Kev Quirk

More or Less WordPress Theme

I recently migrated my website away from Ghost and decided to go back to WordPress. Mainly so I didn’t have to maintain a dedicated server for the website. Problem was, I loved the theme I had on my Ghost site, so I wanted to emulate the look at closely as possible.

The Hunt

I didn’t really wa...


Can Software Be Alive?

At the time of writing this post I’m on holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It’s a beautiful place and I urge you to go and visit if you have never been.

The Tree

Anyway, I’m sat here on the balcony of my villa, enjoying the sun. In front of me is a fairly large tree that’s swaying in the breeze.


Tech Thoughts

Fix the Large CloudStation System Tray Icon in Ubuntu

There is a bug within Synology’s CloudStation application for Ubuntu, whereby the system tray icon is HUGE. So much so that most of the icon is cut off, and it is a complete eye sore. In this post I will show you how to fix the large CloudStation system tray icon in Ubuntu.

The Problem

The issue...


Moving To A Static Website

I have had a personal website for quite a few years now and for most of that time I have used a CMS (Content Management System). I’ve now decided to move over to a static website, but what is a static website and why the change?

I’ve always used either WordPress or Ghost as my CMS of choice. H...


Microsoft Acquires GitHub – My Thoughts

It has been a couple of days since the announcement was made that Microsoft acquires GitHub.

As soon as the announcement broke, Fosstodon (my Mastodon instance) was immediately awash with people complaining about the acquisition, stating that Microsoft would inevitably ruin GitHub.

For the m...


Is A Password Book A Bad Idea?

So I was browsing my Twitter feed recently, and I came across this tweet:

If you don’t know, password books are literally a handwritten list of usernames, passwords and URLs that people can use to record their credentials. Think of them as a low-tech alternative to password managers like Bitw...

Security Thoughts

De-Googling My Life – 6 Months On

It has been 6 months since I decided to de-Google my life, so I thought I would do an update post to let you guys know how I’m getting on, what’s changed since my last de-Googling post, and most importantly, have I gone back to the big blue G?

Now I know every single one of you read every...

De-Googling Privacy

Nextcloud On A Raspberry Pi 3+

I recently bought myself the new Raspberry Pi 3+ with the intention of setting up a Nextcloud server on it, for all my personal cloud needs. Let’s take a look at how things went…

My Setup

I have only owned one Raspberry Pi in the past, which is the original version, which now sits in a drawe...


Why HTTPS Is Important

You may have heard of Let’s Encrypt, the free certificate authority who are hell-bent on getting HTTPS everywhere. But why is that little green padlock in your browser so important? Let’s take a look…

What Is HTTPS?

I suppose a good place to start would be telling you guys what HTTPS actually...

Tech Security Privacy

Bitwarden – An Open Source Alternative to LastPass

We all know that password managers are worth their weight in gold, and the most popular of these by a large margin, is LastPass. LastPass is great, I used it myself for a number of years, but it is fairly expensive since doubling their prices in 2017. So are there any decent, open source alter...

Tech Security