Geek Software of the Week: Remotely!

Looking for a free, and Open Source, replacement for Teamviewer? I used to love Teamviewer, until they got greedy and stopped doing a free version. Then, they would nag you over and over to sign up for the paid version. Man! Anyway, there is a great alternative! It is “Remotely!” Check it out at:

https://remotely.one/

“Instantly connect to remote desktops either unattended or by invite. Invites are started from a single-file, portable executable that’s easy for customers to download and use.

Remote Scripting
Save time on quick fixes and ad-hoc scripting with an interactive console that lets you execute commands against multiple remote machines simultaneously, with instant results.

Use the shell of your choice: PowerShell Core, Windows PowerShell, CMD, or Bash.

Rich auto-complete for cross-platform PowerShell Core increases speed and accuracy of commands. You can even tab-complete folders and files on the remote machine.

Scheduled Scripts
Set up scripts to run on Hourly, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly schedules. Optionally send alerts to your email and/or to the Remotely web interface.

Alerts will send when there was an error running the script, or you can trigger them manually within the script based on some logic.

Integrated Chat
Ask end users for permission to remote in, or just chat it up a little, with integrated chat.

Notable Features

  • Support for Windows and Linux devices
  • Unattended and attended access
  • Remote scripting for Windows PowerShell, PowerShell Core, Bash, and CMD
  • Optional WebRTC for secure peer-to-peer screen transfer on Windows agents, which reduces load on the server
  • Drag-and-drop file transfer
  • Remote audio streaming (Windows only)
  • Bi-directional clipboard sharing
  • Custom branding for desktop apps
  • Integrated chat
  • Scheduled scripts
  • Device alerts
  • 2-factor authentication

How It Works
The Remotely client has two parts: the service and the remote control. The service is responsible for maintaining a persistent connection to the server and executing remote commands. The remote control is launched as needed for remote control sessions.

Both applications make outgoing websocket connections over secure SSL/TLS protocol. Because the connections are outgoing, you don’t need to open any ports in your firewall, and the service won’t accept any incoming connections.

The Remotely service will register with your Remotely organization ID, which is generated when you create your account or join an existing organization. On the first connection, the service generates a separate unique ID and sends it to the server. Upon each subsequent connection, the server must send back that ID before anything else, or else the service will uninstall itself immediately. This is an additional layer of security that ensures the service is communicating with the original server.

Users and computers are grouped into an organization, and they can’t interact with resources outside their organization. Microsoft’s Identity framework is used for all login and authentication to verify users.”

Geek Software of the Week: Audacity 3.0!

Audacity 3.0From the AudacityTeam: “We’re pleased to announce release of Audacity 3.0.0 which replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS and Linux.

.aup3 Project Format

Audacity 3.0.0 is a major update on our previous Audacity 2.4.2. We’ve changed the format in which we save Audacity projects! Previously we saved projects as a sometimes large number of small files, with an ‘.aup’ file to coordinate the lot. This way of doing things is sometimes called ‘pile of files’ storage.

The problem, which happened all too often, was that data files and .aup file parted ways. Users quite reasonably expected the .aup file to contain the entire project. Well, the new .aup3 file does contain the data as well. The technical detail is that we are using an open source database, SQLite3, to store everything in one .aup3 file. That all happens ‘behind the scenes’. SQLite3 is open source, and it is a delight to work with. Nevertheless, this was a huge change, and we decided it was too risky to include many other changes we wanted to make at the same time – so 3.0.0 is almost entirely about this big format change.

Working with .aup3 projects editing audio should on most machines be a little faster than before, because there are fewer files being worked on. Finishing and closing a project at the end of working can be quite a lot slower, since there is more to do when a project is closed. We think the trade offs are worth it.

Importantly note that you can open your older .aup projects in Audacity 3.0.0 where they will be converted to the new .aup3 format.

Label Sounds & Noise Gate

We did have time to improve our ‘Noise Gate’ effect and add a new analyzer, ‘Label Sounds’, that can label sounds and silences. We also made a few small tweaks elsewhere. You can now import and export macros, and there are a couple of new commands for using the last used tool or last used analyzer that you can give shortcuts to.

Bugs fixed

We also fixed over 160 bugs that had been accumulating over the years. This is quite a staggering amount of work. The majority of these bugs were minor problems, easily worked around. Some though were really juicy high priority bugs that would have mattered a lot to the people affected by them. We’re really glad to have these bugs fixed now.

We hope you enjoy using Audacity 3.0.0 as much as we enjoyed putting it together.”

Geek Software of the Week: Location Guard!

Location GuardThis week’s GSotW is a browser plugin that demonstrates the security issue of using browser technology and Javascript to allow “spoofing” your location from your browser.

Location Guard

“Location Guard is a browser extension that allows to protect your location while using location-aware websites, by adding controlled noise to it.”

The Chrome Web Store description says: “Hide your geographic location from websites.

Modern browsers such as Google Chrome can tell websites where you’re located in order to provide location-aware functionality. Your geographic location is obtained through various means (eg. using WiFi data) and is often highly accurate, which can be a violation of your privacy.

