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Joshua Lowcock sometimes blogs on non-work-related topics, most of which are posted below. For the more technically-skewed posts, you can find a list of those here. Separate from the blog, there is also a list of handy websites, lifehacks, and other useful tips here. For tips specific to macOS, you can find macOS tips here.

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Recent Blog Posts

How To: Setup Raspberry Pi with PiVPN, WireGuard and NoIP.com

Background The Raspberry Pi is a great sub-US$200 device that offers great value for hobby projects and educational purposes. In this review, I'll share my experience and instructions for setting up a Raspberry Pi with PiVPN using NoIP.com, a free Dynamic DNS service. If you need a list of PiVPN commands, check this link. Running your own Raspberry PiVPN can be useful if you want a free VPN for when you're traveling (great if you live in the US and want a US VPN when overseas), if you want to VPN into your home network, or if you want to ...

A List of PiVPN commands

PiVPN is a personal VPN server you can install on a Raspberry Pi or any Debian LINUX setup. If you don't own a Raspberry Pi, I recommend a Pi 4B kit. If you need a microSD card reader, this one is great and it's both USB A and USB C - so works on macOS and Windows devices. I have also written a guide on how to setup PiVPN, just in case you need to reinstall. But onto all the useful commands! Once installed, all commands are available by typing in the shell / terminal. pivpn -command Help The help ...

Tip: List of Public DNS Servers

Important I am not affiliated with any of the companies or DNS providers listed. This information is shared "as is". If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! This is yet another list of Public DNS Servers. I know there are more than enough guides out there but decided to publish this one because I feel there's some useful advice that I can share. Public DNS Speedtest There are several factors that determine DNS speed, some of which are out of your control. If you want to benchmark DNS ...

Works! Fix Chrome (or Edge) is Managed by your Organization (in 3 steps!)

Personally, I no longer use Google Chrome but it's the only option in my office. But back when I did use Chrome at home, I would get this ridiculous message on my personal computer even though it was owned and managed by me and no one else. If Google Chrome displays a message: "This browser is managed by your organization" This problem can be caused by password managers, such as LastPass and also some antivirus software. It can also randomly disable or prevent you from installing extensions. . It's also worth noting that if this is a work computer, deleting ...

Works! How to Setup Dynamic DNS and Port Forwarding on Verizon G3100 (Tested! Works)

Coming Soon! I'm writing up the draft at the moment. There are a lot of steps. Overview This is tested and works! This is how to setup a Dynamic DNS and do Port Forwarding on the Verizon G3100 using NoIp.com also known as No-Ip.com. This is particularly useful if you have home security cameras, alarm systems, web server, or some other device you want to access remotely. The overview of the steps are as follows: Create an account on NoIP.com. You can use the free version of NoIp, but it's worth paying the $25 a year if you need it ...

Works! How To Import Chrome Extensions into Microsoft Edge (5 Easy Steps!)

This review was last updated: December 2021 Overview I was an early beta tester of the Microsoft Edge Chromium edition. This is because I am one of the few people who use Windows 10 on an ARM-based laptop, a Lenovo Yoga 630-13Q50. Technically, I'm running what Microsoft calls Windows on Snapdragon.  I've never met anyone else running Windows 10 on ARM. But I do find it cool that I am windows on the same sort of processor (Snapdragon 850) found on a mid-to-high-end mobile phone, it's silent (because it's fanless) and the battery life is amazing. The downside is to ...

Review: Verizon E3200 Mesh WiFi Extender (2023).

I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the E3200 outright myself.  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! This review was last updated: July 2022 Verizon E3200 Review This is a mini-review of the Verizon E3200 Mesh WiFi Extender, the companion product to the Verizon G3100 Router. Form factor-wise, it looks almost identical to the G3100. I call it a mini-review because there's a lot less to really write about. If you want to ...

A List of Useful Raspberry Pi Commands

A list of useful Raspberry Pi commands. All of these commands can be executed in the Raspberry Pi command line / shell / terminal or via an SSH connection. Initial Pi Setup Find your Raspberry Pi Model/Version Get Total and Free Memory Install Pi Software Updates Restart and Reconfigure Options Find and Change Pi Hostname How to TextEdit with nano Pi Power and Heat Management Pi EEPROM Updates Advanced Pi Commands Initial Setup I recommend the official Raspberry Pi OS installer (Windows and macOS versions available) then connect your Pi to a monitor to walk through the setup process. If ...
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