Kev Quirk

Are Biometrics A Good Idea?

Like most people, I use a fingerprint scanner on both my iPad and my phone, but are biometrics a good idea? Personally, I’m not sure.

This is going to be a relatively short post; more of a question than a full post actually.

For me, it boils down to the old adage of security vs convenience. On t...

Tech Security

How Migrate from Disqus to WordPress and Bypass Disqus’ Roadblocks

TL;DR – Disqus makes it VERY difficult for you to migrate your comments away from their platform. This is a workaround on how to do it.

The Problem

I’ve been using Disqus for quite some time, after deciding to move my blog to a static site. However, I’m now back using vanilla WordPress and I’d...

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What Is Two Factor Authentication?

Two Factor Authentication, or 2FA as many call it, is the latest buzz word when it comes to adding additional layers of security to your online accounts. But have you ever thought to yourself what is Two Factor Authentication? In this article I intend to go over what 2FA is, what it does, and why...

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Getting Started With Mastodon

I recently wrote and article on how Mastodon works; that seemed to get a hell of a lot of attention and positive feedback. However, a number of people asked for specifics on how the user interface (UI) within Mastodon actually worked, and how to get started with the platform. So I thought I’d writ...

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Ditching My Smartphone – FAIL!

A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about how I was intending to ditch my smartphone for at least a month. Well, it’s 24 hours later as I type this, and the “experiment” was a complete and utter failure!

I mentioned in the article that I had a “few use cases” that would prove the process of dit...

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Ditching My Smartphone

Android or Apple, which are you? The two names are synonymous with flame wars about why one is better than the other. Personally, I think that this is because we’re so reliant on our those little Black Mirrors these days, that they have literally divided our society.

I don’t know about you guys,...

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How Does Mastodon Work?

I’ve mentioned Mastodon on a number of occasions on this blog. It is the only social media platform that I use, but for a new user it can be fairly confusing, as it doesn’t work like other social media sites.

A new member of my Mastodon instance, Fosstodon, wrote their first post stating that...

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The Insidious Linux “Community” on Reddit

I recently published a post about my feelings on Lightweight Linux. The article was supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek look at why I feel that some Linux users are unnecessarily obsessed with how lightweight their system should be when using more powerful hardware.

The article was shared fairly wi...

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The Laboriousness of “Lightweight Linux”

Why do Linux users seem to be so obsessed with their distro of choice being “lightweight”? I simply don’t get it, and quite frankly, I find the whole notion of “Lightweight Linux” laborious.

Lightweight Linux is a farce

Yes, that’s right. Linux needing to be “lightweight” is a complete an utter...

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How To Secure WordPress

WordPress is used absolutely everywhere; there are over 76 million WordPress sites across the Internet. This popularity makes WordPress a large target for attack, so knowing how to secure WordPress is extremely important.

This very site uses WordPress, so I thought I’d share some tips on how to se...

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