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Journal, ISO week 2018-W48

last week

Well, that didn't entirely go according to plan!

I haven't published a journal article for four weeks. Simply because other things have had to take priority.

That shift in priorities started on the 12th November when a major server used by my web and email hosting company started to spew errors from both of it's ...

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Photo Friday: 2018-11-16

It's been a cold and drizzly day at the end of a rather cold and rainy week; so here's a bright and sunny flower to provide a bit of cheer.

Taken in July 2018.

White, sunny flowers

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Choosing a live chat application

I want to add a line chart option to PaTMa, both for enquiries and pre sales questions as well as support for subscribers.

But it seems there are a lot of live chat options out there at the moment. So, as much as a record for myself as anything, I thought I'd document the ones I've considered and ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W44

last week

Gaming time

Over a month ago I decided to make some changes that were intended to reduce the amount of time I waste on time-demanding (and perhaps not so enjoyable) games. This week I took a few minutes to see how I've been getting on.

The time I spent playing games (I think this is all time-sucking ...

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Photo Friday: 2018-11-02

Having rather overdone flowers from our visit to Sheringham in the summer, this week I'm sneaking in some Sheringham trees just to finish the collection (there might also be one or two more distant flowers too).

All taken in June 2018.

Sheringham trees

Sheringham trees

Sheringham trees

Sheringham trees

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W43

last week

Oops!

I got so late with posting my journal last week, and still didn't find time to edit and publish it later in the week, that I decided to roll it over to this week. I've decided to just edit everything together so this post covers the last two weeks.

Co-working

I ran another free co-working ...

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Photo Friday: 2018-10-26

It's another week of flowers from our visit to Sheringham in the summer. The last week of flower focus I think though.

All taken in June 2018.

Sheringham flowers

Sheringham flowers

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W41

last week

All Secure Domains

Having been working on lots of behind the scenes things like server upgrades and migrations over the last few weeks and months for All Secure Domains, this week I started rolling out DKIM signing of outbound email. This is currently only for customers who host DNS and email with ASD - the DNS records are automatically ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W40

last week

House repairs

It's only taken us ten years of living here but we've finally had a panel in our kitchen moved over by 1cm so we can actually fit our washing machine fully under the counter. A day for celebration!

Micropreneurs social

Another first-Thursday rolled past this week and hence so did another Redhill Micropreneurs social ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W39

last week

Heating

We have given up! Our heating has been switched on. We were trying to make it to the totally arbitrary goal of reaching October before needing to do such, but after a couple of very cold and disturbed (presumably related) nights, we decided to give up just a little early. I wonder how long it will be ...

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LXD on LVM - thinpool setup

No matter what I tried I couldn't convince "lxd init" to create, or configure an existing, LVM thinpool for it's use!

So I ended up doing it rather more manually...

Basic requirements before getting started at all:

apt install lxd thin-provisioning-tools

Then create a thinpool, in this case using all of the remaining space on the "local" volume ...