Kev Quirk

How Online Tracking Works

With the numerous Facebook snafu's going around, as well the feeling that new data breaches are being reported daily, privacy is currently top of mind in the tech world. For many, privacy equates to advertising, cookies and tracking, but it's so much more than those three things alone. Having said t...

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Commento - The Privacy Respecting Commenting System

Regular readers of this blog will know that I recently migrated from WordPress to Grav. One of the things I was really concerned about when migrating was the comments, as the WordPress commenting system is really good.

I didn't want to go back to Disqus because of a number of privacy and securi...

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Please Add RSS Support To Your Site

I recently discovered Jan-Lukas Else's blog, which contains a tonne of great posts - I'd strongly recommend checking out his blog if you're a techie.

While I was perusing Jan's blog, I came across his blogroll, which includes links to other blogs he finds interesting. Again, that list is well...

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Migrating from WordPress to Grav

I've been running a blog for quite a few years now. I first started with Blogger, before moving on to WordPress, and ultimately selling my site so I could have a break. A few years later I got the bug again and decided to start a blog on Ghost. Server admin became a pain, so I started hosting a s...

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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...

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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...

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...

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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.

Prerequisites

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

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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...

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