State of The Mac 2020- Updated May 2020

We like Macs, but there are some er, less desirable models in the line up- so If you’re buying a new Mac this year, what specs to recommend? This post was originally written in March 2017, and since then Apple has updated pretty much everything- I have updated each of...

Backups For Normal People

‘I’m on my way to JB Hifi, what drive should I buy for backups?’ That’s usually the first thing I hear from mates who have suddenly realised that their data is not immortal. In my day job I have commercial clients whose businesses would...

Cloudberry Fail

One of the things that keeps us awake at nights is the fear that a ransomware attack will take out one or more of our clients. They don’t seem quite as worried as us, maybe because they have us to worry? But really the only sure fire way of having your backups...

Pi-Hole on Synology in Docker

(This post is now outdated as the technique does not work with Pi-Hole version 4. Here is the technique for Version 4) This is just a short note on installing this. It is a very quick process, but it took me way longer than it should have because I misunderstood a...

Credit Card Payment Providers

I’ve just spent some time comparing payment providers in an attempt to Get a better deal than I currently get from the bank reduce the ongoing costs from the bank Just to be clear, I’ve been using Xero for some time to do all of my invoicing (I moved over...

Virtualising Your Physical Mac Assets- P2V

So I hope you haven’t bothered to read my 2000 word epic about this that I’ve been working on for weeks. It’s essentially a very long laundry list of things that don’t work. After getting VMWare involved I did think however that we might both...