My Semi-Technical Blog

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Have you ever wanted to make your own Google Home? While it won't have nearly the same features, you can build your own with Google's AIY (artificial intelligence yourself) Kit! In this post I recount my experience attempting to reproduce the Google Home's ability to play music on demand.

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Chances are you use or at least have heard of Ad-Block or some variant of browser-based ad-blocking. But what if you could take it a step further, blocking not just ads in any browser (apps included), but also telemetry and malicious sites across every device on your home network? Today we explore setting up network-level ad-blocking with a Raspberry Pi. It's a lot easier than it sounds.

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Undoubtedly if you're in tech you've heard about VPNs. What happens when you decide to host your own VPN at home and combine it with the Pi-Hole? Way more site-blocking power than you had before!

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