Create Bootable Hirens CD on USB using Linux

Overview This howto outlines the procedures for creating a bootable version of Hirens on a USB drive using Linux. The problem arises when attempting to create the the bootable USB using the traditional (and generally reliable) isohybrid + dd approach. There is one fine which needs to be renamed, and in order to do that, Read More …

Tracking Memory and Swap Usage

In Linux, there is a relatively simple way to track memory and swap usage by process.  First look to the directory “/procs”.  Here you will see a list of subdirectories named by running process ids (PIDs).  Each subdirectory contains files and other directories that contain useful information about that process.  For the metrics we want, Read More …

60 Minutes Story on Swedish Snus

Swedish Snus has been studied by the Swedish and British medical establishments and is believed to be between 90-99% less harmful than cigarettes.  There is no evidence that it causes oral cancer, or contributes to heart disease. The Swedish medical establishment has already endorsed it as a form of “harm reduction”, as has the Royal Read More …

Generate a Sitemap and Submit it for Google Indexing

Overview Google search engine indexing can be facilitated through the creation of a sitemap. Once the map has been created, you will need to sign-up for Google Webmaster Tools (now called “Search Console) and Google Analytics accounts. Webmaster tools will permit you to submit your site for indexing. Once your web properties are indexed, you Read More …

Let’s Encrypt – Updated Release

Back in December 2014, I wrote a post on Let’s Encrypt – a TLS Certificate startup that plans to offer free 3rd-party certificates to anyone that owns a domain name. At that time Let’s Encrypt had set a target release date of “Summer 2015”. Let’s Encrypt recently moved their launch back with the following tentative Read More …

Zerobit Finally gets Busted

Back in January 2013 I wrote an independent review and test of Mackeeper. In that review, I noted that my tests showed it did NOT do what it claimed, caused operating system damage, and was generally, just a colossal ripoff. Now at last we have “official” confirmation of all of the above. So much so Read More …