A week or so ago Microsoft dug into a customer's Hotmail account in
order to track down some information about code that had been stolen
from Microsoft. Their terms and conditions specifically allowed them to
do this, but despite that they received a fair amount of criticism.
Posted Fri 28 March 2014
I have had people tell me things like "You should never throw an
exception to return a value in an unusual case, exceptions are only
supposed to be used for error conditions." And I HATE it when people say
things like this.
There are a couple of audiences at play …
Posted Fri 24 January 2014
I don't often write book reviews here, but in this case I have a
connection to the book. My friend Terry
Jones was one of the authors of a
new O'Reillyprogramming book (you know, the
ones with the animal pictures on the covers) which is titled:
Posted Tue 31 December 2013
in Programming, Reviews, Technology
CAPCHAs are those odd little boxes that show some badly malformed
letters and numbers and ask you to type them in. The idea is to check
whether you are a human.
The problem is that CAPCHAs are pretty difficult for humans. And they're
fairly easy for computers. There are the …
Posted Mon 28 October 2013
in Security, Technology
I wanted to pass on an excellent idea that I read from Martin
Fowler's Blog. He calls it Immutable
Servers, but I
claim, if you think about it properly, it is merely the application of
version control to systems administration.
Everyone understands just how much version control has transformed …
Posted Fri 28 June 2013
in Software Development, Technology