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Sint-Annatunnel, the Antwerp Underpass

This week is Techorama, a developer conference in Antwerp. I’m here helping out at the booth, but because of travel requirements, making sure I was here on time, etc, I arrived in Antwerp the day before. Time to be a tourist, especially as I couldn’t check into the hotel until 3pm. One of the sights I had decided last week to see for myself was the pedestrian tunnel, Sint-Annatunnel (Saint Anna’s Tunnel), that goes underneath the River Scheldt from one bank to the other. […]

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CORS and MIME types

Direct, it seems, from the pit of “Code bugs only manifest themselves when you least expect them” horrors, comes this doozy. […]

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IBM System/38 Keyboard Templates

It’s well past time for a rave from the grave, methinks. About a year or so ago, we’d bought our new house and were starting to work out what we should keep when we moved. I had several boxes that I’d shipped from England after my parents had died, and It Was Time To Sort Their Contents Out. And in one of them I found this fun little gem: The IBM System/38 Keyboard Template. […]

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Shoestring: the full series

Suddenly, after many, many years, the BBC announced that complete set of Shoestring was finally going to be released on DVD. And so it came to pass in October last year. I put in my order chez Amazon.co.uk, and it finally arrived on my doorstep. […]

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Reporting spam texts

I get spam phone calls on my landline, I get spam phone calls on my mobile. Sometimes, I play along with them to wind them up (especially those from “Windows Support” where I know what they’re going to say and the responses you give). Of late, I’ve started to get spam text on my phone. Just as annoying, but it’s easy to report them. […]

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Six squared & five squared

Today, April 29, in 1993, I boarded a plane at Gatwick in the morning, and alighted late afternoon at Stapleton Airport in Denver. From there I rented a car and drove down to Colorado Springs and my new job at TurboPower Software. I’d never been to Colorado before. This was 25 years ago today. I was a mere stripling, having just turned 36 years of age. […]

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A backup is only as good as…

…the restore you want to do from it. […]

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Making an AWS static website EVEN MORE secure

OK, so we have a secure website, hosted on Amazon S3, and served up via HTTPS by CloudFront with an Amazon SSL Certificate. But, as we know from last time, we also have to express this security through our response headers. It was fairly easy with Azure – after all, it’s “just” IIS back there, and web.config is the answer to everything once you know the magic incantations – but how to do the same thing on AWS? […]

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Making an AWS static website secure

So there I was, patting myself on the back for making an Azure static website secure (with all the right headers, natch), when I gave myself a quick nod: yep, let’s do the same for this other static website, one that’s hosted on Amazon S3. Morceau de gâteau! […]

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Making an Azure static website EVEN MORE secure

Remember how I was congratulating myself that I’d made my jmbucknall.com static website, that is hosted on Azure, secure? How I’d bought and uploaded an SSL certificate, and made the site only accessible via HTTPS? Well, HA! […]

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