A Great Week For the NSA

It’s been a great week for the NSA. First, we get the news that they are (effectively) behind the hacker collective known as the Equation Group (which does insane things, like deploy malware into the firmware of hard drives, so it survives drive formatting). Now we learn that they’ve essentially pwned all cell phone SIM […]

Personal Projects

I’m starting to gear up for some personal tech projects – there’s a number of itches I want to scratch, and the itch is getting stronger. Part of the motivation was running across the “12 factor app” website a few days ago, and thinking about how to design modern IT and web services. Anyone who […]

Heartbleed OpenSSL and Password Management

In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, I think we need a new feature supported in all password managers – the ability to en masse flag all passwords as compromised. Once this happens, when you visit a site with a flag password, you are prompted to change it. Further, you could look at a […]

This Is Such Crap

Google, please stop trying to make us sign into everything under the sun (on iOS) with our Google accounts. I understand Mail and Drive, but Google Maps was trying to push me into using a Google Account recently. Today’s attempt to make me sign in is YouTube, by putting the “Use YouTube without a Google […]

Ruby On Rails

So, I’m late to the party, apparently, but if you’re trying to get a web service and a RESTful API setup in quick order, Ruby On Rails may well be your best bet. There’s a lot of things that it does well, and quickly, but getting out of your way is not one of them. […]