This may seem obvious but the number of people that break this simple rule never fails to amaze me. Let’s look at an example, you are meeting with a potential hire and you are discussing salary, as an aside if they are good pay them above the going rate; thats a different post! You make an offer of 30 thousand a year, the other person doesn’t look too impressed. What you should never do (and ignore any uncomfortable silences) is then make another, higher, offer. Read on →

I started out in IT as a developer working on financial systems using VBA, after a very short period of trying to do flexible string manipulation I stumbled on to Perl, Regular Expressions and the Win32::OLE module; I was hooked. About a year later I had the chance to work at a mostly Perl shop (at the tail end of the dotcom boom) and I was exposed to Unix systems, thats when things got interesting for me. Read on →

I’ve heard the name SXIP (pronounced ‘skip’) mentioned on a couple of different privacy forums (and in the Web2.0 coverage) and decided to have a closer look at what it provides. The short version, I promise!, is that SXIP wants to be a single sign-on provider and help with filling out forms based upon your chosen persona. For the longer version of the who, what and how I’d suggest first listening to the IT Conversations SXIP show and then spending five minutes with the SXIP Demo. Read on →

Heres the shell of an idea I’ve been mulling over recently, we all know that compilers on server are bad don’t we? The common wisdom (and this is often disputed by people who use source based systems) is that people shouldn’t be compiling up new versions of software on the production servers. By omitting the compiler suite and required header files you force compilation to occur elsewhere. The second reason, and I’m not so sure about how current this is, is that you deny an attacker an easy way of hiding their tracks. Read on →

I’ve added a short Perl script called linksinfo to the miniprojects page. When invoked with an absolute URL it will parse through the HTML and pull out links. The text in each href tag will then be displayed. If you use a ‘-l’ then it will also display the target of the link. Why?: This is the first of a couple of scripts I’m writing to help maintain certain meta-data about a website I’m responsible for.

I dislike most modern music (I’m 24 and I’m turning into my grandfather!) but a couple of songs from The Streets last album were good so I decided to give their second a chance; very wise choice. The songs themselves cover a pretty diverse area, from the upbeat backing of “Fit but you know it” to the down trodden lyrics of “Dry Your Eyes” the CD contains a number of little gems. Read on →

For one of the projects I’m working on I needed to see which type of ads Google would choose to bestow on certain pages. A co-worker pointed me at Try Before You Sell at the (unofficial) Google Weblog. While this is quite handy (and easy to use in a bookmarklet) I did find it a little cumbersome. So filled with the drive of an early morning and bacon sandwiches I decided to put together a right click extension for IE. Read on →

Author: Jonathan Hassell ISBN: 0596003226 Publisher: O’Reilly & Associates RADIUS (the Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) isn’t getting any younger or popular, it’s a specialised technology that very few people seem to discuss and even fewer write books about. Unfortunately the ones we do have, such as this, don’t exactly encourage it’s adoption. The book starts with a solid overview of the AAA process/framework, AAA in this context being Authentication, Authorisation and Access Control. Read on →

In my quest to learn how RADIUS works and the correct way of running my own server I picked up both the O’Reilly RADIUS book and GNU RADIUS, A Reference Manual. Neither of which are exactly ground breaking books. Now I’ve almost finished the O’Reilly book I thought it would be a good time to get my hands dirty and have a play, so I looked at XT RADIUS; which hasn’t been updated since very early in 2002. Read on →

I read a lot of books, some of them are inspiring, entertaining and relevant. Some are dull, overly terse and yet still useful; The O’Reilly Radius book is more akin to bad dental surgery. What really annoys me is that I can’t think of a better way of presenting such as dry topic, the book provides detailed coverage that is just as easy to read and understand (and as fascinating) as the original RFC version. Read on →