Category Archives: Tools

Adventures in Splicing an HDMI Cable

We just purchased our home here in Austin, Texas, and were super stoked to find out that the WHOLE house was wired for audio.

The downside was that once we built out shelves, mounted the TV, and set up all the equipment that the male adapter of the HDMI routed through the wall was – well… f@*kd.

I didn’t find any thorough, clear, and effective approaches of splicing an HDMI cable, so I’ve decided to log and then blog my efforts!

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Amazon FireTV Stick Review

So I know some of you have heard of my pending posts (yeah… I’m still working on them… sorta)…

But I just simply had to post this!

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You didn’t hear this from me, but HOW TO RIP MP3s FROM A WEBSITE

Ok, I probably shouldn’t be posting this, because I’d be pissed if someone ripped my content. But, this trick has served me some extraneous effort in ripping MP3’s or even other formats from certain websites (*cough* Grooveshark *cough cough* Pandora *cough*).

This approach works for everything from websites loaded in the browser using HTML5 or Flash, to custom applications (Adobe AIR, desktop applications, etc.).

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PC Woes and Virus Foes

So recently I’ve been somewhat of a PC fixer-upper again (among other things)… But these days I’ve been wise to enforce some form of payment (usually in the form of firewater or cold hard cash); which, any family/friend-helper can attest to, becomes a nightmare. Part of why I decided to pick it back up is to experience what today’s battles are – and unfortunately they’re mostly of the same variant that was rampant even 10 years ago.
I’ve been asked by family and friends alike to give what insight I could into what it takes to keep your PC clean, and how to recover if you fail.

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Hey, can you pass me my utility belt?

I recently had to set up my work PC, and found out that there’s a good set of utilities that I’m often using and take for granted.

Some are new to me, and some are alternatives to paid programs that I’ve lost licenses to. I typically like to use open source over paid licenses, and this round I’ve managed to do a pretty good job at finding a well rounded set of tools to do the job!

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SSH Keys and auto-login

If you look around on the web, most descriptions of how to get SSH Keys setup are really verbose, and in particular, assume you know everything about everything… This is typically NOT the case.

I’m going to attempt to explain how to automatically log in from one PC to another with SSH client and server, and on windows using PuTTY and puttygen.exe.

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Setting up an SSH Tunnel as a Proxy

There are 2 primary reasons you would want to SSH Tunnel:

  • You are being blocked by a proxy at work, university, or some other controlled network.
  • You want increased security over the wire.

When setting up an ssh tunnel, you’re merely routing traffic through a specific address and port. Seems pretty simple, and it really is, but you need to understand each part individually.

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