People are using DIY panelling to give their homes a modern makeover on the cheap and the results speak for themselves

Estelle Sidler

FORGET forking out thousands when redesigning your home, DIY panelling is the latest home makeover trend that can be achieved for less to nothing. 

Hundreds of homeowners are showing off their wooden panelled walls that they have put up themselves on a budget – and they look extremely stylish indeed. 

Bedroom blitz

A woman has shared her incredible bedroom transformation using MDF wood and paint
A woman has shared her incredible bedroom transformation using MDF wood and paint
The wall before was in desperate need of some TLC
The wall before was in desperate need of some TLC

Taking to Facebook, a savvy homeowner shared how she went into B&Q and cut up bits of MDF for £13 a sheet to make a creative backboard. 

After sticking the boards up on her walls using just tac nails, she then filled in the gap, and used a wood primer, before painting it green. 

The finished result was stunning and racked up thousands of likes online from impressed internet users. 

She wrote on the DIY

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A shadow of your former timepiece

Estelle Sidler

Lonnie Brown
 |  Special to The Ledger

Google had only been around a few years when a game using the search engine started going around the Internet: Using Google, type in two words. The person who got the least matches won the round.

I’d get ’em every time! The winning combo: digital sundial.

Yes! I mean, seriously. That pairing was like a zebra unicorn in the real world. Who even HEARD of such …

…I just typed “digital sundial” into Google. The phrase produced 2,490,000 matches. As it turns out, digital sundials are for real. And they work using only sunlight. And, of course, a shadow.

The sundial is a little like your garden variety, which has a rod-like arm or triangle-like object centered in a circle of numbers. The shadow cast by the rod moves across the dial, indicating the approximate time of day.

The digital sundial sits on

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Securing Active Directory accounts against password-based attacks

Estelle Sidler

Traditional password-based security might be headed for extinction, but that moment is still far off.

In the meantime, most of us need something to prevent our worst instincts when it comes to choosing passwords: using personal information, predictable (e.g., sequential) keystroke patterns, password variations, well-known substitutions, single words from a dictionary and – above all – reusing the same password for many different private and enterprise accounts.

What does a modern password policy look like?

While using unique passwords for every account is a piece of advice that has withstood the test of time (though not the test of widespread compliance), people also used to be told that they should use a mix of letters, numbers and symbols and to change it every 90 days – recommendations that the evolving threat landscape has made obsolete and even somewhat harmful.

In the past decade, academic research on the topic of password

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