AWS: Lambda@Edge Now Available

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made Lambda available at the Edge. By edge they mean the edge nodes of their CloudFront (CF) content distribution network (CDN). This mash-up of the two services allows for processing of final data all the way out to the point where it is almost reaching the client and allows for… Continue reading AWS: Lambda@Edge Now Available

Release: PHP 7.0.16 & 7.1.2

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PHP has released versions 7.0.16 and 7.1.2 (these versions are not security releases, just bug/patch releases)

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AWS: You’ve Been Chimed

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has come out with a number of new features to compete with the likes of Google, Microsoft, and a litany of other cloud service provider’s push into the enterprise user space. Google has had Google for Work for quite some time. Microsoft introduced Office 365 within the past couple of years… Continue reading AWS: You’ve Been Chimed

AWS: EBS Update: Elastic EBS Volumes

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A couple years ago Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced one of the most requested features: a mountable file system that could be used across multiple server/elastic compute/EC2 instances. In addition to that it would scale automatically — no setting a storage size — with however much data you used, just like their simple storage service… Continue reading AWS: EBS Update: Elastic EBS Volumes

BSOD from SPACE

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

Pretty much everyone knows what the blue screen of death is. That dreaded complete system failure that happens every so often. Sometimes for no reason at all. It can happen on any device – PC, Mac, Android, iOS/iPhone… most of the time the device just reboots. Any number of issues can cause them – software… Continue reading BSOD from SPACE

JavaScript Attack Can Break ASLR

BleepingComputer has reported that security researchers discovered a new attack that can be carried out in nearly any browser just using JavaScript. Even with the protections & sandboxing of today’s modern browsers (like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox) it can break the address space layout randomization (ASLR) that most of today’s central… Continue reading JavaScript Attack Can Break ASLR

Introducing RequireWP

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I built this new WordPress plugin, RequireWP, to help speed up the web. It extends WordPress’s WP_Scripts class to write your script requirements out with Require.js syntax. I have seen a ~20% speed increase (decline in load time) on this site which is using the plugin as well. After installing I just had to modify… Continue reading Introducing RequireWP

AWS: Rekognition Update

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) had added a new feature to it’s Rekognition facial recognition service: age range. The artificial intelligence cloud service has added age ranges to it’s analysis of peoples’ faces. When you feed in a photo (image) it will estimate the minimum and maximum age range of each person in the photo: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-rekognition-update-estimated-age-range-for-faces/

WordPress 4.7.2: Hidden Exploit Fix

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The recently released version 4.7.2 of WordPress had an additional security fix which was not disclosed in the changelog when it was released. The issue? A privilege escalation / content injection bug in the REST API that allowed for the potential that anyone could edit any post. How? Part of the REST API had an… Continue reading WordPress 4.7.2: Hidden Exploit Fix

Release: Elasticsearch 5.2

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elastic has released version 5.2 of their search software, Elasticsearch. Here is what you can expect from this release: Numeric & Date range fields: New field types (integer_range, float_range, long_range, double_range, and date_range) were added allowing you  to define a minimum and maximum numeric or date range when you post data to the document field.… Continue reading Release: Elasticsearch 5.2