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DEC VAX nostalgia

Between 1988 and 1996 I worked for a couple of companies that operated DEC VAX computer systems. I was initially employed as an Analyst/Programmer for Westland Helicopters in Yeovil, Somerset, and used a DEC VAX 11/750 in their Composite Systems … Continue reading

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Comparing ear plugs

It seems to be incredibly difficult to find out all the different attenuation levels that different ear plugs provide. By scouring Amazon Q&A, product pages and images I have managed to start building a list. There are two ways that … Continue reading

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Torrent trackers – June 2018

Torrent trackers come and go, and it can be hard to find a reliable list. I just re-seeded the RN510 firmware for the upgrade post I wrote here and needed to find a new list of trackers. After some googling I … Continue reading

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Configuring the Audi MMI WiFi hot-spot

If you want to use the Audi MMI WiFi hot-spot to route data over your phone’s 4G/LTE connection rather than the embedded (eSIM), there are a couple things you need to know. Firstly, the eSIM does not come with the … Continue reading

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Installing racadm on CentOS 6

I needed to install Dell’s racadm utility on CentOS recently. The bundles that you can get from Dell only seem to support RHEL, and whilst CentOS is supposed to be compatible, the Dell installer unfortunately performs an O/S level check … Continue reading

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Oracle, stop trying to install crapware with Java updates!

If Oracle really want people to keep their Java installations up to date, they really must stop trying to trick people into installing crapware, it’s no wonder that whenever I visit my elderly Mum I find her laptop infested will … Continue reading

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Blocking PPI claims management company phone numbers

Like many people in the UK, I regularly get called on one of my mobile phones from a PPI or accident claims management company. This is incredibly annoying but the latest round of calls are using identifiable caller-id numbers – … Continue reading

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