This extension allows you to enjoy the useful applications of geolocation while protecting your privacy. It does so by reporting a fake location to websites, obtained by adding a certain amount of ‘noise’ to the real location. The noise is randomly selected in a way that ensures that the real location cannot be inferred with high accuracy.

Three configurable privacy levels are provided. The higher the privacy level the greater the amount of noise, which gives better privacy at the expense of a less accurate fake location. This can be configured per-website for flexibility: a more accurate location can be provided for driving directions than for a weather forecast. There’s also an option to use a fixed location, instead of adding noise to the real one. This offers the best privacy (no dependence on the real location at all), at the cost of very low accuracy.

Note: your location can be also detected from your IP address, but usually with poor accuracy. Location Guard protects the accurate location revealed through the JavaScript API.”

Geek Software of the Week: TinyPilot!

TinyPilot KVM Website

Do you want to be able to control your home lab servers via a real IP KVM? Concerned that “off-the-shelf” KVM systems are prohibitively expensive for your home lab? Then check out TinyPilot, designed for Raspberry Pi 4 system. It is Open Source (the software,) and you can build your own, or you can just buy it built and ready to go. This is awesome! You can access your servers over your LAN, and get right into the BIOS, with what amounts to a “bare-metal” connection! Just what I am looking to do myself! (Yes, you can use TightVNC [or, any other VNC] that you like, BUT, not down to the BIOS level!)

If you need to access it from outside your LAN, over HTTPS, to manage your systems over the Internet, there is a “Pro” version of the software that you can buy for $99.99 (you still have to use your own Raspberry Pi) or, you can buy the “turn-key” system (hardware and Pro software) for $299.99. The “Pro” version also enable’s password protection. Compare THAT to the “big boys” (big price) systems! Kudos to Michael Lynch for developing such a system, and providing the software on GitHub for the home hobbyist/maker community!

“An easy-to-use, low-cost device for managing your bare-metal servers

Access your server before it even boots
TinyPilot plugs directly into your bare-metal server, giving you a virtual console during BIOS and boot.

Debug boot failures, install a new OS, and adjust your BIOS settings, all without ever connecting a keyboard and monitor.

Keystroke forwarding that’s so fast, you’ll think you’re directly connected
TinyPilot captures all keyboard input right from the browser and forwards it to your server.

Using lightweight websockets channels, performance is almost as fast as if your keyboard were plugged directly into your server.

Fast, high-quality video capture
TinyPilot captures video HDMI output from your server and displays it conveniently in your browser.

Capture at 30 frames per second at 1280×720 resolution with ~200 ms of latency.

Plug ‘n play
TinyPilot requires no software to install. Access everything you need right from your browser.

Just plug TinyPilot into your server’s HDMI and USB ports, and start controlling it through your web browser.

Open source
TinyPilot is an open-source project, and its code is available under the permissive MIT license.

What isn’t supported?
TinyPilot lacks support for the following functionality:

  • Power management
  • You can shut down the TinyPilot device through its web interface, but TinyPilot does not manage the target machine’s power
  • Audio forwarding
  • VNC/RDP compatibility

And, Coming Soon!

  • Mount virtual drives: Dynamically mount storage volumes on your target system right through the web browser. Add any file or boot image you want, and the target system will see it as a USB storage device.
  • Manage power: Connect TinyPilot directly to a power strip so that it can cycle power when the machine becomes unresponsive.

TinyPilot was created by Michael Lynch in 2020.

For any questions, email: michael@tinypilotkvm.com “

An Open Source Version of Lastpass! Bitwarden

Bitwarden: Open Source Password Management for You and Your Business
The easiest and safest way for individuals and businesses to store, share, and secure sensitive data on any device!

https://bitwarden.com/

Security You Can Trust
Our Bitwarden application seals your private information with end-to-end encryption before it ever leaves your devices.

Open Source Transparency
Our software is open source which means the features and security of our infrastructure can be vetted and improved upon by our global community.

Global Accessibility
Our workforce and solutions are globally distributed and provide multi?platform sensitive data management in nearly 40 different languages.

End-to-End Encryption
Lock your passwords and private information with end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption, salted hashing, and PBKDF2 SHA-256.

Cross-Platform Applications
Secure and share sensitive data within your Bitwarden Vault from any browser, mobile device, or desktop application.

Global Community
Align to the highest security standards with a global community of password security experts and Bitwarden users.

DrBill.TV #476 – Video – The I Have a Right to Be Wrong Edition!

Dr. Bill is back after almost two months because his condo was flooded out! GSotW: Ultrasearch! Discussion of YouTube, Google and Facebook suppressing freedom of thought and speech!

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

International Association of Internet Broadcasters

Blubrry Network

Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

BitChute Referral

www.DrBill.TV/VPN


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Geek Software of the Week: PC Equalizer!

PC Equalizer

I love this! I needed a true “live” equalizer for my new microphone, the venerable Shure SM7B! I needed one that would allow me to adjust “on the fly” and tweak my recording and use for streaming as well. This is what I found, it works, and it is totally free and Open Source!

