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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 »

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 »

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 »

Can the Raspberry Pi 2 be a HTPC?

After having flipped through several Linux and Raspberry Pi magazines, it became apparent to me that there is no shortage of things to do with a Pi. While certain projects approach what some might consider gimmicky (a portable briefcase retro gaming kit), others have recognizable utility that will only become more apparent with time, like a… Read More »

Building your first PC: Do’s, don’ts, and did nots

Around this time last year, I decided to upgrade my PC. It had been 5 years since I got my first desktop for school, and I found that a lot of my parts were becoming outdated and did not interface with newer parts I wanted for upgrades. So I decided to build my desktop myself.… Read More »

Building a PC: Poor Man’s Edition

Well, an enthusiastic reader of mine responded to a blog post I put together for Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales with this response post. While his opinions were also true, I thought why not just scrap the whole preference thing and just buy the bare minimum? Functionality only. Let’s see what I come up with. .… Read More »