ANOTHER GOOD article about passwords

Very glad to see another post by a site, giving good information on handling passwords, security question answers, & the recommendation to use password managers. I last had a post about this in July, when Dreamhost also put out a good article about creating strong passwords for account security. The link to that article is below as well.

Lifehacker: Use Your Password Manager for Security Answers, Too

Dreamhost: How to Create Strong Passwords to Keep Your Website Safe

Linux on Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

I have picked ap a Galaxy TabPro S a year or two ago, but didn’t end up using it much since it was running Windows. I had always planned to try out Linux on it, but never got around to it until now. I installed Xubuntu, just to have a light OS, & the only issue is related to getting wireless working. It is however a quick fix:

GitHub: infernix/samsung_tabpro_s

Just need to clear the contents of /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/*, & then place the two files from the GitHub repo. After a reboot, wireless was working with no additional changes needed.

Xubuntu booting on my Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

De-google-ify Internet

Found this site on Has so great, open alternatives to proprietary services: FramasoftDe-google-ify Internet.

The Framasoft web site also seems to have some great information on this topic as well.

A network dedicated to globally promoting “free” and particularly free software.
Many services and innovative projects freely put at the disposal of the general public.
A community of volunteers supported by a public interest association.
An invitation to build together a world of sharing and cooperation.

Setting Up Media Drive Sync

I have two external hard drives for my media, one to hold all of my downloads, & the second attached to an Nvidia Shield TV which I use as a Plex server. Since getting Plex setup there, I’ve been looking for a way to keep both drives up-to-date so that I don’t have to manually copy files to each drive when I download. I’ve been trying to get rsync running on the Shield, but then remembered Syncthing. Because of the amount of data, the initial check is going to take a few days, but I’m hoping this will be a good way to keep the drives updated.

I’ll have a follow up post to discuss how I actually got it setup (assuming it works) once the initial check is done.

Another 15 hours to go…

Rebuilding Laptop OS

So I made the mistake of attempting to get 2FA setup to login to my Ubuntu MATE laptop (i.e.: How to Set Up 2-Factor Authentication for Login and sudo). Well, that didn’t go well. I’m pretty sure I had the same problem this time around as the last time — since my Home directory is encrypted, login couldn’t read the Google Authenticator config from my ~/.config/. Ended up locking myself out of my system, couldn’t access my encrypted home drive & ended up blowing my system away. Fortunately, I don’t usually save oo much to my local drive (for reasons like this) but I did lose some simple image work I was doing, so that kind of sucks…

Regardless: learned my lesson & will not be messing with 2FA on login for the foreseeable future =]

S Symbol: White: Cyan Glow
Recreating some of the icons I was working on before the wipe.