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Friday, 5 September 2014

Social Engineering

Excellent video on how secure passwords and a tight border won't stop someone getting at your data

Monday, 21 July 2014

Bypass Country Restrictions for Netflix, Hulu

So, if you're not living in the grand ol' United States and you want to watch Netflix, Hulu you're kinda screwed. In Canada you can get Netflix but the volume of content is only a small fraction of what is available to U.S. subscribers. I don't subscribe to Netflix myself  now have Netflix, which I don't use that much but other members of my family watch it extensively. One used to have to purchase a VPN into a U.S. IP address to get the full content, but nowadays there's MediaHint Zenmate. It's a plugin for Chrome and Firefox, and once installed you don't have to do anything else but waste hours watching videos. I used to recommend Media Hint but they're charging for it now.

For non-U.S. residents there are websites like which have a vast amount of content if you want streaming videos. There are also sites like EZTV and The Pirate Bay that are fantastic if you know how to download torrents.

Bonus! Free to everyone, including non-muricans, are lolcat videos. As an interesting aside, lolcats have been around since at least the mid-nineteenth century. Check these out...

Originally posted 2013-06-24

Friday, 20 June 2014

Olive Tapenade

One of our favourite dishes is olive tapenade. I think it's probably even good for you, especially if pair it with red wine. Actually a lot of things are good if you pair them with red wine.

On to the recipe!


  • 1 cup pitted oil-packed black olives
  • ½ cup pitted green olives
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, or more if needed
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Blend all the ingredients in a food processor
  • Add olive oil as needed to thin the mix as the food processor works
  • Serve with baguette rounds or crackers
  • Will last up to two weeks in the fridge (in tupperware)

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Dandelion Pop

This was an unexpected treat we found in a quaint Vancouver delicatessen. Apparently it's quite popular with the locals.  It's fairly sweet, and it has a weird aftertaste that's hard to place. Maybe it's just that I've never tasted dandelion before.  Either way, it's a different taste and quite enjoyable but I couldn't drink a lot of them in rapid succession.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Shush - Free TV

More from the get-videos-for-free department.

Check out Shush which will allow you to watch just about any TV show that has been around in the last twenty years. We think this is very cool.

That site again is

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Exchange 2010 Maintenance

Find the amount of white space used by Exchange databases:

Get-MailboxDatabase -Status | Select-Object Server,Name,AvailableNewMailboxSpace

Change Exchange default OST file location

Change OST in each Outlook profile

Remove Exchange using ADSIedit

Remove Exchange using ADSIedit

Grant user access to modify distribution groups

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Regex Golf

Regex Golf:

Match one list but not the other using Regular Expressions.
Good practice for a very handy skill.