A Cyberspace Inquisition #1: The Beginning
- Adam Douglas
Welcome to my first blog series called “A Cyberspace Inquisition” (ACI). In this blog series I will be showcasing and sharing my inquest of recent web site links I have discovered. Each link will come with a brief description of what I find interesting. I’m always looking for that unique and interesting finds online and I thought this maybe interesting for others as well as help me to produce more blog posts without huge in-depth research, learning and testing. My intention is to not necessarily focus on any given topic and will hopefully have variety. Over time we will see how the blog series turns out. So without further ado, let’s get into “A Cyberspace Inquisition #1”.
In a constant changing tech world protecting your privacy is becoming increasingly important. This is so very true when it comes to your email address. With this open source software you can help protect your privacy using email aliases. From what I understand you can self-host or use the hosted service. Available for Chrome extension, Firefox add-on, Safari extension, iOS and Android (F-Droid, Google Play).
Hauk is an open source, self-hosted location sharing service with a companion mobile app available on Android (F-Droid, Google Play). I find this very interesting as I can see how one may wish to share your location but not in an invasive way that can compromise your privacy. I do admit I’m not entirely sure how this is achieved yet but nonetheless very interesting solution to look in to.
Chris Schuld has an intriguing project where he explains how to achieve creating a headless network scanner using a Raspberry Pi and Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500. You actually get to use the buttons on the scanner itself to scan your documents. I feel this is a bright solution that allows one to continue using old hardware and avoid throwing it out when it works perfectly fine.
Defend your wireless networks with Nzyme, an open source solution that detects and physically locates threats. This is a stationary solution and not intended for WiFi recon or wardriving tool. I believe this could be very helpful for network monitoring however I will have to investigate further some day and give it a try.
This may not be helpful for all right now due to our travel restrictions around the world. However, this still maybe of help down the road. AwardCat helps you fly using your air miles and points. I’ve never flown in an aeroplane but from what I understand this can be difficult keeping up with all the changes and find the right time to use your air miles or points.
For web developers, learning just never stops. One way to learn is getting another fellow developers perspective. Michael Irigoyen gives a perspective on why we should stop using icon fonts and replace them with SVGs.
I love learning and one way to learn is reading the science journals and articles. However a lot of times these great source of information and research is protected behind a pay wall or are just plain hard to find. This directory makes it easy to locate the journals and articles one may wish to read up on. The search engine has even filters to help narrow down the results and clearly states the license and cost if any for each result.
A lean open source datetime picker library that doesn’t depend upon any libraries. This project seems to be quite powerful even though it is lean and supports native mobile input for date/time/datetime input. I will be definitely be given this one a try very soon.
An interesting company that sells network routers, IoT and business products. What I find interesting about this company’s products is they seem to be quite mobile friendly for those that travel or have limited space. As well it appears the product firmware uses OpenWrt or is at least based upon it and provide the source code on GitHub. I also noticed that there is an awesome amount of documentation of the hardware, setup, development and application use. Not certain how good these products are since I’ve never owned one but I indeed would be very interested to try one.
This maybe a dry read for some but this article by Kyle E. Mitchell explains the MIT software license line by line. Maybe a good resource for some deciding which software license to use.
Did you find something interesting that you wish to share, contact me.
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- Cyberspace, Wikipedia
- Cyberspace, image by xresch from Pixabay, published Sept 16, 2018
- Inquisition, Wordnik
- Raspberry Pi, Wikipedia
- Recon, Wikitionary
- Scientific journal, Wikipedia
- Self-hosting, Wikipedia
- Software license, Wikipedia
- Wardriving, Wikipedia
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- Add missing word "one"
- correct category name from "cyberpsace" to "cyberspace"