Dashlane – Password Manager Review

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First off, I am a technical user. Nothing gripes me more than a piece of software that is too dumb’ed down for the sake of “ease of use” that it lacks basic functionality. I have tried many password managers in the past but just have not been impressed by their reliability, security, features, etc. This is no longer the case since I discovered Dashlane. It’s both user friendly enough to be easy for anyone to use but also has the technical options and features that makes it usable day to day by a technical user or a systems administrator.

The best way to stay secure on the web today is to have a unique secure password for each individual website or service that you use. That way when one of your credentials are compromised the fallout is limited to that login and not everywhere you use that same password. The problem is how is someone supposed to remember a unique and secure password for each website they visit? You don’t. You use a password manager. It will generate a unique password for you, store it securely and automatically login to the website when you visit it. This both saves time from having to remember the password and have to fill in the login form. Maybe the time saving is trivial at best, but after say 500 times that adds up to lots of filling in login forms! Again the main point here is for security.


SubPac S1 Tactile Bass Systems Review


As some may know I am a bit of a bass freak / audiophile. My car’s sound system is a great example of this. Music in general is a very influential and important part of my life. I listen to many different genre’s of music and my taste in music changes over time.  Anyway enough about me, this article is about my experience with the SubPac S1.

I had been watching the company called StudioFeed USA LLC for months following the teaser announcements of this product. I had been patiently waiting for the pre-orders to launch for months.  Even after my order was placed it took 2-3 months for delivery because of their initial popularity and the hand-made quality that goes into these things. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive!

The SubPac is a high-fidelity tactile bass system that quietly and directly transfers low frequencies (bass) to your body, providing the physical dimension to sound. As you lean against it (S1) or wear it (M1), you will experience a fully immersive music/sound dimension that truly is the natural, logical progression to the sound experience.  SubPac’s tactile transducers operate similarly to a speaker but vibrations are conducted through the SubPac’s vibrotactile membrane rather than through the air.  The result is an accurate, powerful and immersive experience that traditional speaker systems cannot achieve.

I can’t even begin to describe the size the smile on my face once I hooked this baby up for the first time. The ability to actually feel the music just makes it just so much better. It’s like you’ve got a 2000W sub-woofer built into your chair that only you can hear. I live in an apartment complex so I can’t exactly have my sub-woofer very high, at all. With the SubPac that doesn’t matter anymore. I have never had the intensity knob past the half-way level. It works great for music obviously, but also movies and video games.

My Setup

The SubPac S1 fits perfectly in between the back rest and head rest of my DXRacer computer chair. This makes it literally feel like it’s just a part of the chair. On the previous chair I had it made me sit a bit too far out on the chair and it made it too uncomfortable.

Wiring Setup

I had to do some audio card magic to make this work properly for my desired setup. I still wanted the ability to use my headphones without having to switch and play around with cables when I wanted to use my normal speakers or headphones. I also didn’t want to compromise my surround sound setup with a 3.5mm stereo cable and wanted to continue using the optical cable if possible. Normally you would just hook up the 3.5mm stereo out on your PC to the IN port on the SubPac and then the OUT port to your speakers. However I instead use my normal optical out to my surround speakers but loop-back the audio on the optical to the stereo. I then use a 3.5mm stereo out cable from the PC to the SubPac. This frees up the SubPac’s out port for my headphones permanently, no switching ever required. I drew up a quick diagram to explain this better.



5/5. I would highly recommend the SubPac. Every piece of music you have ever owned that has a full sound will be rediscovered – any new music will be delivered the way it was intended to  – with the energy of the low frequencies physically felt in a visceral way (while not disturbing anyone around you).   The price is easily justifiable from the craftsmanship and quality that goes into building these and how much you will use it (all the time). The whole idea of the SubPac is awesome. SubPac has even helped many hearing impaired people experience music and sound. What an accomplishment!


Web-Based IP Address Management – phpIPAM

For those of you still using a spreadsheet for tracking IP addresses – it’s time to graduate! A couple of months ago I was looking around for free web based IPAM software. I wanted to be able to track the IP’s I have in use on my home/lab network and I also was consulting for a client that was looking for the same type of solution.  There is quite the list of IPAM related software and many more unlisted options. Believe me – I looked and tried almost all of them (the free ones anyway).

When it came down to it, the ones that stood out were phpIPAM and GestióIP. After using both for a couple of weeks it was clear that phpIPAM was the winner. While both have different strengths and weaknesses – phpIPAM was both aesthetically pleasing and had the feature set I was looking for.  At the time I was using version 0.9 of phpIPAM and since then they have released new versions which I was even more impressed with.


Full List of Features:

  • IPv4 / IPv6 address management
  • Domain authentication (AD) / OpenLDAP authentication
  • Per-group permissions
  • Multiple level of nested subnets
  • Visual subnet display
  • IPv4 / IPv6 address calculator
  • VRF support
  • VLAN management
  • Device management
  • RIPE import
  • Import / export XLS files
  • User management
  • E-Mail notification with IP details
  • IP database search
  • IP request module
  • IP range adding / editing / deleting
  • Custom IP/subnet/userVLAN address fields

phpIPAM uses a clean bootstrap interface, includes LDAP support out of the box, has automatic host availability checks, and is very customizable. It’s very easy to get setup and I had it running on CentOS 6.5 LAMP server in a matter of minutes. I would highly recommend it for small to mid sized environments looking for a cost effective (free!) IPAM solution.

What IPAM software would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!