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Home server docker-compose

Another step in making a throw-away home server: docker-compose. Find my compose file and setup script at I learned how to use docker-compose while working on reverse-proxying sdv, find out more:

Home server backups

The setup Ubuntu server domU xen host Ubuntu server xen VM with LUKS full disk encryption docker-compose syncthing with built-in "Staggered File Versioning" Plan Plug in usb external hdd, with full disk encryption (i.e. a LUKS partition taking up almost... Continue Reading →

Running sdv in docker

Just bought a shared server with bytemark. (£10/month), Installed vanilla ubuntu 16.04LTS server using the control panel (virtually one-click). (Love the cancel button text!) Ssh'd in, created my own user to use with sudo instead of root. Ran the following,... Continue Reading →

Patreon open source funding

I'm now on patreon. Hopefully this will provide enough funding that I can take better care of the open source projects that I look after. Since becoming a daddy it's become hard to find the time to do free work... Continue Reading →

Dustbin of ideas – IT Contractor Buddy

I've talked to a couple of people experienced in the recruitment industry and it appears that the contractor buddy business idea has some fatal flaws and is unlikely to succeed. You might be surprised to hear that I consider this... Continue Reading →

IT Contractor buddy

A new job-hunting assistant for contractors Calling all IT contractors; would you pay to have some of the pain of contract hunting taken away? I'm considering launching a business for IT contractors like myself that will do the tedious and... Continue Reading →

New home server with Xen and docker

No cloud mkay? Going against the current received wisdom I personally am not keen to trade the convenience of the public cloud sync services such as dropbox, onedrive, google drive etc for the fact that this means that all my... Continue Reading →

Startup competitors – Data Viewer

If you follow my ramblings you might know that I've revived my interest in creating a commercial tool to help devs, dbas etc browse their sql databases. I've done some research before and didn't find much on a par with... Continue Reading →

New year new blog, happy 2017

I've used blogger for years, but the layout for code has not improved for a long time. I've also found my domain's website stagnating because of the hassle of updating it, so I've moved the whole kaboodle to Find... Continue Reading →

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