February 10, 2018 tim

You learn something new everyday and yesterday I discovered an awesome way to check the weather from a command line using wttr.in that will work with FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, and any system that has cURL installed on it which is also available for windows. Download cURL for Windows Most Linux distributions ship with cURL and on FreeBSD it can be installed via pkgng like so # pkg install -y curl Now let’s check the weather # curl wttr.in Since wttr.in is geographically aware you will not have to specify your location, however if you are behind a VPN…

April 15, 2017 tim

Recently I had a client who had a list of zip codes (Like everyone in the state of  Massachusetts) he wanted to create folders of each zip code on this list. This could have taken some time but thanks to my awesome skills and some Google-Fu I was able to work out a solution to do this on FreeBSD and in the process found the commands to create directories from a .txt list on Windows and Macs. In these examples we have a list of folder names in folders.txt and we run the below commands within the same directory as…

May 31, 2016 tim

Many people have come to view computer viruses as an annoyance that is usually easily mitigated. Ransomware has appeared as a new and much greater threat. Instead of just slowing your computer down or causing annoying popups, Ransomware literally takes your data hostage. Now more than ever, proactive data protection is vital to avoid a total loss. 1. “Backup, backup, backup”   Just as the saying goes that the most important thing in real estate is “location, location, location”, when it comes to your data its all about having a good backup. A broken computer can be replaced but once…