Archive for the ‘howto’ Category

I like to have permanent SSH connections from (a VM on) my home network to the various virtual private servers (VPSs) that I have scattered around the globe as these give me SOCKS proxies that I can use to make my web traffic appear from the US or the Netherlands or wherever (as mentioned in […]

TL;DR Getting a Midas Plus squirting properly again is very easy once you learn the secret of removing and cleaning the thermostatic cartridge. A simple procedure due to some great design, but one that isn’t documented anywhere that I could find. Background In just over a year since I had a new shower fitted as […]

Why? Everything you access on the Internet starts with a Domain Name System (DNS) query to turn a name like into an IP address like Typically the DNS server that provides that answer is run by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) but you might also use alternative DNS servers like Google ( Either way […]



TL;DR One of the best features of Cloudflare’s new DNS service is the privacy provided by DNS over TLS, but some setup is required to make use of it. I put Unbound onto the OpenWRT routers I use as DNS servers for my home network so that I could use it. Background Yesterday Cloudflare […]

TL;DR The UP2 is a rebadged Drayton LP822, which means that it can operate in 1, 5/2 or 7 day modes, set with a jumper on the back. So if yours is set to 1 day (like mine was) then you can get loads more flexibility by changing that jumper. Background My central heating was […]

A little while ago I got myself an original[1] Wileyfox Swift to replace my ageing Samsung S4 Mini. The Amazon page I bought it from gave the impression that it would run Android 7, but that page was (and likely still is)[2] really confusing as it covered multiple versions of the Swift line up. The […]

A colleague asked me the other day how to get started with GitHub on a Windows machine, and I ended up doing a quick screen share to show him my usual setup. Thinking that it’s likely a common question I’ve put together a quick screencast of installing Git Bash and Atom on Windows, and using […]

TL;DR I thought I could put Squid in front of an SSH tunnel, but it can’t do that. Thankfully Polipo can do the trick. Why? I was quite happy when it was just spies that were allowed to spy on me (even if they might have been breaking the law by doing so), but I […]

TL;DR A relay board from eBay combined with a cheap wireless doorbell from Amazon allowed me to extend my existing wired doorbell. Background I got the loft of my house converted into a home office. I love it up there, but if I shut the door (to keep noise out) then I can’t hear the […]

TL;DR Copying the contents of one SSD to a larger one (and making use of the extra space) should be simple, but there are a few gotchas. A combination of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard and some command line tools got the job done though. Background SSDs have been reasonably cheap for some time, but now […]