FileSync – The Android app I made for synchronising files & folders between devices

FileSync – The Android app I made for synchronising files & folders between devices

A few years back, after sitting in traffic for an hour listening to the radio, having forgotten to put the SD card with all my music on back into the car, I had one of those “there has to be a better way” moments. See, my car’s SD slot is the perfect way to store my library of music for easy access, but it’s not the perfect way to keep that library up to date. For that, I have to…

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Hell’s itch

Hell’s itch

Being a fairly typical computer nerd who spends his days programming and his evenings talking finance and fintech, it will come as no surprise to hear that I’m not the biggest fan of laying my body out in the sun and waiting for the sky to change me to a pink colour in the hope I might turn brown and gain some kind of bragging rights. That said, my particularly fierce disdain for sunbathing comes as the result of something…

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Do not travel without this FREE tool (and get £5 for trying it!)

Do not travel without this FREE tool (and get £5 for trying it!)

Can’t be bothered reading the article? Here’s an advanced summary (skip this if you prefer the narrative approach): Curve is a free to get MasterCard It comes pre-loaded with £5 credit if you use visit https://curve.page.link/t1AU and use code RC19U (and I get £5 too!) It works at home and abroad, with no fees and the very best currency conversion rate You can even use it to get cash out when you land in another country, for free When you…

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Why (almost) everyone should have a credit card (and why they should use it for EVERYTHING)

Why (almost) everyone should have a credit card (and why they should use it for EVERYTHING)

DISCLAIMER: There’s a very good reason for me putting that “almost” in the title. Credit cards are, in my opinion, a 100% no brainer for anybody capable of responsibly managing their money. However, if you are even slightly unsure of your ability to do so, they’re not for you. Every single benefit of a credit card is a mere fraction of the downsides that can come from poor management. The #1 rule for this entire concept is to pay off your credit…

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Delays, delays, delays. An unlucky experience with Merseyrail & Virgin Trains.

Delays, delays, delays. An unlucky experience with Merseyrail & Virgin Trains.

I write this blog post… review… trip report… whatever you want to call it, with the complete opposite of rose-tinted glasses on. The reason for this however is not that my train was delayed, or cancelled, or re-routed, but that it was in fact all 3 of those things. Accordingly, rather than writing this from my hotel room after arriving, or from home once the return leg of the trip concludes, I am instead writing it from Tring station, just…

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WikiMap – a live map view of Wikipedia edits

WikiMap – a live map view of Wikipedia edits

A few months back I stumbled across Hatnote’s Listen to Wikpedia project, a wonderful little tool that emits gentle tones and sounds every time someone edits a page on Wikipedia, as well as outputting some basic information onto the screen. I came across the project from a Reddit post that mentioned its use as background music to put you to sleep, but personally I actually found it better to use whilst working. In any case, the biggest takeaway from the…

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Updating Ubuntu server 14.10 in 2018

Updating Ubuntu server 14.10 in 2018

Just… why? Recently I was tasked with updating a number of legacy servers running Ubuntu 14.10. Aside from the obvious security issues of running an OS several years out of date, there were a number of newer packages that simply wouldn’t work anymore, so we decided it was time to bite the bullet, update, and deal with the inevitable incompatibilities that we came across afterwards. Now normally, updating an OS isn’t a terribly difficult thing to do, especially when that…

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