In my professional life I’ve worked in a number of IT roles, including a Systems Engineer in the British Army, and an IT manager for a national IT support company. My current role with HP Enterprise Security Services brings me back to my IT security roots from the Army.
Working as part of a 24×7 team of shift engineers, we manage a number of security devices across multiple enterprise customers. Firewalls, load balancers, proxy servers, email security, and encryption are all regulars on our list of managed devices.
Over the past 24 hours, I’ve been having a right nightmare upgrading my Samsung Galaxy S3 to CyanogenMod 11. After getting an update alert, I duly updated; but my device decided to start freezing every minute or so – requiring a reboot to fix the problem.
I tried flashing, factory resetting, wiping the cache and even formatting the /system partition, but nothing worked and the device kept locking up shortly after every boot. So I thought I’d write this quick post on how I fixed the issue, maybe it will help some of you.
Over the past 6 months or so, my blog, RefuGeeks has been growing and growing, and growing. That’s a really great thing, however it’s meant that a hell of a lot of my time has been taken up with server maintenance, website development, and of course writing content – not to mention liaising with advertisers, other writers, replying to a copious amount of emails, and of course all the other bits and bobs that go along with running any popular website.
Back In June, I wrote about how I wanted to bring it all in-house and host all my own cloud services. So far things are going well, and I’ve replaced a lot of my previous 3rd party cloud services. But moving away from Gmail is the holy grail of hosting my own services – but I just can’t do it!
Anyone who follows me on social media, this site, or RefuGeeks will probably know that back in August, I was lucky enough to start writing for the tech blog Goliath, MakeUseOf. Over the last few months, things have been going really well for me over at MUO, but now I have a decision to make…
I’m sure most of the people reading this post will know that I run a pretty popular blog, RefuGeeks. It’s really great that RefuGeeks is growing in popularity, but the side-effect to that is that I’m having to pay more and more, for better hosting. Previously I was on a 2GB Linode VPS (they’re awesome by the way), but my server was constantly having to be tweaked and optimised in order to cope with the load. So, I had to move…
I’m really proud to say that I have been offered a position on the MakeUseOf team as part of their regular writing staff. For those of you that don’t know, MakeUseOf is one of the most popular technology blogs on the planet.
With over 400,000 email subscribers (including myself), 227,000 Facebook likes, and nearly 60,000 Twitter followers, these guys are the best at what they do! Ask pretty much and techie that regularly reads blogs and they will have probably heard of MakeUseOf.
If you read the about section of this website you will see that I am really into music, I love pretty much all types from old motown to modern/classic rock, to pop and indie. So it dawned on me, why don’t I write about it more online? In fact, I’ve neverwritten about music.
I actually get quite a lot of feedback from people asking me how I’ve managed to make such a successful career in IT at the tender age of 28 (well, 29 in a few weeks). To be honest I think a lot of it is how career driven I am as an individual, but I’ll go on to explain some of what I think has helped me along the way.
I really love blogging and I’m always on the look out for a new and exciting project to sink my teeth into. But I have to be honest with myself a lot of the time – I usually don’t have the time to take on any more projects.
For some people it’s drugs, alcohol, gambling, even sex. But for me it’s domain names, seriously, my addition to gather ever more short and clever domain names is getting out of hand (but shhhh, my girlfriend doesn’t know!).