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Professional geek. Amateur human. Likes to take photos and hit tennis balls.

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A few black and white shots from Iceland

I’ve been missing travel this year. Usually we’re lucky enough to travel a few times a year and see the world, obviously this year with the pandemic we’ve not been able to do that.

I spent a bit of time last night having a look through my travel photos and decided to edit a few additional black and white Iceland shots. And here they are.


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Transferring a Nessus Professional license between team members - script

So we’ve recently got a Nessus Professional license. While only one engineer will be using it at any given time, as we have remote teams working it’s not practical to just set up a single laptop and ship it around the country any time we need a different engineer to use it. So, I’ve written a simple batch script that allows us to transfer the license between user’s machines. Hopefully it’ll be helpful to someone else too.

You’ll need to set two variables in the file for it to work. ‘regcode’ is your Nessus Professional registration code, and ‘nessuspath’ is the path to the nessuscli executable file.

You’ll also need to run the batch file as an administrator (nessuscli can’t write to the key file without it).

Goes without saying I take no responsibility if you decide to use it, all at your own risk, etc.

REM -- Simple script by Steve Muller to reactivate Nessus or transfer the license

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Well, there’s a lot going on right now. This is the soundtrack to help with that.

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Photography gear and ‘GAS'

Photography can be an expensive hobby, there’s no doubt about it. When you’re just starting out and decide that you want something more than a smartphone, then you’ll probably pick up a low/mid-range camera body plus a kit lens. It doesn’t take too long before you pick up the obligatory 50mm prime lens, and then it spirals from there. We’ve all been there.

Photography has been my primary ‘hobby’ outside of tennis now for around 15 years. I’m a decent photographer, I think. I’ve sold photos and receive plenty of praise for my photos - but what’s really important (for me) to remember is that more than anything I make photos for myself.

Over the years I’ve spent thousands on camera gear. Most photographers experience ‘GAS’ - gear acquisition syndrome - and that can really be expensive. I find myself guilty of convincing myself I need a piece of gear. This usually happens when I find...

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My lockdown Spotify playlist

I think it’s far to say that I’ve got a bit of a ‘varied’ taste in music. I listen to all sorts of stuff, but I often find myself listening to a certain type of chilled, electronic track late at night - headphones on, darkened room, music fairly loud.

I’ve decided to share a playlist of the tracks I’m listening to while we all navigate these really uncertain, unsettling times. I’ll keep adding to it as I come across more tracks that I really like. Enjoy.

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Fujifilm APS-C crop sensor dynamic range - is it any good?

So for whatever crazy reason I’ve bought into two separate camera systems - I’ve got a Sony A7Riii with a load of very decent glass, and I’ve got the Fujifilm X-T3 with fairly decent glass. I won’t go into the reasons for having the two different systems in this post; though that’s a good question as well as a long story.

It’s fair to say (and probably quite obvious to those who are interested) that the full frame Sony gear has superb resolution as well as dynamic range. When I went to Iceland in December I shot almost exclusively with the A7Riii and the 24-70 f2.8 G-Master lens - and I’m very happy with the results I got. But when I’m not on trips where photography is top priority, then I find I really enjoy using the Fujifilm gear, probably more so than the Sony gear. We’re going through this COVID-19 epidemic right now so none of us are travelling, but I’m fortunate enough to at...

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Creating a parity disk array in Storage Spaces / Server 2019

So when I decided to repurpose a microserver with a 4-bay SATA disk enclosure as a NAS drive to host my local backups, I had a few different options. I could have gone with something like ‘FreeNAS’ or one of the many other open source options, but I decided that I fancied seeing what Windows Server 2019 could really do. So I installed that on an SSD within the server and went to work.

Windows Server 2019 is a good operating system. Its familiar, stable and is guaranteed support for a good few years. The biggest challenge I had was making best utilisation of my 4 SATA drives. Out of the box, there was no obvious way within Storage Spaces to do anything other than create a JBOD — essentially the equivalent of RAID0 which would give me no disk resilience. Not good for something I’m going to trust to hold my local backups. So, knowing that Storage Spaces supports parity disk layouts...

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