A simple Nextcloud deployment for your home or small business

Cloud storage apps such as Dropbox or OneDrive pose a significant advantage over traditional file servers, they can synchronise local and remote copies of files, allowing for fast loading times and the ability to access your data from anywhere and the ability to share files with other people who don’t have access to your network. … Read more

Customising Pi-hole block lists: adding local and third-party rules

While ad-blocking generally results in a faster, more secure and less cluttered browsing experience it is not without its drawbacks. Increasingly pages are refusing to work with ad-blockers and links will redirect to an advertising or tracking domain before redirecting you to the page you requested. In these cases, rather than enhancing your browsing experience, … Read more

Kodi media server on Ubuntu 18.04

Kodi has long been a favourite among media centre enthusiasts, its full screen interface gives a set-top-box like feel to your media PC and its remote control apps for iOS and Android make for a much better TV-watching experience than having to constantly reach for a keyboard and mouse. With version 18 Kodi also includes … Read more

Pi-hole: an open source ad-blocker for your home or company

In the enterprise it is common practice for the network administrator to filter or block certain content which may be inappropriate for a work or educational environment. By using open source technology it is possible to implement DNS level content blocking for your home network. Why block content? There are several reasons why one might … Read more