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I'm developing a remote network management and monitoring tool

Monday, 23rd January 2017

wol is a remote network management and monitoring tool. It doesn’t aim to replace your router, but rather provide a separate, extensible platform for controlling devices on your network from anywhere. You can add more features to it, but because it’s separate from your router, it’s more secure.


It can run off a Raspberry Pi or other low power device that can run Apache and PHP.


On the back end, it's running PHP and uses a JSON file to store device data, as this is much easier to distribute than writing installer scripts to configure MySQL. There's a heap of JavaScript running various AJAX requests that allow it to update on-the-fly. There are no page refreshes from the moment you reach the login page.


Why Spotify Premium is worth it

Thursday, 4th August 2016

We've been persuaded by companies like Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music that we should stream our music, rather than own it. While most people probably agree, not everyone uses the same streaming service. I've used Spotify Premium for a few months now, and used Spotify Free for several years before that.


I've had a few friends who have been surprised by the cost of Spotify Premium; £10 a month. Now while I'm not sponsored by Spotify at all, I decided to see if it's worth the money.


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