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Cookillian Troubleshooting

November 17, 2013 | no comments
Cookillian, the WordPress plugin that I wrote to address the EU/UK Cookie Law, is a helpful little tool to assist with compliance. But sometimes users seem to run into trouble with it and are at loss on how to resolve it. Following are a few of those, to help provide a solution. continue reading →

Poor Man’s Proxmox Cluster

November 16, 2013 | 19 comments
I had written this elsewhere before, but thought I would share it on my own site as well. The idea here is to create a Proxmox VE cluster with limited resources, in particular a lack of a private network / VLAN. We address this by creating a virtual private network using a lightweight VPN provider, namely Tinc.

You could use something else, like OpenVPN or IPSEC. The former is a bit on the heavy side for the task, whilst the latter may not have all the features we need. Specifically, Tinc allows us to create an auto-meshing network, packet switching and use multicast. Multicast will be needed to create a Proxmox VE cluster, whilst the virtual switching ensures packets will eventually be routed to the right server and VM.

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Background Manager released

October 28, 2013 | 10 comments

Just shortly after hitting the 100,000 downloads milestone at, today brings us a maintenance release of Background Manager, version

The main reason for this release was to address a bug that appeared in WordPress 3.7, which caused a background image to appear on all pages/posts, even if the settings specified otherwise. I believe the bug has now been addressed, and would likely have been due to a change in WordPress’ wp_guess_url() function. continue reading →

Watching TV on your Android via a Raspberry Pi

April 2, 2013 | 18 comments
During the long Easter holiday I’ve kept myself busy with a little pet project for my Raspberry Pi. So far I’ve been using the RPI as a small intranet server, DNS server and Proxy server. But it had plenty of room, both in RAM and storage, to do other things. As I had recently acquired a (dirt-cheap!) Android-based tablet, I was wondering if it would be possible to stream live TV directly to it.

There are plenty of commercial solutions available, as well as some apps, that stream directly over the Internet. But, as I had mentioned, the tablet was dirt cheap and so it should be indicative of the amount of money I was willing to spend. continue reading →

Background Manager screencast by Untame

March 9, 2013 | 1 comment

Brock Nunn of Untame has written a great article about Background Manager, which includes a screen cast on how to get started with the plugin – shown above.

Cookie law: To opt in or to opt out

July 8, 2012 | no comments

Since May 26 of 2012, the infamous “cookie law” has been in effect in the United Kingdom. While there have been many questions regarding its implementation on websites, most have settled on the “implied consent” method, as it was easiest to implement and had the least amount of impact on the visitors.

Using Cookillian on my own website, I had initially decided on using the strict method. It barred cookies outright and required the visitor to make an explicit decision about cookies. With this method, the average between opt in and out was nearly 50:50 down the middle. For June, I decided to change from explicit to implied consent, and as seen in the statistics below this changed the numbers significantly: continue reading →

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