Garlicoin has recently gone crazy on Reddit thanks to the meme and a user called DigitalizedOrange stating he’d create a coin if his post got enough upvotes. That was last month and this week Garlicoin went live. I fancied mining some of the coin, more for shits and giggles than anything. I mined BTC long ago, then Dogecoin with GPU and ASIC miners, and when that all turned non profitable I stopped and got into margin trading the BTC on various exchanges. I look back on the days of mining Doge with fondness since the community rallied together to sponsor various projects, including getting the Jamaican Bobsled team to the 2012 Sochi Winter Olympics. We also sponsored a Nascar (the Dogecar) driven by Josh Wise, and we bought socks for the homeless. These were good times, Doge had value, was easy to mine, and much fun was had. Unfortunately since […]
I wanted to watch TV around the house, but refused to let Virgin install their triple shielded coax around my property. So had to look at other routes to get my cable tv channels into the other rooms. I found they recently updated their TV Anywhere app to TV Go, which thankfully is a little better than it’s shockingly awful predecessor. I’ve accomplished this by sideloading the TV-Go app onto an Amazon Firestick, and also installing a mouseover toggle onto it, so it’s a bit more user friendly. Firstly, I use a Mac and love using the terminal, I long ago gave up using Windows and would use Linux if it was a little more user friendly to my mac. Anyhow, this process will be done using a Mac, I don’t have an android tablet/phone to sideload so shall use the terminal. First of all, plug the Firestick into […]
There seems a little confusion on this around the net, so here’s an easy way to do it, after all it’s free money so you might as well, as it currently stands BTG is worth about $130/coin. Currently there’s only a wallet on an android device for BTG called Coinomi so this is the way I’m going to claim mine, but I don’t have an Android phone, so what do I do? I use an Android Emulator on my mac. Firstly you need to secure your coins, and separate it from the block that has your BTG. So we do this by making a new wallet, that has new private keys. Send the contents of your existing wallet to this wallet address, this will be your new wallet. Now to claim the BTG. Close your new wallet, open the old one and extract the private keys. For example […]
An easy way of making your Pi that little bit more secure is to remove the default user, Pi. So when setting up a new Pi installation this is one of the first things I do which is very simple. SSH into your Pi as usual:
Switch to the root user:
Create a new user:
Will result in the below, add a decent password when asked and then repeat it:
Adding user `puk' ...
Adding new group `puk' (1001) ...
Adding new user `puk' (1001) with group `puk' ...
Creating home directory `/home/puk' ...
Copying files from `/etc/skel' ...
Enter new UNIX password: <REDACTED>
Retype new UNIX password: <REDACTED>
passwd: password updated successfully
Changing the user information for puk
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
Full Name : Puk
Room Number :
Work Phone :
Home Phone :
Is the information correct? [Y/n] Y
Add the new user to the sudo group:
adduser puk sudo
Adding user `puk' to group `sudo' ...
Adding user puk to group sudo
Quit the Pi by typing exit a couple of times, first to log out as root then to leave SSH. Log back into the PI with SSH using your new username/password:
Now to delete the old Pi user:
sudo deluser pi
Will give you an output, add the user Pi’s password when asked:
We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:
#1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility.
[sudo] password for puk:
Removing user `pi' ...
Warning: group `pi' has no more members.
Finally change the default password of the root account, use a new pass […]
I wanted a secure way of accessing my home network whilst away. Not only for my Home Assistant installation but to access files, photos, be able to work on scripts and the like. I did some research into various ways but kept coming back to a VPN. I found other reasons for using a VPN too, mainly to secure usage of public wifi, prevent region locking, and to use my PiHole DNS advert blocker. For instance, if I’m using public wifi at a cafe/shopping center I can connect via my VPN to secure any passwords/bank details that I enter. If you don’t realise anyone sharing the same wifi network can gain access to your passwords or data that you enter, scared? Have a read how they do it here. This same Pi is running an instance of PiHole for DNS level advert blocking, when I’m connected to my VPN, I’ll […]
Ive got a new toy! Well, a second hand new toy! An Evolve gen 2, esk8 board. The specs look pretty cool, top speed 38kmh, range of 30km. Albeit a little less since the lion battery is now 18months old. But it was cheap, like the budgie! This variation is the Bustin limited edition series, but is based on the Bamboo GT. I haven't been on a skateboard for twenty years so it took me a few kms to get use to even being on a board again. I remember that I skate goofy but it feels weird so I may try regular tomorrow, perhaps absence has changed my style. This thing is so quick. I've mainly used the low speed setting, the fast speed is like a rocket! The brake is surprisingly effective too, and the motor regenerates the battery on braking, great! These boards were nearly £1300 new so […]
With Amazon only supporting a few countries with Alexa, being the UK, Germany and the USA, you may get timeouts on the java app with an error of: java.util.concurrent.TimeoutException It’s a pain when this happens as you have to login with VNC and click the OK button to reset the application. To help prevent it, you can alter the timeout threshold in the java file located at: /home/pi/Desktop/alexa-avs-sample-app/samples/javaclient/src/main/java/com/amazon/alexa/avs/http/AVSClient.java#L69 You can edit this with: sudo nano /home/pi/Desktop/alexa-avs-sample-app/samples/javaclient/src/main/java/com/amazon/alexa/avs/http/AVSClient.java You’re after line 69, it looks like this, alter the timeout as below: Restart your Alexa and job done!