How to… Plusnet Fibre Broadband with TP-LINK Archer VR600 router

I recently switched to Plusnet’s “Unlimited Fibre” package, but as soon as the transfer took place I was disconnected. I’m using my own router instead of a PlusNet-supplied one. It’s a TP-LINK Archer VR600 “fully compatible with DSL connections, fibre/cable access and 3G/4G USB dongles”. I had already set the router to DSL Modulation Type = “VDSL” ... read more

A simple dhal recipe for student offspring

With Lois moving into a shared house for her second year at Durham, and Helen starting out in Hereford, both are needing to fend for themselves for the first time. All students need dhal to survive – I ate very little else when at Sheffield and Leicester, as far as I recall. So how is it begotten? Well I’ve not referred to a recipe ever, but I... read more

When a Brother HL-3150CDW printer won’t network after a firmware update

This morning my printer alerted me to a firmware update. With some reservations I let it proceed. It got stuck as 90%. And, as we all know, the internet is full of reports of Brother firmware updates bricking printers after getting stuck at 90%, so I was not best pleased.I cancelled out, plugged the printer in via USB instead of LAN, and let it... read more

Using LetsEncrypt with Orchard CMS

I wanted to move an Orchard CMS site onto https, without paying £$. LetsEncrypt seemed the obvious solution. This is not the place to talk about how to use LetsEncrypt, but if you have a web server with only one external i.p. running multiple sites you have to certificate them all at the same time, and suffice it to say that one site on our... read more

Whither Wetherspoons? Brecon!

The George Hotel is re-opening as a Wetherspoon on 21st Feb. We passed the door and were advised free stuff was happening… It was for-real indeed, two rounds of drinks and a most acceptable meal in fine surroundings: read more

Christmas 2016 thank-you cards by Helen

Helen painted four “thank you” cards after Christmas this year; a variety of watercolour interpretations of the view of the Brecon Beacons from our house. These photos don’t do them justice, but were snapped just before they went into envelopes. I have a favourite, but I like them all. Shall we just say they were received and acknowledged with an... read more

Ding dong!

I have just discovered a tape recording of me (aged 15, December 1983 I think) singing carols with the Finn twins (creators of Sibelius software) and Jimmy Gumpert (former St Paul’s chorister), recorded on my tape recorder at school. One of the Finns (I cannot remember which, but probably “J” as he was more silly) is hooting out the alto part, I’m ... read more

Setting up a website for a Maths and Science Tutor in Brecon

Lessons in SEO
When Lois gets back from her first term at Durham Uni she will probably sleep for two days, but then she wants to start offering tutoring for GSCE and A level students at schools in Brecon and the surrounding area (Crickhowell, Builth Wells etc). She designed a great poster which has gone up in the schools, but I reckon it's normally the parent... read more