Weekly update

A 237-post collection

Weekly Update 238

"What a shit week". I stand by that statement in the opening couple of minutes of the video and I write this now at midday on Saturday after literally falling asleep on the couch. The Facebook incident just dominated; everything from processing data to writing code to dozens of media interviews. And I ran a workshop over 4 half days. And had 2 lots of guests visiting. And had to deal with all sorts of other unpleasant stuff outside of that. Damn that beer tasted good... ReferencesThe petition in front of UK parliament to require verified IDs on social media platforms has fallen flat (not unsurprising, and the response is actually quite nicely written IMHO)I've probably taken a little...

Weekly Update 237

As soon as I started watching this video back, I remembered why I don't do daylight mode in these any more. It's just so... boring. That said, I've got a bunch of stuff in the pipeline to enhance the room design and lighting as I think there's still plenty of room for improvement, stay tuned for that one. For now though, a lot of this week's video is about the Ubiquiti situation and I'm very candid about my feelings on that one. I'm also very happy about what I've done with Coinhive, so enjoy listening to that piece 😎 ReferencesI tweeted about my annual purchase of 1Password and next minute, people are debating the virtues of cloud storage and open source...

Weekly Update 236

This 🤬🤬🤬 DAC! I mean it's a lovely device, but it's just impossible to use it as an audio source in the browser without it killing the camera. I'm very close to being out of ideas right now, only remaining thing I can think of is to set everything up on the laptop and see if it suffers a similar fate to what's happening on my desktop. The last thing I feel like doing now is burning more precious hours, but it's getting to that point. In other news, more breaches and a big argument about SMS based 2FA, enjoy 😊 ReferencesMy Apollo Twin DAC audio problems remain, as of this moment, unresolved (this is such a nice bit of kit, but...

Weekly Update 235

A slow start this week as the camera refused to be recognised by any browser. The problem, of course, was that I'd plugged in a new DAC for the replacement speakers 🤷‍♂️ Despite the slow start, there's a heap in this week's update on all sorts of different things as I find myself continually drawn in different directions. But that's also what I love about this industry, that there's so much variety and always something to scratch every itch 🙂 ReferencesA massive thanks to everyone who has supported Elle's fundraising efforts (helping support the school and plant trees)The new Genelec speakers arrived, and they're amazing 😎 (the DAC and camera also seem to be working together now, I just plugged the DAC...

Weekly Update 234

A big, big week with a heap of different things on the boil. Cyber stuff, audio stuff, IoT stuff - it's all there! Sorry about the camera being a little blue at the start, if anyone knows why it's prone to do this I'd love to hear from you. But hey, at least the audio is spot on, hope you enjoy this week's video. ReferencesComplying with NIST Password Guidelines in 2021 (a piece from this week's sponsor, intro'd by yours truly)We're rapidly going cashless, but not everybody is happy (there are some valid points in that thread, but also some pretty tenuous arguments IMHO)My friend Tanya Janca has published Alice & Bob Learn Application Security (I really like...

Weekly Update 233

Data breaches all over the place this week! Not just data breaches, but noteworthy data breaches; the VPN ones for being pretty shady, Oxfam because it included my data which was posted to a hacking forum, Ticketcounter because of the interactions I had with them during the disclosure process and Gab because, well, everything about Gab is always weird. The CEO's behaviour is just appalling and that seems to trickle down to many of the users too, including some who joined in the live stream. But hey, it's giving me amazing conference material and some of the stuff from the last couple of days is just so good, I'm going to save it for when I can actually present it...

Weekly Update 232

I honestly don't know where my time goes. I get up, have great plans for all the things I want to do then next minute, the day is gone. There's probably some hints in the range of different things I'm speaking about this week and the book is certainly now consuming a heap of time, but at least I'm doing what I love. Also, at about the 29 minute mark, I started getting a little static in the audio. Quarter hour later and a few people have raised it, certainly doesn't look like it was bandwidth related as the video was solid, I'm not sure what it was so I'll do the one thing all IT professionals do to fix...

Weekly Update 231

I seem to have spread myself across a whole heap of different things this week which is fine (it's all stuff I love doing), but it has made for rather a "varied" video. I'm talking (somewhat vaguely) about the book I'm working on, how Facebook has nuked all news in Australia (which somehow means I can't even post a link to this blog post there), yet more data breaches, the awesome Prusa 3D printer I now have up and running and a whole heap more about the IoT things I've been doing. All that and more in this week's update. ReferencesThe Prusa 3D printer is awesome (I posted that tweet shortly after recording the video, that one is going to...

Weekly Update 230

This week has seen a lot of my time go on an all-new project. One I'm really excited about and is completely different to everything I've done before; I expect I'll be able to talk about that in the coming weeks and it shouldn't be too much longer before it's something you can actually see firsthand. Stay tuned on that one 🙂 In the meantime, I'm throwing a heap more IP addresses into the house and building out my Prusa 3D printer at the same time which I'm really enjoying. More on that hopefully next week and with any luck, I'll be able to share some stuff I've actually printed too. ReferencesI've got a heap more IoT going into the house...

Weekly Update 229

This week's update comes to you amongst the noisy backdrop of the garden being literally chopped up by high pressure hose (which I think my beautiful Rhode Broadcaster mic successfully excluded). As I say in the intro, it appears the horticulture industry is a little like the software one where you get cowboys who in this case, put in plants that were way too big and whose roots now threaten to break through the tiles and the house itself, Little Shop of Horrors style. But I digress; this week's update consists of some brief discussion around data breaches and yesterday's blog post on how I like to meet, followed by a lot of audience engagement on the topic of IoT....