Category Archives: In-depth

The Art of the Sub $200 NAS Build

For decades building your own computer has been a central experience among computer enthusiasts. There’s an indescribable satisfaction that comes with picking out the parts and assembling them into a full computer all by yourself. That same satisfaction extends itself when people decide to build their own network attached storage (NAS) if they’re not simply repurposing… Read More »

How to Build a Budget NAS Machine

Intel build AMD build Other parts, operating systems, and more reading Bonus build A small bit on RAID The failure debate Conclusion Similar to how building your own computer can be cheaper, building (or repurposing) a network attached storage (NAS) can save you a few hundred dollars as well. A NAS machine, or a computer… Read More »

How to Migrate WordPress with Duplicator

When most people hear the words “migrating a website” the next word they think of is “migraine”. I created this post to show you this is not the case if you follow my method closely and use the Duplicator WordPress plugin. We won’t be using cPanel or myPhpAdmin – instead we will only need SSH… Read More »

What is the best VPN service?

In the past few years the use of VPNs, or virtual private networks, has become much more common. And although many companies and universities provide VPN clients for their employees and students, people are also seeking out VPN services for their personal use. Whether it is to keep secret sensitive data, keep private personal files… Read More »

How to Obfuscate Messages with Steganography

Steganography is the practice of hiding a message within a message. Obfuscation is the act of obscuring information or messages. ob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing transitive verb : 1  a : darken     b : to make obscure <obfuscate the issue> 2 : confuse <obfuscate the reader> intransitive verb : to be evasive, unclear, or confusing ob·fus·ca·tion –… Read More »

Fear Not The Command Line, pt 2

Hopefully, you enjoyed learning about the command line terminal in the first post, or are otherwise somewhat familiar with the command line. In the previous post, I showed the most basic operations (ls, cd, help) one can do in Window’s cmd.exe terminal, and in Linux’s bash terminal (pwd, ls, cd, man). I am attempting to… Read More »

Fear Not The Command Line

Whether you are a casual computer user who uses Office for part of their work, a budding young design student who spends many hours at the computer, or just the average Joe who emails and uses Facebook or other social media, you ought to know what the command line is. If you’re just learning about… Read More »

Turn Your Computer Into a Science Lab

After having learned a little bit about Folding@Home(F@H) over the years, I found myself ready and willing to join a team and try it out. Folding@Home is a non-profit distributed computing project operated by the Pande lab at Stanford university. Essentially, the software simulates potential ways a protein can be folded, and once complete, sends the “work unit” back… Read More »

Which Antivirus Should I Get?

The question that many PC users find themselves asking (though it might be the wrong question to ask): which antivirus should I get? Any security specialist will tell you it is far more difficult to prevent or remove threats than it is to create and spread them. There is an actively maintained database of vulnerabilities… Read More »