Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Fun with ext4: Corrupted Partition Table - Again

In a way it wasn't a surprise. Ext4 and myself have had our troubles before but that was a long time ago. Then, two days ago, I decided to shrink sda1 to make space for a new partition and install one of the many new distributions I was hoping to try out. This happened to be the latest snapshot of Zenwalk which is based in Slackware64-Current.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Devuan 2.0 Release Candidate Available

Dear Init Freedom Lovers,

Once again the Veteran Unix Admins salute you!

We are happy to announce that the Devuan 2.0 ASCII Release Candidate is now available thanks to the support, feedback, and collaboration of the Devuan community. Devuan 2.0 ASCII Stable will be following soon.

The Devuan 2.0 ASCII RC installer now offers a wider variety of Desktop Environments including XFCE, KDE, MATE, Cinnamon, LXQT (with others available post-install).  In addition, there are options for "Console productivity" with hundreds of CLI and TUI utils, as well as a minimal base system ideal for servers.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Dr.Web Light: Free Anti-Virus for Android

Over the last couple of months I have checked out several of the lighter, anti-virus only apps for Android that are available free of charge. Among the best in terms of functionality, speed and footprint - in other words truly light applications - were BitDefender and Dr. Web Light. These will be good enough for something like an Android TV box, where one doesn't need features like anti-theft, spam call or MMS protection, and arguably other devices too. Unfortunately, BitDefender does all it's malware signature checking in the cloud so in the end did not qualify for my purposes as this requires a stable connection every time running a scan. YMMV.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Block This: An Ad-Blocker for Android Without Requiring Root

Recently I discovered Block This in my long search for an ad-blocker for Android worth the name. There are of course several products around, first and foremost perhaps the venerable AdblockPlus, but they all have the problem that they require root access, i.e. the phone to be rooted. I have no intention of doing this as I simply can't be bothered enough to mess around with a smart phone and security-wise it's a much better idea to keep it locked down. If you don't know what I'm talking about don't worry, you don't need to.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Google's New Video Telephony/VOIP App Duo Due Soon

Google's new app for Android and IOS is due in the coming days. In contrast to Hangouts this one will have end-to-end encryption and is only supposed to support private chats, that means only conversations between two people are supported. Hangouts on the other hand supports group chats of up to 150 people 'hanging out together'. It also used to be popular for online courses but falls down on the privacy front as records are stored on Google's servers, although data is encrypted in transit, and because people used to be able to just enter some chats.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Consider Using a VPN: More Privacy for All Your Traffic

One option for anonymous browsing and privacy for other types of network traffic is using the Tor network which has been covered in a few articles here before. But although traffic is encrypted within the network when bouncing between relays, plain text over Tor is still plain text. Other problems are the slow speed and connectivity issues users may be facing with a volunteer network, user-unfriendly configuring of exit nodes and switching them on demand, and the fact that Tor is not suited to stream large files and video content, if only not to abuse donated bandwidth.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Slackware: Kernel 4.4.10 and Liveslak Images

Ola! While we're still waiting Eric Hameleers has quietly (sort of) updated many of his packages, among them Chromium 51, and also released v1.0.0 of his liveslak project, still based on Slackware Current as of now, on his Alien Pastures blog. Eric writes he considers

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