Using Lockdown to your Advantage

So with the rather rapid increase of COVID-19 infections as of recent, it looks like we could be heading towards another lockdown in the form of a ‘circuit breaker’ – described as “a tight set of restrictions – it could feel a lot like the original lockdown – but crucially it would be for a fixed period of time“ I understand that times like these can be rather saddening, but I highly encourage you to use this time (assuming you are not bound by other responsibilities) as an opportunity to learn something new....

October 17, 2020 · 2 min · 261 words · James Ashford

Fun with Forwarding and SSH Tunnelling

Linux (and all UNIX-based systems for that matter) is a pretty well thought out operating system with tones of useful features. I use either macOS or Linux every day for work and leisure and feels like every day I learn about some new cool features I can use to make my life as a researcher and nerd incredibly useful. One of these features which I have come to use a lot is the ssh...

April 4, 2020 · 2 min · 327 words · James Ashford

A Weekend That Changed My Life

Every now and then we all have those long holiday weekends that we look back on that are distinguished above all others. This weekend was no exception. Like many holidays, I spent the last few hours before setting off trying to organise everything I needed, marking the start of the holiday. Leaving things to last-minute is nothing unusual for me but I knew that I would return from this holiday with my life forever different....

February 4, 2020 · 2 min · 265 words · James Ashford

Raspberry Pi Backup Server

So I recently reached the limits on my free 2GB Basic Dropbox (it’s not much, I know) and I’ve always wanted to find my own way of syncing and backing up my data securely. I’ve tried services like OwnCloud and NextCloud before, which work okay but are not perfect. These services require a little more technical ability to set up (encryption, web server, e.t.c) and cost money if you choose to use a cloud-based...

July 17, 2019 · 2 min · 250 words · James Ashford

Generating Editor Graphs from Wikipedia Articles

There is no doubt that Wikipedia as a service is super, super useful. I don’t know how many times I’ve used it to learn about a new topic. Wikipedia is perhaps best well-known for its service as a collaborative platform where users (or editors) of any background can come and contribute towards sharing their knowledge and ensure that a given Wikipedia article maintains a high quality. I feel that little appreciation goes towards the editors themselves....

November 9, 2018 · 2 min · 348 words · James Ashford