Posts Tagged ‘LinkedIn’

Developer’s ADHD – Encryption

March 31st, 2013 Comments off

So I started by working on a blog post about reasonably secure passwords which led to me wanting to bang out some more AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption in C#.

Instead of opening some older code I have I decided to dig back in and see what’s new on the interwebs.  First stop was Microsoft’s MSDN to check the .NET 4.5 System.Security.Cryptography namespace.  I also stopped off at a discussion of the differences in Rijndael and AES standard.


Git: It’s not poor spelling

March 29th, 2013 Comments off

I’ve used git with github and Azure before but in both cases I followed a pretty easy set of instructions.

Tonight I fired up PluralSight’s Git Fundamentals course by James Kovacs (4 modules, 1:51:25).  I was able to make it through the first two modules (about 45 minutes & no, I didn’t finish the material yet) before I took to messing around with my local repo and pushed it to bitbucket.  To be fair, bitbucket’s walk through as well as their documentation appears to be the equal of github’s and a little easier to find (at least the git related instructions) than Microsoft Azure’s.


High speed Internet … it’s all relative

March 25th, 2013 Comments off

I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy the fastest Internet service in the US (Feb 28, 2013) for a very attractive price.

100 mbps for $70/month
250 mbps for $140/month
1,000 mbps (or 1 gbps) for $300/month


100mbps can be a little misleading, however.  Below is a comparison of connections (measuring network latency, upload & download).  I used to generate these numbers (Speakeasy’s speed test yields similar results but has less servers; results from that test can be seen below, too).

Measurements by

Best download: 115.28mbps
Best upload: 103.72mbps


Azure DB Connection errors

February 16th, 2013 1 comment

I was working through a training and ran into an issue that occurs often with technology.  Examples and expectations of someone presenting seem to consistently diverge from real world experience.  It’s not the presenter’s fault; it’s the nature of the material.

In my example I was studying about Microsoft ASP.NET applications and the presenter made course material available but PluralSight charges $49/month (or $499/year) to get that and I’m trying to stick with the $29/month (or $299/year) model.  That means that to follow along I have to do whatever it takes to reproduce the same kind of environment.  Since I didn’t have the database available but I have access to Windows Azure development platforms from my corporate MSDN license (thanks, work) I thought a good option would be to host an SQL database on Azure and use that for my training.


Reading in 2013

February 4th, 2013 Comments off

Looking back over 2012, and 2011 for that matter, I recognize that I’ve let my reading lapse. I’ve read only required material and that with little enthusiasm. I’ve focused more on the mundane, the mechanical and not the transcendent aspects of life that produce fertile ground for fresh ideas.