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Jekyll and Azure App Service: the quest for end-to-end encryption

It’s sad but true that my last blog post here was more than a year ago, how time flies. But, I’m not dead (as Pink once said) and I finally have some time to write an update to my previous post - or another instalment of a perennial favourite post topic of mine: where and how is my blog hosted now?! In my last post I left things with my blog running on GitHub Pages for hosting and Jekyll for content management. Well, I’m still using Jekyll but I have now moved to Azure App Service for hosting. This isn’t a free option but I happen to have some Azure credits hanging around for various reasons and I thought I may as well make use of them to see what I could sort out for my blog on the Azure platform and finally get that proper end-to-end SSL/TLS encryption I’ve been wanting for some time now. Read more...

Jekylls and CDNs and GitHub Pages, oh my!

Some months ago, I finally got around to redesigning my blog with responsiveness in mind, along with switching it to run on a new blogging app and hosting platform. Previous to this, I had been using the excellent Enki blogging app (which I still remain quite fond of, assisting with maintaining the project on occasion) and Heroku. This combination resulted in a free hosting situation with some limitations which I was generally quite happy with. But while Enki is a great little Rails app, especially if you’re the kind of person that likes to be able to blog from any place where you have a web browser and an Internet connection, I felt like I needed a simpler platform. Something where I can worry less about config and maintenance, something that just lets me write my content and stays out of the way. And while Heroku is one of the most developer friendly hosting platforms I have ever used, I was hoping to find something at about the same ongoing price point (say, $0) without the caveats of Heroku’s free plan. Read more...

Why I'm not writing on Svbtle

During September of this year, I was one of what I gather was a large chunk of people that suddenly received an invite to Svbtle (the hosted blogging platform from Dustin Curtis) after applying for said invite so long ago that I can’t exactly remember when it was. Despite my usually cynical nature, I was kind of excited. I mean, sure I worked out pretty quickly that Svbtle was no longer the exclusive hangout that it once was, they’d opened their doors to the plebs to paraphrase one commentator. But whether it’s still trendy or not, I am a huge fan of the minimal ‘let the content speak for its self’ school of web design and I thought Dustin’s design of Svbtle was absolutely beautiful. Great job there, dude. Read more...

My letter in support of the National Broadband Network

I’ve just posted a snail mail letter to our Liberal representative in the Senate, Mr Zed Seselja (Senator for Australian Capital Territory). If you have an interest in securing Australia’s future in the digital economy and ensuring that Australia gets the National Broadband Network (NBN) it deserves, then I encourage you to make your voice heard now in any and all ways possible. Read more...

Comparing cognitive styles of tech tutorials

Historically speaking and development-wise, I’ve had a lot of experience with technologies that typically rest upon Unix and Unix-like environments. Read more...

Postmortem of a side-project

Early July, I sent an email to all users of Filelike (my SaaS application for selling digital files) informing them that as of June 30 2013, I would be discontinuing support and shutting down the site. Read more...

Filelike and a bootstrapper's manifesto

Not so long ago, I was talking to a family member who was interested in ways that they could sell an electronic version of a book they’d written and this got me thinking about selling electronic files online. Read more...

Genuinely surprised that IE still sucks

It’s been a while since I’ve had the dubious pleasure of using IE as my default every day web browser. The last version of IE that I had any large amount of contact with was IE 7 (pretty early after its initial release), and the best thing I can say about IE 7 is that it wasn’t quite as crap as IE 6. But that’s a bit like saying that Hitler wasn’t quite as crap as Stalin. Recently, for reasons out side of my direct control I have once again been required to take up IE (versions 8 and 9) as a regularly used web browser and I am honestly a little surprised at how terrible it still is. I really expected more from Microsoft by now. Read more...

Internet anemia in Australia

In March this year, I finally jumped on the tablet bandwagon and got myself the new iPad, the Wi-Fi + 4G model. I purchased the iPad outright mainly so that I would have maximum flexibility in choosing a data plan to go with it. So not long after, I began researching mobile data plans and was pretty appalled by what I found. Read more...

A wakeup call from online security, will you accept the charges?

A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from my ISP to tell me the email account attached to my ISP plan had been broken into and was being used to send spam. They understandably were forced to change the password on my account and called to let me know what had happened. This marks the first time in my relatively long history of Internet use that I’ve had an account broken into and it was something of a wakeup call for me. Read more...

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