Blog Index for February 2018

The first web page, viewed by the first web browser, on a teletype, retrocomputing completeness

(March 3, 2018)

In 1989-1992 when the World Wide Web was being invented, computers were rather different than today. Tim Berners-Lee used a NeXT computer to do the implementation, but it wasn't uncommon to use a paper-based terminal or a dumb CRT terminal. The first web browser, called the Line Mode browser, was rather primitive, but it worked okay on a character terminal.

Is HTTPS Dangerous? HTTPS is incredibly useful but there may be critical flaws making it dangerous

(February 26, 2018)

HTTPS encrypts our website connections and it authenticates website identity. Both are excellent reassurances for website users, to give us a feeling of safety online. The video attached here makes a bold claim that HTTPS is actually dangerous. Let's take a look at that claim.

Udemy caught selling a Python programming course with stolen content

(February 22, 2018)

A semi-pro YouTuber found some of his instructional videos had been incorporated in a Udemy course. The response exposes a dark underbelly to Udemy that should cause one worries - how many of Udemy's courses are using stolen content? Does this raise a question whether Udemy is worthy of our support as customers?

Eliminate certain annoying/suspicious/intrusive Windows 10 features

(February 17, 2018)

Want to eliminate Cortana? How about the popup notification urging you to get on with installing Microsoft Word? Or that other about the lack of virus protection? Microsoft has a history of poor respect for their customers, and instead aggressively pushing products. And then there's the history of Clippy (ugh) and the modern incarnation, Cortana, that's simply more irritating than valuable. And finally a bunch of default Windows settings are downright intrusive or put extra load onto the computer than is necessary.

How to fix GitKraken Inotify Limit Error - upgrading Ubuntu/Linux inotify limits

(February 7, 2018)

GitKraken is a totally excellent Git client. If you're a software developer you should absolutely give GitKraken a try. Today I went to do some commits in one of my repositories but GitKraken told me it had gotten an Inotify Limit Error, and that I needed to increase this limit. Turns out the issue has nothing to do with GitKraken, and is also fairly easy to fix.

Move Windows Laptop to SSD drive without reinstall, for greater performance

(February 3, 2018)

Upgrading an older computer with an SSD drive breaths a new life into the computer. I have upgraded several MacBook Pro's (2009 through 2012) and joyfully experienced a great performance improvement -- each felt like a new machine, even though we're talking a 6-8 year-old computer. Today the task is upgrading my girlfriends Windows laptop with an SSD drive. You know the story, it takes 2+ minutes to boot the system, and doing anything takes forever. We're hoping that an SSD drive will mean a huge experience upgrade. Fortunately the process is fairly simple, even though Windows does not have built-in migration software.