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Some people’s new years resolution was to lose weight, others was to give themselves more “me” time. Mine was to move off of as much SaaS offerings as I could in an attempt to start taking back my privacy. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of SaaS solutions out there that are awesome and take away the burden of having to manage a server but I felt that there was just too much of my info being spread across these sites.

posted by esells on Mar 03, 2017

It’s an uncomfortable feeling when you have to tell your mom that the internet service she had been paying for had just been terminated. For the second time. Or at least it was for me. It was the mid to late ‘90s and the latest craze was the statd exploit that had been released for Solaris. I had a list of potential targets (thank you nmap) and wasn’t really looking to do much, but being young and stupid I thought I’d give one target a quick test without using any of hiding techniques that typically accompanied a more thought out attack.

posted by esells on Jan 13, 2017

Hand Wired Keyboard Part 2 At the end of part 1 I had a working keyboard but it had to be plugged in via USB. I haven’t used a wired keyboard in probably five years so having this one wired made me sad. There were a few hints at how people had done bluetooth + teensy setups (the teensy is the brains) but no real tutorials or anything. So as I typically do when presented with an electronics project, I headed over to adafruit to see how much I could get already pre-built for me.

posted by esells on May 27, 2016

Hand Wired Keyboard Part 1 I had been toying with the idea of buying a mechanical keyboard for a few years but the bug didn’t really hit until about 8 months ago. Me being me I thought “why just buy one when I could build it myself?!“. It turns out that putting your own mechanical keyboard together is kind of a pain in the ass, that’s why. Ok, so I’m going to build a keyboard, time to actually research what it takes to build a keyboard.

posted by esells on Apr 22, 2016