Josh's Adventures in Wonderland 2020 Wrap Up

I’m slowly still working towards my linux+ certification. While studying I created a one liner that replaces my name with Alice in the book Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. curl | sed 's/Alice/Josh/g' > Joshs-adventures-in-wonderland.txt This one liner uses curl to download Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland from Project Gutenberg and uses sed to replace my name with Alice’s name. You can view the output here Josh’s Adventures In Wonderland. I hope this gets people thinking about other cool things you can do playing around with publicly available data. [Read More]

Linux+ Update 2

Wanted to share a few resources I discovered while studying. The first is some files and directories provided by Linux Pocket Guide. When you are first playing around with Linux and performing text manipulation and file comparisons you need directories and files to work with. The Linux Pocket Guide provides these resources. I recommend you buy the book, but if you don’t the files are publicly hosted. The two commands below will download and extract the files. [Read More]

Hugo Date Fix

I was about to create a blog post when I noticed that the dates weren’t working on my posts. This was concerning because having a date on a blog post is important to me. I did a little googling and debugging and didn’t find an easy answer right away. So I started the hugo server locally. I have everything hosted via GitLab Pages so I never even bothered testing or running the server locally. [Read More]

Linux+ Update

I’ve been slacking but I’m still working towards my CompTIA Linux+ certification. I bought an external SSD for my macbook because I was running into space issues editing videos and hosting VM’s. I moved all my video footage and VM’s to a 2TB Samsung T7. I also upgraded my Mikrotik RB951G to a newer hEX S model. I configured the second firewall to create a lab network where I can play around a little more freely. [Read More]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Finally finished reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” the other day and I feel extremely inspired. It has been a very impactful book and to me is a manual on how to live a happy, productive, meaningful life. This book was recommended to me by a good friend years back and I have attempted to read it a few times, I finally saw the book to completion. Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook version [Read More]

Why I Love Juggling

Someone asked me last month why I love juggling so much. It actually took me a second to think about what I had just been asked, I then answered “because I love learning”. Learning to juggle follows the same process as all other learning. I believe that all learning is connected. When learning something new I focus on one concept and then break it down to the smallest components. Take the 3 ball cascade for example, this is one of the first juggling moves people attempt to learn. [Read More]

Finding My Personal Mission Statement

I’m currently attempting to read and apply The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. This is probably my third or fourth attempt, as it takes a lot of time and work to apply the lessons. Following the 7 Habits I’m attempting to write my personal mission statement. A personal mission statement is like a personal constitution, a set of rules and guidelines to live by. Before I start any endeavor I think to myself, “Does this align with my personal mission statement? [Read More]

Using grep On A Large File

I have had an increased interest in hacking and have been playing around with brute force attacks using Python. I was thinking of better ways to brute force and the first solution that came to mind was a password list. I went to have i been pwned? to see if I could get the database used for checking if passwords have been used. Of course I couldn’t find it on the website, it would be very irresponsible of someone to do that. [Read More]

A Quick Guide To Getting On The Dark Web

The Dark Web or Dark Net is an encrypted network with privacy and security in mind. The most popular Dark Net is Tor or The Onion Router. The quickest way to get on the Tor network is to download the Tor Browser. You can now browse the internet the same way as before with increased privacy and security, you can also now access .onion addresses. Check out my Tor Site for additional guides to staying safe on the Dark Web. [Read More]

How I Host My Own Websites And Apps From Home For Free

I currently host my Personal Portfolio, a Network Scanning App, a Weather App and many more sites and services for free using Docker, Nginx, and CloudFlare. The setup is pretty straightforward and has been working without issue for almost a year now. I host most apps using VM’s and raspberry pi’s that use Nginx as a reverse proxy that connects to cloudflare to protect my home IP. I run the Letsencrypt container from linuxserver. [Read More]