Canon New FD 35-70mm lenses

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Canon released these two similar lenses as part of their New FD series – both 35-70mm zoom lenses. But what’s the difference between these two lenses, and which is better? First, let’s cover the similarities. These are both compact zoom lenses with the same focal lengths from the […]

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Rethinking database architecture

Originally published 2015-09-02 on the UoB Unix blog The eduroam wireless network has a reliance on a database for the authorization and accounting parts of AAA (authentication, authorization and accounting – are you who you say you are, what access are you allowed, and what did you do while connected). When we started dabbling with database-backed AAA in 2007 […]

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Merging SELinux policies

Originally published 2016-08-01 on the UoB Unix blog We make extensive use of SELinux on all our systems. We manage SELinux config and policy with the jfryman/selinux Puppet module, which means we store SELinux policies in plain text .te format – the same format that audit2allow generates them in. One of our SELinux policies that covers permissions for NRPE is a large file. When we generate […]

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M5 traffic incidents

The M5 motorway is notorious for accidents in the summer holidays, and 2019 seems to be the worst year than anyone can remember – it seems like there is a crash on the M5 every other day. I’ve done a little light research to put some numbers to the congestion.

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Time lapse photography

It was recently announced that a new building is being constructed next to my office. It’s not any old building – it’s going to be a 26-storey tower, the tallest in Bristol! Working on the second-top floor of an adjacent office block, this is a great opportunity to get a birds’ eye view of the construction […]

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