Linux · Raspberry Pi

Using a Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol, Virtual Private Network (PPTP VPN) client on a Raspberry Pi


Why use a VPN? VPN or a Virtual Private Network is a common way of securing an Internet connection using encryption. Basically a VPN sets a trusted, designated server on the Internet to act as a man in the middle. As a VPN client, all your web traffic gets encrypted and directed to this designated… Continue reading Using a Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol, Virtual Private Network (PPTP VPN) client on a Raspberry Pi

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Linux · Server

Linux, Mac OS, Unix: File Permissions and User Classes


Using the Linux terminal (command line) I am going to explain in thorough detail the mysteries that are the Linux system file permissions for the uninitiated. I will be using Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS but most of what is covered should be applicable for any POSIX compatible Linux, Mac OS or Unix environment. If this… Continue reading Linux, Mac OS, Unix: File Permissions and User Classes

cygwin · Linux · Server · Windows

Cygwin walkthrough and beginners guide – Is it Linux for Windows or a POSIX compatible alternative to PowerShell?


November 2017 Update: If you are using Windows 10, I would instead suggest reading my posts Ubuntu Linux on Windows 10 how to or openSUSE Linux on Windows 10 how to which goes through loading Linux on Windows using official Microsoft services. Linux in Windows? Cygwin is an awesome tool for agnostic operating system users who regularly use… Continue reading Cygwin walkthrough and beginners guide – Is it Linux for Windows or a POSIX compatible alternative to PowerShell?

Linux · Server

Implement a SFTP Service for Ubuntu/Debian with a chroot’ed, isolated file directory.


In this entry, I will explain how to install and setup an SFTP service in an Ubuntu or Debian Linux server. SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is an extension of the SSH (Secure SHell protocol) which is for secure remote access into systems. Despite its name, SFTP is not an extension to the 1985 FTP… Continue reading Implement a SFTP Service for Ubuntu/Debian with a chroot’ed, isolated file directory.

CFML/ColdFusion · Linux · Railo · Server

Secure Railo Administration (railo-context) On Your Railo Server.


Updated August 2014: Tested to work with the latest Railo and UrlRewriteFilter versions. In this example I will show you how to quickly and dynamically lock down your server to block access to the Railo administration features that are enabled by default. This modification will require an additional download and the restarting of each Railo… Continue reading Secure Railo Administration (railo-context) On Your Railo Server.

Windows · Windows 7

Windows 7 Network Bookmarks, Shortcuts, Favourites


One of the things I find extremely useful in alternative, non-Microsoft operating systems such as Linux’s Gnome is the ability to create links to network locations within your file browser. A function that is like how you bookmark sites using a web browser. Network location bookmarks to me are great timesavers especially as they allow… Continue reading Windows 7 Network Bookmarks, Shortcuts, Favourites

CFML/ColdFusion · Railo · Server · VirtualBox

Install Railo on a simple, barebones, Ubuntu Server Linux within a Sun VM Virtual Box virtual machine


This article written in early 2009 is out of date. This tutorial assumes you have a basic knowledge of virtualisation, Linux and the use of the command line. It will walk you through though and explain most things in detail. I created this tutorial mainly for ColdFusion and CFML developers who create applications and need… Continue reading Install Railo on a simple, barebones, Ubuntu Server Linux within a Sun VM Virtual Box virtual machine