Using Dropbox For An Easy Restore Of All Your Computer’s Settings

Just to be clear, Dropbox isn’t backup software; it’s a syncing service.  If you delete a file and that change is synced, and your file no longer exists.

I really love the things you can do with Dropbox.  And since I’m stingy, I wanted to use Dropbox for backing up–and more importantly–restoring my computer.

One thing I always hated about getting a new computer was losing all of the customizations and settings that accrued over time.

Before this little trick,

I would spend an entire day re-configuring my computer to get it back to the way it was.

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Roll-your-own Anonymizing Email Server

This post isn’t about a specific security breach, but rather a post to educate you on how to better protect your online identity.  The term “anonymize” is used loosely for lack of a better word.

TL;DR

  • Create a unique email address that forwards to your real email for every site you sign up for.
  • Create a unique password for each site you sign up for
  • Don’t reveal your real email address again
  • Make hacker’s work more difficult

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Customize WinPE With Wallpaper and Custom Startup Script

WinPE is a useful tool for booting a computer and laying down a new operating system.  In this post, I’ll show you how to make WinPE a little more useful by automatically running a custom script at startup. Continue reading “Customize WinPE With Wallpaper and Custom Startup Script”

Celebrate 50 Years Of Star Trek With These Nerdy Computer Tricks

I’m a huge fan of Star Trek.  So much so that many of my blog posts are about doing nerdy Star Trek-related things with your computer.  Here are a few of my favorites. Continue reading “Celebrate 50 Years Of Star Trek With These Nerdy Computer Tricks”

Merge PDFs Natively With A Right-Click In OS X

UPDATE: If you installed this script today (2016-08-15), you may need to update it.  I added a line in the script that should prevent duplicate pages from being appended.

There are plenty of apps that help you merge PDFs into a single file, but if you want something faster with a “native” feel, you can set up an OS X service to quickly merge selected PDFs simply by right-clicking them. Continue reading “Merge PDFs Natively With A Right-Click In OS X”

Ad-free Olympics Using Pi-hole

Sick of ads when trying to enjoy the Olympics?  Not me.  I have been blocking them since day one!

Pi-hole ad blocker works differently than others because it is a DNS-based ad blocker.  This means ads are blocked before they are downloaded so you can even block ads in apps (like the NBC olympic streaming app). Continue reading “Ad-free Olympics Using Pi-hole”

Batch Download All Of GarageBand’s Loops, Jingles, And Sound Effects

GarageBand has a lot of cool loops and sound effects.  If you are a systems administrator, you might be tasked with deploying these sounds and loops so you don’t need to download it onto each computer when GarageBand opens up.  Or maybe you just want to have these effects for your own personal movies or songs. Continue reading “Batch Download All Of GarageBand’s Loops, Jingles, And Sound Effects”

FAA GPS Outages Are Actually A Conspiracy To Make An App Store Logo On The Ground

The featured image of this article is an aerial view of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (Wikipedia) with and overlay of the logo of the app store to prove this crazy theory. Continue reading “FAA GPS Outages Are Actually A Conspiracy To Make An App Store Logo On The Ground”

Use Wired Ethernet On Your iPad or iPhone

iPads and iPhones do not have an Ethernet port, but there are cases where you might want to use a hardwired connection.  You can actually run your iOS device over Ethernet with some adapters.  This is useful for quickly downloading large iOS updates or if your wireless is slow or you want to take advantage of a gigabit Ethernet port on your router.

Requirements

Setting it up is a bit weird and kind of hacky, but it works.  You’ll need a few parts and adapters, which are listed below: Continue reading “Use Wired Ethernet On Your iPad or iPhone”

Windows 10 Is Bourne Again With A Linux Shell

Yup, Windows 10 is getting a bash shell!  I have always loathed doing anything in Windows because it was difficult to script/automate anything.    And Window’s Command Prompt was a sorry excuse for a shell: no copying/pasting, you can only re-size it vertically, no command history, no grep!  The list of complaints goes on… Continue reading “Windows 10 Is Bourne Again With A Linux Shell”