Enable or Disable pi-hole from Alexa

The easiest way to enable or disable ad-blocking from your pi-hole using Alexa is to install fauxmo – with which you can create fake Belkin devices that are Alexa-enabled. You then configure fauxmo with URLs like this: Get YOUR_AUTH_CODE from the WEBPASSWORD= line in /etc/pihole/setupVars.conf See example conf at GitHub

Resolving local hosts on Android

Google seem determined to break local name resolution on your home network on your Android phone, redirecting DNS lookups to their servers. Presumably this is partly to prevent solutions like pi-hole making a dent in their ad revenue and tracking. Easiest way round this is to install DNSChanger and specify your local DNS servers – …

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Error: Failed to synchronize cache for repo ‘AppStream’ for Centos 8

Are you getting this for “dnf upgrade” & are you running Centos 8.0.1905? No repo urls can be found as the minor version has changed. You can fix this by just referencing the major version (8). Try cd /etc/yum.repos.d && sed -i.BAK -e ‘s/$releasever/8/g’ *.repo and try again. You can probably revert the .BAK files …

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Online SAS hosting spammers

I’ve been getting “Property Spam” recently with subject lines like “A showcase of great properties on the Costa del Sol” or “Achieve high rental yields in an up-and-coming UK city”. These are sent to addresses that have never signed up to any mailing list (but have been sent spam in the past and would be …

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