Speed Up Netflix with a VPN

Buy VPNInternet Providers like Comcast, are now throttling your Netflix connection. You may have noticed that if you are on Comcast network your picture quality sucks. This is because Comcast wants you to get all of your content from them, and they are trying to kill other content providers.

We need a way to get our video content on the internet. I have found a great service that takes care of everything. It is called Private Internet Access. This company supplies you with an anonymous VPN tunnel to protect your privacy and not allow Comcast to see what you are streaming. Private Internet Access does not keep VPN logs, so even if your internet provider requests customer information there is nothing for them to provide.
They provide:

  • IP CLOAKING
  • ENCRYPTION
  • FIREWALL
  • IDENTITY PROTECTION
  • UNCENSORED ACCESS

You get all of this for $39.95 for the Whole Year!

Not only that, but they have servers around the world. So if you need to download anything you can route your connections though countries that have more relaxed copyright laws. You can also watch the BBC, or if your outside the united states, you can watch your favorite team at home. They provide access through:

  • Gigabit
  • US – East
  • US – Midwest
  • US – West
  • US – Texas
  • US – Denver
  • US – California
  • US – Seattle
  • US – Florida
  • Canada
  • Canada (Toronto)
  • UK (London)
  • UK (Southampton)
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • France
  • Germany
  • Romania

You can set up the VPN access on just about anything and they have great how tos on their site. Supported platforms include:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP/2k3
  • Windows NT/2k
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.7
  • Mac OS X 10.6
  • Mac OS X 10.5
  • Mac OS X 10.4
  • UNIX/Linux
  • iPad PPTP
  • iPad IPSEC/L2TP
  • iPhone/iTouch PPTP
  • iPhone/iTouch IPSEC/L2TP
  • Android PPTP (2.3.4)
  • Android IPSEC/L2TP
  • Android OpenVPN (root)
  • DD-WRT PPTP
  • DD-WRT OpenVPN
  • Tomato OpenVPN
  • PfSense OpenVPN

As well as letting you watch your content in HD, this can also protect you when doing your banking or private business while on un-trusted networks. Do not trust your internet providers to protect you, this is something you must do for yourself. It is your right to have your Netflix as fast as you want!

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Avoiding the Copyright Alert System

Buy VPNThe “Copyright Alert System,” aka “six strikes,” is here. There is no changing that fact. The cable companies are watching everything you download and every site you browse. Our privacy on the internet is gone. The internet providers are watching torrent sites and bittorrent swarms. Trying to catch any illegal downloaders of mp3, music, movies or anything else they decide is wrong.  They are not just watching peer to peer programs, they are watching everything.

We need a way to protect ourselves on the internet. I have found a great service that takes care of everything. It is called Private Internet Access. This company supplies you with an anonymous VPN tunnel to protect your privacy. Private Internet Access does not keep VPN logs, so even if your internet provider requests customer information there is nothing for them to provide.
They provide:

  • IP CLOAKING
  • ENCRYPTION
  • FIREWALL
  • IDENTITY PROTECTION
  • UNCENSORED ACCESS

You get all of this for $39.95 for the Whole Year!

Not only that, but they have servers around the world. So if you need to download anything you can route your connections though countries that have more relaxed copyright laws. You can also watch the BBC, or if your outside the united states, you can watch your favorite team at home. They provide access through:

  • Gigabit
  • US – East
  • US – Midwest
  • US – West
  • US – Texas
  • US – Denver
  • US – California
  • US – Seattle
  • US – Florida
  • Canada
  • Canada (Toronto)
  • UK (London)
  • UK (Southampton)
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • France
  • Germany
  • Romania

You can set up the VPN access on just about anything and they have great how tos on their site. Supported platforms include:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP/2k3
  • Windows NT/2k
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.7
  • Mac OS X 10.6
  • Mac OS X 10.5
  • Mac OS X 10.4
  • UNIX/Linux
  • iPad PPTP
  • iPad IPSEC/L2TP
  • iPhone/iTouch PPTP
  • iPhone/iTouch IPSEC/L2TP
  • Android PPTP (2.3.4)
  • Android IPSEC/L2TP
  • Android OpenVPN (root)
  • DD-WRT PPTP
  • DD-WRT OpenVPN
  • Tomato OpenVPN
  • PfSense OpenVPN

This can also protect you when doing your banking or private business while on un-trusted networks. Do not trust your internet providers to protect you, this is something you must do for yourself.

