Acer Aspire 5 Windows 10 – Switch out of S mode

I don’t trust factory-default settings from any vendor where adware/spyware is usually bundled intentionally. Anyhow, I needed a quick way to install Windows 10 (latest build) from scratch. The target device is an Acer Aspire 5. Rufus was blocked because the laptop came with Windows 10 S mode enabled. This required a Microsoft account to …

compiling from ports: /usr/ports/www/apache24 (2.4.48) notes

Had some trouble compiling Apache 2.4.48 from FreeBSD ports: pkg install help2man texinfo m4 autoconf expat automake libtool gdbm db5 ===> Cleaning for autoconf-2.69_3===> Cleaning for m4-1.4.18_1,1===> Cleaning for texinfo-6.7_5,1===> Cleaning for help2man-1.48.3===> Cleaning for p5-Locale-gettext-1.07===> Cleaning for gettext-tools-0.21===> Cleaning for libtextstyle-0.21===> Cleaning for gmake-4.3_2===> Cleaning for automake-1.16.3===> Cleaning for libtool-2.4.6_1===> Cleaning for expat-2.4.1===> Cleaning …

A1521 Apple Airport Extreme AP A1392 Express Wireless Extender with AirPlay

They don’t make these anymore. But firmware upgrades are still available and maintained by Apple. Apple Airport A1521 Extreme A1392 Express Wireless Extender Base Stations Router Bundle. Both units updated with the latest firmware. 7.8.1 (Express) / 7.9.1 (Extreme). 
 You can manage these devices using the AirPort Utility for macOS, iOS and Microsoft Windows. …

Vultr / FreeBSD / Squid Notes

You can run multiple instances of Squid on the same instance and bind it to floating IPs. Just use: “squid -f /path/to/squid.conf2” to startup the process alongside “squid -f /path/to/squid.conf2 -k reconfigure” to refresh any config changes. If you’re using a custom IP:PORT config in squid.conf*, and use a Firewall on your @Vultr instances, just …

Google and Facebook tracks you

Software like Brave and browser-based privacy plugins that block ads and trackers are wonderful – but protection is limited to your web browsing activity. Trackers and beacons exist beyond your browsing habits. Apps on your smartphone and tablet are designed to connect persistently over HTTP and HTTPS with servers to collect analytics data. These data …