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Weekly update

A 32-post collection

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 &...

Weekly update 25

This isn't intentional, but I know these updates are starting to get a bit longer. Ok, last week was a bit mega with Cloudbleed and CloudPets, but this week, well, I just talked until I felt I was done. Let me know if you think this is too long, not long enough, not working well etc, I'm still playing with the formula and learning as I go here. Anyway, this week I talk about the wifi bits Ubiquiti kindly sent me and how I (totally unnecessarily) used them to increase the coverage I get on my jet ski (and the coverage a large chunk of my neighbourhood gets). There's a heap of angles on the CIA toys WikiLeaks has covered...

Weekly update 24

Crikey, what a week! Between the two Cloud[thing] stories, most of the last 7 days has disappeared with research, writing, media and seeing the first Cloud[thing] turn into a bit of a non-event whilst recoiling in abject horror as the second Cloud[thing] continued to unfold. This ended up being a 35 minute "update" which is way longer than I'd normally do, but I really wanted to drill into those two stories in particular and try to express some views in a way that doesn't always come across in writing. I hope you find it a useful companion to the written pieces and I also hope that next week is a bit calmer! iTunes podcast | Google Play Music...

Weekly update 23

I started out doing this weekly update with not much news to share due to being away running a workshop for a couple of days then sitting on planes and in airports for another day. It was only as I finished recording I saw both shattered.io and CloudBleed, both of which you know are serious because they have cool bug names and even logos. But in all seriousness, these are both major vulnerabilities but the real-world impact isn't yet clear, at least not to me. Great headlines and they're generating plenty of hysteria, but I suspect the reality of each will pan out to be somewhat less than what some are claiming. Moving on, this week I cover recent...

Weekly update 22 (Golden Gate Bridge edition)

What an awesome spot for a weekly update! Just one of the sensational views I saw today, the first day I've completed a full marathon: Ok, bit more than a marathon, 51.19km in total according to Runkeeper. Now frankly, I'm not overly keen on running (I just get bored), so I walked all over San Francisco, looked at interesting things, took plenty of photos and had some nice breaks instead. I took my Lenovo Yoga 900 in the backpack (I'll write about that separately later), and broke the day into 4 parts, taking some time out in between to sit down, have a break and get a bit of work done. That's a balanced day out I reckon :) iTunes...