Beards, Bytes and Brews

bytes of thought by Daniel Tucker

Pass extension: Safe

Pass is becoming my goto for password management. It is a very easy to use manager and has a great list of extensions as well as the ability to create your own extensions. I have found that I need to solve a very specific problem where I need a printed backup of all data that is stored in the password store. The Problem Pass is pretty cool and offers a lot of options to store passwords and more. Continue reading

Rclone - rsync for cloud storage

Rclone is a really cool command line tool that can sync files and directories too and from many sources. A full list of sources can be found on their official website. I personally use it for syncing local backups to Backblaze B2. Installation There are a few ways to install but I prefer the script install: To install rclone on Linux/macOS/BSD systems, run: $ curl | sudo bash Configuration The easiest way to configure and get up and running is by: Continue reading

GnuPG and Pass

I find myself constantly referring to different sources to setup my password manager; Pass. This reference is going to provide a source for reference that includes both. Installation References (Archlinux) GnuGP According to the official website: GnuPG is a complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880 (also known as PGP). GnuPG allows you to encrypt and sign your data and communications; it features a versatile key management system, along with access modules for all kinds of public key directories. Continue reading

Carne Asada

2019-10-05 Prep: 15 min Cook: 16 min
Marinate the steak: Whisk to combine the olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar, black pepper, and cumin in a large, non-reactive bowl or baking dish. Stir in the minced garlic, jalapeño, and cilantro. Place the steak in a gallon size bag and then pour marinade over the steak. Give the bag a few shakes and message in the marinade for a moment. Refrigerate for 1-4 hours (if using flank steak marinate at least 3 hours).


  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 limes, juiced (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed (if have whole, toast and then grind)
  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and minced
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, leaves and stems, finely chopped (great flavor in the stems!), about ½ cup
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Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL Bootloader Unlock

As all Pixel owners should know by now there is a end of support scheduled for each phone they ship. I like many others have a perfectly functional Pixel device which will soon be vulnerable to security issues and without Google support I am left with little options. I am not one to need the latest and greatest so I have chosen to install LineageOS. The greatest problem with Verizon is that they prevent you from toggling the “OEM unlocking” which would allow you to wipe the device then sideload a new OS. Continue reading
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