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I was on a sprint planning call last week where it felt like we spent way too much time getting the labels in our various repos straightened out. After a little Googling I found various scripts that use the GitHub API to manage labels. But nothing that seemed easy enough. So… I pulled together my […]


The @ Company uses a lot of SSL certificates, and we’ve been using ZeroSSL and its Certbot wrapper zerossl-bot to automate how we manage certs. But we wanted more control over the process, which has driven us towards the ZeroSSL API. Sadly the docs don’t provide usage examples, which has made it quite a journey […]


Background Earlier in the year I wrote about upgrading from my old DS411j to a new DS420j, and how simple the upgrade process was. But I knew there would be trouble ahead, as Synology doesn’t provide a way to upgrade volumes created on its 32bit systems past 16TB. Last weekend one of my HGST 4TB […]


TL;DR Replace layouts/index.html with layouts/_default/single.html in your chosen theme. The home page for the site will be created from content/_index.md and additional pages can be created at content/pagename/index.md (NB no _ before index that time). Background $daughter0 has offered to build web sites for some friends and family members, which means she’s learning various aspects […]


Saturday was very rainy, so I thought I’d finally get around to upgrading my home lab from ESXi 5.5 to 6.5. I started with my #2 Gen 8 Microserver as I don’t have any live VMs on it, and thus began many wasted hours of reboot after reboot failing to get anything to work. Slow […]


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 google.com into an IP address like 216.58.218.14. 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 (8.8.8.8). Either way […]


Using 1.1.1.1

02Apr18

TL;DR One of the best features of Cloudflare’s new 1.1.1.1 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 […]