Tomato Firmware with AES-128-GCM VPN

AES-GCM is a more secure cipher than AES-CBC, because AES-CBC, operates by XOR'ing (eXclusive OR) each block with the previous block and cannot be written in parallel. Tech Talk - The Galois/Counter mode (GCM) of operation (AES-128-GCM) operates quite differently from AES-128-CBC. As the name suggests, GCM combines Galois field multiplication with the counter mode of … Continue reading Tomato Firmware with AES-128-GCM VPN

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Intel Processor Numbers – Laptop, Desktop, and Mobile Device

Every computer or laptop needs a processor. Which one are you going to buy? Are you going for AMD or Intel? Are you going to use discrete graphics or rely on the integrated graphics? Do you want an unlocked one for overclocking or are you playing it safe at the manufacturers assigned speed? Whats the … Continue reading Intel Processor Numbers – Laptop, Desktop, and Mobile Device

Updating .NET on Windows Server 2016 Core – How hard can it be?

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The reason for this post is a release note of an app i'm using on a virtual machine. In the release notes the orange header stated "Please install the .NET 4.7 framework or later".  I can do that, easily! was my first thought.... it turned out to be not that easy. Microsoft ships some dotNET version … Continue reading Updating .NET on Windows Server 2016 Core – How hard can it be?

Kodi Preparing for v18 – CleanLibrary

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It won't be long before the new Kodi v18 (codename Leia) will be released. A little bit of housekeeping won't harm most databases before we upgrade it. Kodi has a builtin function called CleanLibrary. This function will perform a number of 'cleanup' tasks on your video or music database. It can be run if you have … Continue reading Kodi Preparing for v18 – CleanLibrary

Change a process priority and affinity with PowerShell

Yesterday I was using a virtual machine from my Hyper-V server and I noticed it became sluggish at one point. A quick look at the task manager and it was clearly Windows Update who was slurping away my CPU power. There is no real point in killing the process but it should not interfere as … Continue reading Change a process priority and affinity with PowerShell

How-to: openvpn-client and systemd

27.800.000 hits when Googling "Linux OpenVPN server autostart" and just 663 hits with the required word combinations to the query "linux OpenVPN client autostart" to make it work... Do you know what the best server solution is? The one without any users active. Never a problem-child, zero problems, plenty of performance and always running fine... … Continue reading How-to: openvpn-client and systemd

Retrieve Disk Health information with PowerShell

With the PowerShell Get-StorageReliabilityCounter cmdlet you can get the storage reliability counters for a specified disk or all disks in your system. These counters include information about such things as the device temperature, errors, wear, and length of time the device has been in use (if your devices supports these). What happen? I just tried … Continue reading Retrieve Disk Health information with PowerShell

Android Samba Client – SMB v3 added in all silence.

While not pretty, it's Google's way to talk to your SMB v3 network shares on Android. Android has been lacking a truly good file manager. Yes, it has given the user access to their file-system since the early days unlike some other smartphone operating systems but it was never really good. You could do a … Continue reading Android Samba Client – SMB v3 added in all silence.