Author: Nick Congleton

Build Your Own Web Content Filter Using Linux And Privoxy

Why Filter? There are a bunch of reasons why you’d want to filter content when browsing the web. Security and privacy are among the most common. You can use content filtering to block ads, trackers, and malicious websites before they even reach your browser. It adds an additional layer of protection on to of your existing browsing add-ons. The other common reason for using content filtering is to prevent children from accessing inappropriate content. As a parent, exactly how you go about this is up to you, but content filtering can help prevent young children from being accidentally exposed...

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Host Your Own Software Projects With Gitlab

Why Gitlab There are plenty of great options for hosting your projects and sharing your code. You can go set up a Github account right now for free. So, why would you want to go through the trouble of setting up Gitlab yourself? There are a are a couple of good arguments for it, actually, not the least of which is privacy. Gitlab is yours. You host it, and you own it. So, you can control who has access to your repositories. That also means that you have control over the platform itself. You’re not subject to corporate policies,...

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Build The Ultimate Media PC With Kodi And Linux

Media PCs, or HTPCs, are an excellent way to take control of your all of the media content that you enjoy. It doesn’t matter if you have a ton of files stored locally or you love Netflix, you’ll be able able to make the most of either or both with the right configuration. HTPCs have a few distinct advantages over an off-the-shelf streaming media device. First, you can customize everything about your device. You can build in as much or as little power as you want or need. You’re also in control of software and updates. It’s not all...

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Bufferbloat: Fix Your Slow Network

Bufferbloat is a pain. It’s not just a pain because it wreaks havoc with your network performance. It’s not easy to diagnose. Tools like Flent help, but in general, Bufferbloat looks like slow connections and massive latency. That doesn’t necessarily mean that those things are caused by bufferbloat, though. Bufferbloat is actually the result of your router doing it’s job, but being overloaded. Routers need to manage the flow of traffic and negotiate which packets get priority. This scheduling system buffers packets to queue them up to transfer when their target device is ready and that device has reached...

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Test The Strength Of Your Network With Flent

What Is Flent? Flent stands for FLExible Network Tester, and it’s not much of a program in its own right. Instead, Flent is a wrapper that bundles multiple network testing applications, most notably Netperf, into once cohesive package that makes running the tests simpler and includes Matplotlib to create graphs and data visualizations automatically as you run your tests. Flent is a complete toolkit for testing your network and diagnosing everything from simple inefficiency to serious connection issues. As yet another bonus, it’s free and open source. Install Flent Flent is only available for Mac and Linux. That doesn’t...

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