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Migrating WordPress to AWS Lightsail (and other related changes) – Part 2

In part 1 I gave a bit of background and discussed moving the website hosting for two of my sites. In part 2 I’ll discuss domains… Thrilling stuff!</sarcasm> Domains I thought domains would be easy. I have a pretty good understanding of domain registration and DNS, having worked with them for years so I went looking for a new registrar. I needed to relocate registration and hosting of both domains, and my main requirements looking around were ease of management and price. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’d already settled on Amazon Lightsail for my site hosting, so Amazon seemed a good option for DNS to keep it …

Migrating WordPress to AWS Lightsail (and other related changes) – Part 1

As some of you will know, my position with my current employer has recently been “disestablished”. I won’t go into the story around that, at least at this point, however as part of my preparing to leave I’ve been working on moving all my services away from said employer (an ISP). Besides the obvious Broadband, I’ve got 2 websites (well, more than 2 but only 2 I’m going to keep alive) and a number of domains, as well as some email hosting. Moving all this has been a bit of a mixed journey and although it’s still going on, I thought I’d start putting together a bit of the story, …

Payoneer – An internet payment journey – Part 3

In part’s 1 and 2 I went through the beginning of the process of acquiring a US-based credit card (if you haven’t read them, this post probably won’t mean much so they are a better place to start) and left you, dear reader, waiting with baited breath (Yeah yeah I know, you’d almost forgotten really) for the outcome. Well, the card arrived somewhere around the 20th of last month, so it good time compared to estimates. That’s when the real fun started. Well, fun being a fairly loose term here… Once activated, the card made the funds I’d already credited available. However, when I went to load it to Hulu …

Payoneer – An internet payment journey – Part 2

Well, this hardly rates as a post but oh well. Just a quick update to say that the payment I’d made to my Payoneer account has finally shown up. It did so some time on the evening of Friday the 12th (at midnight EST, so it was, at least, a predictable time). The lesson here is that expect topping up your account to take ~48hours as a safety margin, it’s not an instant thing. Still waiting on the card; they given an ETA of around the end of the month. So the waiting continues…

Payoneer Mastercard

Payoneer – An internet payment journey – Part 1

Well, “journey” might be overselling it a little, but I’m not yet at the end so who knows! Basically I’m setting myself up with a CreditCard via Payoneer; here lies the story of what I had to do and how it all worked out…

Home Automation, OpenHAB, Z-Wave

Home Automation and “The Internet of Things” are common terms these days. This is the start of my journey down that path… starting with OpenHAB and Z-Wave.

Maybe it’s the time of year…

Wow, coincidence? After much neglect I come back to this blog, answer a few questions and do some updates. While trawling around I notice that the last post I made was exactly one year ago today!! Maybe it’s the time of year. The cold weather has me relaxing on the couch keeping warm; no doubt the same was probably true this time last year too. Cold and I don’t get along all that well… So a year is a long time, and thinking back I’m trying to piece it all together in my head. What’s changed, what’s new etc. The main change I guess are that I’ve moved house. After …

Raring Ringtail (Ubuntu 13.04)

Everyone needs a project, and for a few reasons I recently decided my project was to get Ubuntu running on my desktop PC. I wanted something to distract me from working at home too much, and I needed a distraction from my head being in overdrive. And so the mission began…

Bits and Bobs (or Bits and Bytes)

So after my last article, I got asked a few questions about data and speed. Speed is one I’d like to write about but I think it’s a bigger topic than I have time for at the moment but I figured a little info on data should be easier (easier, not necessarily easy) to tackle.

Netflix and other US restricted content in NZ

So life in NZ is pretty good. We may be a little out of the way as far as the bulk of internet content is but that’s slowly changing with more content being cached onshore.

Lets take a look at the content that they make it harder to get if you’re not in the States! We’ll start with Netflix and how to get it playing to your Apple TV in little old NZ.