Book Review: SSH Mastery – OpenSSH, PuTTY, Tunnels & Keys

Posted on in Categories Open Source, Reviews, Security last updated March 6, 2018

Book Review: SSH Mastery
OpenSSH needs no introduction. OpenSSH is a free and open source suite of security-related software based on the SSH protocol. OpenSSH provides secure network communication and tunneling capabilities. OpenSSH gives peace of mind when communicating with Linux or Unix-like server over the Internet on the insecure network.

SSH is essential for both sysadmins and developers. The book “SSH Mastery” (2nd ed) talks about OpenSSH server, clients, encryption, public/private keys, VPNs and other security-related network-level utilities based on the Secure Shell SSH protocol.

How to use Chomper Internet blocker for Linux to increase productivity

Posted on in Categories Command Line Hacks last updated February 20, 2018

Chomper is a free and open source Python cli for Linux desktop. It lets you block access to distracting websites for specified periods of time. The program is intended to help you with issues being productive on a desktop due to Internet distractions. One can set a period to block websites. Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access sites.

Linux/Unix desktop fun: Simulates the display from “The Matrix”

Posted on in Categories Command Line Hacks, Howto last updated January 3, 2018

The Matrix is a science fiction action movie from 1999. It was written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. The film has falling green characters on screen. The digital rain is representing the activity of the virtual reality in “The Matrix.” You can now have Matrix digital rain with CMatrix on a Linux or Unix terminal too.

Deleting all existing comment author urls in WordPress using mysql command

Posted on in Categories Command Line Hacks, Howto, Programming, Web Developer last updated December 23, 2017

I have like over 50k+ comments posted on this site. A commenter is allowed to leave their website or Github/Twitter URL in the comment section. Unfortunately, many websites are dead creating a mess. Many are just spam and nothing else. This is not good for anyone. Here is a quick way to delete all existing comment author URLs in WordPress using mysql command line option.

How to customize title in WordPress themes using pre_get_document_title

Posted on in Categories Howto, Open Source, Programming last updated December 13, 2017

WordPress version 4.4 and above use a filter called pre_get_document_title() for a customzing title for each page, post, tag, category and more. For example, I can change 404 error title using this filter. One can use the wp_title() which was formerly deprecated in version 4.4 but was returned for compatibility reasons.

Monitor Linux CPU temperature, frequency, power in a graphical way

Posted on in Categories Command Line Hacks, Howto, Python last updated December 9, 2017


S-tui is a free and open source terminal UI for monitoring your computer. s-tui allows to monitor CPU temperature, frequency, power and utilization in a graphical way from the terminal. It is written in Python and need root permission to use the s-tui. It is useful for:

  1. Watch your CPU temperature/utilization/frequency/power
  2. See performance dips caused by thermal throttling
  3. No need to use X-server. Perfect for headless usage including Raspberry PI

Let us see how to install and use s-tui on a Linux based system.