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Jaron Swab, a software engineer, shares tips around Linux, programming, and open source. So you can stay on top of your privacy, security, and productivity. Discover what it means to be a hacker from a self taught software engineer. You'll learn how to land a tech job, amp up your computer efficiency, and leave behind the walled gardens of big tech. Since 2005, Jaron has exercised his love for coding and taking technology into his own hands. It's Jaron and a microphone; a one on one approach ...
 
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In this episode we talk about how to level up your privacy online using only your mind. Having the correct mindset will get you 80% of the way to internet privacy. Reaching 100% is extremely difficult and likely impossible. However, if you start with the right mindset you'll get much closer than if you only used tools like a bandage. But don't worr…
 
In this episode we talk about running OpenBSD on a top of the line laptop from 2011. We also cover files to edit for a Linux replacement, how to connect to WiFi without extra software, and one tweak that will speed up any workstation running OpenBSD. Plus, tips and tricks to get the most out of your old hardware in as little time as possible. OpenB…
 
In this episode we chat about programming languages. Specifically, which is best to learn first depending on what part of the "stack" you plan to work within. Each area has a different core language that is most popular. Learning which one to choose, and focus on, is a big step in building your skills fast. The faster you learn the faster you can s…
 
In this episode we talk about with Linux distribution is best for you. We cover Ubuntu, Manjaro, and the two distros they spun out of. Plus, what I use and why I use it. Click here for the show notes. Don't forget, head over to hackerculture.us and sign up so you never miss and episode. This podcast is ad-free. Support the show at: hackerculture.us…
 
How to remove Google from your Android phone is easier than you might expect. What's often holding people back is where to find the right information. In this episode, we talk about how to remove Google services from your Android phone. For most people, LineageOS is the way to go because they have a large list of supported devices. But they also co…
 
Programming is becoming an essential skill as times change due to the ever increasing use of computer technology. In this episode we talk about why you should learn to code even if you don't want to be a programmer, how to land your first programming job, and what language you should start with. For courses and books by me visit linktr.ee/jrswab --…
 
The following instructions are for Arch Linux without Xorg (so essentially terminal only arch or what you get after a fresh Arch Linux install). If you are using Ubuntu server or another distro, the steps should be close to the same. But not exact so please do your research. You may get lucky and just have to edit the config file. --- Support this …
 
"The idea behind it is to provide a secure way to browse popular webapps by eliminating referrers, 3rd party requests, insecure HTTP requests, etc. It accomplishes this by providing a sandbox for multiple webapps. Each webapp will run in it's own sandbox, with 3rd party requests blocked, and all external links opening in an external default web bro…
 
"Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems. The standard is maintained by the Unicode Consortium, and as of June 2018 the most recent version, Unicode 11.0, contains a repertoire of 137,439 characters covering 146 modern and historic sc…
 
Then I was browsing YouTube at the end of the night to relax before bed and came across a video talking about note-taking applications that are both cross-platform and robust. This is where I heard about Notion again. I can't remember where I first heard about it, but the first time I chose not to give it a go. After that first video, I looked up s…
 
One day awhile back I chose to learn about a cryptocurrency that previously I knew nothing about. The pick was Monero, a coin (at the time) ranked thirteenth by market cap on coinmarketcap.com and eighth by price. What I found interesting about this coin was the mining algorithm, CryptoNight. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hackercultur…
 
My mind has been on the Domain Name System (DNS) server for about a week now. I've been mulling over whether VPNs are necessary and what level of trust should be placed in a DNS provider. It's evident not to trust your ISP's DNS since some companies have been caught manipulating the data or using you DNS metadata to sell to other companies. Both of…
 
A VPN is an encrypted tunnel between your computer and the internet at large. They exist to allow employees access to internal intranets of a company to do work remotely. That's it. They are merely a tunnel and not a means to keep your data/metadata private. Any VPN provider you use can see what you access, how often, and for how long. It's not har…
 
Patreon is able to shut down the income of a creator that is flagged by a random user. This is, at times, warranted by the content of the creator but is a very slippery slope. Instead of leaving this source of funding to a company that takes a cut and can shut you down without notice; creators should use a donation platform that respects their priv…
 
The previous episode in this series covered a few basic commands that we use most often in both the terminal and in Bash scripts. Today we will stay with this trend as we progress into more ways to manipulate what our computer does. If you have never used Bash, go back and listen over those posts.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hackercu…
 
Us geeks, nerds, and technology lovers spend most of our day in front of a computer. We wake up and head the work where we spend eight hours on a computer to pay the bills. Then we come home and turn on our own laptop or desktop to relax with some games, code a project, or create content for the web. All this time adds up and we find ourselves over…
 
While this podcast is all about a technology of some sort this episode needs the attention of the nerd community. We spend all day on our computers coding, blogging, and consuming knowledge. This leads to many problems over time that even myself deal with now. It is best to keep ergonomics in mind when updating our work space.--- Support this podca…
 
We mentioned YaCy in the past episode titled "Peer-To-Peer: Our Only Hope." Today we are getting more in-depth with YaCy and why it is essential. We, as internet users, need to be mindful of who is using our data and how. Does it benefit us to give up our information and privacy?--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hackerculture/support…
 
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is virtual since the computer acts like it is on another network when on your normal connection. The private part is where this matters to you. The VPN has end-to-end encryption so while you are connected to the VPN the data is jumbled and unreadable to any onlooker.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor…
 
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