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A catch all category for posts that are neither specific to a Microsoft technology which has its own dedicated category or posts that aren’t based on a Microsoft technology, as rare as those are.

Cisco ASA 5520 Memory Upgrade

For anyone using a Cisco ASA 5505, 5510, 5520 or 5540 in their home, lab or non-production environments and wants to be able to run ASA OS versions 8.3 and later you’re probably going to be on the market for a memory upgrade. Cisco ASA memory upgrades are bonkers expensive and while for a production environment you’d want to pay this to get the Cisco TAC support, chances are you aren’t going to want to stump up this kind of money for other purposes.

David Attenborough Africa

I’m a little bit behind the times with this but I’ve just watched the final episode of the David Attenborough series from the BBC called Africa. The series aired late last year in 2013 and I watched all bar the final two episodes until this week. I love watching his series because you get to see truly incredible things and watching them leaves me with an utterly humble feeling inside. Sure, at 88 years old now, he may not be as ‘down in the dirt’ as he used to be but who can blame him? He was in the news in June of last year reportedly to have a pacemaker fitted.

Digital Download Isn’t Always the Cheapest Way

The Xbox One gives you the option to download quite a few games as digital downloads, sparing you the time and effort to order games from online or high street retailers, waiting for Royal Mail to deliver them or going into the high street to collect them, but just because you get the option to use your internet bandwidth to download them, doesn’t mean it’s going to be cheaper.

Permit PPTP VPN GRE Traffic via a Cisco PIX Firewall

Earlier this week, I tried to connect to a PPTP VPN connection. My Windows 8.1 PC gave me the following error:

Error 806: a connection between your computer and the VPN server has been established but the VPN connection cannot be completed. The most common cause for this is that there is at least one internet device between your computer and the VPN server is not configured to allow GRE protocol packets Verify that protocol 47 GRE is allowed on all personal firewall devices or routers. if the problem persists, contact your administrator.

Elgato EyeTV Netstream Sat Initial Setup

Network streamed TV is something I’ve long had an interest in due to the set top box lockdown imposed upon us in the UK by Sky and Virgin Media. Elgato EyeTV Netstream Sat is a DVB-S2 Freesat HD network attached TV tuner which allows you to escape the set top box lockdown and enjoy TV how you want on almost any device using your existing satellite dish and home network.

Making the Blog Better and Faster

After moving the blog to Azure, I was really happy with the performance, but I decided this weekend I wanted more so I set off on a personal mission to improve to make the blog better and faster. This post is a quick update on the changes I’ve made to the site to get it to where it is now.

Somebing Isn’t Right

Pardon the pun in the title there, but I get the feeling something isn’t quite right with Bing this evening. I’ve been trying to do some searches online with respect to a feature in Windows Azure and an error I’m seeing. Every variation of the search I tried came up with no results. I know […]

SSL Certificates and Wild Pricing

As part of a project of work I’m looking into currently, we are planning a move from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010. As those of you who’ve done this before will know, you need to setup the environment with two namespaces for a period of the migration which Microsoft refer to as the Exchange 2010 […]

Ballmer Leaving Speech Video

I saw the news last night that a video had leaked online of Steve Ballmer and got a chance to look at it today. Pretty emotional speech and quite restrained for Steve. I’ll be sad to see him leave Microsoft I think and he’s done so much for the company I love most. I hope […]