OpenBSD laptop with Full Disk Encryption

Running OpenBSD on the laptop makes is safe by default. But encrypting the storage of the OpenBSD laptop makes it even safer. This is how my ThinkPad X230i gets encrypted and won’t boot without the proper USB thumb drive plugged in.

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Access Raspberry Pi 3 UART Console on MacOS

Raspberry Pi can be used with a prepared OS, booted up and just used. But when it comes to customising or doing something else than what was planned, you may need to use the console. And that requires a TTL adapter connected to the GPIO. The thing is, using MacOS is not as straightforward as I thought. So here are my notes.

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Install Windows 7 from a USB stick

On my netbooks, I have to install (too often) Windows 7 from the USB port. I usually use the “Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool” but today it just didn’t want to build the USB stick properly.

Here’s the manual way to prepare a USB stick that allows installing Windows 7. The directions worked from a Windows 7 virtual machine running on my Mac.

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Use an HSDPA 3G USB adapter with the Asus Transformer TF101

My Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is quite nice to take on a ride. The only issue is that when there’s no WiFi around, there’s no Internet at all. I used to have a Novatel MiFi 2352 3G hotspot but it died. All I have left is a data-only SIM card and an Huawei E220 USB modem.

By default, even with the dock keyboard, plugin the HSDPA USB adapter into the Transformer won’t lead far. But since I can root the Pad and install an alternate ROM, there are every likelihood that I can manage to access Internet via the 3G modem.

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