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Reviving my XPS 15z

So, recently I upgraded my main laptop to the latest-but-one XPS 13. All fine and dandy, but as I started to reinstall stuff, I noticed that my license for VMWare was a little (he says discreetly) out of date. And they wanted $149 to upgrade. Normally that’s fine, but it has to be said my use of virtual machines is getting a bit long in the tooth. […]

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Case-sensitive website on AWS

As part of my divestiture from GoDaddy hosting for boyet.com, I had to move my old static site as well as this blog. The static site moved to secondboyet.com (being the second wave of blogging I did for boyet) and the third current wave is still on boyet.com (but now resides on Microsoft Azure). Because that second wave served up static pages (there ain’t no blog engine there) and because Amazon’s AWS is dirt cheap in those circumstances (plus it can serve it up securely via HTTPS and SSL), that’s where I moved it. I added a bit of code to boyet.com’s web.config to redirect requests and all was good. […]

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Blue screening Dell XPS 13 9370

So, over the Christmas holidays I bought myself a refurbished Dell XPS 13 9370 to replace my three-year-old XPS 13 9350 and … wait for it … a 1TB Samsung EVO 960 SSD to go in it. The laptop just came with 512GB, which these days is JUST NOT ENOUGH! […]

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Securing boyet.com, part N: DONE!

After some time gnawing at my fingernails being properly indecisive, I finally pulled the trigger: moved this blog to Azure, and added an SSL certificate to make it secure. It’s now all done: all the internal links have been updated, the web.config has been properly modified, it works in Firefox and Chrome. In the middle of all this, I also updated my laptop (which didn’t help since Windows Live Writer can no longer be installed and is dead, dead, dead, so hello Open Live Writer, which admittedly also seems to be lying down at the bottom of the cage, feet in the air). […]

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Securing boyet.com, part 2: secondboyet

Just a quick update after starting this series a couple of months ago: secondboyet.com is now secure and, even better, gets an A+ from securityheaders.com. Even, gasp, the Content Security Policy. […]

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GoDaddy shared Windows hosting compromised

A week or so ago, I talked briefly about some issues I was having with this blog and my previous static site on GoDaddy’s shared Windows hosting (the Deluxe version if you’re interested). It involves mysterious PHP files and modifications to my web.config files. […]

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Scammy auto warranties, part 4,268 (approx)

Amazingly, my most popular post here on my blog has nothing to do with algorithms or data structures or Javascript or indeed anything to do with programming. It’s a post I whipped up 3 years ago about buying my wife’s Acura off the lease and then getting bombarded with dodgy and scammy “Auto Warranty” postcards and letters. […]

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Securing boyet.com, part 1: static sites

Sounds simple, right? After all, I’ve babbled on about how to secure your web sites this past few months, both for AWS and Azure, so it should be a piece of cake for boyet.com. Right? […]

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Moneyspire, a month later: the UX

(This post follows on from a couple of earlier ones, one, two, as I seek to replace Microsoft Money for my personal financial accounts.) […]

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MicroCobol programming cheat sheet

And in today’s lunchtime blast from the past: a Summary Card for the programming language MicroCobol from my very first job as a programmer. […]

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