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Hacker Culture

Hacker Culture

By Jaron Swab
Jaron Swab, a software engineer, shares tips around Linux, programming, and open source. So you can stay on top of your privacy, security, and productivity. Discover what it means to be a hacker from a self taught software engineer. You'll learn how to land a tech job, amp up your computer efficiency, and leave behind the walled gardens of big tech. Since 2005, Jaron has exercised his love for coding and taking technology into his own hands. It's Jaron and a microphone; a one on one approach you won't want to miss. Hit subscribe and start taking control of your technology.
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How To Increase Your Internet Privacy Using Only Your Mind
In this episode we talk about how to level up your privacy online using only your mind. Having the correct mindset will get you 80% of the way to internet privacy. Reaching 100% is extremely difficult and likely impossible. However, if you start with the right mindset you'll get much closer than if you only used tools like a bandage. But don't worry, we'll cover the tools I'm currently using to boost that percentage as close to 100% as possible. Click here for the shownotes. Don't forget, head over to and sign up so you never miss and episode. This podcast is ad-free. Support the show at:
November 10, 2021
How To Run OpenBSD On 10 Year Old Tech
In this episode we talk about running OpenBSD on a top of the line laptop from 2011. We also cover files to edit for a Linux replacement, how to connect to WiFi without extra software, and one tweak that will speed up any workstation running OpenBSD. Plus, tips and tricks to get the most out of your old hardware in as little time as possible. OpenBSD is a multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like OS; with an emphasis on "correctness, security, standardization, and portability. Click here for the shownotes. Don't forget, head over to and sign up so you never miss and episode. This podcast is ad-free. Support the show at:
October 27, 2021
Which Programming Language Is The Best To Learn First
In this episode we chat about programming languages. Specifically, which is best to learn first depending on what part of the "stack" you plan to work within.Each area has a different core language that is most popular. Learning which one to choose, and focus on, is a big step in building your skills fast.The faster you learn the faster you can start applying to jobs or working as a freelance software engineer.Show NotesDon't forget, head over to and sign up so you never miss and episode.This podcast is ad-free. Support the show at:
October 19, 2021
Which Linux Distro Is The Best For The Beginner & Expert?
In this episode we talk about with Linux distribution is best for you. We cover Ubuntu, Manjaro, and the two distros they spun out of. Plus, what I use and why I use it.Click here for the show notes.Don't forget, head over to and sign up so you never miss and episode.This podcast is ad-free. Support the show at:
October 12, 2021
How To Remove Google From Android
How to remove Google from your Android phone is easier than you might expect. What's often holding people back is where to find the right information. In this episode, we talk about how to remove Google services from your Android phone. For most people, LineageOS is the way to go because they have a large list of supported devices. But they also come free of Google software and services by default! If you need Google services for an app you must have check out MicroG. MicroG is "a free software clone of Google’s core libraries and applications". The maintainers also have a version of LineageOS ready to go for an easier install. Don't forget, head over to and sign up so you never miss and episode. This podcast is ad-free. Please consider supporting the show.
October 06, 2021
How To Not Ruin Your Tech When You Overclock
In this episode we talk about over clocking your PC and how to do it the right way. You spent your hard earned money on those computer parts so why not get the most out of them while keeping longevity high?
July 08, 2021
Bitcoin is the Real Meme Coin
In this episode we chat about why Bitcoin is not good money and what cryptocurrency is good money.
June 21, 2021
Store Your Dotfiles The Right Way
Tired of your spaghetti symlinks file and needing to update it after every file you create? Try this approach and have a simple and sane dotfile directory.
May 27, 2021
Time to Use A Real Chat App
As a kid in the mid 2000s I fell in love with chat apps. But what is the best app for real hackers today?
May 19, 2021
Plain text is always better...
In this episode we talk about why plain text files are better for efficiency in your workflows.
April 21, 2021
Ditching Linux For OpenBSD?!
In this episode we chat about OpenBSD vs. Linux and why I started to dabble in OpenBSD on my X200
April 16, 2021
It's Time To Be Your Own Platform
In thin episode we talk about how it's easier than ever to be your own host and platform. Now is the time to take back the web and decentralize it as it was meant to be.
April 09, 2021
Automating Youtube-DL for Copyright Free Music
In this episode we chat about a shell script I wrote called "audiodl" and how it simplified my process of saving music from an online source to my computer.
April 06, 2021
How to do Open Source as a Business
In this episode we talk about my plan to pivot my Internet based company to allow me to write open source code full time. There are three ways that may work and I'm going to try them all.
April 01, 2021
Finally De-Googled & Social Feed Free
In thin episode we talk about how home-y a Google free Android device feels. As well as my new site at
March 30, 2021
DWM or Bust!
