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Showing posts from March, 2016

Hack a Mousetrap

My 10 year old son and I have been playing with Arduino recently... specifically to build a mouse trap alarm. And clearly we're not the only ones thinking about this... Some guys over at MS have tried to hack a mousetrap using every piece of technology they can get their hands on (I'm sure I saw the kitchen sink in there somewhere). Nice :)

Security, Impact, Truth and Environments

I’ve been known to berate others for abusing environments - despite my personal habits - but I think its time for me to curtail my anger and reconsider exactly what distinguishes one environment from another and why. We’re used to managing a plethora of environments - production, standby, prod-support, pre-production, performance test, UAT, system-test, development-integration, dev etc. - each of which has its own unique characteristics and purpose and each with a not insignificant cost. With all those environments we can very easily have 5 or 6 times the infrastructure required to run production sitting mostly idle - and yet still needing to be maintained and patched and consuming kilowatts of power. All this for what can seem like no good reason bar to satisfy some decades old procedural dictate handed down by those upon high. Unsurprisingly many organisations try to combine responsibilities into a smaller set of environments to save on $’s at the cost of increased risk. And recent t