I had a need to use a Windows 10 laptop, with a USB<–>rs232 cable. It’s now over an hour since I switched the laptop on and I’m still waiting for Windows to update .NET and other rubbish. Last week with my mac I plugged the cable in and was good to go in under 10 seconds. Windows really does make it difficult to like it sometimes…
A failed disk in my Xpenology NAS mash-up has prompted a search for a new NAS. Some 7 or 8 years ago I bought an HP EX490 MediaSmart server running Microsoft’s excellent Home Server OS. Why they canned it I will never understand. It was ideal for serving a family’s needs with shared storage, photo and media server etc etc, all with a simple to configure (but complex behind the scenes) disk raid array system. Continue reading New NAS time
I’m more or less tied into the Google infrastructure now, having had a beta version of Google Apps years ago which, once launched as a service, gave me a full 50 user Apps package free for life. Google Apps has been running our email, calendars and cloud storage for several years with no problems. Continue reading Google Keep
Recently had cause to search out a mind mapping tool, either mac or cloud based. Lots out there and for a while iThoughts was the favourite, especially as it had iOS and mac versions. The £37.99 tag put me off a little as I probably only need this tool once in a blue moon. Eventually I came across Coggle, a cloud based solution for the grand sum of £0. Continue reading Coggle – free mind mapping
Been trying out the iOS app for WordPress and have to say I’m impressed. Generally I use joomla for most of the websites I create/manage but I thought I’d give WordPress a go for my personal site. The iOS app will be a godsend for creating blog posts when out and about from mobile devices, something joomla still struggles with.