Author Archives: Brian

Miscrosoft Teams – stop it auto starting

The fact Microsoft is forcing Teams onto every computer is extremely annoying and it seems they have made it deliberately difficult to prevent it from auto starting. I’ve found 3 different fixes; From the main Windows interface, Select the Start Windows logo … Continue reading

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Letsencrypt SSL Certificates by DNS Challenge with Lighttpd

LAN HTTPS Everywhere The aim of this investigation was to find a way to deploy HTTPS certificates on my LAN.  This might seem over the top, but a) Troy Hunt thinks it is a good idea and b) I was … Continue reading

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BT Broadband – Faster Speeds – Yes Really

Well BT have done what they said.  I’ve even noticed a slight up tick today so it is obviously still training to the fastest possible stable rate. by

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Ubiquiti USG Home Setup

I treated myself to an Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG) this week, bought off Netxl but Via Amazon (as it was cheaper).  The setup was not quite as straightforward as the AP I installed a couple of months ago.  In … Continue reading

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BT Broadband – Faster Speeds

BT have said they are going to increase my speed This I find really interesting as I hardly use what I have.  I monitor my speed on an hourly basis, As you can see, it is pretty reliable.  The dips … Continue reading

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Cloudflared DNS over HTTPS (DoH) and Pi-Hole

(Using the new WordPress Editor and I am not sure I like it – in fact I hate it.  Gone back via the ‘Classic Editor’ plugin) Background I have been following Troy Hunt and Scott Hulme, 2 well known security … Continue reading

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UniFi Controller on a Pi or DietPi

Having just invested in a UniFi AP UAP-AC-Lite (it is absolutely fantastic), and refusing to spend £70 on the USB UniFi controller or wanting to use the cloud system, I needed to get the UniFi controller installed.  I didn’t expect … Continue reading

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Pi-Hole and Disabling dnsmaq

Pi-Hole no longer uses the dnsmasq DNS proxy directly. However, existing installations will still have it installed and the service will still attempt to run and fail (as it should). I was keen to get rid of it as I’m … Continue reading

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Systemd Timer and monit

Why is it that, so often, a key bit of information is assumed by documentation writers? I’ve had an issue for a while where monit will fail to start properly on boot.  The issue is that with DietPi, it seems … Continue reading

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Contributing to Open Source Projects on GitHub

If it has crossed your mind to contribute to an Open Source project, but GitHub just seems too daunting, then I’d suggest reading this tutorial. The bit that got me was how to actually contribute and this section explains it … Continue reading

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