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Hello Monkey

Meet Fred (that's what I'm calling him); he was sat at the back of his cage at Bristol Zoo Gardens when I went to take a photograph of him. He spotted my camera and decided he wanted a better look, in the process of examining my camera he struck a pose for me! Fred is a Brown Spider Monkey who lives in the Monkey Jungle at Bristol Zoo. The Brown Spider Monkey is critically endangered which is the step before being extinct in the wild. They are extremely charismatic and have very strong personalities, they live in small units of…

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Modern Browser Security Reporting

I have written a few articles about 'Browser Security Headers' in recent months; I partly wrote them to encourage me to read more on the subject myself but I hope that someone starting off on the subject will find them useful. Rather than write another quick post on the subject I have decided to reference a new training video that Troy Hunt and Scott Helme have recently published on Pluralsight. For those who have not heard of Pluralsight before it is the largest (and in my opinion the best) online training resource for those looking to learn more about technical…

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How I run melodiouscode.net

Partly for myself and partly for any interested readers I wanted to note down how melodiouscode.net works; what technologies and providers are used and for what purpose. This is not going to be a deep technical article but more of an overview and the basis for some more technical articles in the future.Although this is a just a simple blog (for now anyway!) I have been using it to learn more about the systems that are out there to support and secure a larger website. Much of the work I have done is overkill for a small blog…

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Folders, Folders, always folders

Two of my employers' largest clients are law firms, and being law firms they regularly receive instructions from insurance firms for claims to be processed. This is where I come in, over the years I have created (or incremented) many instruction feeds.…

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Be a password ninja!

Our dog, Daisy the West Highland White Terrier, decided she desperately needed a pee at 5:50 am on Saturday; and the weekend makes it my turn to get up with her! After dealing with her needs and turning on the coffee machine I didn't fancy picking up the project I have been working on and decided to try something new. I needed a link for the password reset and password change pages of the project I am working on. I wanted to present the user with some simple to understand advice on how to pick a good password; don't…

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IT Support Scammers

No matter how strong your technical security is (antivirus, firewalls, security headers, well-written applications, etc) there is always one sure route to failure, social engineering. If a privileged user can be convinced to perform nefarious acts on a system that system is compromised. That being said most professionals are not going to fall for that (although I know one who did fall for a variant the old Nigerian finance scam to the tune of several thousand pounds); the less initiated are a different story and we as IT professionals have a duty to help them! IT Support scams appear to…

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Microsoft Surface Book fan noise and overheating

My work laptop is a first-generation Microsoft Surface Book (the 8GB model); it is by far the best laptop that I have worked with (both personal and professional). Granted there are better devices out there (a few Lenovo models come to mind) but I can't afford them and my employer is unlikely to authorise them (getting the surface book required a guilt trip!). Other than the first SB that I had suffering death within a few months (horrid grating fan noises, followed by a replacement) I have not had a single problem that wasn't related to configuration or an old…

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