I was having a conversation with my wife and I said to her “You know, I feel like I’m getting dumber”. We both laughed out loud at my ridiculous statement, she then asked why I felt that. The reason I was l feeling like that was because I was simply spending too much time on other silly distractions. And no it wasn’t just “social media”, I tend to go down YouTube rabbit holes too. So I decided to try a small experiment. Reading.

In high school I read quite a bit, I was a lector at my church which required me to read the Bible. Though I never read the Bible for fun, just for my role as lector. Then in college my degree required a lot of reading. Every semester I must have read at least 10 books plus academic journal articles. So I did plenty of reading during that time in my life and I guess I got burned out on reading. I know this happens to many people but many get back to reading soon after. For me it was years since I had read a book from cover to cover.

Home Bookshelf
A picture of my home bookshelf

So in the end I decided I wanted to read more. But starting something is always the hardest part of any project. I wanted to read more but I didn’t want to spend money on books that I wasn’t sure I’d like reading. My solution, the local library! I went down one Sunday afternoon and asked for a library card. I got a card in 15 minutes I got card and checked out my first book.

Lucky for me my local library has a great selection of books. Plus they are part of a regional system which allows me to find more book across libraries in the county. In the end I checked out a book title Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright. I read it in the 2 weeks checkout period and I really enjoyed the book.

in the end I’ve been reading more and taking full advantage of free books at my local library. So if you want to get into reading go get a library card and checkout a few books.

Ever needed to reset your Windows password but forgot to make a Windows Reset Password disk? If so, you can easily reset a Windows Users password with a Live Linux USB. Letโ€™s see just how easy it is to so.

  1. If you donโ€™t a Live Linux USB go ahead an create one. This tutorial is Ubuntu based so any Ubuntu flavor will work. And you will need a working internet connection to download software.
  2. Start the computer and boot into the Live Linux environment.
  3. Once in the Live Linux environment make sure you connect to the internet and open a terminal.
  4. You will need to install tool called chntpw. So ahead and run the following command to install chntpw apt-get install chntpw
  5. Once installed you will have to mount the hard drive that has Windows installed. There are many ways of doing this but you can use the File Manager (Nautilus in Ubuntu) to make things easy.
  6. Once you have the Windows Harddrive mounted go to the following directory /windowsHarddrive/Windows/System32/config/
  7. Now that you are at the correct directory, right click and chose Open With
    Terminal Here
  8. In the terminal simply type the following command to interact with chntpwsudo chntpw SAM
  9. Now you are editing the Administrator user if you would like to edit another user use this command.sudo chntpw -u USERYOUWANTTOEDIT SAM
  10. After youโ€™ve chosen your user itโ€™s time to reset their password. Simply type 1 in ther User Edit Menu. And then chose y when prompted to Write hive
  11. Then to quit type q and this will exit chntpw
  12. Close the terminal and restart your computer making sure to remove the Live Linux USB.
  13. You should boot into Windows desktop directly without any login. Be sure to add a new password!

Congratulations you have successfully reset your Windows with Linux! And thatโ€™s it!


Originally posted at 100 Days of Linux Challenge

Hello Doom! Emacs

I’m so happy I decided to try out Doom! While I was happy with Spacemacs. I think Doom provides all the necessary things I wanted. Plus most importantly it has my favorite theme “Molokai” built in!

So I’ll give it a shot for a month and see how I fare.

P.S I wrote this with org2blog in Doom!

Read The ultimate guide to DuckDuckGo – BrettTerpstra.com (BrettTerpstra.com)

By now Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ve heard of DuckDuckGo around the web (and Iโ€™ve been mentioning them for years). If you donโ€™t already have the scoop, itโ€™s the search engine that can serve as a complete replacement for Google (and Bing and whatever else you like), except it respects your privacy and security. And while Google does some cool tricks, DuckDuckGo does some even better ones.

Read Protecting Code Integrity with PGP โ€” Part 1: Basic Concepts and Tools (Linux.com | The source for Linux information)

Learn PGP basics and best practicesย in this series of tutorials from our archives.ย  In this article series, we take an in-depth look at using PGP to ensure the integrity of software. These articles will provide practical guidelines aimed at developers working on free software projects and will cover the following topics: PGP basics and best practices How to use PGP with Git

Protecting Code Integrity with PGP โ€” Part 1: Basic Concepts and Tools

Leaving social media

So this week I found myself falling down a crazy rabbit hole. It all happened when I watched this video on the indieweb concept. I was hooked on the idea and philosophy of the indeweb! Just recently I had been putting a lot of thought on leaving social media behind. But of course in this day and age doing that is much easier said than done. Still I had this gut feeling telling me that I just didn’t want to be on platforms like facebook any more.

Indieweb FTW

One of the core concepts of the indieweb is to “own”, your content. This is the by far the thing that drew me into the movement. Over the past 2 month I had relaunched my business website and stepped up my video creation. I was happy that I was writing more original content and creating at my own pace. But after watching that video I knew I had to do more with ALL of my content. Oh boy we sometime forget just how much content we create on a daily basis. Indieweb movement tries to get you to understand your content and most importantly allows you to put out onto the world the way you want it.

So here we are

This site was relaunched with wordpress and with indieweb principles in mind. I’m happy I took the plunge even though it drove me a bit crazy at times. I think I’ll do more of a deep dive on all the moving parts in a later post. But it feels good to be taking control of my content, soon I’ll be saying goodbye to social media!