a central storage place.


In this part we will be building a Web and Email Server which will be referred to as the “Web and Email Server”. To achieve this we will be using CentOS 4.4 as the Operating System and script's provided by Qmail-Toaster to install other required software components and do most of the configuration. Some of the various software components used in this solution will be mentioned in this part but if you require more information please visit http://www.qmailtoaster.com



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Technical - How to Re-partition a Hard Disk Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

How to Re-Partition a Hard Disk

There are many systems shipped pre-installed with an operating system, usually installed to the C: partition of the internal hard disk. You may also find that the C: partition is the only partition that happens to fill the entire hard disk.


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Technical - Building a Network for 50 Part 4 Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Can you build a network for 50 quid? Part 4


In part 3 we built an IPCOP Router and we connected our Hub/Switch, internet connection and a PC. So we should have at least one PC on the network that can access the internet.


In this part we will be building a Network Attached Storage unit which will be referred to as the “NAS box”. We will be using a product called FreeNAS to achieve this.



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Technical - Building a Network for 50 Part 3 Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Can you build a network for 50 quid? Part 3

In part 2 I finally acquired all the parts for under £50. It's now time to start turning a pile of components into a working and useful network. Even though the 'centre' of the LAN (Local Area Network) will be the switch, the centre of the whole network in this instance is the Router.



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Technical - Backing up data to a USB Hard Disk Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Backing up Data to a USB Hard Disk

Many of us have an External USB Storage Device and have found how useful they are, from being able to transport data to storing a 'Ghost' image of your PC's configuration.



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Technical - Building a Network for 50 Part 2 Print E-mail
Written by Richard Smith   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Can you build a network for 50 quid? Part 2

I've spent some time thinking and researching this and I must say this is the hardest part for me. I'm heavily experienced in configuring and building but purchasing to such a small budget is proving the challenging bit.



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