Category Archives: Computers and Internet

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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Adding a second wifi antenna to Acer Idea 500/510

I upgraded the Wifi card in my Acer Idea 510 some time ago to a 802.11n model that supports 300mbps, but for some time I have known that I have not been getting the full performance from this card, mainly … Continue reading

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DRAC 5 “Error when reading from SSL Socket”

I had this error this morning, it has something to do with later versions of Java disabling support for SSLv3, I know there have been some serious SSL vulnerabilities of late so it may be related to that. Anyway, it … Continue reading

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Upgrade to 2TB HDD in Sky+ HD Box (Amstrad DRX890)

Like many people, I was finding the default HDD size in the Amstrad DRX890 Sky+ HD box to be a bit small. Too many HD recordings were taking up too much space and it was a constant battle to watch … Continue reading

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How to protect yourself against the Shellshock BASH vulnerability

Like many people I was quite shocked to learn about the recent vulnerability in BASH that can leave servers wide open to attack. My SugarCRM system has been running on Ubuntu for the past two years, and has ports wide … Continue reading

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Have you noticed how slow or laggy Google Chrome is now?

A recent update to Google Chrome (one of these versions seems to be the culprit… 35/36/37) seems to have caused some unintended side-effects. I noticed that it is now really slow when typing text into a web form, and selecting … Continue reading

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Generating VAT invoices for Skype

Skype, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to remove the ability to download VAT invoices – this makes it tricky for those of us who want to claim back the VAT or use our personal Skype accounts and submit monthly … Continue reading

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