BIKER, GEEK & GREAT GUY!

HEY THERE! I'M KEV,


WELCOME TO MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE INTERNET.

I'm a real lover of all things geeky, the internet, and anything related. I enjoy web design, playing around with new technologies, and strumming away on my guitars (badly).

I am also a huge advocate of open source software like Linux.

  • BIKING

    2 WHEELS ONLY

    I love being on 2 wheels, and my Aprilia Shiver 750 is my pride & joy. The freedom that comes from being out on your motorcycle really is second to none.

    There’s a really amazing community around biking, so being a part of that is also awesome!

  • MUSIC

    WHAT I LISTEN TO

    I love music, and when people ask me “What’s your favourite band?” I usually can’t answer that as I like so many variations of music.

    Pretty much anything apart from drum ‘n’ bass is fine with me.

  • WEBSITE

    CREATIVITY

    I really enjoy web design. I have created numerous web sites (including this one).

    WordPress is my development platform of choice and links to some of the projects I have been part of can be found on my web design site, KQ Creative.

  • LINUX

    TRAILBLAZER

    I love the whole community ethos behind open source technology. A community of people, all volunteering to work together for one common goal – to make amazing free software.

    I’m a regular Linux user, and my current OS of choice is Ubuntu GNOME

Writing and creating websites are two of my favourite past times.

I'm a full-time IT Security engineer, but also an accomplished writer, and web designer. See below for more information about my career.

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    RefuGeeks

  • KQ Creative Screenie

    Web Design

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    MakeUseOf

  • HP Logo

    Hewlett Packard

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    Motorbike Community


This is just a collection of my mundane thoughts and silly ramblings...

I'll try not to offend, or bore too many of you. But if I do then I apologise profusely...honestly! ;-)

  • HOW TO CHECK IF YOU ARE VULNERABLE TO BASH SHELLSHOCK

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    Over the last few days, it has come to light that there is a large vulnerability in the widely used command line shell, Bash. This vulnerability has been dubbed “Shellshock”, if you want to know how to check if you are vulnerable to Bash Shellshock, then read on…

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  • LEAVING UBUNTU UPDATE

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    Back in March 2013, I decided to leave Ubuntu Linux. Since leaving Ubuntu I’ve jumped around between distro’s, but kept my trusty Chromebook by my side. So what have I been running for the last year? Let’s take a look…

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  • MOTORBIKE COMMUNITY – A NEW ONLINE COMMUNITY FOR BIKERS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Biking, General rubbish, Tech Stuff

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    So as usual, I’ve been hard at work chugging away at my many projects, and this month has been no different. A few days ago I launched a brand new project that I’m running with, called Motorbike Community. It’s an exciting new project that plans to bring bikers from all over the world together in one awesome online community.

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  • HOW TO USE FTP ON A CHROMEBOOK

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Tech Stuff

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    Chromebook’s are brilliant. They’re cheap, quick, lightweight, and generally awesome. However, for power users, such as myself, Chromebook’s do lack some features. In this article, I’ll show you how to plug one of those gaps – FTP.

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  • CYANOGENMOD 11 GALAXY S3 FREEZING

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Tech Stuff

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    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.

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  • OH FREEDOM HOW I’VE MISSED THEE!

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    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.

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  • MOVING AWAY FROM GMAIL IS HARDER THAN YOU THINK

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Tech Stuff

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    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!

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  • DECISIONS DECISIONS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Blogging, Career

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    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…

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  • DREAMHOST – THE WORST WEB HOST I HAVE EVER USED

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Blogging, Tech Stuff

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    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…

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  • I’M WRITING FOR MAKEUSEOF

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    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.

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