I’ve wanted to use SSL for a while now on my sites to better encrypt traffic and logins on the site. Unfortunately doing this nuked my previous server and had to be restored from backups. As such…
Welcome to a new webserver!
I went through and migrated all hosts from this system to utilize SSL as default using a permanent redirect. The whole process was a bit intense at first but was extremely rewarding. Thankfully, Let’s Encrypt makes this a very simple process:
Add to this a WordPress plugin to allow everything to migrate from host to host, and some fancy internal DNS resolving and everything is now moved over and encrypted. It’s a good feeling seeing the “Secure” posted next to the URL now. Cheers!
Prepping has been something I’ve looked into for a few years now and tried to keep a proper mindset to plan for life’s chaos. With that comes stocking up on a couple weeks of food at any one time, keeping extra water on hand and one important item: an Every-Day Carry (EDC) bag.
I like being prepared for day to day situations and issues. With this, I wanted a few things:
- Easy/comfortable bag that’s light enough to walk with or use on my motorcycle
- Big enough to carry a few tools and tech devices for home/work/travel
- Be able to literally walk out the door at anytime for even an overnight and be ready
First, the bag:
- Single shoulder tractical bag: http://amzn.to/2tJoRPj
This bag is small enough to be easily carried but can still pack a bunch of gear and even some “Get home” essentials (water filter, emergency radio, etc). I went with Grey to keep it blending in a little better but may even get a black one to allow better blending in a group; Think grey-man concept. This is comfortable on my motorcycle even for a couple hours due to the extra cross strap that keeps it stable as well.
The fun stuff: The gadgets and gear
A little background: I get these ideas once in a while that eventually come to fruition after a couple months of brainstorming and tinkering. I’ve had the idea for a while of having a central way to maintain my fleet of Linux servers I host along with Windows if possible. In the past, I used ssh keys to login and run updates. It worked pretty well but I’d like a way to remotely run and/or monitor these. Enter IRC…
Little background: Everyone has a little paranoia. We all have a little fear inside and wonder what if? I have some expensive toys and I’d like the peace of mind knowing their safe along with keeping an eye on my little fur child Shadow while I’m away from home. Turns out, doing this isn’t nearly as hard as one might think…
Fast forward a couple weeks of planning and I have a solid DVR and wireless system running that allows me to monitor and record any activity while I’m away from home, using off the shelf WiFi cameras and freeware.
- D-Link DCS-5010L Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (Black)
- Foscam FI9800P Outdoor 720P HD Security IP Camera with Motion Detection, Night Vision and Cloud Storage
- D-Link DCS-934L Day & Night Wi-Fi Camera (Black)
- D-Link DCS-960L HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera (Black)
- TP-Link AC1200 Gigabit Wireless Wi-Fi Router (Archer C1200)
- The “server” (old laptop): LATITUDE E6500 15.4″ C2D-2.53GHZ 4G/250G RW BT WC
So there’s a new “game” (if it can be called a game?) that’s been sweeping around and has gotten a small amount of attention. The game is called Twitch Heroes.
It’s an ingeneous little bit of code which syncs with Twitch and creates a small avatar that automatically starts fighting villains/baddies in the live stream of the game which looks kinda like below:
A little background:
I’ve been building and tinkering with computers since I was about 12, when I got my own laptop and desktop both from garage sales and began swapping parts, doing OS upgrades from floppy disks and doing whatever I could to tinker with them. Fast forward almost two decades, and I’m still at but on a much larger scale.
I’ve learned some hard lessons in the couple decades of tinkering with computers. One of the biggest is data loss. Like everyone else, I didn’t worry as much as I should have and it cost me…
Started off 30 minutes into the new year by hitting black ice and completely annihilating my favorite car. Thankfully safe but Eris didn’t make it.
Now for the DDoS fun…