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Recording PulseAudio output with ffmpeg

This post describes a simple way to record system audio via pulseaudio and ffmpeg. Additionally you can use ffmpeg to extract part of an audio file.

  • 7 Apr 2021
  • 2 mins
  • pulseaudio, ffmpeg

Custom ArchLinux LXC Templates for Proxmox

This blog details my process for setting up an ArchLinux LXC base image for all of my local network services. This saves time and replaces my old failing Ansible scripts.

  • 21 Mar 2021
  • 5 mins
  • proxmox, lxc, archlinux

Creating an API for a legacy device over telnet using tmux and nodered

Using NodeRED and tmux you can build your own custom API for any device that supports alternative communication mechanisms. No longer is it game over when a device doesn't support an API.

  • 23 Feb 2021
  • 2 mins
  • api, nodered

RSS - the lifeblood of the interesting web

All the makers/creators/hackers and alike, please ensure RSS functionality is enabled.

  • 18 Nov 2020
  • 1 min
  • blogs, content

The nostalgic world wide web

A common theme emerges among people born in the 70s and 80s, who grew up when the world wide web (internet) was still young. They miss the "good old days", the pre-2010 internet when things weren't as commercialised....

  • 7 Jul 2020
  • 3 mins
  • nostalgic, content, blogs

Valuable advice on getting into a creative mindset

A few years ago I came across a brilliant presentation by John Cleese around getting yourself into a creative mindset.

  • 1 May 2020
  • 1 min
  • creativity

GPU (Nvidia) passthrough on Proxmox LXC container

Setting up GPU (nvidia) passthrough inside an Arch Linux container, running on Proxmox...

  • 19 Feb 2020 - Updated: 1 May 2020
  • 4 mins
  • proxmox

Efficiency in DOS based applications - VideoMinder

I witnessed the transition from VHS to DVD then Blu-Ray, learnt how to splice VHS tape and mastered the art of carrying twenty VHS tapes in one arm...

  • 11 Jan 2020 - Updated: 21 Sep 2020
  • 3 mins
  • dos

Bulk export OneNote 2013/2016 pages as HTML

With thousands of notes stuck in OneNote 2013/2016 format I whipped up a quick PowerShell script to bulk export everything including attachments to HTML...

  • 1 Aug 2019
  • 5 mins
  • onenote, powershell

The Blue Team Blues

Recently presented on the challenges facing the blue team whilst investigating red team activity and the disconnect in the time effort required...

  • 12 Jul 2019
  • 1 min
  • conference, incident-response, security

Interesting Reads

(2021) Thanks for the Bonus, I Quit!

How not to run an employee bonus scheme staring DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) in 1996.

  • 31 Aug 2022

(2013) Fan is A Tool-Using Animal

A sometimes odd but fascinating read around fandoms/fanfiction and how the communities use various services.

  • 15 Jun 2022

(2021) Playing to Win - Minecraft

A story around exploiting the economics inside Minecraft for profit.

  • 1 Apr 2022

(2000) Things You Should Never Do

One of the founders of Stackoverflow talks about the perils of rewriting a codebase with examples from Netscape Navigator.

  • 24 Feb 2022

(2021) Halt and Catch Fire Watching Club Syllabus

A fascinating website with classes devoted to the Halt and Catch Fire TV series. If you haven’t watched it do yourself a favour.

  • 22 Feb 2022

(2001) DirecTV's Secret War On Hackers

A fascinating story around DirecTV pirates in the early 2000’s and the lengths DirecTV went to brick pirate cards a week before the superbowl. A few more interesting articles can be found here and here.

  • 21 Feb 2022

(1999) America Online Exploits Bug In Own Software

Some controversy developed in 1999 concerning the Instant Messaging service provided by America Online (AOL), which had at that time become very popular only recently.

  • 21 Feb 2022

(2002) The Forgotten Employee

Interesting story around a forgotten employee still on the payroll but with no direction.

  • 20 Feb 2022

(2021) Moscow state university network built by students

Moscow University students built an illegal network to meet their needs. Everything from shoddy cabling to network wars.

  • 19 Feb 2022

(2022) Radar Interference Tracker - A New Open Source Tool to Locate Active Military Radar Systems

A very interesting system to identify military radar via satellite imagery.

  • 18 Feb 2022

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