This post is to help you improve mobile broadband speed on your linux system, be it a laptop, notebook, tablet or desktop. The same guide should work equally well under windows as the software used is freely available on those platforms – the configuration files should be exactly the same so feel free to give it a try!

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DIY 8Tb NAS for under 360 pounds

By admin on April 12th, 2012
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An 8Tb storage system for under £360? Is that even possible, and if so – how? That was the task I set out for myself during 2011 as storage space in our home was running low and a suitable tower case was donated to me. We run a media server for storing our photos, home movies, licensed content as well as video captured from our home security system. On top of that, I needed a place to put the nightly backups of my production servers and figured where better than my own front room? In order to do all of that, enter my DIY NAS.

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http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2012/press_022112.html

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The problem
For the past year or so I have relied heavily on a T-Mobile broadband dongle for when I am out and about. Generally the speed has been OK – at least 1mbps when signal is good – though I have seen it as high as 4mbps at times.

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HTTP statuscats API

By admin on December 16th, 2011
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After seeing the awesome HTTP status cats by Girliemac, I have knocked together a quick and easy API to allow webmasters, administrators (and anyone else really) to be able to use the status cats as a replacement for the standard error codes on a web server

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Kirstie and Phils House Hunter App

By admin on September 26th, 2011
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A mate over at the BBC let me know that a cool iphone app for house hunting is on offer. Im not one for normally promoting products, but this one seems pretty cool

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$500k bitcoin theft

By admin on June 15th, 2011
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Recently a user on the bitcoin forums reported a theft of a very large amount of bitcoins – 25,000 of them (worth approx $500,000 USD). See here. This is, to my knowledge, the first major theft of such a large amount of the virtual currency (assuming the reports are true!).

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Western Digital SATA errors under linux

By admin on May 19th, 2011
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I have a problem with a SATA drive from western digital when running under linux. Sometimes errors get thrown and the device stops responding fr a while. The drive performed perfectly under windows. The errors show up in ‘dmesg’ like this

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Update May 20th 19:42Z+0100: Mozilla have re-instated the ant.com downloader to the addons site, however it is now classed as ‘experimental’. As I have said elsewhere in this article, it was pretty clear this mechanism was involved with traffic ranking, however it would have been great if the privacy policy had been correct and told me that the behavior happened and that it did have unique (U)UID’s & cookies in there. I wish ant.com the best of luck with their search engine project and software, just please – keep the privacy policy a little more accurate next time chaps?
*end update*

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Updated location applet

By admin on April 23rd, 2011
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Following the recent article on El Reg by Dan Goodin, I have updated the location applet I wrote back in Feb 2010

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