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  • Encfs - The Hackers Lastpass

    The necessity to store private information is crutial. Whether it be passwords, qr codes to backup your 2FA (I lost a phone once, big pain in the ass), bitcoin private keys, or just information you would like to hide from prying eyes. While there are amazing services available (lastpass for example), the control is in the enterprise, and less up to you. With encfs you can easily encrypt data, move it around, and sync it with whatever services (dropbox,, your own server) your heart desires. You can even have encfs directories within encfs directories for tiered levels of awesome (aka crazy... :)

  • [Tutorial] Secret Sharing

    Secret sharing, or the ultimate way to distribute your secrets. It involves taking a secret message, splitting it into pieces, and repiece back together to output the original secret. Be it to people, randomly stuck to the underside of chairs in your favorite coffee joint, or plastered across your city. The possibilities are endless, and left up to your most creative distribution schemes. Secret sharing is becoming more relevant with the necessity to store bitcoin private keys. Along with that you can store any short (128 char) message (link to a website, gpg blob, passwords)

  • Update Your Piper via CLI

    The piper is a low cost, all in one, beautiful piece of equipment. It provides a cost effective solution for secure offline wallet generation. Comprised of a raspberry pi, thermal printer, and a single button for operation. It's incredibly easy to operate, and functions entirely independently (just requires power). It also can even be plugged into a monitor, keyboard, & mouse to provide a graphical configuration interface / desktop environment. The other day I received an [email]( stating that a new update was available. While I was excited for some of the changes (such as continuous printing), I was too lazy to plugin a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to initiate the upgrade. Instead I plugged it into my network, spent a minute looking at the upgrade script, and ran it from the command line.

  • GSL Fix Arch Linux (Downgrade to 1.14)

    Been using Jekyll for a while now on multiple blogs. Haven't updated in quite some time & went to build the site (jekyll serve --lsi). I was greeted with the familiar 'build rb-gsl for 10x faster lsi generation'. Went to install gsl (gem install gsl), and got a big fat failed compilation. After trying a few patches for the gsl gem, compiling gsl manually, and a few other hacky tricks, I found it was as simple as downgrading gsl to 1.14 :)

  • Conky Templates (Do more, Write Less)

    Conky is a powerful tool that gives you information and statistics about your PC. With all of the possible variables that you can choose from, and multiple things you can monitor it becomes easy to have a bloated config. Repeated content, color associations, naming conventions, etc. Repetitive information such as network interfaces, cpu monitoring, and hdd info can easily be templated. Not only to make your config easier to read, but will save you a caboodle of keystrokes from not having to type repetitive content.

  • The playful side of ls

    I use ls way to many times to count (2215 times in my 10k line ~/.histfile). And while I use this amazing application daily, I didn't know the power lying in the depths of ls. A short visit to the manfile showed me the beautiful side behind ls. The little things that matter, but didn't use because it was faster to whip up a quick awk script instead of reading the manpage.

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