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Blu Ray Ripping on Fedora 18

After doing so searching on Blu Ray ripping on Linux I found that no one seemed to have a good how to for Blu Ray Ripping on Fedora 18. I also was not finding a method that worked consistently for free, or close to free. I found a great piece of software called MakeMKV.  I was able to get Blu Ray ripping working fast and easy.

MakeMKV is free to try for 30 days, after that the ask for 50$ for the purchase. I really think this is a good buy. It was one of the better programs I have found for Blu Ray ripping and they support Linux.

Here are the easy staps to get MakeMKV set up and running on Fedora 18. First I would go through the Fedora 18 Tips and Tricks and get all your codecs installed.


Now follow this how to:

1. Install all the software that is required to build MakeMKV on Fedora 18.

Become SuperUser

su

yum update

 

yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

 

yum install openssl-devel qt4-devel expat-devel

2. Dowload the Makemkv programs which comes in 2 parts.

http://www.makemkv.com/download/makemkv-bin-1.7.10.tar.gz

http://www.makemkv.com/download/makemkv-oss-1.7.10.tar.gz

3. Unpack the downloads.

tar -zxvf makemkv-bin-1.7.10.tar.gz

tar -zxvf makemkv-oss-1.7.10.tar.gz

4. Build the software.

cd makemkv-bin-1.7.10

make -f makefile.linux

su -c 'make -f makefile.linux install'

Repeat for the other directory.

cd makemkv-oss-1.7.10

make -f makefile.linux

su -c 'make -f makefile.linux install'

5. Start the program by typing:

makemkv

There you go. MakeMKV should be up and running.

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Fedora 18 Tips and Tricks

Here are my Fedora 18 Tips and Tricks.

I have installed the new version of Fedora, Fedora 18. Here is how I installed everything to make it usable.

I was having problems finding our old friends at dnmouse who made Autoten/Autoplus. So one of my friends told me about Fedorautils.

 

 

 

To install Fedorautils:

su -c "curl http://master.dl.sourceforge.net/project/fedorautils/fedorautils.repo -o /etc/yum.repos.d/fedorautils.repo"

Then,

su -c "yum install fedorautils"

After installation, launch Fedora Utils from Applications > System Tools or type fedorautils in the terminal and start installing.

 

Everything worked great for me. I did need to restart to have the Nvidia drivers work properly, but that is normal.

Now to install the codecs for Fedora 18.

Download http://rpmfusion.org/keys?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-18

and  http://rpmfusion.org/keys?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora-18

Then you must copy them to your keys directory. Make sure you change the name on the copied file.

su -c  'cp RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-18 /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-18-x86_64'

su -c  'cp RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora-18 /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora-18-x86_64'

Now you can install your players and codecs.

su -c 'yum install gstreamer1 gstreamer1-plugins-good gstreamer1-plugins-bad-freeworld gstreamer1-plugins-ugly gstreamer1-libav vlc smplayer'

 

 

Another thing you will need is Gnome Teak Tool.
yum install gnome-tweak-tool

Gimp (I use it all the time).
yum install gimp

Libre Office
yum install libreoffice

Here is how to install dropbox on Fedora 18.
Found this how to over on TechnoZeal

http://www.zealfortechnology.com/2013/01/install-dropbox-on-fedora-18.html#comment-form

 

More to come.

Sorry it took me so long to get around to this.

 

 

 

 

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The iPhone 5 has Arrived: Is It Worth It To Shift from 4S?

