The home network revamp continues!

It’s time for the second part of my network upgrade series.

This may be extremely geeky, and I’m yet to get to what will pass (even vaguely) as interesting in this project, however if you’re sticking with me over this journey then I’ll show my first purchases and, crucially, unveil the main event – the rack!

There’s not much more to say. Please watch the video to see what I’ve bought.

Coming next will be two supplementary videos in the series where I unbox my new rack mounted switch and my UPS. After that will be part 3 of the revamp series when things really start coming together.

My office revamp. The big cable untangle!

June 30, 2017

My home office has had more or less the same layout since I first moved into my current home in 2009. Sure, I’ve altered things here and there and slopped a new colour of paint on the walls every so often but the basic layout has pretty much stayed the same. Until now. As a project for the remainder of […]

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I’ve finally bought a games console

November 22, 2016

I’ve never been what you might call a “hard core gamer” (and that’s not someone who plays video games in their underwear), however for some strange reason, at the ripe old age of (nearly) 47, I’ve decided to buy my first top of the range dedicated console. Why? When I first owned a computer in the mid-1980’s (a […]

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Changing from a Canon cartridge printer to an Epson EcoTank

September 10, 2016

For the last 6 years I’ve been using a Canon MX 870 printer. It was a good printer, the quality was fine and I liked the fact that it had multi-functions and 2 paper trays. However there was one fatal flaw with the device that meant that it just had to go! For some time now (years, […]

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Changing from an ISP supplied router to an Airport Extreme

May 30, 2016

Like many people, for some time I’ve been using the router that has been given to me by my internet service provider (ISP) and, mostly, it’s been something that I haven’t given an awful lot of thought to. However, network problems are not unusual so perhaps the time has come to think again. When I made my […]

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Why the EU Remain campaign needs to start being positive

March 3, 2016

If you’re in the UK and haven’t been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will be well aware that on 23 June 2016 everyone of voting age in this country will be able to have their say on whether we stay in or leave the European Union. It’s a big decision […]

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Introduction to the Apple Watch

January 30, 2016

The Apple Watch launched in April 2015, so this blog post and video recorded in January 2016 is, in product terms, quite late! However, like many people, I purchased an Apple Watch (in my case the Sport edition) for Christmas 2015 and these are my thoughts. The video features a complete look at the Apple Watch […]

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Quick tip for Synology users with a Mac

January 22, 2016

Here’s a quick tip for anyone with a Synology NAS drive who uses it with a Mac running OS X El Capitan (although this should work under Yosemite and perhaps even Mavericks). When listing directories over the network there can, for particularly large folders, be a noticeable delay before the directory contents is displayed on screen. Thankfully, a delay like […]

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A demo of my sit/stand desk

November 17, 2015

Regular readers (who are they?) will be aware that I have a desk that enables me to raise or lower it so I can use it in a traditional sitting or a standing position. This kind of thing is ideal for an accompanying video, so here it is! I’ll be making a more detailed video […]

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