Laravel updates and updates to various PHP libraries come once in awhile with little notice to your web application, and no notice is shown, no auto update runs – unlike WordPress. Once in awhile a security update comes, so how might you test it?Continue reading “Remember to Composer Update for Security and Updates”
Setting private user home directory on Ubuntu
Recently it was announced that Ubuntu 21.04 will have private home directories. This would affect new users and new installs, but you can easily change this on your computer (or any Linux/unix computer) after checking your current setting…Continue reading “Setting private user home directory on Ubuntu”
Analyzing a Zoom(link) hack:
Once in awhile a service may get compromised script or item in it – in a recent case, a Zoom link will actually take you to some random site as part of some sort of adware campaign??? However a closer look shows it is very important to test your links on email or sites:
The link I saw recently actually had a very odd looking script – script in a production service is generally minified sometimes, but won’t be oddly obfuscated or base64-encoded. The suspicious part of this script starts out in the <body> with an odd looking launchBase64:Continue reading “Analyzing a Zoom(link) hack:”
New Zealand repeaters are up! and an intro to csv importing with fgetcsv()
This week, the New Zealand amateur radios on vhf.nz were added to the worldwide Hearham.com repeater listing. These are pulled in with permission and this now allows offline listing of the ham radio repeaters to work for folks in the Android or Linux version of Repeater-START (Showing The Amateur-radio Repeaters Tool):Continue reading “New Zealand repeaters are up! and an intro to csv importing with fgetcsv()”
SolarWinds hack shows importance of vendor trust, and why open source is so important
Much has been written about the recent SolarWinds hack – “Almost a cyber pandemic” that we may not know the true extent of for some time.Continue reading “SolarWinds hack shows importance of vendor trust, and why open source is so important”
Merry Christmas, and a Repeater Listing update
The repeater database has been udpated today as a Merry Christmas present for DMR Radio users! – over half of the radioid.net DMR listings have now been pulled in to Hearham repeater listing, with permission. This means users looking for DMR digital repeaters will find the RepeaterSTART app more useful in the future!Continue reading “Merry Christmas, and a Repeater Listing update”
Newegg Black Friday bug… yikes!
Once in awhile a purchase allows a purchase payment plan, which is often paying more… but this particular one I found on black friday was ridiculous:Continue reading “Newegg Black Friday bug… yikes!”
Review: Linux in the Ham Shack Linux
Budgie Desktop is an interesting Linux distro which you can see is the base of Linux in the Ham Shack, downloadable here.Continue reading “Review: Linux in the Ham Shack Linux”
Recently, Linux 5.9 was released! While folks are unlikely to see this in any distribution very soon, it brings some improvements that will be a clear reason that we will hear about it very soon (ok, enough ham radio jokes 🙂 )
Although it’s not something particularly recommended for your main system, but you could install it now – in fact with kernels of Linux you can generally switch it out and if it doesn’t work, just select the old one at the boot screen.
Better things to do this Oct 31st
This has been a challenging year for many of us, and while it may be tempting to go visit neighborhood houses for parties or candy, the extra sugar and staying out in the cold could possibly be a setback from healthy progress in recent weeks. Some say sugar worsens immune function. Instead you might consider activities including:
- Reading, study
- Watch some interesting Makerfaire videos, as most areas didn’t get a Makerfair this year 🙁
- Build something on the computer and present at a hackathon – there’s a Tmobile hackathon, a Here Maps hackathon, Post COVID Hackathon, hack-or-treat going on.