How to write an effective e-mail

eMail

The ability to write an effective e-mail is not one of art, it is one of science. I’ll do my best to break it down in this write-up. Time is the most valuable commodity we all have in this world, let’s not waste it. Hopefully this will help. The first concept to understand is: “Your e-mail or any communication is […]

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Performance Tuning Synology 1815+

Synology

I recently purchased a Synology 1815+ NAS to increase my home network storage a bit and the performance was not what I was expecting out of the box. There were a few things that I identified to try and get things working a little bit faster. I was able to achieve roughly 50-75MB/s during volume growth and reshaping. Step 1: […]

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Installing Logstash Filebeat Directly on pfSense 2.3 to Monitor Snort

pfSense

Overview We’re going to install Logstash Filebeat directly on pfSense 2.3 to monitor for specific files this will make it MUCH easier for us to get and ingest information into our Logstash setup. Installing Filebeat In this section we’re going to install filebeat on our pfSense Box. Locate the Proper Files We need to locate the latest known good build […]

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Honeypot Harvested Password List

Honeypot Harvested Password List Well, you shouldn’t use passwords as a single authentication mechanism and if you can you use keys, those are better still.  Remember, always use 2-factor authentication for all of your critical online services. Commonly Used Password List Password Count 123456 1047 admin 1038 root 1017 1234 992 12345 973 password 946 support 828 vizxv 754 dreambox […]

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Logging and Analyzing Unbound DNS Requests with Logstash, Elasticsearch, and Kibana on Ubuntu 16.04

Overview Why you might ask?  Because it’s interesting to see what all the things on your network are phoning home to.  Most modern devices will not hard code and IP address for operations since those tend to be transient in nature now. So this post is has my Logstash configuration   It’s pretty simple. Prerequisites Must have Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana […]

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Building HTTP2 Apache2 Module Ubuntu 16.04

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Ubuntu 16.04 Initial Server Setup

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text] What do I do when I setup a server for the first time? This is updated for my Ubuntu 16.04 installs.  There are some pieces of software that I won’t include because it is very specific to my setup, but I […]

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Traits of a Highly Effective Employee

To help people achieve their career goals, or at least understand their career goals, and this is the resulting list. I always get people asking what it takes to get to the next level. The above traits are just some of the tools that you will want to have under your belt. If you are always stretching yourself, learning more, […]

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How To: Control Jobs from the Linux Command Line

How To: Control Jobs from the Linux Command Line Every command you give is a job that is executed. A job can be suspended, placed in the background, moved back to the foreground or terminated. Most commands like ls are executed fast, but things like moving huge files occupy your terminal for quite a while. In these cases the job […]

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