By Henry Conrad
So the iPhone 5 has made its touchdown. Avid fans of the Apple smartphone will be lining up to get a crack at this latest version. But for the current owners of the last iPhone upgrade in the 4S, is it worth it to shift to the iPhone 5?

The 4S felt like it just gave incremental changes and solved a few concerns that were encountered from the iPhone 4, which is why it is understandable that people are expectant of major upgrades to the iPhone 5.

So let us take a look at what changes we can expect from the iPhone’s latest variation:


Appearance
So yeah this new iPhone definitely looks different. It looks bigger and smaller at the same time. It looks bigger because it is now slightly taller than any previous models and features a 4-inch screen. But it also looks smaller because this is probably the thinnest smartphone right now at just 7.6mm thick.
So it is thinner and taller, but what you will love the most is its aluminum finish that gives it a more sophisticated look compared to the glass finish of past iPhones.
In terms of the screen, it is definitely an upgrade at 1136 x 640resolution with a pixel density of 326ppi.

Camera
Apple also gave the camera a slight upgrade as it bumped up the capabilities of the rear camera, and made it smaller but enhanced by the new chip that will be discussed later. The front facing camera was also bumped to 720p. Overall, the camera is better but the changes are not exactly earth-shattering.

Performance
This is where you ask if the change is really worth it. The iPhone 5 boasts of their new A6 chip, which is significantly smaller than the A5 but packs more CPU and GPU for more power on your phone. And the effect is pretty obvious once you use the new iPhone 5.
The constant criticism about the iPhone 4, and to some extent the 4S, is that it feels like there is always a moment when it is lagging even with the simplest of tasks. That is not a problem with the new iPhone 5. Despite the lag, using the iPhone 4 and 4s has always been smooth. But with the iPhone 5, you have the smoothness with an added snap. It reacts faster, and much smoother compared to its previous incarnations.
The new iOS6 also integrates with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter better compared to the iOS5. Aside from that, the new OS has some nifty improvements especially on Maps, now that they ended their use of Google Maps and are now in partnership with Tom Tom. The 3D renders of its Map are a sight to behold.
Siri also got a much needed bit of an upgrade in the new iOS6. The personal assistant feature can now pick up voice commands better even with background noises. But that can also be because of the new mic of the phone. I’ve used it to make a call using the downloaded RingCentral app and the call quality was ridiculously clear.

Battery life
Have not fully tested its battery life but if what Apple say is true, then it can be the factor that sways customers to buy it instead of Samsung S3 or HTC One X. Their claim is that it can provide up to 8 hours 3G/LTE talk time or 10 hours of heavy browsing with WiFi.

Jury
So is it worth the trade from 4S? Probably not, but if you still using iPhone 4, then this phone might be for you. There are a lot of improvements but nothing that really stands out.


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Fedora 17 Tips and Ticks

Here is the next instalment of Tips and Tricks, this time for the new Fedora 17. The new Auto Plus from dnmouse.org makes adding all the things that the developers left out of Fedora 17. The team at dnmouse.org has done a great job for all of us fedora users. For everything else I will show you how to add the software you need. This article was written and tested on Fedora 17.

Get up to date

First I like to make sure I have all my packages up to date.

su -c 'yum update'

This will make sure you are up to date and ready to install all the other software.

Install Auto Plus

 su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.4-5.noarch.rpm'

Now just open Auto Plus which should be listed under System Tools and start installing your software.

 

Make sure to install all the codecs! The Skype installed great!

Skype

Skype now installs through AutoPlus.

 

Yumex

Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.

yum install yumex

Open Terminal for Nautilus

This allows you to open a terminal window, with a right button click, in a directory in the Nautilus file browser.

su -c 'yum install nautilus-open-terminal nautilus-extensions'

 

Add the Date to your Clock

Really simple. Type this in a command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.clock show-date true

 

Download and install VirtualBox for Linux Host

su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.1.16/VirtualBox-4.1-4.1.16_78094_fedora16-1.x86_64.rpm’

 

MakeMKV

MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way.

