ExifTool Cheat Sheet

Jun 12, 2021
The EXIFTool is incredibly useful for dealing with tags in image files, but one of those tools that I use only once every six months or so. Then when I try to use it again I’ve forgotten even the simplest commands. There are also a lot of scripting features built into ExifTool (more than most Unix style, do-only-one-thing, tools) meaning you can often achieve what you want without having to wrap it in other commands or a Bash script.

Exporting My Photo Library from Apple Photos

Mar 15, 2021
What are the most important files you have? Photos. Photos of loved ones, family, friends, times past and places travelled. So it’s worth making sure they’re safe and easy to search. This is how I exported 15 years worth of photos and their metadata from Apple Photos. If that’s what you want to do, and you’ve managed to wade through the useless search results round the very generic terms “Apple”, “Photos” and “Export”, and found this, then hopefully this will be of some use to you. You probably want to skip straight to the Tools section.

Blogger Error bX-2kvjq7 When Enabling HTTPS

Jan 26, 2020
Many browsers now enforce the use of HTTPS on websites to allow them to be used. If you, like me, want to enable this in Blogger (Setting > Basic > HTTPS - HTTPS availability) for your own domain (e.g. not ending “blogspot.com) but you get the error “bX-2kvjq7” you might not have validated your domain. In which case try: Settings > Basic > Publishing - Blog Address > Edit. Then make sure you’ve added both the CNAMEs suggested.

Best of Newly Heard in 2019

Dec 22, 2019
Best of Newly Heard in 2019
This year feels like it’s a much more guitar band heavy selection, even though I’m not sure that’s not true. It’s probably just that the top two choices come from two of my favourite bands, whom I fell in love with back in a time when only listened to guitar bands. As usual there’s a Spotify playlist to listen along to at home (or anywhere these days).

Git Commands I Keep Forgetting

May 15, 2019
This is my Git cheat sheet. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My cheat sheet is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must manage my master. –The Repository Committer’s Creed

Best of Newly Heard in 2018

Dec 26, 2018
Best of Newly Heard in 2018
Becoming a parent means that 2018 has provided much less time to listen to music than what I would consider normal; which I suspect will become the new normal. (So much so that this review is not even being written in 2018, regardless of what the publish date says.) This means most of my choices this year come from a much smaller selection than usual, and contain fewer finds that seem to come out of the blue from hours of semi-random listening.

Backup Strategy

Sep 3, 2018
Backups are something that we’re all meant to do on a regular basis, but often don’t. Here I’ve collected how I currently do it, and what I think are the important things to remember when backing up. As always, any backup is better than nothing, so start if you haven’t, and then iterate and improve on it later.

Digital Independence

Jul 23, 2018
My recent experience made me look more closely at my backups, how I manage my data, and how much is locked away in places and formats that are hard to back-up and restore from. If I, or anyone else, wanted my data to be more digitally independent, what are the important points to consider?

Goodbye Time Machine, Hello Rsync

Jul 1, 2018
Last week the screen on my laptop went black, and stayed black. It’s at that point your blood runs cold as you start to think “When did I last back up?”.

Installing Linux on a HP Stream 11

Feb 12, 2018
Installing Linux on a HP Stream 11
The HP Stream 11 is “cloud ready” laptop with the appearance, feel and finish of a Fisher-Price toy. It’s also very cheap, or in this case free, from a relative, as it’d managed to Windows Update itself into a corner. So there’s only one option to revive it.