Installing non-free network drivers on Debian

As you might have seen, I’ve been building, and setting up my home server, and during that time, I had a lot of issues getting things working.  Some were from my own stupidity (like installing the GRUB loader on the wrong hard drive so it wouldn’t be read at boot time) and others weren’t so much my fault, but the fact some of the hardware I have doesn’t have open source drivers.

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Setting up your web server

I spend quite a lot of time on StackOverflow, both in terms of finding answers for something I need, and also for helping people out with their issues.  One question I see quite a lot is around security permissions for creating files on the server.  Usually these questions are for PHP, and as such I’m going to address this post as if PHP developers are sensible and deploy on a LAMP stack.

More often than not, I see the posts and they have something along the lines of the following:

I’ve set the permissions to 777 but it’s still not working

It makes me want to turn into the Hulk and smash things.

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Keeping data secure

Following the news this week that South Wales Police have been hit with a fine of £160,000 for not reporting missing data for two years, I got thinking about the importance of keeping data secure.

The case itself is an extreme example of why you should keep data secure.  You really don’t want evidence in a very serious case just going walk about.  Beyond that, looking more towards home personal data, there are many good reasons of why you want data to be secure, and many ways of doing it.

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Why Windows 10 is not bad thing

Microsoft have announced that their new operating system, Windows 10, should be ready for release later in 2015.  If history is to be repeated, we can look forward to new machines being shipped with it in August, and the general public can get their hands on it in October; which is what happened with Windows 8 back in 2012.  That’s not a very long life for Windows 8, which was frowned upon for having lost the “Start” menu (brought back for 8.1) and generally being designed for tablet and touch screen users rather than those on a traditional desktop.  Personally I have always liked Windows 8, even if it did take some getting used to.  Yes 8.1 is better than standard 8, and much more user friendly, but I think the dislike towards the current operating system is because Microsoft made a change from what it’s had people get used to for the last 20-odd years.  Windows 10 looks to bring that format back, using a mix of the traditional start menu, and a slight mix in of the “metro” interface from Windows 8.

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