J. R. Swab's Blog

Learn Bash: Tutorial 001 - This is a start to a series all about bash and scripting for the terminal. There are lots of commands to cover but today is all about the basics. As long as the information fits within the one thousand word limit that this blog adheres to we should cover what bash is and some basic commands. The goa... Categories: [Technology]

Be Free Of Your ISP - Mesh networking is the future for how we access content on the internet. What a mesh network does is take the gatekeepers out of the equation and allows anyone to hop on the network. This type of system is not new, but some people are taking this idea to the next level. Instead of needing Comcast... Categories: [Technology]

Use This To Decentralize Web Content - The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is something that I am glad I came across over the past few months. It is an open source way to host files and share them around the web in a much faster and less expensive way. You probably know by now that I am a massive fan of decentralizing all the thing... Categories: [Technology]

You Need To Stop DNS Leaks - My mind has been on the Domain Name System (DNS) server for about a week now. I've been mulling over whether VPNs are necessary and what level of trust should be placed in a DNS provider. It's evident not to trust your ISP's DNS since some companies have been caught manipulating the data or using yo... Categories: [Technology]

How To Stop Leaking Metadata - Even if you use a VPN and surf the web over TLS/HTTPS your ISP or the coffee shop you sit in can still know where you go and what you do on the internet. It's this data that gets sold to the highest bidder for a profit off what you do online. No matter if it is the coffee shop or your ISP it's dis... Categories: [Technology]

You Need A Hardware Wallet - If you put money into Bitcoin or another crypto, it's mad essential to store your wealth in a hardware wallet. These devices keep your private keys offline which significantly increases your security and limits the chances of your currency being stolen. I picked up my first hardware wallet back in... Categories: [Technology]

How To Increase Efficiency With Bash Automation - As you well know by now, I am a big nerd. Not the broken glasses and suspender-wearing kind but the learn as much about computers as I can kind. The more I learn, the more I find myself moving away from large desktop environments and window managers to the terminal. The terminal is fast, efficient,... Categories: [Technology]

Why You Should Use Free & Open Source - Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is a group of programs and projects classified as both open-source and free software. This type of software respects the user's freedom while allowing all of us to look over the code. The ability to review code is essential, so we know exactly what the program is... Categories: [Technology]

Reclaim Your Privacy With F-Droid - All modern phones and mobile devices come with a pre-packaged app store to allow you to download useful applications. The store software is closed-source, and the majority of the applications we install are the same. Maybe the app could be open source if they did not rely on some little bit of cod... Categories: [Technology]

Your VPN Is Not Enough - Your VPN Is Not Enough My previous post about VPNs had a lot of traction over the Fediverse. Thanks to everyone for all the support and also thanks to the readers that pointed out what I missed about VPNs. How they are inherently secure but not private in many respects. They are correct; no on... Categories: [Technology]

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