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EU GDPR and personal data in web server logs

Web server logs contains information classified as personal data by default under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (<p>GDPR). The …

Privacy

Running Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 (5th generation)

I installed three Linux distributions — Fedora 27, openSUSE Tumbleweed, and Ubuntu 17.10 — on the Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 (5th gen.) and had a look …

Laptops

The many problems with the Logitech G403

The Logi G403 gaming mouse has issues with everything from hardware design to its firmware and software. But it does have pretty pulsating colored …

Usability

Does Casting videos from YouTube to the big screen come at the creators’ expense?

Creators on YouTube had a rough year in 2017 with prominent large advertisers leaving the platform over a continuous stream of scandals regarding …

Chromecast

Top 10 most read articles of 2017

“Wasting 715,4 MB per month for a single string on a web administration interface that the customer is only likely to visit once a year is outright …

Cortana

Allowing OCSP stapling in Apache Web Server with SELinux policies

Most Linux distributions with enforced Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) policies won’t allow the Apache Web Server to connect to an<p>OCSPresponder …

Linux

Linode and Vultr no longer disables SELinux by default in Fedora Server 27

The two virtual private server (VPS) hosting providers Linode and Vultr have been offering server instances of Fedora Server with Security-Enhanced …

Linux

About the <å> element

I’ve received an embarrassing number of questions over the years asking me about my use of “<å>” in my articles. I’ve had to answer this so many …

Web Development

Two steps backwards on IPv6 adoption in 2017

The web as a whole might be steadily progressing towards greater IPv6 adoption, but my own journey has hit some rough patches in the last year. My …

Wi-Fi

Latest TP-Link updates resolve NTP data squandering firmware issue

The latest firmware update for TP-Link repeaters/range extenders saves their customers approximately 715 MB every month in unwanted internet …

Wi-Fi

Lenovo Companion app doesn’t notify you about security updates to TPM firmware

New Lenovo devices come pre-installed with the <i>Lenovo Companion</i>; an app that manages device maintenance and warranty, and is responsible for updating …

Information Security

Exploring Bitcoin vanity addresses

Bitcoin payment addresses are around 30 character strings of cryptographic gobbledygook. However, if you expend a little processing power, and you …

Cryptocurrency

The inadequate Windows keyboard layout

Your keyboard layout (“keymap”) is the map between your thoughts and the physical movements of your hands and fingers — whether it be on a touch …

Typography

Notes on dual-booting Linux with BitLocker Device Encryption and Secure Boot

Take some precautions, have a backup plan, and you can leave your Windows partition encrypted and keep your system using secure boot alongside a …

Linux

Recovering from HTTP clients that include URL #fragments in their requests

The web is an open place where all sorts of broken client implementations can roam free. In this article, I’ll walk you through how you can help out …

Software Development

Roomba app notifications are unhelpful and miss the point

The Roomba iRobot 900, 890, and 690 series robotic vacuum cleaners are WiFi enabled and can be remotely controlled from the iRobot Home app. The app …

Robots

New Web Media Extensions adds Ogg, Theora, and Vorbis codecs to Windows

In October, I wrote about how Microsoft is bringing Ogg, Theora, and Vorbis open media formats to Windows 10. They’ve managed to deliver on that …

Software

Flattr vs Brave Payments, comparing microtransaction service fees

There was a surprising amount of interest in last month’s article where I discussed the fees for the microtransaction service Flattr and compared …

Cryptocurrency

Amazon Australia seems to prepare for Affiliate Program launch

A new website for the Amazon Australia Affiliate Program came online some time in early November. At the time of publishing, the site only returns a …

Amazon