Kev Quirk

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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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...

Tech Thoughts

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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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...

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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.

A...

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...

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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...

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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...

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