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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
RefuGeeks is a technology blog that I started back in 2011. I since sold RefuGeeks in November 2013. It was bitter sweet, but the free time I now have is really, really great.
However, everything I learned whilst creating and developing RefuGeeks has really helped me in other parts of my career.
As well as being a blogger, I also enjoy web design. So much so that I have my own web design company – KQ Creative.
If you have a requirement for web hosting or a new/improved website then please head over to KQ Creative (link below) for more information or to contact me in this capacity.
MakeUseOf is by far one of the most popular technology blogs on the planet. I was part of the team of regular writing staff as MakeUseOf during late 2013. I unfortunately had to stop writing for MUO for personal reasons – one day, I may go back though.
For MakeUseOf I wrote mostly about open source projects like Linux and WordPress, as well other tech related subjects that interest me.
You can find a list of my MakeUseOf articles by clicking here.
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.
You can get more information about HP ESS from the HP ESS homepage.
Motorbike Community is a side project that I have been working on since May 2014. It’s purpose is to be the best online community for motorbike enthusiasts on the web. So far we have seen great uptake from members of the motorbike world, and we are growing fast.
If you’re a biker, or are into motorbikes, why not head over to Motorbike Community and join up?
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! ;-)
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.
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.
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 never written about music.