In this episode we tank about tiling window managers and how much I missed DWM.
March 26, 2021
Google Free Again? Not so fast kiddo...
In today's episode I talk about the long hard road to being Google free again on my Android device.
March 23, 2021
How To Get Your First Programming Job... Even If You Don't Know How To Code!
Programming is becoming an essential skill as times change due to the ever increasing use of computer technology. In this episode we talk about why you should learn to code even if you don't want to be a programmer, how to land your first programming job, and what language you should start with. For courses and books by me visit
September 11, 2020
How Every Hacker Can Increase Their Security Over Night
In this episode we talk about 2FA. What it is, why you need it, and what are the best options out there.
August 29, 2020
Gitea is a fork of Gogs; both of which are a self hosted Git solution putting you in full control of your repos. Join us at
December 02, 2019
ubPorts & Ubuntu Touch
I got a free Nexus 5 so I decided to load up Ubuntu Touch.
November 10, 2019
Debating on Using Emacs...
As a hacker I am always out to learn new skills and recently it has been Emacs. I love Vim though so this is a touchy subject...
April 01, 2019
How to Play Dwarf Fortress in the Terminal
The following instructions are for Arch Linux without Xorg (so  essentially terminal only arch or what you get after a fresh Arch Linux  install). If you are using Ubuntu server or another distro, the steps  should be close to the same. But not exact so please do your research.  You may get lucky and just have to edit the config file.
March 25, 2019
How To Block Ads On Your Entire Network
Many people use an ad blocker like uBlockOrigin to block ads from  tracking us around the web but this only works on the devices it is  installed on. We can do one better and prevent them all across any  network in our control.
March 19, 2019
Matrix: Decentralized Communication
"Welcome to Matrix: An open network for secure, decentralized communication."
March 11, 2019
Webapps Sandboxed Revisited
Last week we talked about a new app I found called Webapps Sandboxed. This week I talk about what it was like using it for as many apps as possible.
March 05, 2019
How To Increase Android App Privacy
"The idea behind it is to provide a secure way to browse popular webapps by eliminating referrers, 3rd party requests, insecure HTTP requests, etc. It accomplishes this by providing a sandbox for multiple webapps. Each webapp will run in it's own sandbox, with 3rd party requests blocked, and all external links opening in an external default web browser. Homescreen shortcuts can be created to any of the saved webapps." - Toby Kurien, creator of WebApps Sandboxed Browser.
February 25, 2019
How To Type Unicode With Any Keyboard!
"Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems. The standard is maintained by the Unicode Consortium, and as of  June 2018 the most recent version, Unicode 11.0, contains a repertoire of 137,439 characters covering 146 modern and historic scripts, as well as multiple symbol sets and emoji." - Wikipedia
February 11, 2019
A Technology Nerd's Notion Review
Then I was browsing YouTube at the end of the night to relax before bed  and came across a video talking about note-taking applications that are  both cross-platform and robust. This is where I heard about Notion  again. I can't remember where I first heard about it, but the first  time I chose not to give it a go. After that first video, I looked up  some others on Notion and saw how much this app can do and aims to achieve.
February 04, 2019
How To Mine Monero With AMD Graphics On Linux
One day awhile back I chose to learn about a cryptocurrency that previously I knew nothing about. The pick was Monero, a coin (at the time) ranked thirteenth by market cap on and eighth by price. What I found interesting about this coin was the mining algorithm, CryptoNight.
January 28, 2019
You Need To Stop DNS Leaks
My mind has been on the Domain Name System (DNS) server for about a week now. I've been mulling over whether VPNs are necessary and what level of trust should be placed in a DNS provider. It's evident not to trust your ISP's DNS since some companies have been caught manipulating the data or using you DNS metadata to sell to other companies. Both of which suck. This collection of data via the DNS still happens even when a user connects to a VPN. The data between the user and the site is encrypted but the request to what IP address ties to the requested domain name, is not. Worst of all the user is almost always using their ISP's default servers which they control.
January 14, 2019
You VPN Is Not Enough
A VPN is an encrypted tunnel between your computer and the internet  at large. They exist to allow employees access to internal intranets of a  company to do work remotely. That's it. They are merely a tunnel and not a means to keep your data/metadata  private. Any VPN provider you use can see what you access, how often,  and for how long. It's not hard either; I do this in my own home from  time to time with a program called Wireshark; cause I'm a nerd. Just being on a VPN does not make your data private.
January 07, 2019
Drop Patreon Use Liberapay
Patreon is able to shut down the income of a creator that is flagged by a random user. This is, at times, warranted by the content of the creator but is a very slippery slope. Instead of leaving this source of funding to a company that takes a cut and can shut you down without notice; creators should use a donation platform that respects their privacy, freedom, and is open source.
