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How to Backup FreeNAS to Google Drive Using Duplicati

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How to Backup FreeNAS to Google Drive Using Duplicati

We all have our own backup solutions, some better than others, but the standard is the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy, which suggests having at least (3) copies of your data (not including the production data itself, with (2) of those copies being stored locally on different hard drives, and (1) copy stored somewhere offsite. Most of us datahoarders and homelabbers have some implementation of this rule in one form or another.

If you are just looking for the tutorial and want to skip through all of my personal backstory bullshit, just scroll on to the end, and don’t complain about it. This is a personal blog, not some Medium article. At the end, I will discuss how to set up incremental, versioned, block-level, encrypted backups to Google Drive on FreeNAS.

Note: the single caveat is that the unlimited storage is only free and unlimited for GSuites for Business accounts that have 5 or more users (otherwise, you will be paying normal Google Drive storage fees).

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How to Restore Your Entire Windows OS and Still Keep Everything Intact When All Else Fails

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How to Restore Your Entire Windows OS and Still Keep Everything Intact When All Else Fails

In this tutorial, I will detail the most unorthodox way to restore your entire Windows OS (including installed programs and settings) when you have exhausted all other options.


You can skip ahead if you want to get straight to the instructions, but basically, I had an old Windows 10 Enterprise installation on a laptop that worked perfectly fine, but Shannon‘s laptop’s trackpad had completely stopped working, so I switched out the hard drives with one of my laptops to give her a “new” one, but now I was stuck with a laptop with a broken trackpad. So I had really nice unused laptop running Ubuntu on an M.2 with room for a 2.5″ SSD, but my Windows install was on mSATA. So I started looking into my options.

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This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

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This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

There has absolutely never been a better time to start reading This Mortal Coil trilogy by Emily Suvada. With COVID-19 threatening the world as we speak, you can really get into this series and hopefully see, with brand new eyes, the very real potential threat that a pandemic such as the fictional Hydra virus could pose against the population of the world.

I have waited a while to review this book, because I didn’t really know where to start. I almost didn’t review it, because it could almost be seen simply as a continuation of This Cruel Design, however, I absolutely understand the need to make it a separate book, which is obvious when you read it.

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Setting Up Distributed Computing on BSD Systems in Order to Aid COVID-19 Research

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Setting Up Distributed Computing on BSD Systems in Order to Aid COVID-19 Research

This will be a tutorial on setting up BOINC on FreeBSD (specifically, FreeNAS), in order to devote your extra computing power to aid The National Upcycled Computing Collective (NUCC, Inc.), a 501c non-profit organization, who is working on distributed computing projects with Rosetta@Home, which is focused solely on COVID-19 research at the time of this writing. Click here to read more about NUCC, and be sure to check out (and follow) @nucc_inc and @NUCC_STATS on Twitter. If you are fresh out of CPU cycles and would much rather prefer directly feeding cash to the cause, please feel free to do so here.

To get instructions for other operating systems that will have you processing workloads in less than 10 minutes, view the GitHub repo featuring quick super-quick setups scripts at https://github.com/phx/nucc.

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How to Host a Hidden Service .onion Site on the Dark Web

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How to Host a Hidden Service .onion Site on the Dark Web

Warning: the recommendations made here are in reference to hosting your own personal content, not to become a web hosting provider on the dark web. You are responsible for the content that you host (maybe depending on region — I’m not a lawyer), but you don’t want to find yourself anywhere in the distribution pipeline related to the nefarious goods and services of others.

This guide is tuned toward hosting on Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Ubuntu 18.04. The same things can be achieved using RPM-based distros by substituting the packaging commands and tweaking the instructions as necessary.

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How to SSH to a Jailbroken iOS Device over USB

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How to SSH to a Jailbroken iOS Device over USB

I recently had to set up testing against our Akamai Staging environment which uses a different IP address than production. This required me to get a new MacBookPro that would support the latest version of MacOS, as well as the latest version of Xcode, just so that I could have sudo access to change add an entry in /etc/hosts in order to build the application from source and run it in the iOS simulator (since the Simulator doesn’t come packaged with the iOS AppStore). Then I had to carry around another computer in my backpack simply because I refuse to separate from Arch Linux and i3-gaps (which can perfectly emulate the Android version without issues), but I digress…

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Optimizing Python Code Using Cython: A Beginner’s Introduction

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Optimizing Python Code Using Cython: A Beginner’s Introduction

There are much better resources than this blog that will lead you down the rabbit hole of Cythonizing your Python code, but this is just a very easy introduction, outlining my own personal experiments as a Cython beginner, myself. In this tutorial, we will use my dictionary creation tool, brutalist, as a really bad example of how to Cythonize some Python code.

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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

I promised a follow-up review to This Mortal Coil for the sequel, This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada. I also promised to follow up on the technological themes posed by this series, and how in the very near future, we could easily see this work of fiction merge more into an account of fictional events based on non-fiction technology. Personally, I think this series to be slightly ahead of its time [in a good way], as to show readers what kind of scenarios could play out in our future. For readers who are not tech-savvy, this would probably be a 3-star read. For me, knowing about the underlying technology and just how realistic this book is, boosts that up to a 5-star read. Emily Suvada knocked it out of the park with this one, which was equally as good (if not better) than This Mortal Coil.

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How Does DNS Resolution Exactly Work?

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How Does DNS Resolution Exactly Work?

This may sound stupid, but at a low level, it’s often something that remains unknown to many in the IT industry — even seasoned professionals.

At the highest level, DNS is the basic protocol that maps hostnames to IP addresses. But there’s a whole lot more going on behind the scenes…

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Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

by Shannon 2 Comments
Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

Hello, world! Isn’t that what you’re supposed to say when you start a blog? Well, if you’re here because you follow me, Shannon, on Instagram — then hello, book friends — and welcome to our blog! My husband, Jamey, and I are so excited to start this new adventure with all of you. So, let’s get on with the introductions and what you can expect from us over here in our little corner of the internet.

I’m Shannon, a 33-year-old stay at home mom and professional reader. Yeah, that’s right, I work my butt off on the daily with no pay. But that’s ok, because my better half, Jamey is a 34-year-old Senior Application Security Engineer for a major financial institution here in the United States. He’s a Certified Ethical Hacker working the long hours protecting people’s livelihoods from the bad guys, all while making enough for us to live comfortably. Jamey and I have been together for the last 14 ½ years, and we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this past Valentine’s Day. We share two beautiful children together, as well as two cats (and if you really want to get technical, we also have two fish that live under our roof).

Jamey has dreamed of us starting a joint blog about books and coding for as long as I can remember. I personally didn’t think anyone would care about what I had to say. For a while my life was full of dirty diapers and sleepless nights. Yeah, I could have shared my thoughts on books, but without an IV of caffeine the posts would have been those of a madwoman. Well, two months ago my life completely changed. Both of our children were about to start school full time, and I decided it was time for me to get my feet wet in the book blogging world. So, I started my bookstagram page, and y’all, I was (and still am) blown away by all the support I have received from the bookish community. Your kind words and encouragement have helped me to finally feel ready to dive into this whole blog idea, and Jamey couldn’t be more thrilled.

So friends, Jamey loves all things computer-related, and if I’m being perfectly honest, I care nothing for technology. He will be a vital part of our team making sure the blog runs smoothly, and he will also provide information to any of you that are interested in the magical world of coding, hacking, and computers. Jamey is also a reader when he can get a spare moment, so be on the lookout for his thoughts on the books he reads and if we happen to read the same book — lucky you — because you’ll get two reviews for the price of one click!

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