What is ksfetch and how do you stop it?


I like to keep an eye on what is happening on my Mac and a utility that I have used for a long time is MenuMeters. This is a menu bar utility that shows processor usage, disk usage, upload and download speed, and free and used memory. This utility makes it easy to spot problems that might otherwise be missed and it highlighted an issue with ksfetch. So what is it and how do you stop it? Continue reading

how to remove Google’s secret update software from your mac


If you’ve ever downloaded Chrome, even for just a trial (guilty!), you might not be aware that Google have slipped a little bit of hidden software into your Library.

This software is called Google Updater, and it secretly “calls home” on a regular basis and downloads updates to your Google software without either asking before, or notifying you after, doing so. In Developer circles, this is considered very shady practice. Users should be asked for consent and informed when software makes changes to either itself or the user’s computer, and ideally those notifications should tell the user what has been changed and how the changes could impact them. Continue reading

Check If Your cPanel/WHM Server Is Vulnerable Over SSL V2 or V3

Here is a quick script for you to check if your cPanel/WHM server is vulnerable. Execute the following as root. If you get ANY cipher output, your server can be considered vulnerable. Replace the XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX with your server’s IP Address. Run this in Terminal as root. If there is no output, your SSL versions are securely disabled.

for port in 21 443 465 993 995 2083 2087 2078 2096; do echo “Scanning $port”; for cipher in $(openssl ciphers -sslv3 ‘ALL:eNULL’ | sed -e ‘s/:/ /g’); do echo -n | openssl s_client -sslv3 -cipher “$cipher” -connect xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:$port 2>&1 | grep -i “Cipher is”; done; done

DIY Mill/Lathe Cutting Fluid For Steel

Sick and tired of the high cost of cutting fluids? Are you a do it yourself kind of person? For the cost of some cheap motor oil, dish washing fluid and a little time, you can make huge amounts of lathe or mill cutting fluids for pennies. For about $3-$5, you can make about 4 gallons of steel cutting fluid! Professional cutting fluid can easily run $200 or more for the same volume. Why not buy yourself some new tools for the shop instead!?


  • 1 qt. of motor oil
  • 3 cups of dish washing liquid
  • 4 gallons of water


  • Purchase the necessary products. Motor oil can be found at your local gas station and dish washing liquid at convenience stores and supermarkets.
  • Add the liquid soap to the water. Mix the soap into the water so that it is dissolved. The soap is the catalyst that will enable the oil and the water to mix; otherwise the different densities will make the oil float on top of the water.
  • Pour in the motor oil. Make sure that the water and the oil are mixed properly together with no separation. The water will act as a coolant in the cutting oil, while the oil acts as the lubricant, as the water is evaporated off by the heat generated in the cutting process.


  • If a sticky residue is left on the cutting tool following use, then the cutting oil mix contains too much soap.
  • A great deal of heat is generated in the cutting process, so a fire extinguisher should be kept handy as a precaution against the oil catching fire in the cutting process. When using this cutting oil, cutting machines should be set to a slower speed.