Nov 132014
 

Welcome back to the wonderful adventures of the cheapskate geek. In part 2 of this series, I got you to the point of having logs forwarded to your always on Mac. Well, that’s nice, but to complete the picture, you’ll want to get notifications on your phone when something fishy happens. This part will tell you how to do that. (If you want to read my reasoning for doing this, you can check out part 1.)

Let’s jump in and finish this thing.

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Nov 132014
 

As I mentioned in part 1, I wanted to find a way to monitor critical parts of my home network (router, NAS server, always on Mac, etc.).  The goal was to know when someone was trying to hack in or, worst case, find out as soon as I could when someone was successful. I want my solution to watch for important events and send a notification to my iPhone. Eventually, I plan on adding more monitoring to detect when my home automation server stops working and detect other helpful but not as critical events.

I know you’re thinking this is going to be complicated and require expert knowledge. Well, yes it isn’t exactly straightforward. However, if you have devices like a NAS server, multiple network components like routers and switches, you’re likely to have plenty of expertise for this endeavor. You can always start small by just monitoring the always on Mac, then move up to monitoring other devices.

Enough of the boring background. You know I don’t really need to justify why I did this because, well, GadgetComa! Let’s dive in to the details. Continue reading »

Nov 132014
 

Looking to monitor your home network and critical devices but can’t afford thousands of dollars for an enterprise-class (no, not Star Trek, think big business) event fault management system? Well, true to my name, I was looking for just such a solution.

Nasty security issues keep popping up all the time and they aren’t limited to the big boys like Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan Chase. Attacks can hit close to home like the Synolocker ransomware attack against Synology NAS users, the CryptoLocker ransomware attack against Microsoft Windows users, the shellshock vulnerability, and many others.

Scared yet? I certainly was. Read on to learn what I did…

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Sep 032014
 

Yes, you read that correctly. Creating and using secure passwords can actually be simple. With an understanding of how to make a password harder to crack through brute force (i.e., multiple, repeated attempts at guessing) and a password manager, you can greatly enhance the security of your passwords.

tl;dr – Longer passwords + a good password manager = simple security.

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May 292014
 

Yay! Hip-hip-hooray! Awesome! Cheers!

So what?

Well, I like this new version. I hope you will too. I put a lot more thought into how to make it easier to maintain and make your Day One entries nicer. Here are the key new features:

  • Added functionality to create Day One entries directly. 
  • The Day One command line tool is no longer needed. 
  • Since I write directly to Day One, I can create native Day One tags, too! 
  • Saving photos to Day One works with any recipe that can provide a URL to a photo 
  • Large photos can be compressed to save space. This is configurable. 
  • IFTTT recipe requirements are simpler and more flexible.
I’ve created a bunch of new IFTTT recipes that are designed for 2.0 (the old recipes won’t work). 
I’ve also created a new website dedicated to GiftttDy. This is where you’ll find setup instructions, recipes, information on how to create your own recipes and documentation on older versions for those who can’t get with the times.
See you over at the new GiftttDy Home Page.
Feb 022014
 

Thanks to the good folks at Authy and a bit of UNIX foo, I’ve managed to enable 2-factor authentication to protect ssh sessions on my Synology DiskStation. If you’re not familiar with Authy and you use Google’s Authenticator app, you should go to the App Store or Google Play store and get Authy’s authenticator app. It’s a well-designed alternative with a better interface and more features like automatically (and securely) syncing tokens across devices. Authy provides authentication services to developers, which leads us to today’s adventure. Continue reading »

Jan 252014
 

As a result of the theft of credit card, debit card and personal information from Target, my credit card company decided to replace my credit card. I don’t know for sure if they saw fraudulent activity, but I do shop at Target, so I’m glad they went ahead and did this. However, I am not so sure they helped all that much. Continue reading »

