Weekly Update 202

Unfortunately, our run of good luck here down in Aus has taken a bit of a turn COVID wise. Not so much in my home state, but the southern states have been copping it so this week, I pulled the pin on snowboarding. For folks overseas, that might sound like it would have been a risky proposition anyway, but only two and a half weeks ago the entire state of New South Wales had 5 active cases out of 8.1M people. Today it's 209. It's neighbouring southern state of Victoria had 40 cases in the middle of last month. Today they hit 5,385. It was just too risky for something that ultimately, is a luxury so I'm staying...

Weekly Update 201

I love this setup! A huge amount of research went into this but the PC, screens, cameras lights and all the other bits are working really well together. I did my first interview with this setup today and I think I'm actually going to be sticking with the mood lighting for most on-video events now: Fun @InfosecWhiskey interview this morning. I’m running with this lighting setup, just a couple of Hue Go lights and the screens, a beautiful pic from the camera setup. More: https://t.co/Yb9FQvIGMj pic.twitter.com/4gNa4ltOEY — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) July 25, 2020 That dominates this week's update, but there's a bunch of other content too rounding out what must be my longest...

Building the Ultimate Home Office (Again)

I was searching around for a quote along the lines of you only being as good as the tools you use and somehow, I ended up down this rabbit hole of painters quotes and carpenters quotes and stuff about artists and their brushes. Then I started thinking it sounds a bit obnoxious anyway so maybe it wasn't really that relevant (yet somehow, here we are...) until eventually, I thought "stuff it, let's just write about the computer bits". So here we are. More than a decade ago, I wrote about building the ultimate home office. Truth be told, that was originally written as an internal blog post at my old corporate job, largely because I wanted to demonstrate that a...

How BeerAdvocate Learned They'd Been Pwned

I love beer. This comes as no surprise to regular followers, nor should it come as a surprise that I maintain an Untappd account, logging my beer experiences as I (used to 😢) travel around the world partaking in local beverages. When I received an email from someone over that way who happened to be a happy Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) user and wanted some cyber-assistance, I was intrigued. You'll never believe what happened next... The tl;dr is that someone with a BeerAdvocate account was convinced the service had been pwned as they'd seen evidence of an email address and password they'd used on the service being abused. They reached out to my guy (we'll call him that for...

10B

Nearly 7 years ago now, I started a little pet project to index data breaches and make them searchable. I called it "Have I Been Pwned" and I loaded in 154M breached records which to my mind, was rather sizeable. Time went by, the breaches continued and the numbers rose. A few years later in June 2016 on stage at NDC Oslo, I pushed HIBP through 1B records: Whoa, we're there, past a billion!There was much applause which I countered with "is it a joyous moment, because it's kinda sad as well?" But what's even sadder than 1B breached records is 10B breached records: New data breach now loading into @haveibeenpwned that'll push it *well* over 10,...

Weekly Update 200

I made it to 200! And look at that picture quality too 😎 I'm streaming in 1080p rather than 4K and that's absolutely fine for content like this. I've finally gotten on top of the camera setup and the Elgato HDMI dongle to allow the camera to be seen as a webcam over HDMI. I really want to write this up in detail for next week's update because with the new PC as well, I'm super happy with how this all works together. I'll try and put aside a day early next week to get on top of that one but for now, here's this week's: ReferencesChoosing what products to endorse is a thoughtful process (enough so that I wrote an...

Weekly Update 199

Wow! Loving that 4K camera 😎 Or perhaps more specifically, just loving that camera and lens and I reckon it'll still be awesome in 1080p. But this week, I decided to go all out in super hi-def just to see how it looked. The captured video was 13.1GB but rendered down at 2.3GB out of Premiere so it's obviously applied some compression, but still looks amazing IMHO. Next week I'll do a full run through of the new setup which I'll finally be able to do because just as I finished recording today, this turned up: Oh yeah 😎 pic.twitter.com/8e87k5YJBG — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) July 10, 2020 More on that next week but for now, here's episode...

A Decade of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

Last week, I received my 10th Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award. Being recognised as an MVP was a pivotal moment in my career and to continue receiving the award all these years later is an honour. Particularly given recent events that have made it exceptionally difficult to sustain community contributions, the recognition is particularly significant this year. Thank you to everyone who reads what I write, listens to what I have to say and engages with me on social media. Without an audience, I simply wouldn't be here....

Weekly Update 198

Well, no surprises here: this week's update is dominated by Thursday's blog post about sustaining performance under extreme stress. The feedback on that post has been absolutely phenomenal; tweets, comments, DMs, emails, phone calls, all enormously supportive. Many of them also shared people's own personal struggles, ones which I think we all know are out there but it's a very different thing to actually hear it from someone personally. Thank you everyone who chimed in on this discussion and offered their support and kind words, it's genuinely appreciated and it's made a big difference to how I feel about the last 18 months. ReferencesExtreme stress (this is pretty much the entire weekly update...)Barclays bank is using archive.org as...

Sustaining Performance Under Extreme Stress

I started writing this blog post alone in a hotel room in Budapest last September. It was at the absolute zenith of stress; a time when I had never been under as much pressure as I was right at that moment. Project Svalbard (the sale of HIBP which ultimately turned out to be a no-sale) was a huge part of that and it was all happening whilst still being solely responsible for running the project. That much was very broadly known publicly, but what I haven't spoken about until now is that earlier that year, my wife and I had decided to separate and later divorce. As part of attempting to rebuild my life, I was also in the midst...