Get rid of all the ads using your Raspberry Pi

Pi-hole is the best way to get rid of all the ads on all of your devices on your local network. You set it up as your DNS server and it blackholes all the requests for ad servers. No more ads on your network!

L2TP VPN FTW

Whether for security or privacy reasons, but we can all benefit from a little bit of VPNing every now and then. Traveling and using random hot spots, avoiding snooping or traffic shaping etc. There are many valid use cases for VPN. On my devices, I have always used OpenVPN. It is simple to set up…

.NET core, C# and the Async Main() method

The more I mess around with C# the more I like it. The nice thing about .NET Core is that it really is cross platform. I can start writing something on my Linux box, continue on Mac and finish it on Windows and use the same editor along the way – VS Code. One of…

.NET Core on Linux

For a while now we’ve had the .NET Core, which is a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, MacOS) framework that allows you to write stuff in the C# for example and afterwards run it wherever you like. Say what you will, but once you’ve tried Visual Studio it is a bit hard (at least for me) to…

Running GUI apps in Docker containers using VNC

In case you don’t feel like reading yet another rant, this is the gist of it: 1) Run your container and expose port 5901 to your host docker run -p 5901:5901 -t -i ubuntu 2) set up VNC server in the container and run it sudo apt-get install vnc4server vnc4server -geometry 1400×1000 3) export $DISPLAY…

Unrar on a RaspberryPi running Raspbian

To my surprise I found that there’s no usable unrar command on my RaspberryPi. I run Raspbian on it and it so happens that I wanted to unpack a rather large rar file. The unrar-free package is not good enough for some archives, so that is not an option. So how to get a working…

Setting up OpenVPN client on iOS

It goes without saying that it might be a good idea to be careful about what you do on an unsecured wifi. And there are times, such as when travelling, when the only connectivity option is a public, unsecured wifi. Normally, you just avoid doing anything sensitive while on such connection, but during longer trips,…

Xbox and Latvia don’t mix well

Depending on how you define a gamer, I’m pretty sure I don’t fall into that category. That said, I do like to play something from time to time. Over the last xmas holidays I did have the chance to play a bit of Xbox with some friends and decided to buy one for myself. As…

Switching from a MacBook to HP Spectre

I’ve been using a mid 2013 MacBookPro for the last 3 years now and it was time to do a personal tech refresh sort of thing. After latest macbooks being kind of a disappointment and also the dongle life being a factor (at least for now, in 2017), I decided to do something kind of…