So I have plenty of existing content to upload here. So little time. I’ve began my OSCP journey which is has been taking up all of my free time. I’ve only got a few days of lab time left, after which I’ll have to extend for another 90 days. This time I’ll try and keep more of a journal of my progress. I’ve nearly got Bob, one of the harder targets…

Other than that, my band Aura Animi has two awesome shows coming up. One supporting Alpha Wolf at Hot Damn and another supporting Drowning Atlantis. Head over to our Facebook page for all the info!

Stream the NRL from your PC

In Australia, if you want to watch the NRL live on a large screen (not a mobile screen), you a few options options:

1. Watch selected games on Channel Nine – The 2018 season is going to show more than usual this season thanks to a new deal between Channel Nine and the NRL.

2. Watch all games on Fox Sports, or Fox Sports Go. The cheapest plans start around $39 a month and include all the required sports channels plus the other standard Foxtel channels.

3. Use a dodgy streaming website – make sure you’re always running an ad/script blocker like uBlock Origin.

4. Use the NRL Live Pass with Bluestacks on your PC. Bluestacks is an Android emulator that you can run on your PC. The NRL Live Pass is a subscription that allows you to stream all NRL games live using the NRL App. From 2018 onwards, new deals prevent the NRL Live App from streaming Grand Final or State of Origin games – these will be available on Channel Nine anyway, so you still won’t need a Foxtel subscription.

To get the NRL Live Pass, you can pay weekly or annually, but it’s still cheaper than Foxtel either way.If you’re a Telstra Mobile customer, you will get access to the NRL Live Pass for free, and it will be un-metered (won’t count towards your data if, because net-neutrality isn’t a thing to Telstra…).

It seems that you used to be able to plug your Android phone into your TV to stream the game on a larger screen, but that stopped working at some point. Other ways to stream a phone to your TV while using the NRL App also seem to have been blocked.

The solution to this is to download Bluestacks – an Android emulator for Windows. Once installed, install the NRL App inside Android (requires a Google account), and then log in using your Telstra Account if you’re a Telstra customer, or your NRL account if you’re not a Telstra customer and purchased the NRL Live Pass.

Now you should be able to stream NRL games live. Note that the resolution on an 1920*1080 screen will look pretty average as the NRL Live Pass streaming resolution is quite low – I’ll update this post with more information if I find it. If you full screen Bluestacks, you may have to download the Set Orientation app from the App Center to force Bluestacks to use Landscape mode. From my experimentation, if you set the the resolution on Bluestacks to any higher than 1280 x 720, it will force the NRL Live Pass play box to dispaly in a small window – this is likely some kind of restriction on the NRL App itself, I’ll update this post with more info if it becomes available.



List your gigs on Spotify

If your band streams music from Spotify, listing your gigs on your bands Artist Profile is a good way to get new listeners to your shows. I found the documentation on how to achieve this a bit confusing, so I’ve summed it up here.

1. Create a Tourbox account with Songkick here: https://accounts.songkick.com/signup

The options allow you to continue authenticate with Spotify or Facebook, however I’d recommend creating a single band account that everyone in your band can share so everyone else can manage your band via Songkick as well.

2. Navigate to https://tourbox.songkick.com – this is where you want to sign in, as otherwise it signs you into a personal account. This is confusing, and Songkick have done a terrible job at creating an intuitive UI. You have to make sure you’ve signed up and logged in as an artist to access Tourbox.

3. Click on the Add artist button, then search for your own band name. If there are multiple. If you already appear there, it might be because someone else listed your band as someone playing in their Event, or, it could be a duplicate.

4. Now, you’d expect Songkick to want to validate that you actually represent the band you’reĀ  claiming to manage, but they will only ask for validation if you try to manage a big band like Metallica or something. So, in theory, you could claim to manage a bunch of bands you like like and create bogus events that will appear on their Spotify page.

5. Once you’ve added your band as an artist that you manage, you can start adding events. It not only allows you to add your band to the event, but also other bands on the lineup. Songkick doesn’t have any mechanism to validate this, so it will trust whatever you tell it. Ideally, you’d list the actual bands by search for them. If they don’t exist, you can add them, which creates an Artist page for them and adds them to the event. Songkick will also start listing the event on that bands Spotify artist page, without telling them, so hopefully it adds the right one. Sometimes it’s hard to know if there are multiple bands on Songkick/Spotify with the sameĀ  name. The take away from this is to add yourself to Songkick before someone else does.

6. After a few days, check back on your Spotify artist page and it should have listed your events like so: