Privacy 101: Getting started with a Pi-hole

If you value your privacy, a Pi-Hole is a great addition to your network. It is basically an ad blocker for your entire network. A Pi-Hole will block ads and trackers for all network traffic, which also covers devices that generally don’t come with an ad blocker, such as your mobile phone, smart TV or other smart devices.

The installation of a Pi-Hole isn’t exactly plug and play and most tutorials on the web assume you know how to use a Raspberry Pi. I’ll try to start from the beginning and this should be doable with a bit of interest in computers. I won’t recite other tutorials, but I’ll share my notes and information to get you started in 10 steps.

TIQ 2.0 Automated time tracking Vue.js application

It’s been a while since I’ve written a decent blog post about things I’ve worked on. Well, that’s because I’ve been busy working on something new :-)

TIQ is a startup focused on automated time tracking for the legal sector - but it didn’t start out that way. Initially, we had built a complete project management solution with automated time tracking as one of the features. We decided to focus on automated time tracking and later, we decided to do this just for the legal sector. Of course, these pivots have consequences for the product and we’ve adapted the product along the way.

It was time to rebuild TIQ from scratch with one goal in mind: make it the most practical time tracking solution for the legal sector. In this blog post, I will share a bit about the development process and highlight the main improvements we have made to TIQ.

Vue.js on .NET Core - the easy way (with Visual Studio Code on Mac OS X)

At TIQ, we quickly fell in love with Vue.JS for its simplicity, flexibility and speed. That’s why we switched from AngularJS to Vue.js for our newest version. We also moved from .NET MVC to .NET Core.

But with all this new stuff, we were a bit confused how to make .NET Core and Vue.js play nice together. It took some time for us to get this set up well, so hopefully you’re able to cut some corners with this post.

Encrypting disks like Debian

If you’re like me, you’ve set up full-disk encryption during your installation. But what if you want to encrypt your backups and USB sticks too?

In this post I’ll share how I did it.

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