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A computer science student who loves to explore and learn new things.

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Goodbye, Flash.

On the 25th January 2017, Adobe announced the end of Flash Player (and I blogged about it). A few days ago, it all officially ended. Although with everything else going on right now you might not have noticed it, but a crucial piece of the web's history has been shutdown. For those not in the know, before web browsers were as capable as they are today (before we had the HTML5 Canvas and all the ot… Read more →


NAS, Part 2: Assembly and Installation

Welcome back! This is part 2 of a series of posts about my new NAS (network attached storage) device I'm building. If you haven't read it yet, I recommend you go back and read part 1, in which I talk about the hardware I'm using. Since the Fractal Design Node 804 case came first, I was able to install the parts into it as they arrived. First up was the motherboard (an ASUS PRIME B450M-A) and CPU (… Read more →


Cluster, Part 10: Dockerisification | Writing Dockerfiles

Hey there - welcome to 2021! I'm back with another cluster post. In double digits too! I think this is the longest series yet on my blog. Before we start, here's a list of all the posts in the series so far: Cluster, Part 1: Answers only lead to more questions Cluster, Part 2: Grand Designs Cluster, Part 3: Laying groundwork with Unbound as a DNS server Cluster, Part 4: Weaving Wormholes | Peer-to… Read more →


Happy Christmas 2020!

I hope you had a nice Christmas, and I wish you a more restful and brighter new year. I'm taking a much needed break at the moment, so the normal regularly scheduled blog posts will resume next week :-) Things hopefully coming up soon in blog posts include 2 cluster posts (1 about Docker, and another about HTTPS in Fabio), and another post in my NAS series - as I'm now setup with btrfs in raid1 mo… Read more →


Digitising old audio CDs on a Linux Server

A number of people I know own a number of audio / music CDs. This is great, but unfortunately increasingly laptops aren't coming with an optical drive any more, which makes listening to said CDs challenging. To this end, making a digital copy to add to their personal digital music collections would be an ideal solution. Recently, I build a new storage NAS (which I'm still in the process of decidin… Read more →


NAS, Part 1: We need a bigger rocket

In my cluster series of posts, I've been talking about how I've built a Raspberry Pi-based cluster for running compute tasks (latest update: I've got Let's Encrypt working with the DNS-01 challenge, stay tuned for a post on that soon). Currently, this has been backed by a Raspberry Pi 3 with a 1TB WD PiDrive attached. This has a number of issues: The Raspberry Pi 3 has a 100mbps network port It's… Read more →


Resizing Encrypted LVM Partitions on Linux

I found recently that I needed to resize some partitions on my new laptop as the Ubuntu installer helpfully decided to create only a 1GB swap partition, which is nowhere near enough for hibernation (you need a swap partition that's at least as big as your computer's RAM in order to hibernate). Unfortunately resizing my swap partition didn't allow me to hibernate successfully in the end, but I thou… Read more →


The Spaceship | Why open-source is important

It was a day like any other: Captain Ralph of the small cargo ship SS carryalot was taking a shipment of bavarian noodles to Epsilon V in time for their annual noodle festival with his partner, Egbert the Engineer. Unfortunately though, he was having some FTL drive trouble. An hour or two previously, he docked with the layover station Alpha 9 to refuel, but yet the FTL drive suddenly abruptly cut… Read more →


Running multiple local versions of CUDA on Ubuntu without sudo privileges

I've been playing around with Tensorflow.js for my PhD (see my PhD Update blog post series), and I had some ideas that I wanted to test out on my own that aren't really related to my PhD. In particular, I've found this blog post to be rather inspiring - where the author sets up a character-based recurrent neural network to generate text. The idea of transcoding all those characters to numerical va… Read more →


PhD Update 6: The road ahead

Hey, I'm back early with another post in my PhD series! Turns out there was a bit of mix up last time, and I misplaced update 4 - so I've renamed the duplicate update 4 to update 5. Before we continue, here are all the posts in this series so far: PhD Update 1: Directions PhD Update 2: The experiment, the data, and the supercomputers PhD Update 3: Simulating simulations with some success PhD Updat… Read more →