Troy Hunt

Hi, I'm Troy Hunt, I write this blog, create courses for Pluralsight and am a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP who travels the world speaking at events and training technology professionals

Weekly Update 226

A little bit of a change of pace this week with the video being solely on the events unfolding around removing content, people and even entire platforms from the internet. These are significant events in history, regardless of your political persuasion, and they're likely to have a very long-lasting impact on the way we communicate online. It also raises some fascinating engineering challenges; could Parler have survived by building out their own physical infrastructure? Will Gab survive having done just that? Or is the whole house of cards ultimately dependent on Cloudflare's, a company that may well be the death knell for Gab as have been for other sites in the past? Time will tell on that one. This was...

Weekly Update 225

And we're finally home. After 8,441km of driving finished off by a comfy flight home whilst the car catches a ride on a carrier, we're done. I talk about why we didn't finish the drive in the latter part of this week's video (basically boiled down to border uncertainties due to COVID outbreaks), but we still did all the big things we'd hoped for on this holiday. And now that we're firmly home again, it's back to business as usual with more breaches, more IoT and despite it being an all-new year, more of all the same stuff. Enjoy 🙂 ReferencesI ordered a LaMetric as soon as I wrapped up this video (should be a cool little IoT addition to...

Weekly Update 224

It's a new year! With lots of breaches to discuss already ☹ Ok, so these may not be 2021 breaches but I betcha that by next week's update there'll be brand new ones from the new year to discuss. I managed to get enough connectivity in the middle of the Australian outback in front of Uluru to do the live stream this week, plus talk a bunch more about what we've been doing on our epic Australian journey. It looks like I'll be back home for next week's update after needing to cut things a little short due to a COVID uptick in areas I was meant to be visiting. I'll talk more about the last past of the trip then...

Weekly Update 223

Well that's Christmas down for another year, and a rather different one it was for so many of us around the world. I'm pumping this post out very quickly (a couple of days after recording) whilst midway along a very long drive. I'll share more about that on my New Year's Day broadcast so for now, here's the Christmas Day weekly update: ReferencesLedger customers are receiving some super nasty protection emails (makes me think of the mob charging business to make sure "nothing happens to them...")The Ledger emails are even getting to the point of death threats (it ain't going to work out well for them if law enforcement ever catches up with those responsible for this)Sponsored by:...

Weekly Update 222

I'm live again! Well, I was live having found enough connectivity in Port Douglas to go back to streaming. I'll still be here next week too and will plan on doing a Christmas morning stream from the same location. I talk a bunch about the trip and what I'm seeing in Aus in the latter part of this video, it's a truly amazing place I'm only just getting to really see extensively now. That said, the present COVID outbreak in Sydney may impact the final leg in the trip as the government guidance now stipulates that we'd need to be tested on re-entry to Queensland and self-isolate until a test result is returned. Whilst not planning to go anywhere near...

Weekly Update 221

Well this is different; a weekly update bereft of neon studio lighting and instead done from the great outdoors, complete with all sorts of animal noises and a (probably) drunk green tree frog. I picked one of my favourite travelling companions to join me this week, a little guy I last did one of these with in a very different environment back in Oslo earlier this year. I've really been trying to focus my time on family so the Aussie travels dominate this week, but there's a little tech sprinkled in as well. It's all pre-recorded this week thanks to bandwidth that's barely sufficient for a tweet (I had to travel to a nearby town just to get this uploaded!...

Weekly Update 220

It's a lighter weekly update this week, kinda feels like I'm still recovering from last week's epic IoT series TBH. It's also the last update from home before I go on my first decent trip since the whole pandemic thing started and as such, the next five updates will all come from other locations, some of them rather, uh, "remote". But there's still an hour of content today including the fact that it's HIBP's birthday 🎂 ReferencesIt's Have I Been Pwned's birthday 🎂 (that's the launch blog post, how things have changed... and yet stayed the same)Apparently, "red" Texans don't like being told their password is crap (and other ridiculous insights)Also on stupid emails, apparently I'm gonna be in trouble...

Weekly Update 219: IoT Unravelled with Scott Helme

What. A. Week. Blog post every day, massive uptick in comments, DMs, newsletter subscribers, followers and especially, blog traffic. More than 200,000 unique visitors dropped by this week, mostly to read about IoT things. This has been a fascinating experience for me and I've enjoyed sharing the journey, complete with all my mistakes 🙂 I topped the week off by spending a couple of hours talking to Scott Helme about our respective IoT experiences so that's the entirety of this week's update - Scott and I talking IoT. I hope you enjoy this temporary change in programming so here it is, the IoT unravelled livestream with Scott: ReferencesIoT Unravelled Part 1: It's a Mess... But Then There's Home AssistantIoT Unravelled...

IoT Unravelled Part 5: Practical Use Case Videos

This is the fifth and final part of the IoT unravelled blog series. Part 1 was all about what a mess the IoT landscape is, but then there's Home Assistant to unify it all. In part 2 I delved into networking bits and pieces, namely IP addresses, my Ubiquiti UniFi gear and Zigbee. Part 3 was all about security and how that's all a bit of a mess too, particularly as it relates to firmware patching and device isolation on networks. Then in part 4 I focussed on the user experience because whilst it's great having all that digitised stuff in the home, it can't degrade the experience of the less technical users of the house. Now in part 5,...

IoT Unravelled Part 4: Making it All Work for Humans

The first few parts of this series have all been somewhat technical in nature; part 1 was how much of a mess the IoT ecosystem is and how Home Assistant aims to unify it all, part 2 got into the networking layer with both Wi-Fi and Zigbee and in part 3, I delved into security. Now let's tackle something really tricky - humans. I love the idea of automating stuff in the home, but I love the idea of a usable home even more. What do I mean by a "usable" home? Let me explain it in mum and dad terms or in other words, let's talk about the UX my parents have when they visit my house. To begin...