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Hosting Polymer applications on Amazon S3 with proper URLs

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:52:19 +0000

In case you’re looking to host a Polymer application, S3 is a great and cheap option. The main problem is with no rewrite rules, you must use hash tag routing. But with a simple configuration hack and a Cloudfront distribution you can use proper URLs for your S3 hosted polymer application – as detailed by […]

Newest demo in Microsoft’s stupid reverse WINE, says: “we need Linux on Windows to grep”

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 06:32:18 +0000

Microsoft recently demoed a Windows Subsystem for Linux feature where they can run commands on a Linux shell under WSL from the Windows CMD shell – which, according to the demo that pipes the output of ipconfig to Linux grep, they need becuase the CMD shell is a 30 year old joke shell that can’t […]

Woes of moving to a more secure world

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 20:07:36 +0000

If you haven’t noticed, my blog is now secure from the NSA peeking at your comments by the magic of TLS and Lets Encrypt ! But doing this, I forgot to update WordPress’s notion of what URL this blog lives on, and as a result comments posting didn’t actually work. Sorry about that, and now […]

Script Day: “secure” password generated one liner

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:34:26 +0000

Ever needed to create a “secure” password to register to a web site and you couldn’t be bothered to invent a secure password? Just paste this command line to your terminal: ruby -e 'puts [*"a".."z",*"A".."Z",*"0".."9", "!@#$%^&*()_+[]/-=.,".split("") ].shuffle[0..(ARGV.shift.to_i)].join' 16 The last argument is the number of characters to put into the password.

Script Day: AWS CLI with multiple accounts with ease

Mon, 29 May 2017 14:01:42 +0000

Maybe you are a consultant and juggle multiple clients with Amazon Web Services deployments, maybe you just have accounts for all the start-ups you ever worked for, or maybe you just like to use 17 different AWS accounts for the free-tier usage, but eventually your ~/.aws/credentials file looks like an MS-Windows INI file. At this […]

SSH-over-HTTPS for fame & profit

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:51:53 +0000

In the past, I’ve discussed using SSH to circumvent restricted networks with censoring transparent proxies, but that relied on the restricted network allowing free SSH access on port 22 (what we call in the industry – the single network requirement for getting work done). Unfortunately, there are restricted networks that don’t even allow that – […]

Is Precise Canonical’s XP?

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:23:42 +0000

Canonical, makers of the Ubuntu operating system, have just announced that their about to expire “long term support” version is getting a longer “security only” life extension. Sounds familiar? Like other vendors who have similarly offered such life extensions in the past, the new support contract will only be offered to corporations who subscribe to […]

The GitLab system crash and what can we learn from that

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:13:10 +0000

Yesterday night, GitLab’s hosted service ( suffered a database crash and the service went down for a day. I’m not going to discuss the technicalities of the down-time (which is covered extensively in the blog post linked above), except to note that “shit happens” – my main take-aways from that are basically two: Don’t let […]

Polymer Runtime Application Configuration

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:19:26 +0000

When creating web applications, we often need to have some parts of the application configuration for the deployment environment – usually web service API endpoints have different URLs in different environments, such as using a production web service in production and a locally hosted web service during development. Such a feature is implemented in many […]

מתכון: קציצות עוף וסלרי ברוטב סלרי חמצמץ

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:23:37 +0000

מסתבר שאין לי פה מתכון לקציצות עוף, סוג של קציצות שאני די מחבב, אז הנה משהו שערבבתי לי לאחרונה. הרוטב היא קצת חמוץ וכדי לאזן את זה – גם קצת מתוק, אז תשימו לב. בנוסף הכמויות הן לדי הרבה אוכל – אני מכין בד”כ לשלושה אנשים ואוהב שנשאר לקחת לארוחת צהריים במשרד, אז קחו את […]