1. Mid-term Elections

    I grew up in Chile during the time of Pinochet, where 'politics' was a bad word, and 'politicians' were equivalent to 'thugs'. Even after all these years and multiple iterations of democratically elected governments, people's involvement in democracy is just limited to general elections every 5 years. Very little ...


  2. Router/Firewall Using Docker and OpenVSwitch

    Software vulnerabilities ranging from buffer overflows leading to privilege escalations, to actual malware camouflaged as a software update, can easily compromise a Linux host, particularly when it's used as a router. Most Linux-based routers out there run all their services as standard processes in user space, which makes the ...


  3. Going Static

    One reason why I had stopped posting anything in my blog for a while was my frustration on how slow the Wordpress back-end for Dreamhost “economy users” is, you know, the ones with the most basic plans.

    I guess they must have realized that, since they are starting a new ...


  4. Facebook No More

    I resisted joining Facebook for quite some time, not because I’m a Luddite or an old timer, but rather because I know better than most people what goes on underneath the surface of such type of platforms. I also know well what happens to companies that become public and ...


  5. Selecting the Right VPN Service

    For the record, I’m a CISSP, and as such, computer security is always in the top of my mind.

    Since I spend a good amount of time at airports, hotels, coffee shops and generally roaming around, having a VPN service has become a necessity for me as well as ...


  6. Why I Don't Use Gmail

    I’ve never been very fond of keeping something as sensitive as my personal email in a service provider. I used to run my own email server at home based on Zimbra a few years back, but like everything else, it became cumbersome. Updates, backups and having to deal with ...


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