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Broken links to Bazaar for cloud-init examples

Looks like the Ubuntu Bazaar+Launchpad has had a bit of a change recently. As such, any inbound links now 404, since they didn’t seem to bother with redirection logic for the new home of the page/info. One such example which I was trying desperately to find were the cloud-init examples. Everywhere I could find was […]


Delegate Azure subscription access to an external user

Delegate Azure subscription access to an external user

Recently at Content and Code, I needed to be able to provide an external user (someone outside of our organisation) with access to an Azure subscription using Azure RM RBAC. The Azure portal interface implies that you can just add them straight away and the details they need in order to connect will just be sent […]


Windows Updates stuck downloading (0%, 99%, any other %) on Server 2012

I was patching some heinously out of date client servers today that kept getting stuck at 0%, 99% and various other percentages on the ‘downloading updates’ phase of applying Windows Updates. All the usual tricks of deleting the Download folder within C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution didn’t work. Antivirus being disabled seemed to solve some of the issue, but not […]


Flashing an old Desire HD with CyanogenMod 12.1 (unofficial)

TLDR: Use TWRP Recovery v2.8.7.0 (see link below) If having issues with getting the phone to be recognised by Windows 10 in order to run Fastboot and ADB commands while the phone is in Fastboot, see the registry entry below.   Before the Nexus 6P and HTC One (M7), I owned an HTC Desire HD. […]


Internet of Shit

This is how I’m contributing to the consumption of the ‘internet of shit’. Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway, Unifi Access Point AC Lite, VLAN-capable TP-Link switch: because my ISP delivers Ethernet into my house, this is great as I have my own highly powerful router, that’s integrated with the management/statistics collected by the Unifi software. The […]


Photos taken in the wrong timezone – fixing them en masse / in bulk

Been travelling with your sans-GPS/WiFi digital camera? Went across a timezone boundary or haven’t used your camera since you were in a different timezone? Bugger. Now all your photos will be out of line with your pokédex, since that changed along with the cellular network.
It’s ok! Luckily, ExifTool by Phil Harvey is here to save you!


Configure Shared Templates in Office to point to SharePoint Online

Assuming you have the following deployed to your users: OneDrive for Business sync client Microsoft Sign-In Assistant Office 2013 / Office 365 ProPlus (I haven’t explicitly validated this, but it is what I have installed on my test PC) …then configuring Office to use a SharePoint Online library for Shared document templates is pretty easy. […]


Understanding Web Proxy Configuration in Windows

Understanding Web Proxy Configuration – IEInternals – Site Home – MSDN Blogs. The above link is a very thorough article detailing proxy configuration within Windows. Its not quite as easy as you might expect! The most pertinent of things; not everything uses the proxy configuration specified in LAN Settings within the Internet Explorer’s Internet Options […]


Setting up Yammer Directory Sync

Setting up Yammer Directory Sync With Office365 – Life on Planet Groove. This is a great article on how to get Yammer Directory Sync configured and all the various advanced configuration items you need to do to have it work nicely. Ignore the “With Office365” part, though. This isn’t about synchronising Yammer with your Office […]