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Thoughts on British ICT, energy & environment, cloud computing and security from Memset's MD

How to secure Mac OSX Screen Sharing with SSH tunnelling

I want to be able to access my home machines over the Internet when I’m at work, preferably via a GUI/WIMP. It is relatively straight-forwards to expose a machine on your home network using port-forwarding on your router, but is it secure just to send Screen Sharing over the Internet? For that matter, if you’re on a semi-untrusted local network…

How to use OK / Google Now to create Tasks/Reminders/Notes on the move

An exploration into getting more power out of Google voice commands / Google Now, specifically aimed at creating Notes, Tasks and Reminders (includes a description of what those different things actually mean within the Googleverse) “on the move”, ideally with AndroidWear SmartWatches. I also explore Commandr, AutoVoice and Tasker as possibilities for extending the power of OK Google.

How to increase the Mac OSX bash shell history length – step by step

What is the bash shell history and why would I want it to be longer? Every time I upgrade my Mac I seem to lose my bash shell history length settings. What is this, you may ask. I use the Terminal (under Applications->Utilities) a lot; everything from connecting to remote servers via ssh to moving files (I often make mistakes…

What do PGP trust levels mean and which should I use?

Following my posts on how to send and receive secure, encrypted emails in Thunderbird with PGP and how to add additional email addresses to your GPG identity, many of the people I’ve been encouraging to use PGP have asked how to decide what level of trust to set for someone’s key. The definitive guide is here here, a modified excerpt…

How to add additional email addresses to your GPG identity (and a face pic)

This is an addendum to my article on how to encrypt email using PGP and Thunderbird. I have many email addresses; my Memset one, my personal one (at craig-wood…), my Wood Tech one and others. All of these are tied into just one PGP identity which makes life much simpler both for me and also people wishing to communicate with…

How to send and receive secure, encrypted emails in Thunderbird with PGP

A step-by-step guide to setting up and using PGP encryption with email for Thunderbird.