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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.

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Win8 & iTunes 11.02 Installation Opportunities

February 21st, 2013 Comments off

PREFACE:  The issue described herein is most likely a product of what’s installed on my computer is because of my profession as a computer consultant.  This post isn’t meant to disparage Apple or Microsoft‘s hardware, software or support options.  It’s merely intended to recount my experiences.

 

I’m two hours into something that I wish would “just work” but because of the vagaries of what I install on my computer to support my career path I don’t fit some assumptions about users.

 

My goal:

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Azure DB Connection errors

February 16th, 2013 1 comment

I was working through a PluralSight.com 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.

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