December 17, 2018
Don't Miss Out on Grav: the Open Source CMS!
Grav is a web-based CMS in much the same way that WordPress is web-based. You set up an account on your server and then log in to create posts, pages, upload media, or add plugins. But, it's much more tailored to the kind of person I am than WordPress.
November 26, 2018
I'm Rethinking RSS
After some thinking about the current state of social media and mass email lists, RSS came to mind, and it's actually a much better alternative for privacy. No data collection, no feed manipulation, no email newsletters. It's like someone from the future went to the past and gave us the answer to subscribing to creators without giving our away every detail about our lives.
November 19, 2018
All about BitShares - The Original Decentralized Exchange
In this episode we talk about the original decentralized cryptocurrency exchange called BitShares. Why risk the hacking and government shutdown of the old exchange paradigm when you can use the future?!
November 12, 2018
From Google Free To OnePlus 6T
For the past year, I was using the OnePlus 3T without any Google apps or services. Now I picked up the OnePlus 6T and am figuring out a balance between extreme privacy and convince.
November 05, 2018
Programmer Dvorak
October 09, 2018
Secure Scuttlebutt
Secure Scuttlebutt is "a database of unforgeable append-only feeds, optimized for efficient replication for peer to peer protocols." This may be my way to decentralize Archivatory.
July 05, 2018
The Official XMPP Server Is Live!
Join us over at! Need an XMPP account? No problem, just us Pidgin or Finch to sign up and start chatting with us today!
June 12, 2018
Learning To Master RegEx
In this episode, we chat about Regular Expressions and a great tool to learn how to use this powerful tool wisely. Let me know if you can make this shorter -> `([0-9]{1,3}\.){3}[0-9]{1,3}`
June 08, 2018
IPFS To The Resue!
IPFS, Better Than HTTP When we download a file from the internet, we access a traditional server and request to have the data we need. Then the server sends this file over the internet to us little by little until the entire file is in our possession. This process takes time and resources at a much higher rate than using a peer-to-peer service like IPFS. When we want to download a copy of a file hosted on the IPFS network we get bits and pieces from many computers, not just one.
May 31, 2018
Linux System Administration 001
In this episode we talk about a book that I am using to study up on Linux System Administration. My goal is to same day work as a sysadmin and filling in the gaps of me knowledge will be important to land that first Linux job.
May 25, 2018
Let's Learn Bash! Tutorial 003
The previous episode in this series covered a few basic commands that we use most often in both the terminal and in Bash scripts. Today we will stay with this trend as we progress into more ways to manipulate what our computer does. If you have never used Bash, go back and listen over those posts.
April 17, 2018
Let's Learn Bash! Tutorial 002
Welcome back to the bash tutorial series. If you have not listened to the first episode in the series and you have never used bash please check that out before continuing. There are basic commands and terms we cover there that may make this section easier to follow.
April 12, 2018
Let's Learn Bash! Tutorial 001
This is a start to a series all about bash and scripting for the terminal. There are lots of commands to cover but today is all about the basics.
March 09, 2018
How To Get Healthy As A Technology Enthusiast
Us geeks, nerds, and technology lovers spend most of our day in front of a computer. We wake up and head the work where we spend eight hours on a computer to pay the bills. Then we come home and turn on our own laptop or desktop to relax with some games, code a project, or create content for the web. All this time adds up and we find ourselves over-weight or out of shape. This is what happened to me over the years.
March 06, 2018
Powerful Effects Of Ergonomic Technology
While this podcast is all about a technology of some sort this episode needs the attention of the nerd community. We spend all day on our computers coding, blogging, and consuming knowledge. This leads to many problems over time that even myself deal with now. It is best to keep ergonomics in mind when updating our work space.
March 01, 2018
YaCy: How To Search The Internet In Freedom and Privacy
We mentioned YaCy in the past episode titled "Peer-To-Peer: Our Only Hope." Today we are getting more in-depth with YaCy and why it is essential. We, as internet users, need to be mindful of who is using our data and how. Does it benefit us to give up our information and privacy?
February 27, 2018
VPNs Are Awesome And You Should Be Using One
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is virtual since the computer acts like it is on another network when on your normal connection. The private part is where this matters to you. The VPN has end-to-end encryption so while you are connected to the VPN the data is jumbled and unreadable to any onlooker.
February 23, 2018
Peer-To-Peer: Our Only Hope.
We have mentioned peer-to-peer a lot over the past few podcasts but we have not taken the time to dive into the concept. I should have brought this up before all those podcasts but we'll do it now. Peer-to-peer has been around a long time and is decentralized in nature.
