Category Archives: Tricks

Close Encounter with Vendor Lock-in, Python Triumphs

Vendor lock-in is a term that refers to the practice of a company making a customer dependent (but not entirely) on their goods or services. In IT circles, I hear Cisco’s name thrown around a lot with references to “building a moat“. Some other examples of this are: the patented K-Cup brewing system of Kuerig, printer… Read More »

The Raspberry Pi 2 as a Dedicated VPN (round 2)

Previously, I had tested the Pi Zero as a dedicated VPN. And while that was a great way to securely connect to my home network and access files, the Zero definitely struggled performing some tasks (like streaming media). Raspberry Pi’s are ideal for 24/7 use because they barely draw single watt, compared to desktop computers where the… Read More »

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 »

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 »

5 Ways Technology Can Increase Productivity

Productivity – every American knows what it is and values it. And with the job market becoming increasingly globalized, it is essential to maximize the time you spend working. Not everyone is a natural genius that quickly solves every problem and never forgets a thing, so many people find themselves working extra hours to stay… 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 »