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.cc and B&Q


Grr. My favourite personal email address is under the .cc top level domain. I love the address, it is my equivalent of a personalised number plate. But, B&Q’s website says it is invalid. It is about the only site I have found that rejects it. I believe it is taking exception to the .cc TLD….

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MFJ Enterprises RigPi – Webcam Problem/Missing


I’m aiming to do a small write-up here on this natty piece of gear. At this point I’ll say I am very impressed with how well it operates, but I need to give it a much harder workout before I can really comment. That might be a short while yet, but I hit one problem…

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Hot dust


Sounds like a good name for a band. But I’m referring to a smell. I’ve been furloughed for quite a long period now (nearly half a year now I work it out). It’s been difficult keeping my brain focused at times, seems like it will never end. One thing I have steeled myself to do…

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People keep calling my landline saying they are returning my call


At work we started having a problem last week where people were calling our desktop direct dial numbers saying they were returning our calls. We don’t advertise our direct dial numbers. It quickly became apparent that the people calling were not part of a scam, were returning calls they had genuinely received and missed and…

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DEFCON 27


I’m back at DEFCON again, it is difficult to stay away once you’ve been… I seem to be going through the usual re-discovery of how to make life easier here, so I will blog notes here which will hopefully be useful to others too. Eating: Breakfast is probably best at McDonald’s at first. I remembered…

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Dear Dad, wish you could see this!


Dear Dad, You left us in 1999, it happened to be on 20th July, the 30th anniversary of the first moon walk. Thirty years before, I remember you sitting in a chair in our new house, a 405 line black and white tv on, watching what seemed like a never-changing picture of those moon walkers….

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Emailing from Excel (and others) says no MAPI client, ‘Old version of Outlook running’ or ‘No profile setup in Outlook’.


We had a good one today. Initially it was noticed a new install of Exchequer (accounting and stock system) on a brand new laptop would not allow dcuments to be emailed. Said MAPI was unavailable. Office 2013 had been installed from a standard ISO and a mail account and so profile was setup, available and…

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Hackerboxes


I wanted to make a comment about how damn good the monthly Hackerbox from hackerboxes.com is. I had seen them online, but it was only when I was at DEFCON last year that I was able to peer inside the boxes they were selling there. Irresistible. As soon as I returned home I subscribed. They…

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MST124 and on…


I have not managed to post about my OU experiences as much as I would have liked. Last year I studied MST124 – Essential Mathematics. I did also begin S141 but very quickly found I didn’t enjoy it so stopped that. I seriously enjoyed MST124. One reason for beginning this degree in Astronomy and Planetary…

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Letting go of our ‘stuff’


This is an indulgent post, so forgive me. I have categorised it under Personal so that does explain it away. Since I lost my wife last year, I keep getting these sudden, crystal-clear insights into┬áideas. One that frequently hits, and hit they do, is the concept that in a sudden moment, all of your stuff,…

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