Category Archives: Software

Free local TV streaming in Milwaukee

I gave up on the concept of over-the-air TV a while ago.  I have tried PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, AT&T TV, Sling TV, and Philo.  I have also tried services where you have a box with an antenna that is connected to an online service.  There were issues with all of those options.  I eventually settled on using Youtube TV.  The problem with that is the $68.57/mo price.  Not everyone can (or wants to) pay that much in order to watch TV.

Recently, I discovered a COMPLETELY FREE (and legal) alternative that is now available in Milwaukee.  It is a nonprofit digital TV translator service called Locast.  The organization is in 36 markets and is 100% free.  There are no DVR or on-demand services with it but they have Roku, FireTV, Apple TV, Android TV, iOS, and Android apps so if all you want is the ability to watch an episode of home improvement as it airs, it is a great option.

How to fix “remote: HTTP Basic: Access denied” in Git

This is going to be a very quick post.  It is more to remind future me than anything.  Did you change your password on your gitlab (or github) server?  Do you now get “remote: HTTP Basic: Access denied” when you “git push origin”?

If you “git remote show origin”, it will ask for your credentials again.  After that, you can “git push origin” your heart out.


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Newton, It’s not you. It’s me.

For years, I was a prolific user of Inbox by Gmail.  When google announced that they planned to retire my beloved email client, I panicked a little.  Even a year later, Gmail is a bit of a UI nightmare.  After trying a few alternatives, I found Newton.

It was clean, worked on all of my devices, and even resembled Inbox a little.  It was perfect in every way except for the fact that it was $50/yr.  I have never seen an email client charge an annual fee before.  Their argument was that it allows them keep their small dev team fed and roll out new features.  I was willing to throw them $50 per year if they were going to actively work on the client.  The problem is that they haven’t done that.

I haven’t seen any indication of anything more than bug fixes since Essential bought CloudMagic and made the app available again.

Newton, we are done.  I cancelled my subscription and I am giving myself two months to find something else.

Have a suggestion for what I could use?  Feel free to drop a comment below.  It needs to work on macOS, iPadOS, Android, and ideally Wear OS.

Getting Hamachi working with the Raspberry Pi 3

I have been using Hamachi since first hearing about it on Security Now, over 10 years ago.  Hamachi is a hosted virtual private network solution that can create links with devices that are behind NAT firewalls.  Hamachi is able to do so by using server-assisted NAT traversal.  I mostly use it to access virtual machines from outside of my house. Continue reading Getting Hamachi working with the Raspberry Pi 3

Why are the default credentials in the realm attribute?

Recently, I was poking around on Shodan (as I do when I am bored) and I stumbled across an interesting query.  If you search for “Default: admin/1234”, you get over 14,000 devices that are broadcasting their own default username and password.  The devices appear to be Edimax routers.  I reached out to both EmbedThis and Edimax to ask them about this.  EmbedThis said that it was added by the device manufacturer and Edimax neglected to respond to me.

Default usernames and passwords are not a secret.  There are entire websites out there that catalog default usernames and passwords for devices but Edimax made it so that you did not even need to know the make and model of the device.  All you need to do it read the text on the authentication box.

How to recover a saved WiFi password in OS X

Everybody has been in this situation (Well, at least I have).  You are sitting in a coffeeshop and you need to connect your phone to the WiFi.  You have connected your laptop to the WiFi before but you can not remember the password.  You could get up and ask the barista for the password but that is a little bit of a hassle.  Well, since you have already connected to the access point on your laptop, you can look the password up on it.  I shall show you how.

Step #1: Open Keychain Access

Step #2: Use the search box in the upper right corner to search by the SSID

Step #3: Select and open the record

Step #4: Check “Show password”

It is that easy.