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. Continue reading “Prevent Ransomware By Automatically Finding The Checksum Of Downloaded Files”

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.  You also need to install the curl command, but once you do those two things, you can use the same installation command that you use for the Raspberry Pi. Continue reading “C.H.I.P. and Pi-hole Gets You Network-wide Ad Blocking for $9”

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 really no reason for the project, so you are my first priority.  That said, there is still a lot of work to do. Continue reading “Pi-hole: Reaching Critical Mass”

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. Continue reading “Pi-hole Stop/Start Button And LED Indicator Lights”

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. Continue reading “Customize The Dropbox Syncing Icon To Whatever You Want”

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 can play games from NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, GBA, N64, and more. Continue reading “Turn Your Useless GameStick Into A Powerful Emulator”

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 not see any advertisements. Continue reading “Ethical Ad Blocking: Have Your Pi And Eat It, Too.”

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.