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”

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”

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”

If You Like The Pi-hole, You Will Like Rolling-your-own DNSthingy (Netbender)

Yes, a DNSthingy (the consumer-facing name is Netbender).  It’s an (ASUS) router running some custom firmware (based on asuswrt-merlin) that does cool stuff using DNS, such as:

  • blocking ads
  • blocking malware, phishing, and tracking
  • virtual relocation for viewing different content via streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora
  • speeding up downloads
  • speeding up general Internet browsing
  • and more…

Continue reading “If You Like The Pi-hole, You Will Like Rolling-your-own DNSthingy (Netbender)”

How I Went Paperless And Clutter-free For $32

Ever since I discovered Dropbox, I felt weighed down by the clutter of physical documents.  I use it for all of my digital documents.  After a while, physical documents and pieces of paper began to get on my nerves.  It was much easier to have searchable PDFs that I could access anywhere.  To that end, I wanted to be able to convert any physical document I received into a searchable PDF.  See the video below for the entire workflow in action. Continue reading “How I Went Paperless And Clutter-free For $32”

Create A Website On Your Mac Without A Webserver

Do you need a Website set up right meow?  Using netcat (nc), you can use your Mac to instantly set up a Webpage without configuring a Web server.  This could be used to quickly share files via a Web browser (by creating a hyperlink with file:///some/filepath/), or it could be used as a temporary Website while maintenance is being performed.

This command will create a Webpage that can be downloaded once.  After it is downloaded the program ends and the page will no longer be accessible.  You would need to enter the command again in order to view the page. Continue reading “Create A Website On Your Mac Without A Webserver”