After standing on the sidelines for nearly two years without putting in my two cents (especially on social media), I have finally decided to give this opinion piece, but it’s on my own personal blog. That means that the only people who will care to read it are people who are interested in my opinion or simply stumble across it somewhere on the Internet and decide to read it. I hope it provides some insight and could potentially help somebody in one way or another.Read More
In this post, I will describe improvement steps that I have tried to make by contributing to the open source Signal Desktop project on GitHub, as well as creating my own application patch for Linux and MacOS.
I have recently been in full CON mode for DEF CON 28 SAFE MODE, which just ended yesterday. This year, all of the festivities took place on Discord and Twitch, and they pulled it off perfectly without a hitch. However, many of us reminisced about years past and the fun had in Las Vegas, which was the only thing missing this year. One of the upsides of this was not having to worry about your laptop or phone traffic being sniffed or getting hacked, as in years past, every precaution was taken — from bringing clean laptops with fresh and disposable Kali installations, to bringing burner phones — and all important communication between friends took place on Signal — the go-to app for private comms.Read More
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg is a must-read for fans of HBO’s WestWorld. If you haven’t started watching WestWorld yet, don’t have HBO, don’t understand or approve of piracy, and want to watch in the best quality, you can use this link to get the BluRay for the complete first season from Amazon.
This is also an excellent read for people who don’t want to get involved in the whole convoluted series of WestWorld (especially Season 3, which takes things to a whole new level). This book is a good stand-alone that gives you the main idea all at once without having to get invested in a series.
The premise between The Kingdom and WestWorld is basically the same — a female protagonist, who is a realistic, humanoid robot with an evolving artificial intelligence that is becoming more conscious of itself and the world she is trapped in.Read More
We all have our own backup solutions, some better than others, but the standard is the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy, which suggests having at least (3) copies of your data (not including the production data itself, with (2) of those copies being stored locally on different hard drives, and (1) copy stored somewhere offsite. Most of us datahoarders and homelabbers have some implementation of this rule in one form or another.
If you are just looking for the tutorial and want to skip through all of my personal backstory bullshit, just scroll on to the end, and don’t complain about it. This is a personal blog, not some Medium article. At the end, I will discuss how to set up incremental, versioned, block-level, encrypted backups to Google Drive on FreeNAS.
Note: the single caveat is that the unlimited storage is only free and unlimited for GSuites for Business accounts that have 5 or more users (otherwise, you will be paying normal Google Drive storage fees).Read More
In this tutorial, I will detail the most unorthodox way to restore your entire Windows OS (including installed programs and settings) when you have exhausted all other options.
You can skip ahead if you want to get straight to the instructions, but basically, I had an old Windows 10 Enterprise installation on a laptop that worked perfectly fine, but Shannon‘s laptop’s trackpad had completely stopped working, so I switched out the hard drives with one of my laptops to give her a “new” one, but now I was stuck with a laptop with a broken trackpad. So I had really nice unused laptop running Ubuntu on an M.2 with room for a 2.5″ SSD, but my Windows install was on mSATA. So I started looking into my options.Read More