SSH via browser – Google Chrome

Wanna geek around SSH and use a browser for that, well you’re on luck and this is not something new, few folks working at Google have found out the way using a SSH or a secure shell via or with a browser is possible and the simplest way to do this is through using an extension. We shall consider Google Chrome browser and install the extension via the Chrome Web Store.

Terminal emulator and SSH and SFTP client. The name here says it all. Find this cool extension fro Google Chrome here…

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/secure-shell-dev/algkcnfjnajfhgimadimbjhmpaeohhln

Happy SSH’ing!!! meanwhile let me know which other SSH clients you guys prefer on Google Chrome or Firefox, comments are open below.

G Suite vs Libreoffice vs Microsoft Office

Here, let us talk about the clash of the titans in office productivity software and for some primary reasons we’re not considering any other productivity similar software like those not mentioned here Apache Open office, WPS office so on and so forth for the sake of writing. Now let us see one by one and then finally let us dive into the conclusion.

G Suite

  • G Suite is a suite of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google Cloud, first launched on August 28, 2006 as Google Apps for Your Domain.
  • It includes all the necessary tool which are of every day use as the name suggests and they have been given there dedicated/respected apps on mobile platforms for both iOS & Android.
  • Updates automatically in the cloud, so no need of human/user intervention for updating the web app all the time every single day, however this does not apply to the mobile platform, even though the updates thrown are rare and almost in a months time frame approx.
  • Runs and performs excellent on Google Chrome browser as it’s a Google product after all.
  • Has the ability to save things automatically(auto save) in few seconds as seen in Gmail the popular email client from Google.
  • Blazing fast thanks to Web kit(the rendering engine used in the Chrome browser) and Google’s own proprietary technologies, this office suite has some serious snappiness as ran and tested on Chrome.
  • Has all the ability to export and import a given document in any format as required and also export to PDF is something really handy which I’ve found to be impressive in order to make resume and other non-editable PDF’s in my opinion.
  • Can be used offline in airplane mode anywhere anytime either on smartphones, desktops and laptops.
  • Has this cool ability ti share the documents/spreadsheets etc to others and thus enabling real time collaboration.

Libreoffice

  • A free and open source software which has it’s own open source extensions and formats to save and edit files.
  • LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. It was forked in 2010 from OpenOffice.org, which was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice.
  • All in one Dashboard this is pretty cool thing as seen on Windows/macOS, even though Linux has it’s dedicated apps but this is something which impresses me as being an open source enthusiasts.
  • It’s getting matured more and day by day better as the newer versions keep coming. This is in contrast with MS Office as they are feature rich pretty late in the business and cost’s a ton of money.
  • The newer version has support for Flatpack’s as well as Snapcraft as seen on Linux.

Microsoft Office

  • Basically a closed source software so private use is limited even though pirated copies of it exists.
  • Heavily oriented for Commercial purposes and always works offline, even though needs a sign-in from hotmail Id or Microsoft Id.
  • Updates are available only for the paid users that is the subscribers who buy the license copy of this software and requires bandwidth of the user in order to fetch the latest update’s.
  • Even though this software is considered to be an industry standard it has a lot and perhaps a tough competition ahead seeing the pricing and features overall.

Conclusion:

Office tools are now common and maybe browser is the name of the game which people prefer than an offline native solution but all the above mentioned tools have there heads in place and have a considerate amount of market capture in there own forte. It’s early day who knows somedays there shall be a SaaS war as seen in the 90’s so called browser war between IE and Netscape.

Thanks for reading till here, In my opinion i prefer something where online wins me the game hence G Suite works for me anytime, let me know your thoughts below.

Recover Windows 7 boot after installing Ubuntu

This seems to be self explanatory just insert the Win 7 CD and follow the below given instructions and then enter the commands one by one as mentioned below strictly without missing anyone of them.

Select your language preferences and click on Next.

Click on Repair your computer.

Select which operating system you want to restore and the click on Next. If Windows 7 is not listed here, or it is blank, then it is ok. Click on Next anyway.

Select the system recovery option you want to do:

Startup Repair

System Restore

System Image Recovery

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Command Prompt

If you managed to recover Windows 7, will have lost Grub should reinstall.

Insert the Ubuntu Desktop live-disc into the DVD drive and restart the computer.

Select Try it.

Open a terminal.

Run it:

sudo -i
fdisk -l
#Suppose fdisk informs your partition / is /dev/sda3, continue running
mount /dev/sda3 /mnt
mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev 
mount --bind /dev/pts /mnt/dev/pts
mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
chroot /mnt
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda
grub-install --recheck /dev/sda
umount /mnt
reboot

That’s it.

via – arch wiki & Microsoft forums.

3 cool ways to completely encrypt your flash drives

Encryption can be a de-facto standard for privacy paranoid peeps out there, but yay! we do need it sometime or say most of the time, when using specially a flash drive or something portable drive which people tend to use mostly if and when required in there daily chores of digital life.

Toucan is a small utility allowing you to synchronise, backup and secure your data with more options than the built in suite utilities. It is split up into 7 tabs, allowing you to easily find the function that you want. This version features:

  • Five synchronisation modes, Copy, Mirror, Equalise, Move and Clean. These can be combined with a variety of file checks such as File Size, Modified Time and a File Header Check to minimise the amount of copying needed.
  • Backup and restore in industry standard Zip, 7-Zip and GZip files, with support for complete backups, updating existing backups and differential backups, as well as restoring files from an archive. Automatic testing of created archives is also supported as is password protection.
  • AES-256 encryption using ccrypt.
  • A complete command line system allowing you to create new jobs and run existing ones from the command prompt or a batch file.
  • A Rules system that allows you to easily exclude files based on their name, a regular expression, their modified date or file size.
  • An advanced scripting system using the Lua programming language that allows complex scripts to be created, anything from a backup script that automatically uploads new backups to a script that synchronizes your files to a USB drive and then encrypts the sensitive files in case of loss.
  • A large collect of in built Variables for basic functions such as the date and time or more complex variables that point to the drives label or documents directory. You can also define your own as short cuts to paths on your USB drive or your PC.
  • Many other features such as support for the new Windows 7 taskbar, full drag and drop support and translations to many languages.

