Fun with Firewalls

Firewalls are not fun.  I’ve got to open with that statement as I’ve been doing a lot of work with firewalls in the past couple of weeks.  It’s not been the most enjoyable of experiences, but I can see why it is needed.

Home Media Server – Part 3 – Samba Configuration

As part of the file server set up, I’ve created a Samba share in order to facilitate easily adding files to it form other devices around the house.  It’s not been plain sailing, and I’m still not convinced my setup is right, but here’s the pain steps I went through using the terminal on Debian:

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, […]

Home file server update

I’ve not forgotten to post about my file server, I just haven’t finished setting it up yet, and therefore haven’t finished the post.  I’m running into some issues getting the operating system to work how I want it.  It sound picky, but there’s some hardware issues involved too, which are being a pain.

Creating a home file server – Part 1

This post is the start of a series on setting up a home file server. There’s lots of them out there, but I wanted to document the process I have gone through so that I have a record of it in future, and so that there is an up-to-date resource somewhere online for doing it.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]