NCA’s ‘Two-Week Opportunity’ – What you can do now

This is not like my ‘usual’ posts, but something that I think is very important and not overly obvious to your usual computer user. I issued similar guidelines like these to all staff at at my employer today, feel free to use this for yours if you are in a similar boat.

As part of the NCA efforts to combat some pretty nasty ransomware being distributed I have some quick things you can do to help secure your computer(s).

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Install BitTorrent Sync on Debian (Raspbian)

BitTorrent Sync

BitTorrent Sync was released last month and I’ve been playing around with it for the last couple of days. I currently have it syncing data between OwnCloud and my personal machine, effectively creating my own fully fledged DropBox replacement (more on that in another post!).

Today I am going to cover installing BitTorrent Sync into your copy of Debian (I am using Raspbian on my RasPi), so that when you restart the machine, it starts up with you. Hit the jump for the detailed instructions!

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Secure Public Wi-Fi on Mac OS using SSH and Raspberry Pi

If you are a regular user of a public Wi-Fi access point and have a Raspberry Pi being used as a web server, you can secure your connection in these areas using SSH.

First of all, you need to have your Raspberry Pi (or any server with SSH installed) running and accessible from the outside world (I’m not going to guide this, there is plenty of help on google if you want to get this running). A basic installation will have this.

Next, go to http://chetansurpur.com/projects/sidestep/ and download the application (and check out the rest of Chetan Surpur’s website, its pretty good!). When this is installed, follow the steps and your away.

When ever you are on a public wifi, click connect!

Sidestep.

Sidestep.

 

domain.com/~user/ website setup – Lighttpd

If you want to enable the users on your linux box have their own home page, where you can access from domain.com/~user, its pretty simple!

  1. Edit /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf

Under server.modules add: “mod_userdir”

In the main body of the file, add userdir.path = “public_html”.

2. Add the “public_html” folder.

In your account root, (cd ~). run mkdir “public_html”

3. Insert a test index.html file.

cd public_html to get into the directory.

sudo nano index.html to create the index file.

<html><body><h1>Done!</h1></body></html> the html to add to the file. Save and close the file.

4. Restart lighttpd.

sudo /etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

Done! If this didnt work for you leave me a comment and I will see if I can help.

2010, Year of the eReader and portable computing, and the regeneration of newspapers

Having glanced at some CES 2010 coverage today, I have noticed a massive trend (as has everyone else to be honest). Portable ‘eReaders’ and tablet or ‘slate’ devices as they are now being branded. One of which that took my eye is the Skiff eReader.

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Chrome Owns Firefox

Ever since I started with Google Chrome about 2 months ago I was amazed at how little there was cluttering up the viewing space. I hadn’t realised quite how much was missing in chrome until I revisited Firefox for the first time in that time!

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As you can probably see from the above comparison, theres just less clutter! It gets even better when I use the Ctrl + B shortcut to hide the bookmarks menu in Chrome.

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This increased space on the viewing window and lack of clutter has made my mind love chrome, and when I tried to go back to Firefox it was like looking at a very untidy desk full of useless rubbish!

I will say that Firefox has that amazing extensibility etc etc that Chrome lacks, and the “magic bar” in firefox that allows you to use shortcuts for bookmarks is very nice, but other than that its Chrome FTW!

 

But, at the end of the day, its what ever takes your fancy! I personally think Chrome, now I’ve been using it for a while is the way forward.

Web Advertising 2.0

I was watching a video interview with Digg.com founder Kevin Rose earlier and he made an interesting point about advertising. It was mentioned that some web advertising is a bit too overdramatic and users don’t really want to be seeing some product being advertised. Content consumers would much prefer being shown what kind of things are in the pipeline at a certain company, or what is being done behind the scenes.

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