Summer 2020 round-up

15-Oct-2020


A round-up of tweets, links and other gubbins from the past few months (click here to read the previous instalment).

What I've been working on

The coronavirus pandemic lockdown goes on, and with it the continuation of the (possibly permanent) return to working-from-home. Summer "WFH" went well, which was kind of expected - from previous experience, spring and summer are definitely the best months to be sat around the home office in a t-shirt and comfy old pair of shorts. It will be interesting to see if the enthusiasm carries over into autumn...

The biggest challenge of working from home is getting away from the desk regularly, especially once the days turn cold, grey and wet. To help combat this sedentary lifestyle I've invested in a fitness-tracking watch, which currently tells me I have the fitness levels of a 20 year old! No doubt that's hard-coded to ensure that consumers are happy with their new purchase :-)

On the projects front, apart from some security work for Nokia, the main focus of my summer has been the ongoing development of the meal subscription service I mentioned in my previous update. It's been quite a demanding project in terms of scheduling and to some extent technology, but I'm thoroughly pleased with how it has turned out. It officially launched this week, hopefully the orders will come pouring in - I imagine there's never been a better time to launch such a service! (silver linings n' all that...)

What I've been reading

Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee
The Plotters, by Un-su Kim
The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin

What I've been tweeting

24-Aug-2020
A few years old, but a very interesting overview of how Google handles its internal source control needs - 86TB of data, 35 million commits, 2 billion lines of code, 9 million unique source files, youch!
cacm.acm.org/magazines/2016/7/204032-why-google-stores-billions-of-lines-of-code-in-a-single-repository

02-Aug-2020
Oooh, I'd love to see this - feels like a darker, more dystopian version of Tyrrau Mawr by Bedwyr Williams (but without the wonderful narration), which I was lucky enough to see at Cardiff Museum a few years ago - Journey to the Dark II, by Yang Yongliang:
yangyongliang.com/new-gallery-43
vimeo.com/231694475

12-Jul-2020
Well well, I never realised that target="_blank" could be so dangerous:
jitbit.com/alexblog/256-targetblank---the-most-underestimated-vulnerability-ever/

07-Jul-2020
Why am I only now finding out about nullable type-hinting in PHP?!?

05-Jul-2020
The Impending Doom of Expiring Root CAs and Legacy Clients
scotthelme.co.uk/impending-doom-root-ca-expiring-legacy-clients/

28-Jun-2020
I rather admire the transparency displayed by GitLab in making public the results of their own internal phishing vulnerability attack:
gitlab.com/gitlab-com/gl-security/gl-redteam/red-team-tech-notes/-/tree/master/RT-011%20-%20Phishing%20Campaign