December 08, 2017
Git And is taking the open-source community that exists around Github and adding rewards. The rewards get distributed in Steem for quality contributions to an open-source project. This is interesting since until now there was never a good way to get paid for the work someone labored over within the open-source community.
November 28, 2017
Demonsaw: Share Files And Chat
Demonsaw "is an encrypted communications platform that allows you to chat, message, and transfer files without fear of data collection or surveillance from governments or corporations."
November 20, 2017
Nextcloud Privacy In The Cloud
Nextcloud is the solution to the major players in the cloud storage space. It is an open-source project that aims to give you back the control of your data while bringing the same functionality you get with services from Google, Dropbox, or Apple iCloud. 
November 16, 2017
Mesh Networks: End Of Your ISP
In this episode we talk about what mesh networks are and why they are important. We also get into a nonprofit that is working to make mesh networking easier to deploy.
November 14, 2017
Decentralized Websites & Apps!
In this episode we talk about the DAT protocol and the beaker browser! Both are working together to provide a better peer-to-peer internet for the future.
November 11, 2017
The Powerful Future Of Social
In this episode we discuss some alternatives to site like Facebook and Twitter. Some are decentralized and others should be.
November 09, 2017
T-UI: Hacker Android launcher
In this episode we talk about the Android launcher called T-UI by Francesco Andreizzi. This is a terminal to replace your native GUI based launcher and it is freaking amazing!
November 07, 2017
Video Hosting For Free Speech!
In this episode we talk about alternatives to YouTube. Including VidMe, dTube, LBRY, and BitChute! One of them is my favorite right now and all but one are decentralized!
November 05, 2017
Decentralize Save The Internet
Decentralization is how we save the internet and move into one based on free speech. We talk about why it is important and where it is being used already.
November 02, 2017
i3wm & Tiling Window Managers
Types of window managers - what is i3wm - tiling windows for max productivity
October 31, 2017
Mythical Keyboard Of Dvorak
Dvorak Simplified Keyboard • My hands hurt on QWERTY • Should you switch to Dvorak?
October 26, 2017
Tmux: Desktop In The Terminal!
What is tmux • Using tmux • Tmux windows and panes
October 24, 2017
Open Source: Don't Be Suckers!
Open Source! • Eric Raymond, VLC, and Gimp • Kdenlive and Microsoft Office Alternatives
October 23, 2017
Terminal: The Only Application
What is the Linux terminal? • Is it fast or really fast? • Customize and learn
October 18, 2017
Top Security Tips For Android!
Encryption on Android • Securely Unlock Your Android Device • Apps and their permissions • The creepy camera
October 16, 2017
PGP & Keybase: Secure The Data
PGP, OpenPGP, and GPG: Waht Is The Difference? • Breaking down • Using Web App • Keybase Apps and the Command Line
October 12, 2017
Bitcoin Gold, Should You Worry
Bitcoin Gold: What is it? • Bitcoin Gold: Should you sell right away? • Bitcoin Gold: Should holders worry? • Bitcoin Gold: My thoughts...
October 09, 2017
Internet Security & Privacy
Passwords, extensions, VPNs, web browsers, email, and search.
October 03, 2017
I De-Googled My phone!
I 'de-googled' My Phone ~ The Experiment • De-Googled: LineageOS • De-Googled: App Stores • De-Googled: Apps Work & Apps Don't • De-Googled: One Month In ~ A Recap
September 26, 2017
All About Cryptocurrency!
Cryptocurrency: What is it? • Cryptocurrency: The Blockchain • Cryptocurrency: Mining • Cryptocurrency: Wallets
September 21, 2017
Civic: Identity For The Future
What is it, the ecosystem and token, the secure identity platform, and better identity theft protection.
September 19, 2017
Hash Algorithms & Cryptography
Cryptography & Hash Algorithms: The basics • Cryptography & Hash Algorithms: Intro to Crypto • Cryptography & Hash Algorithms: Degree of Difficulty • Cryptography & Hash Algorithms: Application • C...
September 18, 2017
Passphrases: What To Know
All about why passphrases are better than passwords, why its important, how to make them great, and when to use them.
September 14, 2017
Encryption & Quantum Computers
What is encryption, why does it matter, will quantum computers kill all our encrypted data, and should we worry?
September 13, 2017
What Is Linux? (A Brief Intro)
Linux is the future, free as in freedom, massive customization, and the challenge.
September 12, 2017
Hackers, Nerds, & Style Points
We talk about the hacker/nerd connection, what it takes to gain extra hacker style points, and things not to do!
September 12, 2017
Intro To Hackers
What is a hacker and what are the basic skills of a true hacker?
September 10, 2017