periodic posts and projects

First micropost on here! With inspiration from Josh Johnson I’ve modified this Hugo powered website to cater for both long and short form posts (microblogging). It’s a deliberate move away from big, corporately owned social media platforms that push ads and algorithms and a shift towards a more IndieWeb focused online presence.

RIP, Pi-Man

Feb 9, 2021
After just 9 months, a few thousand downloads and many compliments along the way, I’ve decided to “sunset” my Pi-hole Management App, Pi-Man on 30th June 2021. It wasn’t such a difficult choice, there are some great alternatives available right now from developers who’ve been able to spend much more time on their iOS implementation than I was ever able to.

Managing Pi-hole from your Apple Watch

May 11, 2020
Let’s get the ‘What is a Pi-hole?’ question out of the way first. Pi-hole is a Linux network-level advertisement and Internet tracker blocking application which acts as a DNS sinkhole (and optionally a DHCP server), intended for use on a private network. It is designed for use on embedded devices with network capability, such as the Raspberry Pi, but it can be used on other machines running Linux and cloud implementations - Wikipedia

Developing for Apple Watch

Apr 28, 2020
Over the last 6 weeks I’ve made best use of my time in Covid-19 related lockdown by not only teaching myself SwiftUI but putting that newly gained knowledge to some use and releasing a truly independent WatchOS App called Streamlets. You might be thinking that 6 weeks isn’t long enough to learn a new language and release an App - and you’re probably right.

Hey Siri, Have I Been Pwned?

Oct 22, 2018
I’m full of admiration for the work Troy Hunt does in the security space and especially his incredibly popular and useful service Have I Been Pwned? We use it frequently at work as part of our pro-active approach to Information Security and encourage all of our employees to use it in their personal lives too.