Creating ssh keys for password-less sign on to remote systems

Below is the process required for setting up password-free sign in for “user” at a server called “”. I’ve added links to “Explain Shell” throughout so you can see an overview of what the commands and arguments do. First, create your .ssh directory by issuing the command mkdir -m 700 -p ~/.ssh. Secondly create the […]

Hiding the WD Smartware virtual CD on a Mac

I really like Western Digital MyBook Essential drives. They’re inexpensive, they last (my 1TB drive is four or five years old, and survived moving between continents), and they’re reasonably quick. They have one drawback: a virtual CD they mount constantly. I’ve hidden the VCD on one of my drives using the WD software, but the […]

Brown rice made easy

Yup, I’m posting what could loosely be called a “recipe”. These instructions will give you quality brown rice with the minimum of fuss. Measure 2.5 cups of water into saucepan with tight-fitting lid, and bring to boil. Add 1-2 tsp of butter or olive oil (optional). Salt to taste Stir in 1 cup of brown […]