When an admin ain't an admin // ownCloud

A while back we installed ownCloud on one of our internal servers as a plan to evaluate moving company info away from things like Dropbox and Google Drive. In typical fashion, "stuff" got in the way and it sat there gathering dust, so to speak. Yesterday I made plans to…

SSL "no issuer chain was provided"

The certificate is not trusted because no issuer chain was provided. (Error code: sec_error_unknown_issuer) This can be quite a common error to see inside Firefox when accessing SSL sites, even though no other browsers will report certificate issues. I'm not sure of the technical reasons behind Firefox…

The Frayed Ends of Metallica

In a continuation of my previous post; Mehtallica, I took a look at what people are actually voting for and I've got to say that Metallica fans are the least imaginative music fans out there. You've got the choice of any song Metalica have ever recorded and you're going with…

Xentrix / Friday Night Rock Show 1990

I can't quite remember where I managed to get a hold of this (I think I bought a CD from Ebay), but here's a link to the 4 song recording from 1990. Pretty good quality too. Nobody's Perfect Dark Enemy Interrogate Ghostbusters http://haud.it/1cWZWKZ…

Mehtallica

One of the songs I've always wanted to hear Metallica play live is Frayed Ends of Sanity. This song happens to be the only one Metallica have never played live (in its entirety) from their first 5 albums. To be honest, even if they did play it live, I'd probably…

10 Best Anthrax Songs

I stumbled across a recent post on Loudwire, which covered the 10 best songs by Big 4 act, Anthrax. These sorts of things are always subjective, and very much about the writer's ear drum persuasion. Personally, I think the selection is unsurprising other than maybe the inclusion of Room for…

Archive: Isle of Jura to the rescue

Originally posted February 4th, 2010 and restored from https://web.archive.org/web/20100315122956/http://www.andyallan.com/blog/post.cfm/isle-of-jura-to-the-rescue I had managed to go without a dose of man flu for a while, but just when I have a number of travel trips coming up, it strikes…

Scottish Ruby Conference ticket for sale

This years Scottish Ruby Conference is once again at the Crieff Hydro Hotel, in picturesque Perthshire. I managed to grab a Super Advance Saver ticket at the rather splendid price of £185 when they first went on sale. Alas, my plans have changed, and I unfortunately can't head the short…

Better than U&I

I was delighted to see Ray Camden and Adam Cameron announce an initiative to help people get away from using the built in UI features of ColdFusion. (http://www.raymondcamden.com/index.cfm/2014/1/23/Im-not-going-to-tell-you-to-stop-using-ColdFusion-UI-tags-anymore) (http://cfmlblog.adamcameron.me/2014/01/oi-you-bloody-wankers-stop-using.html) I too have been guilty…

Virgin Money ISA Form: Designed by an idiot

Just a quick post on a design faux pas with the ISA transfer form from Virgin Money. If you look at the image below, you'll see I've highlighted a section of text that states: Please select one of the following options to confirm how much you wish to transfer: The…

Version Control

Around 2007, I wrote a blog post that pretty much called you an idiot if you weren't using Version Control. (The post was on my old blog, which is no longer publically available. I still have the backup lying around and I'll maybe dig it out and reproduce as a…

The 100 page challenge

There's a story before I get to the books I'm reading and the ultimate goal of the 100 page challenge. If you'd prefer to skip the story, just scroll down. I love reading. Always have. From Discworld to Myron Bolitar to whatever tech book I could get my hands on…