Hasselblad Xpan: Canon-style

Looking at old tech (although in this case, actually relatively recent tech) has drawbacks when it opens up a new level of obsession… I naturally gravitate towards wide-angle lenses and have been playing around with multi-image stitches recently to get wider, more detailed images, but after watching Kai use a Hassleblad Xpan in this video, …

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Budget *BSD remote servers

It’s no secret I’ve never really bought into the Linux mindset: I’m a *BSD diehard inside, even if I’ve had to ‘slum it’ on remote Linux servers for the past few years. I’m happy to find a UK host who has a pocket money KVM base system on offer that appears to work with both …

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SSH error “roaming not allowed by server”

There are plenty of discussions around why you might need to enable sshd options if you see this error, but before hacking your config, did you add a new key to a key-only login config with the following type of command: $ cat >>authorized_keys [paste text]   [ctrl+d]   $ If so, take a look …

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Green Flag: World’s Worst Retentions Policy ?

So I’ve used Green Flag as a breakdown service for the last 5 years, with multiple call outs for one horrid vehicle (but hey it’s my fault, it was American built: never again !) and had managed (finally) to get 3 years of no claims on my account. Renewal request: £90 after no claims has …

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Another day, another Marketing rant

Ok, so this is bound to get me some name calling from colleagues but I’m talking about the amorphous and wide-ranging ‘act of Marketing’ rather than a department or individuals… Why ? Well I’ve just worked out (after getting annoyed by an email from Google for their totally pointless AdWords service †) what the root …

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