Posts Tagged ‘vpn’

At last week’s Ignite conference Microsoft announce a set of new networking capabilities for its Azure cloud described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS offerings such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities […]

There has been a LOT of noise over the past week about David Cameron’s proposals to have default on web filters for UK ISPs (which seems to be happening despite it not being part of official government policy, and entirely outside of any legislative framework). Claire Perry (Conservative MP for Devizes) has been leading the […]

Last week I saw that major credit card companies are blocking payments to VPN services: This is bad news if you want to protect your stuff online (or pretend that you’re in another country). One way to deal with this is to run your own VPN service in the cloud. This is of course of […]

My New Job


I’ve started a new job as CTO for CohesiveFT. It’s a great company with a great team and some great products and services. As I’ve known many of the people since before the company was founded this post could be subtitled ‘a brief history of CohesiveFT’. The people and pre-history Alexis Richardson was the instigator. […]

Almost a couple of years ago (shortly before taking a role that put me back under the yolk of corporate web filtering) I wrote the wrong sort of radio to describe how ridiculous and counter-productive such things are. It simply doesn’t make much sense to cut off the Internet at the desktop when everybody has it in […]

In part 1 I went through setting up an SSH tunnel, and waking up machines on the home network. In this part I’ll run through how to use various protocols and clients to connect to machines on the home network. SSH tunnels on PuTTY SSH lets you tunnel many other protocols through it (using a […]

In this post I’m going to cover setting up a network tunnel and waking up other computers on the home network. Why use a Raspberry Pi? A tunnel needs two ends, so at home this means leaving at least one machine switched on – keeping the electricity meter turning. One of the great things about […]



For some time I’ve used SSH tunnels as a means to pretend that I’m somewhere else to avoid geography filters, or to otherwise sneak past content filters. This is fine for regular HTTP(S) traffic from a browser, where it is easy to define a proxy server, but doesn’t work so well for other applications – […]

The arrival of my EFM connection meant that I needed to find some way of balancing load (and failing over) between the new EFM and the existing ADSL. Thankfully there’s a healthy market in low end load balancers, and after digging through some reviews I went for the DrayTek Vigor 2820n. ADSL The device is […]

After some reflection on my recent series of posts about Paremus ServiceFabric on EC2 I realise that I never provided a high level commentary on what each of the moving parts does, and why they’re important. Paremus ServiceFabric – this is a distributed OSGi runtime framework. The point is that you can package an application […]