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Install Ghost locally on Windows 10 using Node.js

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Tags: self-hosted, ghost, nodejs

I'm now using Ghost to run my blog instead of WordPress, and I had a need to run a local instance on my computer to make it easy for me to port across my old WordPress theme to it. It's actually a really simple process to install it locally on Windows 10. Really simple, no messing around with databases, no editing config files, just a...

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Generating an encryption key in PuTTY

Posted on • 2 min read

Tags: security

I'm using PuTTY a lot more at the moment, because I've recently switched my blog over to a VPS, so I'm regularly using SSH to connect to it. I'll be posting a post about that move soon, but thought I'd take the time to document how to go about generating an encryption key in PuTTY that you can then use for your encryption needs. If...

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The Vital Importance of using a Password Manager

Posted on • 8 min read

Tags: security

We make passwords harder then they need to be We live in a day and age where the security of our data is a hot topic, and rightly so. We get outraged when we hear that Facebook hasn't looked after our data like we thought it should (ignoring the fact that it's a free service, that makes money by ads, and we are happy to...

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Setting up a Self-Hosted Link Shortener

Posted on • 10 min read

Tags: self-hosted

03/11/2018 - You may notice that all the images from within this post have gone "missing". I had issues with a VM migration that went slightly wrong. I'll need to manually re-create all of them... which will take a while :( The content is still here, but if you like pictures you'll be sad. Remember kids "the condition of any backup is unknown until...

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Using the Right Words

Posted on • 6 min read

Tags: service

I was thinking earlier today about the words we use in the IT industry. In fact, I often think about it. I like to believe I'm quite thoughtful about the words I use, especially when replying to emails or messages that require more than just a few words! Sometimes I can even be too thoughtful with words in conversations, to the point I can embarrass...

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A whole new world of blue

Posted on • 7 min read

Tags: blog

Just over a month ago I wrote about some changes I had made, and planned to make to my blog. It's taken nearly 5 weeks of almost non-stop, after work coding, to get to where it is now, and I'm really chuffed with the new, hand made, custom theme I've created. I taught myself to code HTML & CSS when I was in my early...

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Red vs Blue

Posted on • 4 min read

Tags: blog

Blue won. If you're a regular to my blog (wishful thinking - you have to post more to get regulars Jake!) you will have noticed some cosmetic changes. I'm a tweaker by nature, but these aren't tweaks. Originally when I created my "JP" logo I went with red, because it's my favourite colour. I support Liverpool FC, and Ferrari F1 team, I love red, but...

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The Power of Get-Command and Get-Help in PowerShell

Posted on • 6 min read

Tags: powershell

There are a loads of things in life that are true, one of them is that most people never read the Terms & Conditions, and another is that they also don't bother with the instructions before doing something! However, in my experience you often miss things you could have done with knowing, and those can turn out to be things that could have made the...

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Tips & Tricks for a more efficient Outlook

Posted on • 7 min read

Tags: outlook

I haven't posted in a while, it's been a busy start to the year, but I wanted to post about making Outlook work better for you. I work with Outlook on a daily basis in my work, and see it in action on lots of users devices, and I'm always surprised by how little people realise they can configure it, not just for the sake...

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Year of The Linux Desktop, for me at least.

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Tags: linux

We're 7 days into January, and I still hate New Year's Resolutions! I never make any, and you certainly won't see me pounding the streets, out of breath - jogging! I prefer to lay out goals and targets for the New Year (perhaps they are the same as a resolution, but who cares). This year I have a number of main goals, and some lesser...

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