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  1. Wake on Tweet – because you never asked for it…

    December 30, 2014 by The Man
    Wake on Tweet

    Wake on Tweet

    tl:dr Just send a tweet with the hashtag #wakeonlan and a properly formatted mac address like AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF, an ip address or FQDN and a port number and that is it. Easy.

    It all started a few weeks ago when I was looking at Slack to use at a clients site so we could integrate more. If you haven’t tried Slack I would highly recommend taking a look – it’s WhatsApp for groups with a steroid injection of crazy fun stuff for developers. One of those fun things are hooks where you can define actions when things happen. So I have Slack hook alert to a group called #twitter whenever a tweet mentions @depicus it would call a webpage on a server. Sadly the info Slack passes wasn’t enough for me as it doesn’t include the message body of the tweet. So sadly my brave idea of Wake on Lan via Twitter died….


  2. Upload files to OneDrive for Business from OS X Mac

    December 13, 2014 by The Man

    Well while we wait for Microsoft to come out with an official app for OneDrive for Business on the Mac there is at least a way to upload files to your 1TB of free space.

    The best way I’ve found so far is to use the super Transmit from Panic. It really is a multi purpose tool and great for all kinds of remote connections.

    Setting up is easy, just log into your Office 365 account on the web and go to your OneDrive for Business page. Copy the url which will be something like It may have some extra on the end but just don’t copy that.

    Open up Transmit and click add to add a new favourite and simply paste the url and Transmit will do the rest for you. Add your username and password and away you go.

    One note of caution uploading to OneDrive is very poor but that is a server side issue so be prepared for some frustration. Also there is, at this time, a limit of 100mb per file so anything bigger will upload… then fail – yes that’s not annoying much after waiting for a 700mb file to upload.



    Yes it seemed to easy…. if you get a 403 error “Access Denied” it’s not that you have the wrong password it’s because you need to Authenticate and stay signed in to OneDrive. So if you haven’t logged in, go to the login and where you put your password make sure you tick “Keep me signed in”. You can read more here

    I can only guess this is Microsoft’s crude way of blocking you from using your 1TB as a backup as oddly they also sell Azure backup yet you cannot use with your free space.

  3. Office 365 and poor security

    October 2, 2014 by The Man

    I really hate sites who restrict your password length for little reason.

    Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 18.43.52

    Also who does your testing… they didn’t do a very good job.

    Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 20.13.48

  4. Targeting a single browser – badly… wwyft

    October 1, 2014 by The Man

    I like how Microsoft are moving in the cloud but there are times when you think “…what were you fucking thinking….” when you see their attempt at IE – so tacky and is this really 2010.

    Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 12.04.45

  5. Ubuntu & OpenStack running in a VM

    December 24, 2013 by The Man

    If you want to have a little play around with OpenStack before diving in or maybe you want to develop some cool software to interface with it, it can be handy to run OpenStack in a VM or on a single machine. Here is how I did it.

    1. I’m following the guide from who have a handy script to automate the install.

    2. I’m using Ubuntu 13.10 64bit minimal version from

    3. Install Ubuntu as you would normally.

    4. Update with sudo apt-get update