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Getting Started with Prometheus using Docker

8 minute read

The ability to view and record metrics is incredibly useful in many situations, but isn’t something we magically get. Having such a system in place allows yo...

How to Disable Outlook Safelinks

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Microsoft offer a feature called “Advanced Threat Protection” on their Exchange email offerings. Several months ago, they decided to provide this functionali...

A Quick Look at How to use the TCPdump Command

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Tcpdump is one of those commands that is incredibly useful when you need it but for most of us it isn’t something we use every day. If you’re anything like m...

My Home Network

12 minute read

I’m rather excited about this post as I get to talk about something I rarely get to share in any depth. My home network is something I’ve spent the last few ...

What is DNS and How Does it Work?

10 minute read

Hi, I’m Owen and this is owennelson.co.uk – but what links those names to me and my blog? Your brain does the work when it comes to recognising people, it re...

The Reality of Privacy in A Modern World

9 minute read

Technology has completely transformed the world as we know it. It has made many mundane tasks effortless or even negated the need for them altogether. You ha...

Is Your Neighbour Using Your WiFi?

7 minute read

Ever noticed that pages are loading slowly and wondered if something is amiss? Ever wondered who is using your WiFi? It’s possible that someone is using your...

My New Phone: Google Pixel 2 XL

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a new phone, so it was rather interesting going through and comparing all the options. There have been many technological ad...

The Problem With Microsoft’s Safelinks

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Free stuff can be pretty cool… except if it comes from Christmas crackers, cereal boxes, or, in this case, Microsoft. For a rather long time I’ve been using ...

Responsibility of Anonymity

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Everyday new platforms, software, and devices are released and with them come many new opportunities including ways to communicate. Online gaming is one area...

Ten Tech Tips - Shortcut Edition

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There’s one thing that nearly all the people I work with comment on and that is how I do certain things. I always find it rather interesting when people comm...

Should we be concerned about SAN Neighbours?

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I’ve done quite a lot of encryption related stuff recently, it’s mostly been HTTPS. This article is about something I’ve always had at the back of my mind wh...

What HTTPS Is and Why You Should Use It

7 minute read

If I ask you what HTTPS is would you be able tell me? Let’s be honest, a large proportion of people aren’t going to have a clue. Some might know a bit about ...

Net Neutrality

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Net Neutrality may or may not be a term you’ve heard of but it’s definitely one that’s worth knowing about. Net Neutrality is basically the principle of ISPs...

The EU vs Google

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As you may well have seen the EU is fining Google £2.1bn for so called “anti-competitive practices”. Basically, the EU is claiming that Google is abusing its...

Broadband Speed

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The words Mega, Giga, Tera could well be the start of the names of various dinosaurs. Thankfully, in our world we’re surrounded by cables and radio waves ins...

The Dangers of Browser Caching

3 minute read

Recently my Granddad who is a follower of a privately run local weather website asked me about a problem he was having. He’d visit that site once and get the...

What is POP3, IMAP and SMTP?

3 minute read

Emails make the world go round… Well, not quite, but it’d be hard to imagine the world without them. Nowadays, the vast majority of communication is done via...

Becoming a Ghost

3 minute read

I’ve never been completely happy with my blog. I’ve often tried to get it how I wanted it but I’ve never been able to quite get there. There were various fun...

The Password Manager

3 minute read

Isn’t the internet amazing? We can do so much on it nowadays. We can shop, research, communicate and much more. Actually, why don’t we go shopping right now?...

The Problem with Prevention (IT Security)

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Working in IT is most certainly an interesting job and like any other, has its ups and downs. Today, I am going to be talking about what is (at least to me) ...

WannaCry - a scam as well?

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Now, I nearly wrote about this in my previous post (The WannaCrypt Outbreak) but I felt it was getting a bit lengthy… Anyway, WannaCrypt and all other ransom...

The WannaCry Outbreak

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I wouldn’t normally write a post on this topic. However, there’s quite a lot being reported which doesn’t intentionally mislead but seems to leave certain fa...

SSD - The Single Best Computer Upgrade?

3 minute read

Remember those old “classic” cars? They didn’t do much more than you needed. They had an engine, wheels, seats and a way to stop and steer. Fortunately, they...

How to Set a Default Printer

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Manually changing printers in the print dialogue box every time you wish to print something? Thankfully there’s an easier solution. In just a few steps you c...

Tech Talk Dictionary

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It would be fair to say that IT people have a way with words… albeit confusing one at best. In this post which I will be dubbing the Tech Talk Dictionary I w...

Why do Emails have a Size Limit?

3 minute read

Emails are a popular method of communication in this technological world we live in. They provide us with a reliable system for communicating with friends, f...

What is a Driver?

2 minute read

People frequently throw the word “driver” around and half of us don’t actually know what it means. A driver in this sense is not your chauffeur nor your limo...

Backup 101 and the 3-2-1 Rule

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BACKUP!! BACK IT UP!!! YOU’LL LOSE EVERYTHING!!! Now, there’s no need to panic. Backups are important but they aren’t a life or death situation as some make ...

Is Your Computer Warning You?

4 minute read

We’ve all been there, whether it’s checking your bank account or chatting on Facebook, an problem occurs. Your device could show a so called “Blue Screen Of ...

How to: Synchronizing the Clock on Windows

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Time is a strange thing, we can’t stop it, we can’t control it but we can use it. We use it to coordinate with others, to cook our meals and many, many other...

IP Addresses - Static vs Dynamic

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Frequently when I am advising customers on various matters ranging from servers to CCTV systems there’s a problem; remote access. Remote access covers things...

What is an IP Address?

3 minute read

The world operates through the use of roads, vehicles, cables and many other methods of transporting things. The internet is no different – it to needs to be...

The Shortcut Shutdown

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The job of a Computer Technician is an interesting one as I am sure many other jobs are. You come across many things which the vast majority of people would ...