Testing Your Bandwidth From The Command Line

Ever want a quick and dirty way to test your bandwidth from Terminal? Sometimes you just want to test your pipe without having to fuss with all the ads and Flash on sites like Speedtest.net. Now you can. Prerequisite: If you wish to perform this test on a Mac…

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True Cross-Device, Cross-Browser Surfing with CloudyTabs

Ever since my wife upgraded to iOS 7, she's not felt the need to jailbreak her phone. In turn, she's not been able to use Google Chrome as her default browser on either her iPhone or iPad mini. Since she uses Chrome on her MacBook Air has her default browser…

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Protecting Your Domain with SPF and DKIM

Some time ago, I started taking an Information Security (InfoSec) class and it really got me to start thinking about security in the digital age. Several scenarios throughout the class are poised on the principle of physical security and identify spoofing - known as social engineering. I've often though how…

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Product Review: The SurfacePad Line by TwelveSouth

If you notice anything about my posts on this blog, it’s that I’m a big fan of minimalism - even more so after purchasing my MacBook Air several weeks ago. I like to keep the accessories I use with my Air simple, even down to the case protection…

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What Crap Is This: OS X's MobileBackups

Stumbling across the Internet during the latter half of last week found me in search of ways to keep my new MacBook Air - with it's finite amount of storage - free of clutter. I came across an article by Kye Russell about OS X's MobileBackups. MobileBackups are what all…

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Switching to a MacBook Air

I love minimalism. I try to practice it in most areas of life, but one place it seems to have eluded me is in the area of computer hardware. For years, I aspired to have MacBook Pro. After years of plastic-shelled iBooks and MacBooks, I took the plunge in 2011…

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Transforming Mavericks with the Menu Bar Icons Hack

Shortly after getting my MacBook Air, I decided I wanted to customize the OS a bit more. Over the past 10 years of the same boring interface, I decided to tweak the UI a bit. While looking for some flat, high-quality .icns files to replace some of the more basic…

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For the Love of God, Can We Please Stop Using POP?

Back in the days when the Internet was just starting to become a popular pasttime for millions of users, there was only one way to transfer email from server to client: the Post Office Protocol (POP). However, due to the rapid proliferation of devices able to retrieve email from an…

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On Geekadelphia: New Year, Same Old Inbox

Recently, I started writing articles on a monthly basis as a contributor to Geekadelphia. From time to time you'll see me cross post a trackback post to drive some traffic their way. My first post is a topic I'm very passionate about: Inbox Zero. You can head over to the…

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Using secure copy as a backup method

Those of us who manage Linux servers on a daily basis know what a blessing it can be to have a backup at the ready. Whether we're upgrading system files, modifying source code, or removing old archives, we're always one quick rm -rf / away from losing everything. I'm speaking from…

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