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  1. Methods of DNS Encryption

    The "end-to-end" encryption wave is a great thing - securing the data moving between you and the websites you visit is important. However, one of the issues that presents itself, either when companies keeping track of what you are doing in order to more efficiently sell you things (surveillance capitalism), government …

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  2. Tor, Part 4: Varied and Sundry

    In this last part of my series on Tor (earlier posts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) I want to talk about SSL certificates for onion sites, onion hostname versions, and using Tor with Python.

    SSL Certificates

    For the regular web, ssl allows secure connections to websites, and, secondarily …

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  3. Tor, Part 2: EOTK

    OK, so now, after having read Part 1 you know something about how Tor works, and you've downloaded the browser, and looked around. So let's say you've already got a great website going, but you want to mirror it on the Tor network. How might you do that? As I'll …

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  4. Tor, Part 1: The Basics

    I've known about Tor and onions for quite a while now, but haven't really gotten a chance to dive into them until quite recently. Because I've now had a chance to dive in, I figured I should write some blog posts about what it is, what tools are out there …

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  5. NetSuite and Python

    Sorry it's been a while since I've posted - but I'm working on a posting calendar, and hope to be much more regular in my posting.

    I spent quite a bit of time recently, working on trying to get data to and from NetSuite using Python. There was so little information …

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  6. Introducing Simple AWS

    I've talked about Boto3 before. Boto3 is the main SDK that most people use to connect with AWS resources with python. Boto3 itself relies on Botocore, the lowest-level interface for AWS.

    What I learned in the process of spending 2 years focused on AWS is that first, Boto3 is not …

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  7. Boto3 for Simple Queue Service

    There are a variety of ways python applications can talk to each other. APIs might be the most common way, but APIs have a fair bit of overhead - there has to be something there listening all the time. One other way is asychronous communication via a message broker.

    I'd not …

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  8. Boto3 for DynamoDB

    As I described in my last post, Boto3 is the higher level SDK for AWS services. One of the services I've used quite a lot is DynamoDB. DynamoDB is a NoSQL key-value store. It's a little out of the scope of this blog entry to dive into details of DynamoDB …

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  9. Drupal 8 First Impressions

    I took a break from Drupal development for about 2 years, and decided recently (largely for practical purposes) to dive back in. I had spent many years developing websites in Drupal - I started back in 2005 using Drupal 4.7, and I have developed websites on every version since, except …

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  10. gspread vs. pygsheets

    I'm doing a very cool project for OpenIssue, LLC, a company I have been connected to for a number of years. This project involves a lot of API work, including Salesforce, varied database systems, and lots of AWS resources. I expect during the course of this project to get to …

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