HOWTOs

Detailed guides to help you do stuff.

Securing My Home Network

My home network always had a simple security setup, a router, a firewall, and a bunch of computers. After months of ignoring it, I finally got around to reviewing the setup and making some improvements.

Pinned Messages in Slack Channels

The way pinned messages work in Slack is one of the things I find frustrating about the platform. If I pin a message, I expect it to remain visible in the channel not tucked into a side tab. This post outlines a rough PoC for a Slack application that can help you "truly" pin your messages.

Convert DMG To PKG

Many macOS applications come in DMG format, which is perfectly fine until you need to deploy one of these applications using your enterprise MDM solution. Most MDMs only work with PKG files so you must convert the application from DMG to PKG before you deploy it.

Collect CPU & Memory Usage Information Using psrecord

A few days ago, I found myself needing to collect the CPU and Memory usage information of applications over an extended period. In this post, I share with you a brilliant tool that can assist you in collecting this data and plotting it in an easy-to-consume graph.

Self Hosting Monica

Monica is an open-source web application to organize the interactions with your loved ones. Think of it as a CRM for your friends or family. In this post, I share a simple, easy to follow guide for those who want to self-host Monica.

Self Hosting Firefox Send

Firefox Send is a great file sharing service with E2EE and automatic deletion. In this post, I walk you through the steps to self host your own instance.

Downloading A Website from The Internet Archive

I was working on recovering some lost websites through their cached copies on the Wayback Machine. I needed a much faster (and more offline) way to access these cached copies of websites. Hartator's Wayback Machine Downloader to the rescue.

Connect to RDS using Python & SSL

Are you trying to connect to an RDS instance from a Python script while maintaining SSL encryption? If so, then you are in luck, the following script provides a simple example of how to create and use such a connection.