Jan 202013
 

Inauguration Street Closures

The United States Park Police will put in place the following road closures on National Park Service property. These closures are necessary in order to secure Memorial Bridge and Independence Avenue for Inaugural Activities:
• All parade route security screening entry points will be able to accommodate individuals with disabilities.
Saturday, January 19 at 6 am
• Parkway Drive ( USPP Mobile Command ) Sunday, January 20 at 1 am • 23rd and Independence Avenue (No access to West Potomac Park) • 0600 hours • 14th and Jefferson Drive • 7th and Jefferson Drive • 4th and Jefferson Drive • 3rd and Madison Drive • 4th and Madison Drive • 7th and Madison Drive • 12th and Constitution Avenue Sunday, 6 pm • 15th and Independence Avenue • 15th and Constitution Avenue • 17th and Independence Avenue • 17th and Constitution Avenue • 18th and Constitution Avenue Monday, January 21 at 5 am • A, B and C lots (All traffic sent Southbound Ohio Drive to Buckeye) • Inlet Bridge • USPP HQ and NCR Parking Lot • East Basin and Maine Avenue (All traffic sent Maine Ave. or Freeway) • Maine Avenue and East Basin ( All traffic from Mandarin Hotel sent S/B 14th Street Bridge) • Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue (No traffic S/B Rock Creek Parkway) • Modified PM change into effect on Ohio Drive • Ramp from Kennedy Center to Rock Creek Parkway • 23rd and Constitution Avenue (No traffic S/B to LMC) • Henry Bacon And Constitution Avenue (No traffic S/B to LMC) • Rt. 27/Washington Blvd @ Route 50 Bypass ( at 0530 when ACPD closes Route 27 move closure to N/B GWMP ramp to Memorial Bridge) • • S/B GWMP @ ramp to Memorial Bridge • • S/B GWMP ramp to S/B Route 27/Washington Blvd • • S/B Boundary Channel Drive @ ramp to Route 27/Washington Blvd • • N/B 110 ramp to Memorial Drive (all vehicles forced to take left to ANC) All vehicles exiting ANC must take Route 110 South Closed Monday, January 21 from 3 am to 7pm:
• Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 18th Street, NW to the US Capitol • I Street, NW from 18th Street, NW to 12th Street, NW • H Street, NW from 18th Street, NW to 12th Street, NW • G Street, NW from 18th Street, NW to 12th Street, NW • F Street, NW from 18th Street, NW to 12th Street, NW • E Street, NW from 18th Street, NW to 6th Street, NW • D Street, NW from 18th Street, NW to 6th Street, NW • C Street from 18th Street, NW to 2nd Street, NE • Constitution Avenue from 17th Street, NW to 2nd Street, NE • Madison Drive, NW from 15th Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW • Jefferson Drive, SW from 15th Street, SW to 3rd Street, SW • Independence Avenue from 14th Street, SW to 2nd Street, NE • Maryland Avenue, SW from 6th Street, SW to the US Capitol • 17th Street from I Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • Connecticut Avenue, NW from I Street, NW to H Street, NW • 16th Street, NW from I Street, NW to H Street, NW • Vermont Avenue, NW from I Street, NW to H Street, NW • 15th Street from I Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 14th Street from I Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • New York Avenue, NW from 18th Street, NW to 12th Street, NW • 13th Street, NW from I Street, NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW • 12th Street from F Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 11th Street, NW from F Street, NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW • 10th Street, NW from F Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW • 9th Street from F Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 8th Street, NW from F Street, NW to D Street, NW • 7th Street from F Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 6th Street from F Street, NW to Maryland Avenue, SW • 5th Street from D Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 4th Street from D Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 3rd Street from D Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW Closed Monday, January 21 from 3 am to 5 pm:
• Louisiana Avenue, NE between Columbus Circle and Constitution Avenue, NW • Delaware Avenue, NE between Columbus Circle and D Street, NE • 1st Street between Columbus Circle and D Street, SE • North Capitol Street between E Street, NW and Louisiana Avenue, NE • New Jersey Avenue, NW between D Street, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW • D Street between New Jersey Avenue, NW and 2nd Street, NE • 1st Street between D Street, NW and Washington Avenue, SW • C Street, NW between 2nd Street, NW and New Jersey Avenue, NW • 2nd Street, NW between C Street, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW • 2nd Street, NE between Massachusetts Avenue, NE and C Street, SE • C Street, SE between 2nd Street, SE and 1st Street, SW • D Street between 1st Street, SE and Washington Avenue, SW • Washington Avenue, SW between South Capitol Street and Independence Avenue, SW • Independence Avenue between 2nd Street, SE and 3rd Street, SW • 3rd Street between E Street, SW and D Street, NW • Constitution Avenue between 2nd Street, NE and 3rd Street, NW • Maryland Avenue, NE between 1st Street, NE and 2nd Street, NE • East Capitol Street between 1st Street, NE and 2nd Street, NE • 2nd Street, SW between Washington Avenue, SW and E Street, SW • C Street, SW between 3rd Street, SW and Washington Avenue, SW • D Street, SW between 3rd Street, SW and 2nd Street, SW • South Capitol Street between E Street, SW and D Street, SW • I-295 South on-ramp from Washington Avenue, SW • I-395 North off-ramp onto Washington Avenue, SW • I-395 North off-ramp onto C Street, NW • I-395 South on-ramp from 2nd Street, SW • I-395 South off-ramp onto 2nd Street, SW • I-395 North on-ramp from Washington Avenue, SW • I-295 North off-ramp onto Washington Avenue, SW Emergency No Parking beginning 7 am, Sunday, January 20, through 7 am, Tuesday, January 22:
• South of K Street, NW from Washington Circle to 11th Street, NW • Washington Circle from K Street, NW to 23rd Street, NW • Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from Washington Circle to the US Capitol • I Street, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 11th Street, NW • H Street, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW • G Street, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW • F Street, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW • E Street, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW • Virginia Avenue from 23rd Street, NW to 2nd Street, SW • D Street, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 1st Street, NW • C Street, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW • Constitution Avenue from 23rd Street, NW to 2nd Street, NE • Madison Drive, NW from 15th Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW • Jefferson Drive, SW from 15th Street, SW to 3rd Street, SW • Independence Avenue from 23rd Street, SW to 2nd Street, SE • C Street, SW from 7th Street, SW to 2nd Street, SW • D Street, SW from 7th Street, SW to 2nd Street, SW • E Street, SW from 7th Street, SW to 2nd Street, SW • Maryland Avenue, SW from 7th Street, SW to the US Capitol • 23rd Street from Washington Circle, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 22nd Street, NW from K Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW • 21st Street, NW from K Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW • 20th Street, NW from K Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW • 19th Street, NW from K Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW • 18th Street, NW from K Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW • 17th Street from K Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • Connecticut Avenue, NW from K Street, NW to H Street, NW • 16th Street, NW from K Street, NW to H Street, NW • Vermont Avenue, NW from K Street, NW to H Street, NW • 15th Street from K Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 14th Street from K Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • New York Avenue, NW from 18th Street, NW to 11th Street, NW • 13th Street, NW from K Street, NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW • 12th Street from K Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 11th Street, NW from K Street, NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW • 10th Street, NW from H Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW • 9th Street from H Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW • 8th Street, NW from H Street, NW to D Street, NW • 7th Street from H Street, NW to E Street, SW • 6th Street from H Street, NW to E Street, SW • 5th Street from H Street, NW to D Street, NW • 4th Street from H Street, NW to E Street, SW • 3rd Street from Massachusetts Avenue, NW to E Street, SW • Henry Bacon Drive, NW from the Lincoln Memorial to Constitution Avenue, NW • Daniel French Drive, SW from the Lincoln Memorial to Independence Avenue, SW
• Parade Route Entry Points: The following public entry points will open at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013, and will remain open until the parade route can no longer accommodate additional people.

