Friday, 26 December 2014

Setting up OpenVPN on a Raspberry Pi

After getting an ear-bashing from my missus for having our personal music collection exposed to the world, I decided to finally get around to setting up an OpenVPN server onto a Raspberry Pi.

Read all about it here:

I now have hearing back in one ear and a secure mechanism for listening to my music collection from external places, like the shed, garage, hotels... all those places where the missus is out of earshot :-D

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Fx0 (Firefox OS phone)

A new FireFox OS phone....
"Firefox OS unlocks the power of the Web as the platform and enables more devices and experiences to be connected to each other. We’re excited to work with partners like KDDI to create the Web of Things (WoT), which connects all types of devices using Web technology and enables many new innovative and custom experiences to be created across these connected devices, and this is just the first step."

It's "naked" and I imagine will be rather expensive too, but you never know, the OS might start making traction in 2015.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Flashing Android

If you were "lucky" enough to have your Nexus 7 device auto-upgrade itself to Lollipop (v5.0) and are now pulling your hair out at just how slow and buggy it is, then fear not....

All you have to do is go to this link and download the previous version (v4.4.4) and flash that to your tablet...

I say, "all you have to do is".  It's not quite as scary as it sounds, but I am assuming that it is the same as a factory reset, so you'll have to re-install all those apps you forgot you had installed.  I'd also connect to some online cloud backup service (or my Raspberry Pi :-) ) and backup all those files, pdfs, ebooks, music files and photos that you've also forgotten about, as they'll probably get fried by the reinstall.

Fortunately for me, my 2 Nexus tablets and MotoG phone haven't had the option to upgrade yet, but, my wife (who has one of the first 2012 devices and hasn't let it be prised from her fingers since she got it), selected 'yes' to the upgrade and has been cursing it now for weeks... so we'll perform surgery on that device, probably later on today.  If it doesn't go well, I'll be having the broken device and she'll just "upgrade" to one of my 2013 tablets.... let's hope it goes well.  The instructions seem simple enough, what could possibly go wrong?...