No better way to upgrade your life than with Fujitsu's SnapScan. If you've not had the pleasure, check it out, video highly suggested. Alternatively, if you're not as fortunate and stuck with a flat bed scanner, upgrade it in place by installing open-source NAPS2. NAPS2 takes all frustration out of manual batch scanning.
coreboot allow you to replace the proprietary BIOS running on your laptop with an open-source equivalent. While this isn't an easy process, once complete will allow you full control over what hardware can be installed in the device.
Amazon's Mechanical Turk or 'MTURK' is a rarely discussed open platform for requestors or workers to complete remedial tasks. Anyone can place general and remedial bulk requests and pay for the service. Alternatively, anyone can browse the request marketplace, work requests and receive payment.
BIOS-PW.org is a handy tool for clearing or resetting unknown BIOS passwords. Simply need hash code or serial. This project contains master password generators for various BIOS/UEFI firmware.
Timeline Watch is not a technical site, rather it's a very detailed look at one of the largest private watch collections in the world. With so many sites today mirroring each other's general 'style', it's refreshing to spend time with this unique, interesting and visually pleasant web site layout.
Microsoft* Windows 95 was just released (again). This time in Electron and available on GitHub for both Windows and macOS.
*not approved or associated with Microsoft
PyVideo is a community based collection of Python related videos. It offers a dense collection of Python content to anyone looking to dive into the world of Python programming.
The Jupyter Notebook is an open source IDE in-a-web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code. Wide variety of use cases that include statistical modeling, data visualization, DevOps integrations, machine learning and more.
JS, VB, C#, F#, PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, Containers...
StumbleUpon (now Mix) is a different take on exploring and finding random websites. Not as simple as this blog's favorite MapCrunch random location finder but it does come through occasionally.
Network 169 offers several routing troubleshooting challenges and configure 'how-to's' using GNS3 or VIRL platforms. Also offering great blog discussions around each platform differences.
CreativeLive is an amazing resource for learning photography, art, design, music, money and even life. Excellent content brilliantly presented live.
Cisco Words.ini is a simple color config for Secure CRT to make the CLI easier to read. Click above for the Windows instructions. For macOS, use the below path instead:
Get the INI file here
If Keywords folder doesn't exist, create manually.
Sonic Pi programming environment comes complete with a great community as well as tutorials to get you up and coding quickly. It enables you to write and modify code live to make music, just like you might perform live with a guitar.
ESOS Project is an open-source software that will take a typical JBOD configuration and present it like an enterprise-class, block-based SAN target. Supports FC, FCoE, iSCSI and Infiniband which allows any user an opportunity to run a very expensive configuration using inexpensive, off the shelf components. Great for non-critical storage as well as creating home lab for self-study.
f.lux is a great utility and study to help people adapt their computer to the time of day visually. Available on all platforms as well as smart lighting (Philips Hue), f.lux will automatically make your screen or lighting look like the room you're in.
CloudFlare in partnership with APNIC recently worked to get a DNS server onto 184.108.40.206 to provide a free, private, secure and fast DNS service. For those who've previously used Level-3's 220.127.116.11, Google's 18.104.22.168 then moved onto Cisco's OpenDNS now have another option with CloudFlare's 22.214.171.124.
Quick shout-out to Apple for their 'Families' program that just launched. These types of protections for children are important for the digital world. Apple definitely isn't the first to publicize, Microsoft similarly has offered good family protection for some time.
DriveSavers Data Recovery services are the industry leaders for damaged hard drive data recovery. This premier service offers recovery services for all media, from traditional hard drives, raid configurations down to solid flash or embedded memory modules that may be soldered into circuit boards. The team has recovered data from the most extreme situations.
RadioReference is a centralized aggregate database of broadcast streams from all over the country available to stream/listen online. This isn't regular FM/AM radio, rather a directory of various radio scanner frequencies (public utility, first responder, cruise ship, aircraft, critical incidents, etc).
Falcon Northwest is the original, OG custom PC (& laptop) builder. Custom design, custom paint, hand built and tested. There are many custom PC build companies that have come and gone over the years but Falcon is the Mercedes "AMG" in the high end computing world. Excellent warranty and personalized support, Falcon Northwest is unmatched in their quality and superior builds.
bhami.com hosts what they call the 'Rosetta Stone' for Unix. It's a complete 'Unix-ersal' Translator for sysadmins. This single page reference is a fantastic go-to for Unix commands across most flavors.
Centreon is an open-source, fully evolved network monitoring tool. Available in ISO and OVA formats, Centreon is a compatible alternative to historically powerful PRTG and MRTG tools.
edX.org offers free college-level courses and learning online. In the sprit of a previous post about Coursera, edX offers more of a technical-based learning catalog from many of the premier technically recognized universities.
Powershell.org is a great site for all things PowerShell. This blog site is a must-see for anyone learning PowerShell or just looking to improve their PowerShell-game.