Monthly Archive: January 2016

Three months of WordPress: A review

In October I’d had enough of this website. I had topics I wanted to talk about, but getting them onto the screen was so difficult thanks to a half finished editor and a lack of motivation on my part to finish getting the site working. For the first eight years of owning this website, I’d steadfastly refused to use WordPress or any other CMS system. Then I decided to give it another go. It’s amazing what a few years of development on a product can do. The experience went from being impossibly annoying, to being relatively straightforward. Three months on,…
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Sennheiser CX5.00G: Review and Reboxing

For this review, let’s cut to the chase. Don’t buy the Sennheiser CX5.00G headset. Audio wise they’re not bad, but having gone through two pairs of them in the last year, I simply cannot recommend them. In recognition of this fact, rather than showing an unboxing, here’s some photos of the reboxing, just prior to them getting sent back to Amazon. It should be noted that Amazon have been absolutely amazing when it comes to their customer service. They replaced the first pair, and this time gave me a full refund. Sennheiser CX5.00GThe initial impression I got when I first…
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The public’s view of Monitoring

Occasionally an issue turns up in the news that captures the public’s imagination and highlights the scale of their ignorance. The BBC and other news outlets did this on Thursday when they reported on a case from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The ECHR ruled that an employer was within their rights to read private messages sent using a work computer. Anybody that has worked in the information security field will be well aware of email monitoring being a fundamental part of Data Loss Prevention (DLP). Reading through the 1200+ comments on the BBC article, what becomes clear…
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How low can you go? The cheapest PC

I was having a chat with a friend about about cheap PCs the other day. We began to wonder, given the massive drop in the cost of components, what’s the cheapest PC you can build? Using scan.co.uk who are my goto place for computer supplies, I decided to find out. First, we need to work out what this machine will be used for. If we’re going for cheap, then gaming is out, meaning it’s going to be used for a bit of web browsing and perhaps a bit of word processing / spreadsheeting. In reality, if that was all the…
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Happy 2016 Everybody

So here we are, mid way through the first week of the new year. The hangover of the holiday has been replaced by work, chores, and of course, eating the customary mountain of Christmas chocolate. Overall though, 2016 is looking to be a good year. For me, my personal highlights in 2016 will be becoming a father. Marking 10 years since I left secondary school, and five since I graduated from university. Also, continuing to grow in my role as an Information Security Professional. I’ve resolved to lose some weight, which means cutting down on the aforementioned chocolate, and getting…
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