Here is the install process for Fedora. Then do your MP4s with Handbrake.

Handbrake

Now works through AutoPlus.

 

Then you have it!

 

Enjoy,

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Bypass Firewalls with Android SSH Tunneling

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Why would you need a SSH Tunnel? You may want to get around a firewall or just encrypt your communications so prying eyes can not see what you are doing online.  On Linux/Unix system you can tunnel all of the traffic from your local box to a remote box that you have a shell account on. You can do the same with Android, and here is how:

First you will need to download some software from the Android Market. The following are FREE apps.

SSH Tunnel This will build the tunnel for your browser to use.

 

Firefox, a good browser with an easy tunneling add on.

 

Proxy Mobile Add On

 

 

Install all three.

Then you will need a SSH account somewhere. There are a lot of free SSH services out there. Send me an email at brad@crackednoodle.com if you want to hear my favorite, or run a google search and I am sure you will find a couple. Make sure they support SSH Tunneling. Sign up and get a user name and password. You can also use your own SSH server if you have one.

Now open up your  SSH Tunnel program on your Android device. and put in your credentials. Hostname, Username, Passowrd, click on the Use SOCKS Proxy click box and make  note  of the port. It was 1984 for me. Activate the SSH Tunnel by clicking on the Tunnel Switch Check box  (tunnel has to be activated every time you use it).

Next open the Firefox browser and go to the Add Ons in options. Open the options for Proxy Mobile. Set Use Proxy, set SOCKS proxy to 127.0.0.1 and SOCKS port to 1984 (or the port you used on SSH Tunnel).

Your Tunnel should now be working! Enjoy and use wisely.

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Control your Server with Android

There are a couple of things you need to set up to control your servers with your Android phone. Here are the tools I use. First it helps to have a good broadband connection to you server. I prefer to use SSH to to communicate with my servers.

The fist tool I am going to talk about is Connect Bot. ConnectBot is a powerful open-source Secure Shell (SSH) client. It can manage simultaneous SSH sessions, create secure tunnels, and copy/paste between other applications. This client allows you to connect to Secure Shell servers that typically run on UNIX-based servers.

The next one is the Hackers Keyboard. A full 5-row keyboard including arrow and Esc/Ctrl keys, intended for tablets. Are you missing the key layout you’re used to from your computer? This keyboard has separate number keys, punctuation in the usual places, and arrow keys. It is based on the AOSP Gingerbread soft keyboard, so it supports multitouch for the modifier keys. This keyboard is especially useful if you use ConnectBot for SSH access. It provides working Tab/Ctrl/Esc keys, and the arrow keys are essential for devices such as the Xoom tablet or Nexus S that don’t have a trackball or D-Pad.

 

 

Last tool is BotSync.

BotSync periodically synchronizes files with a remote SSH SFTP server, over the wifi or cell network. As new files/directories are created, BotSync will recursively download them to the phone, or upload them to the server (like rsync). Use it to transfer new content securely, wirelessly, and automatically. Why pay for Dropbox (although there is a free option) when you can run your own private cloud? BotSync works with opensshd – no inefficient, expensive, or potentially-insecure server SW required. BotSync transfers about 4X faster than AndFTP SFTP.

 

 

 

 

 

These are the 3 tools I use the most. You will need to know the IP of your server and have the SSh port 22 forward from your router. You can use the Connect Bot to connect to the server and run your scripts and Control your server. The Hacker’s Keyboard allows you to easier type on your server during your session.

Bot Sync you use to keep all your files up to date and sync via SSH.

I would recommend setting up your servers security to only connect to your cell phone. I will cover SSH security in my next article.

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Fedora 16 Tips and Tricks

Here is the next installment of  Tips and Tricks, this time for the new Fedora 16. The new Auto Plus from dnmouse.org makes adding all the things that the developers left out of Fedora 16.  The team at dnmouse.org has done a great job for all of us fedora users. For everything else I will show you how to add the software you need.

