Zeroshell is Awesome

Category: General

Zeroshell is awesome.

You can read more about Zeroshell here at

I live in the UK and unfortunately am connected directly to a telephone exchange, this means no cabinet, and therefore no fibre broadband in the near future.

I've been using Zeroshell for some time now, but recently discovered that it could be used to create a VPN from my home with multiple internet connections to give me an increased bandwidth with failover setup

I have 2 20MB ADSL lines which for some is pretty good, but with tons of internet TV about, and being a web developer, it really isn't. Combined I get a reasonable speed of over 20MB but more importantly an uninterrupted network connection where I can download files while others watch TV and such without and pauses on the streams.

The ideal setup for this is 2 zeroshell boxes linked together, but I went for the dedicated server setup with a local zeroshell box. This involves installing open VPN, creating 2 virtual network interfaces locally and on the dedi. These are configured as 2 separate VPN connections and are then bonded together afterwards. This can then be set on the zeroshell box as the default gateway and hurrah! a working VPN with failover and increased bandwidth!

Support Zeroshell and spread the word. Thanks.

Posted 6 days ago (16th Oct 2014) - by

Windows 8.1 DNS Issue

Category: General

Since upgrading to Windows 8.1, i've been having major DNS issues. On my PC, at work and on my Surface Pro.

Many other people also have the issue and have tried various things such as the following:

netsh winsock reset

or constantly having to

ipconfig /flushdns

Both of which only gave a temporary solution and would soon give me DNS errors again. I tried manual IP configurations, disabling IPV6 and trying fixed DNS such as Google or OpenDNS.

I then tried disabling the firewall for local networks and discovered I wasn't having to refresh pages very often. At all.

Opened up over 100 tabs in chrome from bookmarks, everything loaded fine. Still going fine hours later.

So, is the firewall blocking DNS requests?

It might be, for now i've opened up port 53 and will continue to watch the DNS issue as it can be extremely irritating.

The commands for anyone who wants them (run as administrator)

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="DNS Port 53" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=53
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="DNS Port 53" dir=out action=allow protocol=TCP localport=53
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="DNS Port 53" dir=in action=allow protocol=UDP localport=53
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="DNS Port 53" dir=out action=allow protocol=UDP localport=53

Posted 3 months ago (21st Jul 2014) - by

Google Play Services cannot be installed to the default location

Category: General

While trying to update Youtube on a friends phone, I was promoted that Google play services needed to be updated. Clicked to update and receive a notification that it cannot be installed to the default location. After playing around simply unmounting the SD card, then updating Play Services solved the issue.

Posted 4 months ago (1st Jul 2014) - by

Google Domains

Category: Media

So, Google recently launched Google domains.

Copyright Google 2014 - Google domains image

It looks simple, the interface is clean, what more could we ask for?

Well from reading around, it doesn't look like Google will be offering hosting with the domains, so businesses offering hosting won't have to panic too much. But for all those companies offering domain registration, is google going to be cheaper and take all the business? Will google automatically be indexed higher when one searches for 'domains' or 'buy a domain'? 

I don't know, I guess it's an interesting step, and hopefully Google just helps to make it easier, without taking everyone else out the market.


Posted 4 months ago (29th Jun 2014) - by

Laravel and Laracasts

Category: Programming

Recently I've been completing a Web Development BSc hons Degree, hence the lack of updates. The degree required the development of a dissertation / final year project. During the project I came across Laravel and Laracasts.

Laravel proved very useful within my project, the use of project dependencies with Composer made certain tasks such as PDF generation and testing much easier through development and with project deployment.

If you haven't tried Laravel yet, I would recommend it, especially if you have any previous experience with CodeIgniter or CakePHP. Laravel is built on symphony and therefore contains many of it's features. The ORM within Laravel helped to turn 8 lines of code into around 2 in many cases throughout development with use of the relationships in models.

If you are looking for somewhere to learn more about Laravel, and more of it's advanced features, I can also recommend Laracasts by Jeffery Way. This can be very useful when starting out with Laravel, and helping to get to grips with tools such as Vagrant a portable and transferable development environment.

Posted 6 months ago (20th May 2014) - by

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