Kev Quirk

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...

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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...

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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...

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Ditching Android – 6 Weeks On

Around 6 weeks ago I decided I was ditching Android in favour of iOS. I bought myself a cheap iPhone SE and set about migrating from Android. I don’t really want to drag this out, but I did promise in the last article that I would provide an update, so here it is.

Long story short, I’m really en...

De-Googling Smartphone Privacy

Why I’m Ditching Android

Regular readers of this blog will know that I went through a process of de-Googling my life a while ago. For the most part I think the process was pretty successful, however there were some things that I couldn’t replace.

Fast forward a year, and after a lot of trial and error I’m ready to now...

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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...

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De-Googling My Life 06 – What I Can’t Replace

The process of de-Googling my life has now come to end, and I’m pretty happy with the results. However, we all know that Google pretty much runs the Internet, and although I have managed to escape the clutches of Google in many ways, there are some Google services that are simply not feasible for...

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De-Googling My Life 05 – Gmail

Ok guys, it’s time. Let’s be honest, this is the article in the series you have all been waiting for. Gmail is a goner!

This was by far the most difficult part of the whole process, as I am heavily reliant on Gmail. Not just for email, but also for my calendar and contacts.

I know Gmail, Goo...

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De-Googling My Life 04 – Google Drive

Ok then, I’ve do-Googled myself from the simple stuff – search, browser, analytics and social media are all done. So that only leaves the tough stuff – Google Drive and Gmail (inc. contacts and calendar).

I’m pleased to say that I have found, and I’m using, replacements for both. However we’re g...

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De-Googling My Life 03 – Google+

Ok then, now we’re on to the serious stuff. I have managed to sucessfully get rid of the easier stuff, like Google Search & Chrome and Google Analytics, but now I’m starting to look at the Google services that have a larger impact on my daily workflow.


Google+, if you don’t know it,...

De-Googling Privacy