Get up to date

First I like to make sure I have all my packages up to date.

su -c 'yum update'

This will make sure you are up to date and ready to install all the other software.

Add some new Repos.

su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release.rpm'

Install Auto Plus

(If you wish to use autoplus on rawahide/f16 then you must install the rpmfusion rawhide repo first, also vbox and dropbox wont work as there is no f16 repo’s yet)

su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.2-5.noarch.rpm'

Now just open Auto Plus which should be listed under System Tools and start installing your software.


Make sure to install all the codecs! The Skype installed failed for me.

Skype

You need to install some x86 libraries for skype to work on X64 (catch up skype!)

su -c 'yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86 libXv.i?86'

Now go to the Skype site and download Skype RPM and install it.

http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux/downloading.fedora

Yumex

Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.

yum install yumex

Open Terminal for Nautilus

This allows you to open a terminal window, with a right button click, in a directory in  the Nautilus file browser.

su -c 'yum install nautilus-open-terminal nautilus-extensions'

Shutdown from the Desktop

I like to do a shutdown right from the desktop. Here is how to add this to Gnome.

su -c 'yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu'

Then just log out and log back in, then you have the menu below.

 

Add the Date to your Clock

Really simple. Type this in a command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.clock show-date true

 

MakeMKV

MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way.

Here is the install process for Fedora. Then do your MP4s with Handbrake.

Handbrake

There is no Fedora 16 version of Handbrake on their site yet but the Fedora 15 seems to work.

http://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-0.9.5-1-Fedora15_GUI_i686.rpm (32-bit version)

http://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-0.9.5-1-Fedora15_GUI_x86_64.rpm (64-bit version)

 

 

Then you have it!

 

Enjoy,

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Linux Online Backups

First I would like to start by saying all of the below systems offer data encryption and redundant servers to make sure your data is safe. They offer good pricing and have comparable up-time guarantees. I have tried these systems out either by using them in my businesses or by playing with them to find out which one is the right one for me.  All pricing was at the time of writing this article.


JungleDisk - I have used this service with a few of my customers. JungleDisk sets up easily on a Gnome or KDE desktop. I have run multiple installs on Cent OS systems. The system supports Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files storage. JungleDisk supports full encryption and will restart running processes if shutdown during backup or if a crash occurs. JungleDisk archives old and deleted files for later retrieval, and relies on multiple data centers to keep your files safe.  After the initial set up costs  which was around $50 the service is costing about $8.50 a month for one of my customers to back up about 50 gigs of data. Really a pretty good deal. Since I set the system up 2 years ago I have never had to make changes to the backup. I did have to restore about 100meg of files and that was very easy to do through the desktop application.

Memopal is based out of Rome, but they offer a cross platform software client for Windows, Mac, Linux and IPhone. You can install the software on more than one computer. They offer web and mobile access to your data and have a search feature so it is easy to find the file you are looking for. Selecting files for backup is easy and they even offer the option to backup your entire system. Personal plans start at $49.00 / year for 200GB. They do use a GUI and the Linux system is still listed as a Beta. The support is email based and they promise a response in 24 hours. Good value but a little vague in the Linux support.

 

DataStorageUnit is a relatively new player in the online storage world but they have a lot to offer the Linux world.  DataStorageUnit is an offsite backup service that allows for lots of flexibility.  It supports open protocols such as SFTPRSYNC, & SSHFS … so you can choose to use our included partner software, or any other apps that support those protocols.  Because you can use SSH and RSYNC DataStorageUnit is a very flexible solution. With a little script writing you can customize any backup scheme you wish. Great for command line only systems and headless servers.

One of the great things about DataStorageUnit is that you can back up as many machines as you need, as long as you stay within your data limits. The pricing is one of the best I have found, 100GB of storage for $50 a year. As far as support, I emailed a couple questions to the site and got a reply in minutes from the OWNER.

 

There are many more out there and I am sure I missed many of the online backup systems.

 

Let me know your favorite backup system for Linux.

 

Enjoy,

 

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