Staying current

I think it goes without saying that any professional should stay current on information and tools in their field of practice. In the field of Information Technology this is difficult, but not impossible. I try to stay current by reading the newsfeeds, learning new tech or methods and communicating with colleagues. This way I can […]

Mobile device security

Mobile device apps. Who can we trust? A few tips on keeping your smartphone and its apps inside of your control. Check and research the app developer. Have a look at the Ratings and reviews. Check the app permissions. Be specific and check location access. (Assuming you don’t want your location broadcasted) Be especially concerned […]

Australian Cyber Security Guide

Please read this guide for context. I love the attempt here to outline a simple strategy for defending technology assets. I will take what the Australian Government has laid out here and build upon it as it is a good foundation. Sometimes, it seems a nearly impossible task, but with the right energy focused on the right target, you’ll […]

Advanced security controls

Many people are looking for a place to put their data and keep it private. Or not private, in some cases. What can you do to ensure highest security standards are in place and your data is protected from bad actors? Previously, I wrote a document covering some basic cyber security guidelines for the average […]

Web browser

Browser wars are boring. Try them all and test them all. Find one you like the best and use it. Browsers can be a nice swiss army knife of the web if you wish. Find one with plugins that are useful to you. I would like to point out a recent favorite of mine, Vivaldi, […]

Custom Arch Install

Specifications Hardware: Lenovo N23, Celeron(R) CPU N3060 @ 1.60GHz, 4GB DDR3L, 32GB eMMC, Touchscreen, 802.11 AC (2×2) WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 Linux Kernel: 4.15.9-1-ARCH Filesystem: XFS, EFI, Swap Display Server: X11 Display Manager: LXDM Desktop Environment: LXDE Theme: Adapta-GTK Browser: Firefox Package list: xorg, lxde, bluez, bluez-utils, pulseaudio-alsa, pulseaudio-bluetooth, networkmanager, network-manager-applet, ttf-droid, ttf-roboto, chromium, firefox, hexchat, p7zip, htop, xterm, guvcview, rclone, rsync, cups, hplip, […]

Netbook Project

I jumped all-in on the Google Cloud. The idea was to purchase a Chromebook. They were a little too expensive. I went with a N23 from Lenovo. I love the design of the notebook. It’s small screen, tight case and touchscreen are awesome. It doesn’t win awards for storage space or processor/memory, but it sure […]

Linux Customizations

Linux is a free and open source kernel available to the world to use and modify free of charge. Since it’s introduction in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, Linux has been customized and built upon to meet the needs of a variety of complex environments. It runs many of the devices and servers we use every […]