VeraCrypt is the successor of TrueCrypt. It comes as a portable app that runs directly from your flash drive. VeraCrypt does require Administrator rights to operate. It uses on-the-fly AES 256-bit encryption. The free version is limited to drive sizes of 2 GB.

VeraCrypt features on-the-fly encryption using multiple different encryption algorithms, including 256-bit AES, Serpent, and TwoFish, as well as combinations of these.

This free edition can create a hidden, encrypted, and password-protected partition of up to 8GB on your USB flash drive. The tool uses automatic on-the-fly encryption with AES 256-bit key length.

You can open the protected container by clicking the Rohos Mini.exe icon from the root folder of your USB thumb drive. After entering the password, the Rohos disk will mount as a separate drive and you can access it via File Explorer.

To close your Rohos partition, right-click the Rohos icon in the Windows Taskbar notification area and select Disconnect.

Note:- Friendly advice for all take regular backups and be safe from data theft or corruption.

Simple way to password protect file archive

Here we shall be talking a straight forward way to password protect an entire archive ie. a .zip file or any compressed file extension of it’s kind.

Required tools are 7-zip

Steps:-

  • Connect your USB to the PC and format it using FAT 32 or msdos format which is the most common way to do it as it’s readable by most of the devices out there.
  • Once format is done copy the files/images etc inside the flash drive and just compress it, here we shall be using a cool tool called 7-zip.
  • In the Add to Archive window, choose the Archive format and add a password. Click OK to start the archiving and encryption process.

Note:- for safety you may also make a archive locally and then copy/cut the file to the pen drive, your mileage may vary. Remember to keep backups always incase you loose your flash drive, gets corrupted, etc.

Router Networking Cookbook for inclined Tech-Savvy Peeps

Howdy folks ! I’m gonna laconically describe few tech jargon’s and what they mean in so called Uber cool fashion, So without wasting any time Joe let’s Digg in(pun intended) this post is just inflated /*_^\

Network address translation (NAT) is a method of remapping one IP address space into another by modifying network address information in the IP header of packets while they are in transit across a traffic routing device. There are two types Static & Dynamic NAT.

Port forwarding: In computer networking, port forwarding or port mapping is an application of network address translation (NAT) that redirects a communication request from one address and port number combination to another while the packets are traversing a network gateway, such as a router or firewall

MAC address: A media access control address (MAC address) of a device is a unique identifier assigned to a network interface controller (NIC). A MAC address may be referred to as the burned-in address, and is also known as an Ethernet hardware address, hardware address, and physical address

Port triggering is a process through which a specific outgoing traffic/process targeted toward a port on an external computer/server sends or communicates back to the internal/host node’s port.

Channel frequency setting: Selecting the proper WiFi channel can significantly improve your WiFi coverage and performance. In the 2.4 GHz band, 1, 6, and 11 are the only non-overlapping channels. Selecting one or more of these channels is an important part of setting up your network correctly.

Difference b/w 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz WiFi : The primary differences between the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless frequencies are range and bandwidth. 5 GHz provides faster data rates at a shorter distance. 2.4 GHz offers coverage for farther distances, but may perform at slower speeds.

Last but not the least, as of time of writing I’m including this for CMD in Windows, many more cool updates to come and this post shall be filled in so stay tuned to extract the mellow juice.

ipconfig /all

How to speed up your Windows PC

We all have used Windows PC sometime or the other, or atleast since ancient times, i mean when there was no Linux or Gnu/Linux or BSD types of Operating Systems. Now that we’re so much used to say Windows 10 at the time of writing this blog post, let us rememeber that the Windows market share is almost 90% and above. So let us get acquainted and as Anglehit explains how to speed up your Windows PC, as follows

Make sure that you have enough of free space left in your C drive, yes those drives are been ment for, if not for Windows files only(for proper running of the whole OS in a nutshell) such as the executables or the DLL files.

Use third party software such as CCleaner from Piriform. Once you download and install this software, remove all the unwanted files from time to time and make sure you also clean the registry(if required, take a backup of it). But generally speaking it’s not that compulsory.

Do not always login as an Administrator since it’s like you have full priveleges to your system and if you mess around you might corrupt the whole OS somehow or the other. Make a secondary account or say multiple accounts or profiles say for people/users in your family, small organization etc.

Open Start + Run or just hit Ctrl + R and type temp, after that hit Enter key and then shift + delete the entire contents inside the folder.

Again the same thing as the above mentioned point, do it for %temp% files inside the same folder and simply delete all of them.

Defrag your Hard disk from time to time say atleast once in 2 months. Note that this does not apply to SSD’s(Solid State Drives) as they are not mechanical drives and they do not have a sector, and most of the SSD’s out there in the market do a good job of file caching and zippy loading of folders and other stuff’s about say 10X the speed of physical HDD’s out there.

Make sure you have a good Anti-virus, a free one shall also do say Avast or AVG is good to go. This also helps when you’re infected and your machine gets slowed down due to viruses or trojans which somehow or the other tend to become a resource hog.

Last but not the least avoid downloading illegal content from torrents or other P2P based softwares. Make sure that you do not insert any external drive without scanning it, say Windows Defender or some other AV program of your choice.

So folks this is just the tip of iceberg which I wanted to share with you guys out there, if you have any other tips or tricks do feel free to mention them in the comment sections below.