• – 2nd Street NW and C Street NW
• – John Marshall Park at C Street NW
• – Indiana Avenue NW between 6th Street NW and 7th Street NW
• – 7th Street NW and D Street NW
• – 10th Street NW and E Street NW
• – 12th Street NW and E Street NW
• – 13th Street NW and E Street NW
• – 14th Street NW and E Street NW
• – 12th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
• – 10th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
• – 7th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
• – Constitution Avenue NW between 6th Street NW and 7th Street NW

• Individuals using Metro to access the Inaugural events, including the non-ticketed area of the National Mall, are advised to:
• Use Metro’s interactive “What’s My Best Route” tool at http://www.wmata.com/inauguration to find the best station to use near the National Mall.
• Exit at a station on the same line as where they started their trip to avoid transferring.
• Avoid high-traffic stations near the Capitol including Capitol South, Union Station, Judiciary Square or Federal Center SW stations

• An important reminder for all Metro riders is that the Smithsonian, Archives and Mt Vernon Square Metro stations will be closed on Inauguration Day. For additional information from Metro, including walking maps and travel tips, please visit http://www.wmata.com/inauguration.

• Downtown Area Road Closures: A map detailing specific road closures is attached. Vehicle restricted zones will be in effect beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, January 20, through 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22. Restrictions will be implemented on a rolling schedule, beginning at Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 2nd Street NW to 15th Street NW. All closures will be in place by the morning of Monday, January 21. All vehicular road closures in Washington, D.C., will be instituted by MPD. Inquiries pertaining to road closures should be directed to the MPD Office of Public Information at (202) 727-4383. Details regarding road closures will be available online athttp://www.inauguration.dc.gov and http://www.secretservice.gov.

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