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Custom El Capitan Login Window (No Longer Blurred)

I have shown you how to modify the login window for Mavericks and Yosemite.  The Yosemite trick still works in El Capitan with one added benefit: there is no longer a blurred overlaid on your image. Just save your image as (it needs to a .png file): /Library/Caches/com.apple.desktop.admin.png

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A New, Easy Installation Method For The Ad-blocking Pi-hole

The Pi-hole blocks ads at before they get to your device and can speed up your network at the same time.  It’s now even easier to install (a forked) Pi-hole powered and automated by DietPi–a slimmed down, optimized version of Raspbian. This burnable SD card image will give you essentially the same Pi-hole created by using the automated […]

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Announcing Pi-hole.net And An Ad-blocking Operating System

Pi-hole.net has been up for a while but thought I would announce it here.  As of now, information on the Pi-hole is scattered throughout my many blog posts, so having a centralized location should help you find what you need. From that site, I will provide more professional installation instructions, documentation, and troubleshooting tips, etc. […]

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Pi-hole 2.0: Web Interface Dashboard

Similar to how you would log into a router to adjust settings, I want to have a Web interface for the Pi-hole.  You could log in to view stats, update the list of domains, and restart the device.  I made a demo of the interface. The demo doesn’t do anything–it’s just there for display purposes, so […]

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Reduce Your Mobile Data Usage By Blocking Hidden Ads

There have recently been posts about how apps are actually downloading tons of ads in the background.  Every time your device downloads an ad, it is using up your limited data as well as making your device slower.  These apps are basically committing ad fraud. You can prevent this from happening by blocking the requests […]

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Get Lakeside Wi-Fi At Your Cabin By Making A Cantenna For ~$23

If you want Wi-Fi by the campfire or down at the dock this weekend, you can make a cantenna for as low as $23 (it will be more if you need some of the tools or common supplies).  You can either connect the canntena to your computer or your router.  Either method will allow you to connect to […]

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Block Millions Of Ads Network-wide With A Raspberry Pi-hole 2.0

Update 2016-04-24 : Please note this guide is now out-date, and it is recommended that you use the automated install to install and update Pi-hole.   Technically, this guide will still work, but it does not include any of the features and improvements that have been added.  This article will, however, still give you some insight into […]

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Power A Raspberry Pi Without A USB Cable Using Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

Ditch your mini-USB cable to power your Raspberry Pi.  It’s much nicer to power it using an Ethernet cable.  The nice thing about Power over Ethernet is that you can power your Raspberry Pi in places a USB power cable could not reach.  Maybe you want to mount your Pi on the ceiling or in the […]

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Improving The Pi-hole’s Performance For Blocking Ads

Due to the last update of one of the sources the Pi-hole gets its ad domains from, performance of the Pi-hole took a big hit, particularly on the original Pi B+.  If your Pi-hole was affected, just download this list from before the update using the command below, and it should return to normal behavior.

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Play iOS Games Or Record Your iPhone From Your Mac (For Free)

One thing I love about OS X is that is has all sorts of hidden tricks and functionality that are not well-documented, so it is very fun to stumble upon them.  The most recent tip I found is the ability to record your iPhone or iPad’s screen and save it as a video file (or […]