Skype comes to Edge without plugins – internet remains unchanged

In a move that will increase users of Microsoft’s newest browser, Edge, by around the population of the ISS; you can now place voice and video calls from your browser without plugins. From the Skype blog Today, we’re excited to announce that Skype for Web,, Office Online and OneDrive now support real-time, plugin free voice, video and group video calling on Microsoft’s Edge browser, using the ORTC media engine that was recently embedded in Microsoft Edge. No download. No plugin to install. Just sign-in and click to start a call on Skype with Microsoft Edge. Plugin free Skype I … Continue reading

Useful tidbits for Raspberry pi users on Raspian – aka things I wish I knew quicker/easier

I love my Pi2 and my Pi3, they’re amazing pieces of cheap kit I can do anything with – although to be honest I don’t use them anywhere near as much as I should. So here is a compilation of things I found useful this last week when I finally got around to building my Pi3 installation for my house-wide audio system / automation. Update your firmware Just get this done right at the start. sudo BRANCH=next rpi-update Be sure to restart after it’s done (sudo shutdown -r now) Disable onboard audio (useful if you want to use USB only … Continue reading

How to make the governments attempts to view your search history that bit harder (in Chrome)

I’m sure a lot of you have heard our sorely out-of-the-times member of parliament Theresa May wants to give UK police to request users internet history + search queries without a warrant at any time. I for one am not a fan of a nanny state and especially not one that believes this is somehow OK. This coming from the same lady who thinks it’s possible to build a back-door in to encryption that only the government can use though is hardly a shock. If, like me, you use Chrome and often search from the “omnibar” (the address bar), may … Continue reading

PHP5.4.3 Available on (Installs fine on Ubuntu) have the PHP 5.4 series available for installation on Debian based OS’s, you can either do it manually or use my installation script I wrote to make the process easier. All you need to do is run: curl | sudo bash And it’ll do the rest for you! Feel free to just download the .sh file if you like to see it’s not malicious. Contents are below too: #! /bin/bash echo “Adding dotdeb apt repositories” echo “deb stable all” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dotdeb.list echo “deb-src stable all” >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dotdeb.list echo “deb squeeze-php54 all” >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dotdeb.list echo “deb-src … Continue reading – Send a postcard, win an iPad + $10 off your next bill

The VPS provider this site runs on, and that we use rather extensively in the office, is currently running a neat little promotion which is very simple. Send them a postcard and you’ll get $10 off your next bill plus you’ll be entered into a competition to win an iPad! I’d love to win an iPad so I can flog it for a few hundred :o) The competition is open to everyone (UK and USA) and there are only a couple of rules: The postcard must contain a location or landmark It must be postmarked by 4th June Your email … Continue reading

Google Launches new Public DNS – Seems Fast!

Google has recently launched their own version of public DNS servers, much like OpenDNS. After trying them out briefly this morning, the response time does seem to be very quick from an actual user point of view (browser seems to start downloading sooner than it used to do.) Google even provides a quote to help people who don’t fully get DNS to understand it, kind of: Most of us aren’t familiar with DNS because it’s often handled automatically by our Internet Service Provider (ISP), but it provides an essential function for the web. You could think of it as the … Continue reading

For PuTTY Users – PuTTY Connection Manager

I was just Googling trying to find out if anyone had wrote an application that wraps PuTTY enabling it to support stored sessions in its taskbar icon right click menu when I came across this extremely useful program instead: PuTTY Connection Manager. It’s a very simple application for Windows that sits over PuTTY but provides 2 extremely useful features. The first feature is a list of all saved sessions so you can just double click and it opens a new PuTTY session inside the application. The second feature (and this one is great if you’re like us at work and … Continue reading

Windows 7 is here, Japan becomes America

Today is officially the launch of Windows 7 to the general public, people are no doubt throwing their Windows 7 parties everywhere, it’s a day of rejoicing and celebrations, a day to remember those that came before it and hastily forget them again, etc. etc. The Japanese have decided the only way to celebrate the launch of Windows 7 is to, create a burger (this is a line you’d expect to begin with “The Americans”.) Like many a fast food burger before it, this is heart attack in a bun, and yet I can’t help but wonder if it tastes … Continue reading

Peerblock (or Peerguardian) – Block Lists

It occured to me when I posted about Peerblock that I neglected to post about a very useful site in regards to it’s use; that site is I-BlockList. It’s a really simple site with some of the most popular services IP ranges there so you can be sure you’re blocking (or allowing) specific things through. For example I play games on Steam and there is a Steam list so I can access the services. So head on over to the site and grab your block lists, whether you use Peerblock or Peerguardian or any other software that supports the lists … Continue reading

Windows 7 Allows Changing on Logon UI Background

One of those little things that help make Windows 7 one of the most user oriented OS’s to come out of Redmond yet – the logon screen can be changed without any 3rd party software allowing more customisation straight out of the box. It’s small, but it’s nice to know Microsoft added it in. 1. Click Start, type Regedit.exe and press ENTER: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Authentication LogonUI Background 2. Create a new DWORD value named OEMBackground 3. Double-click OEMBackground and set 1 as its value data. 4. Exit the Registry Editor. Next step is to place the background … Continue reading