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Weekly update

A 36-post collection

Weekly update 35

Hang on - where did my week go?! WannaCry came out of the blue and accosted a big whack of my time starting first thing Saturday. And then, just as it was quietening down, I go and write about not turning off Windows Update and holy shit, did people come out of the woodwork to complain about that! Seriously, just read some of the comments there and the anger directed towards what (in my experience) is usually a pretty seamless process is palpable. More than the objections to updates themselves, it was the basis on which many of the points were made that stunned me; philosophical arguments about software being "free" (no, not as in price), claims of NSA collusion,...

Weekly update 34

The big news this week has been dealing with that massive volume of data I loaded into HIBP a week ago. A combination of the mechanics of getting it loaded, the flood of feedback once I did and actually trying to prepare myself for upcoming talks has made it a bit of a crazy week. If I'm honest, I'm feeling a bit run down from it all and need to take it a bit easier before heading away in a couple of weeks' time. Be that as it may, this has been a full-on week and I've captured the highlights below: iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References Here's some guidance from the Aussie government on GDPR (my...

Weekly update 33 (sunrise edition)

Wow, what a day! I got up at about 3:30 this morning and have been going non-stop dealing with the masses of feedback as a result of the billion-and-a-bit breached records I'm presently loading into HIBP. I talk about it in the blog post, but the "small" one of 458 million records is already loaded and as I type this, at about 17:30 Friday, the big one of almost 600M is still a long way off (probably mid-morning for me tomorrow). Anyway, between other commitments and the looong lead-time of uploading a couple of GB of video file over Aussie bandwidth, this week's update happened at sunrise out the back of my house. The lighting it far from...

Weekly update 32

Home again and blog wise, it was a quiet week. I've been working on some new material you'll see next month as well as preparing for upcoming Europe travels where I've got a heap of events to get to. I've got a new Lenovo to show you in this update plus I do talk quite a bit about that one blog post on building out a Ubiquiti network for my brother and his family which I'm now kinda jealous of! All that and a few other things in the update below, I've got a few extra things in the works for next week. iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References Here's the full specs on that Lenovo Yoga...

Weekly update 31 (Sydney Opera House edition)

Another beautiful spot today while I'm back in Sydney working on the agenda for NDC here in August. It's a quick trip albeit one very jammed-packed as we work through over 700 talk submissions and try to distil them down to the best ~135 of the bunch. There's a few weeks of early bird tickets left so if you're down here in Aus (or feel like a holiday), get in and grab them cheap. This week, I'm really excited about this: This is awesome - for the first time after 5 years and 30 @pluralsight courses, I've got one rating a perfect 5! https://t.co/awZ2Ow8qKu pic.twitter.com/IZ4BB57D3b— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) April 20, 2017...

Weekly update 30

I didn't mean to talk for 42 minutes today, but somehow, I kinda ended up there. A good whack of that went to explaining how I'd done the subscription implementation you see below, especially as people had asked why there are two CAPTCHAs and indeed I wanted to explain why I'd even added the feature in the first place. Anyway, I've had hundreds of people sign up to it since yesterday so hopefully it's proving useful to those folks (I did end up fixing that IE bug too). There's that plus some commentary on the jokers who tried to extort Apple (and obviously failed spectacularly) along with the Cloudflare webinar I did this week, why security is too hard for...

Weekly update 29

Wow, what a crazy week! Three pretty serious blog posts, my Security Sense column plus a bunch of stuff I've been doing in the background around arranging travel for the European summer. I didn't mention it in my weekly update, but unfortunately I had a workshop in Dublin cancel due to an unexpected change on their end so I had to fill that gap. The good news is that it took all of 24 hours and I lined up another one in Amsterdam which actually works out better due to me doing a subsequent one after than in Utrecht so looks like more time eating fries with mayonnaise (yes, the opening scene of Pulp Fiction is true). There's a lot...

Weekly update 28 (Sydney Harbour Bridge edition)

So the plan this week was to record the update whilst driving from Melbourne to Sydney with Lars Klint in the new car. And I did - record it that is - but due to some screwyness with Lars' GoPro, it turns out that "recording" is not the same as "actually saving it to the SD card". Fortunately, I successfully capture a review we did on the car and I'll look at editing that up later on, but for now there's a short clip on Twitter that illustrates one of the things I love about it (and oh boy - some of the repsonses to that tweet!) But onto news of the more usual kind, this week I'm talking about...

Weekly update 27

Another week down and looking back, I'm not sure precisely what I did. I mean I know I was busy, but you ever have one of those weeks where you just wonder where the time went? Although in fairness, a big chunk of it went to finishing off my latest Pluralsight course on "What Every Developer Must Know About HTTPS". Whilst my work there is done, there's still review and processes and other things that have to happen on Pluralsight's end (they put a lot of effort into quality control), so I suspect I'll feel like I've achieved a bit more in my week once it hits the air. I talk a bit about it in this week's update, plus...

Weekly update 26 (jet ski edition)

Y'know, for all the talk of jet skis, I'd never actually done a weekly update on it. Until today. It's autumn here and the weather is still beautiful so I went for a quick blast and recorded this one. This week, there's my Security Sense column on the futility of aiming for absolute security, a lot of talk on the whole Dun & Bradstreet spam list (let's just call it what it is) and also the Wishbone breach, among other things. Incidentally, checkout the underwater bit at the end, especially that jellyfish! iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References There is no "zero chance of security risks" (and no chance of a zero road toll either) Dun &...