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Cut the cord and get away from cable television, part 1

This is going to be a multi-part post series that details how you can cut the cord and get away from cable television permanently and forever. The world is evolving, and with that, technology is getting crazy. In the past I wrote a few articles on how best to setup Transmission as well as setting up some blocklists to keep nosy universities and other baddies from spying on your activities. In the next few posts, we are getting away from torrents and going old-school…well, not entirely old-school, as the methods I’m going to teach you are all alive and kicking very well. In fact, they are probably more stable, secure, and active than torrents ever were or will be. The topic at hand will be usenet. With a good usenet setup you can automate your entire movie and television library, and maybe even your music library if you don’t mind…

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How to cash in a prepaid credit card easily

If you are like most people, you have more than likely received a prepaid credit card in the mail as a reward for purchasing a certain item, or as a rebate, etc. Recently we moved into a new house so I took advantage of Home Depot’s Labor Day savings on buying paint where they give you back quite a bit of cash for each 5-gallon, 3-gallon, and 1-gallon buckets of paint you buy. We ended up buying a lot of paint because we repainted the entire inside of the house; every room, bathroom, and living area was repainted. We had three different transactions, so that meant Home Depot would be sending us three different prepaid credit cards, all worth a different amount. The thing that sucks, though, about prepaid credit cards, is that in America, tax is exclusive of the price shown at the shelf. That means when you get…

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Verizon Ellipsis tablets and MDM device owner mode

If your company, like most, uses mobile device management (MDM) software to administer different mobile devices among your employees, you are going to be heartbroken to know that the Verizon Ellipsis tablets have a hard time accepting an MDM’s “device owner” mode. This mode basically allows the MDM software to take complete ownership of the device, which prevents employees from doing things on the tablets they shouldn’t be doing (installing unapproved apps, making system changes, etc.). Our company started with Meraki. Upon starting up the Ellipsis tablet the first time, at the sign-in to a Google account screen, you enter the text “afw#meraki” and the device goes on to the internet, downloads the Meraki management software, and begins to push different policies and software to the device. That’s in a perfect work. The problem comes, though, when the Meraki software tries to take ownership of the device. Something within the…

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Manually upgrade to the latest Debian kernel

I recently ran into quite a few problems with one of my Debian servers attributed to an outdated kernel. For whatever reason, the specific set of software I was using had gotten updated, and that update forced a kernel level that unless met, would produce tons of issues. Needless to say, I needed to upgrade my Debian installation to a kernel version higher than what was available in the default repositories. Using the following few commands (plus one custom command I wrote) you can easily get your Debian server on the absolute latest Linux Kernel available. The first command is going to add the Stretch backports into our repo list. echo “deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian stretch-backports main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list > /dev/null Issue the next command to go ahead and upgrade all packages on your system using the backports repo so that nothing is broken by moving up to the…

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Keto Butter Pecan Ice Cream

I love ice cream…almost as much as I love coffee. So you better believe when I found a recipe for butter pecan ice cream I immediately filled out the shopping list with a few things to purchase. This one takes an ingredient or two that you may not have on hand, so my word of advice is order them long before you think you will actually want to make the ice cream. This will prevent you from having to dreadfully wait through shipping times while your craving drives you to a dangerous “cheating” problem. The great thing about this recipe is that you can eat a good amount of it in one sitting and not kill your net carb levels for the day. I’m not going to go into an incredible amount of explanation here, because I hate when recipe website do that. I will jump straight into the recipe…

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