You may not have noticed, but my server crashed a while back (I did get one unprompted comment, so I’m not completely writing into a vacuum). Since it no longer runs anything business-related, and I had been looking for a cheaper server, I wasn’t in any rush to restore it. I had already got an… Continue reading Weeeee’re back!
But it’s been 14 years of silence It’s been 14 years of pain It’s been 14 years that are gone forever and I’ll never have again Yes, the lyrics of a Guns N Roses classic, and yes, also how long it feels to have been locked up for two weeks alone in my house due… Continue reading Fourteen years of silence
All I want is a simple website! OK, I have a website, and you’re probably reading this on it. But I want a simple website. Since 2006, I’ve had a server hosted with Asergo (previously EasySpeedy). It ran a lot at one stage. Huge mounds of organic food found new homes through its circuits. Today… Continue reading Simple hosting?
I’ve been running Firefox Quantum as a browser since it came out, and there’s been a noticeable improvement in all areas. Rendering speed, CPU, memory – it lives up to all the hype. I’ve used Firefox as my primary browser for ages, but often used Chrome and Chromium as alternatives for certain sites, or when… Continue reading Firefox Quantum and too many tabs
After seeing someone’s Facebook security horror story about a local credit card (not one of the banks listed below), I was inspired to re-run the tests I previously ran on the South African banks, using SSL Lab’s SSL Server Test. The results last time were awful, with Standard Bank and Absa falling way below the… Continue reading South African Banks SSL Security (2)
A friend told me today about an experience of attempting to book a flight on kulula.com. His credit card wasn’t working, but there was an option for bank transfer (EFT), so he chose that. The EFT option used SID, a payment option promising secure EFT transactions. All good so far, so he followed the link.… Continue reading Trust Us, We’re a Payment Gateway
After coming across an article testing the security of the SSL implementations of Australian banks, I decided to run the same tests on the South African banks, using SSL Lab’s SSL Server Test. I have a little bit of inside info into some of the banks systems, so was not too surprised how bad the… Continue reading South African Banks SSL Security
Recently I’ve seen quite a few postings of the article The Insidiousness of Facebook Messenger’s Mobile App Terms of Service , claiming you should remove your Facebook Messenger because of the control the app has over your Android device. Many have suggested Telegram instead, which I’ve been using a while. “Using”, I should add, in… Continue reading A comparison of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Telegram permissions on Android
This weekend I did some unseasonal spring cleaning. I closed down my chess website, my rugby website, the Wikipedia template translation tool, the free and open source feeds list, and some now rather dated software that I hosted. So, if you’ve been redirected here looking for any of those, sorry to disappoint you! It’s time… Continue reading Autumnal spring cleaning
This blog gets about 1 spam comment a second. Not bad for an obscure blog with, as I write this, only one post open for comments. Akismet, the spam plugin does a great job of keeping the spam out, although recently a few more spam posts have been sneaking through for moderation, perhaps two a… Continue reading WordPress spam, Akismet and Cookies for Comments