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You Can Lock Your Dropbox Account With A Key?

You can now lock your Dropbox account with a USB key. I don’t quite think people comprehend what a stupid idea this is…

From Engadget:

If you’re so concerned about the security of your Dropbox account that even two-factor authentication through your phone seems too risky, you can rest easy. The cloud storage outfit has added support for USB keys as part of the two-factor sign-in process. Rather than punch in a code, you just plug in a stick to prove that it’s really you. You’ll need a key that meets FIDO’s Universal 2nd Factor standard, but this key will also work with Google and any other U2F-capable service. Frankly, this is a long-due upgrade — if you regularly access Dropbox from PCs, you won’t have to worry quite so much that someone will get your login details and swipe your files.

So just to clear up any confusion, you need a special super secret flash drive.

Why not just buy something like this and carry your files with you?

“Oh sorry, I can’t get that file off of Dropbox for you because I left my flash drive with the key on at home”

10 internet points to the person that sold this idea to their boss.


Review: 12-inch MacBook First Impressions

I’m going to have to do a few smaller posts about the 12-inch MacBook as I just don’t have the time to get a full review up all in one go.

First off, we got this MacBook from Hong Kong. I got family to buy it there and bring it back. This makes it considerably cheaper than buying it in South Africa. It is still not cheap but that did help. I also opted to buy the HDMI/USB/USB-C adapter at the same time.

I got this laptop for my girlfriend to replace hers that was taken during the robbery. She initially wanted the Space Grey one but settled on the Gold because there was no stock of the Space Grey. The reasons I opted to spend more money on this MacBook over a MacBook Air 11-inch are:

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New: GoPro HERO4 Session

GoPro has released a new camera. It is a little strange to say the least. It is kind of like the new MacBook in the sense that it is slightly smaller and slightly worse but at the same price.


It is missing the 4k resolutions of the other upper range GoPros and comes in at the same price as the GoPro HERO4 Silver which has an LCD screen included. It doesn’t have a removable battery but thankfully has a micro USB instead of the GoPro classic mini USB port.

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Quick Update


Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I have been very busy at work and been playing the role of hacker in my spare time.

I have learnt Python and made my first Kodi (XBMC) add-on this week and I’m also making my first Mac App. Both of these are custom video streaming apps. Thanks to my new found bandwidth streaming works very well. I doubt my reverse engineering of what I am trying to stream is legal, even though I have a paid subscription so neither the Mac App nor the Kodi add-on will ever be released. I may however decide to publicly document them at some point.

I have also been investigating ways of becoming my own mini ISP to share my internet with neighbours. The simple fact is that FTTH is very expensive and most people won’t pay for it. I want to upgrade my line to 100mbps and then split the cost with a few neighbours. If you followed my FTTH posts, you’ll know that running cables in my building is almost impossible. I am now investigating how to create a secure data network with PPPoE passthrough across my entire building with minimal effort or cost. So far power line network adapters have been working very well. I will keep you guys posted and also do a review of those cool little adapters.

If you have any questions or suggestion, please feel free to contact me here.

Breaking: GoPro is making a Drone

The CEO of GoPro happened to mention that GoPro are making a Drone while on stage at the Code Conference.


This is HUGE news. We have been seeing so many cool drone concepts lately, including LILY. Now what happens when the king of action cameras makes a drone? I bet that this drone will be awesome and fairly affordable. And with the might of GoPro behind it I bet it will be a huge success.

Woodman also revealed that GoPro is working on a drone, slated for debut in the first half of 2016.

“It’s incredible to see our world from new perspectives. It’s a real ‘Oh my God’ moment,” said Woodman on stage at the conference. “We did that with our GoPro cameras, and we see a similar opportunity in the quadcopter market. It’s something that’s in our DNA, and we are excited about it across the company.”

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