Monday, March 25, 2013

Need a 4TB Drive? For $139 External?

This is in the BUY BUY BUY category!

Inexpensive USB 3.0 Drive

This is a logical next review after Is an expensive Thunderbolt drive worth it?

The $139 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable drive (MacBook Pro styled)

When I bought the "Expensive Thunderbolt drive" I looked for some reviews to validate my choice. All the reviews were good, none did a speed comparison between thunderbolt & USB 3.0

I compared speed & found that I paid double for a drive that had a thunderbolt connector, that gave no speed benefit

The $139 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable drive (MacBook Pro styled)

Compared to

With a lesser speed showing

The bottom line, if you have a MAC laptop, need some extra storage, get this!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spammed by LinkedIn? We fix that NOW!

I am currently between contracts, so I worked on my LinkedIn Profile

It imported all my gmail contacts, good right? NFW!!!

No I am getting mad spam!

This is ruining my signal to noise ratio on my e-mail!

The answer I was hoping to opt out at the bottom of the e-mail. NO! :(

Opt out from their settings? Maybe not either!

I tried this: Here's How To Get Rid Of All Those Annoying Emails LinkedIn Sends You

I want some e-mails, but not to opt out of all of them, so lets DIY!

In the top right of your gmail page... settings

Select Filters

Create New

Add this search criteria: from:( See what has been up to

Select actions like move to trash

Click continue and you are done!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hacking the Belkin F5D7230-4

Problem: I have a new contracting assignment, new shared living space, want to have my pogo plug and other wired ethernet devices connected to the net.

Constraint: I do not want to run wires.

Solution: Flash the firmware with an image from

There is a lot of information on the site for the Belkin routers. Here is their instructions:

What worked for me was using Win7 on my netbook and starting the TFTP as soon as releasing the reset button.

Screen Shots:

TLLTS Pogoplug Podcast

Notes from The Linux Link Tech Show Podcast

Link to the podcast:

Pogoplug V1 (Wall Wart)

Pogoplug V2 (Pinky)




Pogoplug hardware chart from

Pinky Pogoplug Internal

SSH Access

OpenPogo install

Hacking Resources

IPKG Info (not specifically Pogoplug)


Samba Config:

workgroup = WORKGROUP
server string = Pogoplug Samba2 Server
hosts allow = 192.168. 127.
null passwords = yes
guest account = root
log file = /opt/var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 50
security = share
encrypt passwords = yes
smb passwd file = /opt/etc/samba/smbpasswd
dns proxy = no
preserve case = yes

comment = Test share
path = /tmp/.cemnt
available = yes
public = yes
writable = yes
printable = no
create mask = 0777
guest ok = yes
browseable = yes

transmission BitTorrent web & cli client


More ipkg Apps:



Bitcoin LLTS Podcast

Why is something valuable?

1) Tough to obtain
2) limited quantities

The Dollar is Fiat money is money that has value only because of government regulation or law.

What is Bitcoin?

I call it a cryptographic currency. Wikipedia says:Bitcoin is a decentralized, peer-to-peer network that tracks and verifies transactions. Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin in 2009 and described his work in a self-published paper.[3] The term Bitcoin is also used to refer to the digital currency implementation that users transact over that network, as well as the client software which users employ to access the network and conduct transactions.

I believe that bitcoin has more value than Fiat money.
A Bitcoin takes a significant investment to make, it is not just ink on paper, it takes time, skill & money to make.

When will the last Bitcoin be generated:

In the year 2140, the final bitcoin will be generated. Once the final Bitcoin is generated, there will be a total of 21 million Bitcoins.

How is that possible?

The difficulty of the cryptographic algorithm is changed ever 2048 blocks so that a block of 50 bitcoins is solved ever 10 minutes.

How divisible are Bitcoins?

Technically, a Bitcoin can be divided down to 8 decimals using existing data structures, so 0.00000001 BTC is the smallest amount currently possible. Discussions about and ideas for ways to provide for even smaller quantities of Bitcoins may be created in the future if the need for them ever arises.

What is the total number of Bitcoins in existence?

What is the current difficulty?

Block Explorer queries


Water Cooled Rig:

Air Cooled Rig with one inch Riser


On The road with my Roku

ColdFusion consulting has taken me from the land of ColderFusion (Minneapolis) to Maine. I am doing a month on site, then working remote.

The hotel has WiFi, but has a web page that intercepts requests & displays a web page that requests a password. How do you get around it?

The Roku finds the network but can not log in & displays the MAC address.

The MAC address is also on the back of the device.

With my MAC laptop, I opened a Terminal window & typed the following:

sudo bash 


ifconfig en1 | grep ether 

This displays the current MAC address. SAVE IT!

Now enter:

ln -s /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport /usr/sbin/airport 

airport -z 

Now enter the MAC address of the Roku

ifconfig en1 ether 00:0D:4B:4B:64:DD 

Open a browser, type in the password. The MAC address of the Roku is now accepted by the network! :)

Reset your MAC's MAC Address to the original address you saved:

airport -z 

ifconfig en1 ether 00:AA:BB::64:DD