Category Archives: Tools

How to connect to PIA through OpenVPN on Linux

One of the most popular VPN providers these days is Private Internet Access (PIA). In this tutorial, I’ll show how to add a VPN connection to the Linux network manager with PIA’s service, using OpenVPN instead of PIA’s client software. Though the client app is robust and offers many useful features like a “VPN killswitch”,… Read More »

Statistical Programming with R and Python

R and Python are two popular languages for those who want to do data analysis. In this post, I will cover some libraries, packages and resources that will help you quickly learn how to become proficient with these statistical and scripting languages. This post is intended for the beginner-intermediate level, though you may find some… Read More »

Rsync: How it works and how to use it

Rsync is a command line utility that is used to transfer multiple files, or entire directories, from one computer to another. It is a tool that comes with most Linux and Unix-like operating systems and it has great flexibility. You can update files and/or folders (recursively) on your machine, or the machine you are connecting… 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 »

Build a PC this Black Friday!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are rolling around, and if you’re entertaining the idea of building a desktop PC yourself for the coming holiday season, now is the best time to make your purchase(s). With sales taking place in store (Microcenter, Tiger Direct) and online (Amazon, Newegg, NCIX), it is increasingly easy to find a… Read More »

Freeware or crapware? Where’s the good ware?

Earlier this year, a howtogeek article pointed out the slovenly state of most “free download” websites. I suggest reading it, though I will give a TLDR version: no matter where you go, from CNET to SourceForge, it seems that just about every free download has surreptitiously-tacked on adware. I find changes to my homepage or search… Read More »