10 New Things I Discovered when Building a Virtual DNS Server

Ah, the traditional bank holiday weekend project. Fix the shed, paint the bedroom or build a virtual DNS server. I was inspired by Brian Christner’s post “How a Single Raspberry Pi made my Home Network Faster”. In his case, he used a physical Raspberry Pi and Docker. I considered the same approach, but in the... Continue Reading →

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Fate of the Orange Line

As any user of Montreal's Orange Line will be able to tell you, it's starting to become overcrowded, particularly on the Eastern branch. Will it improve or worsen? Let's have a look. There are two main challenges which await (or potentially await) the Orange Line over the coming years: The knock-on effect of the REM... Continue Reading →

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Toronto Railway Museum

I dropped by Toronto recently, and since I don’t often head West of Montreal, I’d made myself a small bucket checklist to tick off whilst I was in town. One of those items was to pay a visit to the city’s dedicated railway museum, and I wasn’t disappointed! Facing the CN Tower and the Rogers... Continue Reading →

iOS 13 Wishlist

With WWDC approaching, every Apple related blog on the planet is predicting what goodies iOS 13 will bring when it's announced on Monday. Even more are publishing their wish-lists, and as its been a while since I’ve done one of these myself, let me add to the cacophony of hopes and prayers by providing an... Continue Reading →

Shortcuts Collection – Spring 2019

As I continue to share my Shortcuts over on GitHub, I thought I’d periodically highlight some of the more useful ones here on my blog. The main two criteria for choosing which Shortcuts to shine a spotlight on are: They’re likely to be useful to others They integrate with built-in apps and functionality without third party... Continue Reading →

Parc Frederic-Back

It delights me every time I discover a hidden gem buried in Montreal’s less well trodden neighbourhoods. The latest such example was the result of a random bike ride, in which I just happened to intersect an ex-quarry turned landfill turned rather nice park. You can read about Parc Frederic-Back at the official site (French),... Continue Reading →

Automation Under iOS

Automation has come along way on Apple’s platforms. Originally confined to the Mac with tools such as Automator, AppleScript and more recently JXA (JavaScript for Automation), iOS is now home to an ever-blooming community of automating apps. The scene is also now mature enough that you don’t need a technical background to start leveraging the... Continue Reading →

Yet Another Snowstorm

It feels every year I have to write something about Montreal’s most punishing Winter days. Being a relatively recent newcomer to Canada, I’m still impressed by the extremes of cold and snow which the local climate can achieve. Quite the juxtaposition to the grey and damp Winters of London I became accustomed to for most... Continue Reading →

Commodore 64 Restoration (Part 2)

Welcome back to the Commodore 64 repair project. If you haven’t read Part 1, it’ll provide the background to this project so I’d recommend having a look to begin with. So, first things first, I only have one antenna cable between my Atari and Commodore, so I’ll need to cannibalize the RF antenna from my... Continue Reading →

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