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Automatically Change .om to .com To Prevent Malware

Malcontents are sneaky.  In their latest ploy, they are counting on you misspelling “.com” so they can send you to one of their fake domains.  So instead of going to netflix.com, you end up at netflix.om–a phony site determined to infect you with malware.  If you are not paying attention, you might not realize you […]

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Convert DOCX to PDF Natively With A Right-Click

Microsoft Office for OS X is usually very sluggish and slow.  This is one reason I don’t like working with DOCs or DOCXs in OS X.  Yes, you can easily view the document using QuickLook (pressing the Space bar while the file is highlighted), but if you actually want to open the file and manipulate it, you […]

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Prevent Ransomware By Automatically Finding The Checksum Of Downloaded Files

Apple has already shut down the ransomware found in the Transmission torrent client.  You can easily prevent this from happening to you in the future by adding a Hazel rule to your downloads folder, which will automatically determine the checksum, so you can compare it with the one the legitimate file has.

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C.H.I.P. and Pi-hole Gets You Network-wide Ad Blocking for $9

It’s already easy to block ads network-wide with the Pi-hole on a Raspberry Pi, but now you can do it for even less money by running it on a C.H.I.P. microcomputer, which you can buy for $9.  There is a little bit of manual work to get it on the network since it doesn’t come with an Ethernet port. […]

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Pi-hole: Reaching Critical Mass

The Pi-hole project has been growing steadily for quite some time now and is been becoming difficult to manage.  I usually spend a few hours a night after my full-time job fielding questions and reviewing pull requests.   Lately, it has been mostly responding to people instead of writing code, because without a userbase, there is […]

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Pi-hole Stop/Start Button And LED Indicator Lights

I always have a lot of fun seeing what people do with their Pi-holes.  This is one of my favorites: a case with a start/stop button and LED indicator lights for the current status of the Pi-hole.

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Customize The Dropbox Syncing Icon To Whatever You Want

You can create your own icons to replace the Dropbox badges that appear that the bottom-right of folders in your Dropbox.  All you need is an image editor and an app to convert images to icons.

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Turn Your Useless GameStick Into A Powerful Emulator

The GameStick I had high hopes when I backed the GameStick Kickstarter project.  After finally receiving mine, it was underwhelming.  The UI was slow and sluggish, there were not many games, and the controller had considerable lag. Many of the issues were fixed, but you can turn your LGameStick into an old school emulator.  You […]

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How To Set Up A Headless (And Password-less) C.H.I.P. Computer

My C.H.I.P. computer arrived yesterday.  The first thing I did was take an obligatory banana picture as seen below.

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Ethical Ad Blocking: Have Your Pi And Eat It, Too.

The conundrum: Website content is supported by advertisements, but you don’t want to see them.  But when you block ads, you are costing your favorite sites money. The solution:  Soon, there will be a way to make everyone happy.  Users can pay a subscription to support both the ad-blockers and the content creators and still […]