kw406 : Free Geek Gift Guide.

Dec 13

We bring you a showcase from an interview we did on the Nosillacast podcast that is perfect for the holiday season. Find out ways to make your geeky and non geeky friends happy with this free geek gift guide, packed with tips and tricks to make the ultimate stocking stuffer .. without spending a single sliver of gold pressed latinum.


The Nosillacast Podcast

Give a free computer.



Remote assistance


  • Skype account


  • Flickr
  • Picasa account

The gift of free applications

The gift of free music

The gift of free knowledge



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Keep an eye on your SSH server with this short command.

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Setting up and running your own little SSH server is not really hard. Just punch in sudo apt-get install openssh-server on your Ubuntu command line and you’ll have a server that allows you to run remote commands, send over files via SFTP or even forward graphical applications over X-Forwarding.


But when you open up a window to the internet, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on any nosy people who might come knocking. A good tip is NOT to run your server on the default port (22) and poke it up to a random port over 1024 so it won’t  be obvious to any scriptkiddie you are running an SSH server. But just to be safe its nice to keep an eye out too. Every system access is logged in /var/log/auth.log but there is a ton of info in here. But with this one simple command you can not only sort out the messages that talk about your SSH server, you can also “follow along live”

sudo tail -F /var/log/auth.log | grep sshd

The output will generate a cool scrolling textfile with all the failed and approved login attempts, the usernames of who is loggin in and when they connect and disconnect.  The command is simple .. but the output might be just what you need. 

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If i have to reach back into my mind and pull up the first memory I have of the Spacemusic podcast, I think I go back as far as Adam Curry’s original Daily Source Code where Adam played a promo for this “ambient and electronic music podcast” that was produced by a guy with a slight Dutch accent. Now, almost 8 years later I am still a loyal listener to this fantastic Podcast. I’ve mentioned TC’s (Thats the producer) new episodes on Twitter many times over, but for those of you who love the sounds of ambient, electronic and even some Trance music : Check out the Spacemusic Podcast. The latest episode features a great mix of uptempo and chilled out music that has even prompted me to buy some albums from the artist. Worth a listen to help kickstart your day / your week or chill down after a busy day. Check out

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