My new VAXstation

I’ve known about this website for a while but although the author had made some (considerable) progress enhancing the VAX simulations in ‘simh‘ until a few months ago there was no code available to run on Linux.
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Video Streaming using Netcat

Having messed about a bit with a WebCam a bit I decided to see if how easily I could stream a video on one machine to another, as simply as possible.
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Changing the boot device

As anyone who has reads this blog regularly will have probably noticed I’m not exactly an ‘early adopter’. I do use the latest versions of Debian on some of my machines but not on my main machine, not yet anyway – mainly because everything still just works.
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Disable SSL 3.0 in Firefox

A vulnerability in SSL 3.0 (POODLE) could allow an attacker to obtain clear text data (such as cookies). Modern web browsers support newer stronger encryption methods which are not vulnerable. Unfortunately to ensure backwards compatibility they will silently revert to using SSL 3.0 if necessary when establishing a connection.
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Installing Point Cloud Library

Recently I had to help someone get the Point Cloud Library and sample applications working under Linux using the Open NI Framework and a Microsoft Kinect for the XBOX 360. This isn’t exactly something you might want to do every day but the results were quite ‘interesting’ and besides I got it working…
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Install and configure UFW (Firewall)

To provide some protection against threats originating from the internet you should configure your system with a host based firewall to control any incoming connections, and only open up the ports you need. Linux firewalls are typically configured using ‘iptables’ which is well-known for being difficult and complicated to configure properly.
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Adding sound to MATE

When I originally wrote up how to install MATE I did not include the packages you need to enable audio play back (my excuse is that I was aiming to install as little as possible).
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