PC Equalizer is a Graphical User Interface for “Equalizer APO” which is a parametric / graphic equalizer for Windows. They are two separate prograoms that work togther, with APO providing the muscle, and the GUI providing a way to set it up and save the settings.

Designed for those who are looking for fixed frequencies equalizer, offering a quick and easy audio filtering with ability to control left-right channels (Stereo, Mono, Swap, Invert, Balance…etc), Expand or contract Stereo using Pan\Expand processing feature.

You can create effects using Multi-Delays feature e.g. Echoes, Delays, Reverb & many others.

Also you can assign a preset to a program such as (Rock preset with Winamp, Classic preset with Windows Media Player, or Pop preset with PotPlayer…etc).

How to install:
1) Download and install the “Equalizer APO” first, available for 32 and 64 bit from: http://equalizerapo.sourceforge.net/
2) Restart Windows.
3) Download and install the latest version of PC Equalizer from: https://sourceforge.net/projects/pc-equalizer/files/

Windows 10 “De-Bloater” Powershell Script

The script I spoke about on the last Netcast used to “de-bloat” Windows 10 is available at: https://github.com/Sycnex/Windows10Debloater and is VERY powerful! Run this script if you ARE SURE that you want to fully slim down Windows 10! It WILL get rid of OneDrive, so head’s up to that!

If you DO commit to use this script, it is a good idea to run it every six months, or so. Microsoft, being evil, puts things back when they do updates “for your own good.” I believe in FREEDOM! YOU CHOOSE what you want enabled!

To run it, download the script to your Downloads directory, or Desktop. Then, run Powershell as Administrator (if you do not know how to do this, then this script is NOT for you!) Then simply run the Powershell script within Powershell. It will prompt you as it runs.

A Geek Software of the Week “Twofer!!”

Two great new Geek Software(s) of the Week!

EraserEraser Utility

“Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, 8, 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2016.

Eraser is Free software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.

WHY USE ERASER?
Most people have some data that they would rather not share with others – passwords, personal information, classified documents from work, financial records, self-written poems, the list continues.

Perhaps you have saved some of this information on your computer where it is conveniently at your reach, but when the time comes to remove the data from your hard disk, things get a bit more complicated and maintaining your privacy is not as simple as it may have seemed at first.

Your first thought may be that when you ‘delete’ the file, the data is gone. Not quite, when you delete a file, the operating system does not really remove the file from the disk; it only removes the reference of the file from the file system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it, and even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface.

Before the file is overwritten, anyone can easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or an undelete utility.

ERASER FEATURES
It works with Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7,8,10 and Windows Server 2012.Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000 can still be used with version 5.7!.It works with any drive that works with Windows.Secure drive erasure methods are supported out of the box.Erases files, folders and their previously deleted counterparts.Works with an extremely customisable Scheduler.”


PintaPinta – Paint and GIMP Lite?

Pinta is a free, open source program for drawing and image editing.

Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, Windows, and *BSD.

Drawing Tools
Use easy drawing tools to draw freehand, lines, rectangles, ellipses, and more.

Adjustments and Effects
Pinta includes over 35 adjustments and effects for tweaking your images.

Multilingual
Use Pinta in your language. Pinta is at least partially translated into over 55 languages.

Full History
Don’t be afraid to experiment, Pinta tracks your full history so you can always undo.

Multiple Layers
Use layers to help separate and group elements of your image for easy editing.

Your Workspace
Like docked windows? No problem. Floating windows? No problem. You can even mix and match.

Geek Software of the Week: 4K Video Downloader!

4K DownloaderThis is a great Free Utility that works really well!

4K Video Downloader

“4K Video Downloader allows downloading videos, playlists, channels and subtitles from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and other video sites in high quality.

Enjoy your videos anywhere, any time, and of course even when you are offline. Downloading is simple and straightforward: just copy the link from your browser and click ‘Paste Link’ in the application. That’s it!

Save entire YouTube playlists and channels in MP4, MKV, M4A, MP3, FLV, 3GP. Subscribe to YouTube Channels within the application and get latest videos automatically downloaded.

Download annotations and subtitles in .srt format or embed ones for single video or entire playlist in one click.

Download video in HD 1080p, HD 720p, 4K, and 8K resolution and enjoy the high definition videos on your HD TV, iPad, IPhone, Galaxy Edge and other devices.

Direct transfer to iTunes
Get videos and songs downloaded directly to your iTunes library and enjoy them on your iPhone, iPod or iPad anywhere you go.

Support all popular video sites
Download video and audio from Vimeo, SoundCloud, Flickr, Facebook and DailyMotion, Tumblr, YouTube Gaming.

3D video download
Download video in 3D format, you will find a small special icon among available formats after video parsing. Everyone should try watching live shows and cartoons in 3D, it’s a one of a kind experience.

360° videos download
Videos created with a camera that simultaneously records all 360 degrees of a scene, change the viewing angle by dragging video with the mouse and enjoy this mind blowing novelty.

Smart Mode feature
Activate ‘Smart Mode,’ apply preferable settings to all further downloads and get videos and songs downloaded easier and faster.

In-app proxy setup
Setup proxy servers settings right from the application to download videos that are blocked in your region.”

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