April 21, 2014

Pinpointing application security issues

So much productivity in software development comes from tools that allow pinpointing issues in the code. There's no need to hold whole codebase to high standards when the tools can quickly locate the few places in need of developer's attention. Why cannot it be that simple with security?

How to route server traffic through VPN

I've got a server on the Internet. Protecting some standard services like SSH is not a big deal as they are designed to be secure. The standard method to protect all kinds of application traffic is to wrap it in VPN. This is however quite non-trivial as I have discovered. Let's look at the options.

April 19, 2014

Wuala sync failure (solved)

I am just testing Wuala. I am going to dump it for something better due to its acquisition by American Seagate, but I have already uploaded some files to Wuala and it will be easier to migrate if I sort out all sync issues first.

April 18, 2014

Which programming competitions are worth your time?

I will now show you my list of the best world-wide programming competitions that are open to professionals, not just students.

April 16, 2014

Screencast recording on Windows

It's 2014. Screencasts must be super easy to do. They are not. While there are some tools that work in some cases, there's nothing that wouldn't fail in my use case in one way or another.

April 14, 2014

The Lean Startup revisited

In the middle of Google Code Jam qualification round, I got sidetracked into pondering startup and entrepreneurship issues. It all started with Michal Truban's blog (in Slovak) where he recommended Eric Ries's book The Lean Startup, which I have found as an online PDF. The PDF is likely illegal and going to disappear soon, so read quickly to save round trip time to a book store.

April 8, 2014

My experience with ZeroC Ice

At WBP online, we use ZeroC Ice middleware for some of our communication needs. This post is a summary of my experience with Ice. My overall opinion of the software is rather negative, but it's more interesting to know why.

April 1, 2014

Help! Google+ is stealing my content!

Do you post links to your content on Google+? You might change your mind after you learn that Google search now prefers Google+ excerpts over the original content.