C.H.I.P.’s, Raspberry’s, Bananna’s, and Pi’s, Oh My.

My C.H.I.P. microcomputer just shipped, and as soon as I get it, I am going to try to to turn it into an ad-blocking Pi-hole!  The C.H.I.P. is only $9 and I would like to get it mentioned on their projects page if I can.  I think it could be a cheaper alternative to the Raspberry Pi and just something fun to do in general.  Plus, they also seem to have an affinity for fruit and food.

Give Your Work Phone A Custom Ringtone

This may work for other devices, but the one I used was a NEC DT700 (original PDF instructions).  I have seen these models in several different workplaces.  The process can probably be adapted for other phones, too. Continue reading “Give Your Work Phone A Custom Ringtone”

Quickly Download Or Install Common Apps Without Going To The Website

While helping friends and family with their computers, I often need to download an app they don’t have or update it to the latest version–something I don’t really want to spend my time doing.  This is definitely a first-world annoyance for me, but I always have fun making the computer do my laborious tasks for me, which frees up more time to do the things I enjoy. Continue reading “Quickly Download Or Install Common Apps Without Going To The Website”

OS X Accessibility Command Line Tool Available On Homebrew

I’m happy to announce that tccutil.py is now available on Homebrew.  A tool for modifying access to assistive devices from the command line.  You can install it like this:

brew install tccutil

The real tccutil (designed by Apple’s engineers), found in /usr/bin, only has one feature: to reset the services (tccutil: Usage: tccutil reset SERVICE).  From a system administrator’s perspective, this is very restricting. Continue reading “OS X Accessibility Command Line Tool Available On Homebrew”

Whitelist And Historical Stats In The Pi-hole Web Interface

Take a look at the picture below for the updated interface on it’s way. The coding is 90% done, but I have some bugs to fix first.  I prefer to make the software stable before adding new features.  If you would like to help, feel free to submit a pull request. Continue reading “Whitelist And Historical Stats In The Pi-hole Web Interface”

Visualize Ads Blocked In Real Time Using Pi-hole And Logstalgia

The only thing better than blocking advertisements is visualizing them in real time.  There are a few different visualization tools like glTail.rb or goaccess, but my personal favorite is Logstalgia, which is the perfect supplement to the ad-blocking Pi-hole.

The Pi-hole will block ads and also generate a log file for each request.  When a request is made, a “pong ball” gets shot out from the left side of the screen and then the “pong paddle” bounces it back.  When it hits the paddle, it shows the path that was requested by the client and lights up in beautiful colors. Continue reading “Visualize Ads Blocked In Real Time Using Pi-hole And Logstalgia”