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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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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I recently ran into quite a few problems with one of my Debian servers attributed to an outdated kernel.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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PS4 Slow Download Speed Fix

The PlayStation Network is notorious for slow download speeds on the PS4. I have a 60mb/6mb connection at home, and for a 30GB game to download, the PS4 told me that it would take nearly 48 hours in total to download it all. Ridiculous if you ask me. If you have a Debian server available then you’ll appreciate the fact that you can combine a Squid3 proxy server and your Debian server together to create a middle-man to help the PS4 take better advantage of your download speeds. First off, let’s install Squid3 in the terminal by issuing the following command: sudo apt-get install squid3 squid3-common After everything has been installed, go ahead and edit the Squid3 config file like so: sudo nano /etc/squid3/squid.conf Once inside of the Squid3 configuration file, we want to secure it a bit so that we are only allowing traffic from within our local network…

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