yubikey-neo + KeyPassX + KeyPassDroid + OwnCloud


yubikey-neo + KeyPassX + KeyPassDroid + OwnCloud portable secure password vault

Searching through F-Droid for yubico I came across a link to KeyPassDroid; I’d come across a password safe solution on the yubico site using KeyPass, but was shied away as it mentioned the premium version… I don’t mind paying for shit, although if I can solve the issue with free open source alternatives I’ll spend hours trying 🙂

So the solution that I’ve pulled together:

  1. created a KeyPassX database on my Ubuntu machine with all login email details
  2. set password up in 2 steps
    1. self entered password
    2. password stored on yubikey-neo
  3. setup key
  4. saved key and KeyPassX database to OwnCloud
  5. from Android download key and database opened with KeyPassDroid
  6. password acquired on demand via NFC from yubikey-neo

Sorted, a free solution… excluding purchasing of yubikey-neo and host fee of website that allows for OwnCloud space.

Guess free alternatives could be Google Drive or MEGA for online file storage, and a more simple one step password 🙂

Quite happy with how it works, lets’s hope I don’t lose the yubikey-neo in the near future 🙂

0 A.D. Alpha 17 Available For Download

I only got into 0AD a couple of months back, and here’s a serious free update 🙂

Full details here: webupd8

Notable changes in 0 A.D. Alpha 17 “Quercus”:

  • Major Core Combat Rebalance:
    • if you send only one unit type to battle, it fares poorly against regiments of the same size that mix more than one type, e.g. melee and ranged units;
    • technologies as a whole have been made more expensive and unrelated technologies have been “unpaired”;
    • some stats have been adjusted to make training some units viable
    • buildings are now a bit easier to destroy;
    • formations were removed temporarily, but they will be reimplemented again some point, in a more balanced way.
  • Naval map support: the computer opponent now uses transport ships to colonize other islands and attack enemy bases, but naval combat (i.e. ships against ships) is not yet implemented;
  • Units On Walls: Units can be garrisoned in wall segments, and appear on the walls at predefined prop points;
  • Users can now view profiles of other players from within the lobby;
  • 2 new maps: a Oasis (skirmish map) and Schwarzwald (random map);
  • Implemented triggers: A “trigger” makes an action occur in the game if a specified event takes place;
  • A new Mod Selector allows users to enable or disable mods, save them or just restart into them to test them out. This way, it is a lot easier to test and play mods. This can be reached at: Main Menu -> Tools & Options -> Mod Selection. Also, modders can now easily make small changes to the game without having to copy and modify many files.

Another Linux flavour with bonus cache

I was playing about installing yet another Linux flavour via VirtualBox; CrunchBang. I’ve been a fan of Slackware for a while, so thought I’d give it a try.

It was a pleasent surprise, it worked well from boot, with a nice installation script that gives the option to install all of the bells and whistles extras. It’s feels light, but in a lumbuntu sort of way; not short on functions, but not resource heavy.

CrunchBang is a Debian GNU/Linux based distribution offering a great blend of speed, style and substance. Using the nimble Openbox window manager, it is highly customisable and provides a modern, full-featured GNU/Linux system without sacrificing performance.

The primary aim of the CrunchBang project is to produce a stable distribution offering the best possible out-of-the-box Openbox experience. To achieve this goal, CrunchBang pulls many base packages directly from Debian’s repositories, which are well-known for providing stable and secure software. Packages from CrunchBang’s own repositories are then customised and pinned to the system to produce what is known as the CrunchBang distro.

Put simply; CrunchBang could be thought of as a layer built on top of Debian, specifically to provide a great Openbox experience.

Anyway the other bonus was a link to this cool library of programming books, that I found linked on the community page: GitHub Free Programming Books

Enjoy 🙂

slow game month other distractions

So it been a slow game month, although I’ve found other distractions!

The geek activites that have kept me occupied recently:

  • launch of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), there are a few cool features
  • installed Kali Linuxon Virtual Box, and have been playing with some of the packaged tools
  • podcasts… think I’m late to the party of this one
  • it took me from the mid 80’s untill the last week to complete a Rubick’s Cube!
  • Bootstrap, playing with parallax scrolling, considering a project based on cube solution
  • lens blur on the latest Android camera app
  • plus many hours casual gaming 🙂

Steam OS

Steam OS
After reading this post on Reddit about the unboxing of a Steam Machine, I’m very eager to see how well my own Linux machine will handle the Steam OS.

All boxes below ticked, except for the NVIDIA graphics card.

I’m hoping that the Steam OS will be the catalyst to get AMD drivers sorted for Linux… we can all dream 😉

I wonder how much the controllers will then cost?

What do you need to run SteamOS? Here's the hardware list from the FAQ:

  • Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
  • 4GB or more memory
  • 500GB or larger disk
  • NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)
  • UEFI boot support
  • USB port for installation

Info from Gamespot

linux format usb drive as fat32


linux format usb drive as fat32

go to super mode by typing "su" followed by super mode password

fdisk -l

that will show all the volume in your pc or you can also use the


to see the usb flash drive suppose it may be /deb/sdb1

umount /dev/sdb1

that un mount the drive

mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1

to format drive into fat32 format


Useful linux commands

Today I have been trying to work with Tor via AWS… I have installed Tor ok, it seems to be running, I am currently having issues connecting to the bridge from Vidalia.

So while trying to achieve this I’ve come across some cool Linux commands

htop – I use this ofter but thought I’d list it, as one of my favourites. It lists the current processes and system activity

ps – shows info on running processes

pstree – A layout of the process tree, good to check what’s running

netstat– a list of what’s connected to the network

pgrep ProcessName – searches through the list of running processes, and returns process id

kill ProcessID – kill process ID

vim destructions

Although I’ve been using linux for years, I’m still quite a n00b when it come s to command line prompts 🙂
leaving this here for future reference: How to close VIM from the command line

In vim there are 3 different modes:

Insert – allows typing and editing as normal
Visual – used for selecting copy/paste etc.
Normal – used for commands

To get back to Normal mode, you can always press esc.

Once you are at Normal mode Press : to begin your command (you’ll see it appear in the bottom left). The following commands are related to quiting vim:

:q - quit if no changes were made
:q! - quit and destroy any changes made
:wq - write changes (save) and quit
:x - similar to :wq, only write the file if changes were made, then quit

steam on ubuntu


I’m shocked, you hear stories, how a steam console could be linux based.
An then the day arrives when I can install Steam on Ubuntu.

This is a game changer, lets hope the AMD graphic card support gets better