1. WebSockets

    Fri 14 March 2014

    WebSockets are a mechanism that allow a client (typically a web page) to talk to a server without the overhead and complications that web services may pose. The client first establishes a connection using http and then makes a request to switch over to websockets; the process is described in …

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  2. VNC passwords

    Wed 12 March 2014

    We like to think of VNC passwords as encrypted; but when you consider that they're encrypted using DES (a weak encryption algorithm) with a key that is hardcoded... Well... That pretty much makes VNC passwords encoded and not encrypted. There are a few VNC password revealers out there, such as …

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  3. Sharepoint auditing - a few thoughts

    Fri 19 April 2013

    I have a colleague that's been updating a sharepoint permissions matrix lately. It's a good practice (I'd go as far as to say that it's a must) to maintain such a matrix, in a format that is understandable to non-technical folk. It's good for IT departments, who need to periodically …

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  4. CISPA - do you know what it is?

    Fri 19 April 2013

    This one's a short one, but it's important. It concerns not just our family, friends and colleagues in the United States, even though they will be the ones most affected. This is about CISPA, the latest in a series of bills to strip people of their right to privacy.

    CISPA …

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  5. Truncating your SQL 2008 Database with a few lines of SQL...

    Tue 05 February 2013

    Here's a scenario you may be familiar with: you've got yourself a nice Sharepoint setup that you've gotten to run rather nicely. Conscientious admin that you are, you've set up a good, solid maintenance plan that checks your database health, backs up your database and transaction log... But all of …

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  6. The Importance of prototyping

    Fri 24 August 2012

    In my current job, one of my roles is to take people's needs and turn them into software. I've helped develop and evolve the software engineering process in my company over the last ten years, and I find it interesting that of all of the documentation we produce, the most …

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