Below you will find pages that utilize the taxonomy term “tech”
Plotting Points on a Map Using a Spreadsheet
A friend asked me recently about how to create a map with points on it using little more than the data in a spreadsheet. This wasn’t the first time I’d considered this problem, but I’ve never found a tool to make it simple to have a map that auto-updates when its source spreadsheet changes. Until now. After asking some friends on the internet, I was informed that National Map, a website from Australia which is built using Terria, should do the job nicely.
Securing your Bitwarden and LastPass Vaults
Recently, LastPass reported that an attacker was “able to copy a backup of customer vault data from the encrypted storage”. For LastPass users, this means that an attacker could have a copy of “unencrypted data, such as website URLs, as well as fully-encrypted sensitive fields such as website usernames and passwords, secure notes, and form-filled data.” Because sensitive data is encrypted, this attacker may not be able to access it, at least not immediately, but given they have all the time in the world to try, it’s possible they’ll eventually crack the encryption and gain access to the passwords contained within.
Open Source, Decentralised, and Federated Social Media Alternatives
tl;dr: Join me in exploring some alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Discord, Slack, Zoom, Skype, etc. Only through trying them out and starting to develop a critical mass will we be able to free ourselves from these giant platforms that don’t have our best interests at heart. When it comes to social media these days, we users are very definitely the product. We are bombarded with ads (or need to resort to ad blockers), censored for posting things that the platforms deem risky or not profitable (such as sexually explicit material or expressions about less mainstream parts of our identity), and at the same time are powerless to reliably get the platforms to remove content that is actively harmful.
Improving diversity and inclusion at tech (and other) events
Over the years I’ve attended and organised various conferences, hackathons, and other events, and it’s been interesting to observe the ways in which each of them handle (or don’t handle) diversity. This post is a collection of notes and pointers about the things I’ve noticed are some of the most important things to help increase diversity at events. When I say diversity, I’m largely referring to the diversity of the attendees at events.
The pain of passwords
This post may get a bit rambly and is kind of self-indulgent, but some might find it an interesting story. There’s a tl;dr at the bottom. I use a password manager to manage passwords to the majority of services and websites I have accounts with. Most of these sites have unique and complex passwords that I have no hope of remembering. I like it this way. Password managers can’t help with everything.
Online privacy: a tale of irony and contradiction
This is the post that prompted me to start this blog a month ago. I understand online privacy better than most. Unfortunately, privacy (and security; the two often go hand-in-hand) is often at odds with convenience. I have previously sacrificed convenience over privacy and security in many instances, because the latter two are important to me. Fair warning, this post doesn’t answer how to compromise between the above; it merely highlights my frustrations while trying to do so.
Upgrading from Mac OSX 10.6 to 10.7
Scenario Over the weekend I decided to upgrade my MacBook from MacOS 10.6 Snow Leapord to MacOS 10.7 Lion, for no particular reason other than “it seemed like a good idea at the time”. I encountered a few minor issues in the process, but it was mostly painless except that my Time Machine backups stopped working. This post details some of the issues I encountered and how I solved them.