Kev Quirk

Are We Cyborgs?

I was recently listening to the Joe Rogan podcast where he was interviewing Elon Musk. During that interview they discussed a lot of interesting topics - it's a very interesting episode and well worth a listen.

One of the topics that Joe and Elon discuss is whether we will become cyborgs in th...

Tech Thoughts

How To Backup Nextcloud

I recently wrote a guide on how to setup your own Nextcloud server; it's a great way of ensuring your personal data is kept private. However, it's also important to backup Nextcloud too.

Isn't Nextcloud My Backup?

No it isn't. Nextcloud is not a backup solution, it's a way of syncing your da...

Tech De-Googling

How To Install Nextcloud On Shared Hosting

After writing my Nextcloud setup guide, people have asked me whether they can install Nextcloud on shared hosting, like cPanel.

Some people don’t want to pay for an additional server to host Nextcloud. That doesn’t mean they should be left out in the cold and having to forego their privacy by re...

Tech De-Googling

How To Mount A Partition In Ubuntu

If you want to mount a partition in Ubuntu, all you really need to do is plug the drive into your machine and open your file browser. However, what if you want to ensure that partition always mounts on boot?

Well, fear no more intrepid Ubuntu explorer, because I have you covered. This quick and si...


How To Setup A Nextcloud Server In Ubuntu

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I recently built a Nextcloud server at home after I nearly lost all of my data. I’ve learned a lot about Nextcloud since the build, so thought I’d write a setup guide.


This guide assumes a certain level of technical ab...

Tech De-Googling

Improving My Ubuntu Workflow

Ubuntu is great. I’ve been using it since 2009 and I currently run Ubuntu MATE – I even run it on my home server. However, I’m a fan of using the keyboard where possible, so was looking for ways to improve my Ubuntu workflow so I don’t have to reach for my mouse too often.

After a little trial...


My Home Server – 2 Months On

I recently wrote about how I nearly lost all my data, then later I wrote about how I recovered from that by building a new server. The new server has now been in place for a couple of months, so I thought I would give you guys an update.

Not Plain Sailing

I knew that building the new server...


Privacy vs “I have nothing to hide”

I wrote an article a while ago about why I’m ditching Android. That article got numerous comments asking why I was so concerned about privacy and asking what I have to hide.

I want to take some time in this article to explain why each and every one of us has something to hide and should probably...


Building My Home Server

I recently wrote about how I nearly lost all my data. Honestly, it was a blessing in disguise as I now have a far more powerful and capable server to store and backup my data.

After a tonne of research and a few trips to the post office to return hardware, I think I now have a setup that I’m hap...


I Nearly Lost All Of My Data!

Picture the scene – I’m in the office doing some work on my personal laptop, and all of a sudden my Synology Drive system tray icon says it can’t connect to my server. At first I wasn’t concerned as this kind of thing happens from time to time – probably just an ISP issue at home, I thought.