Google Play Won't Accept PayPal

by @edent | , , | 19 comments | Read ~49,279 times.

Hey kids! Did you know that the best way to report bugs to Google is via passive-aggressive blog posts? Yup, s'true. They don't offer support for any of their products*, so your only hope is getting your complaint to the top of Reddit / HackerNews / Cool Site of the Day and hoping that particular…

ASCII Art in QR Codes

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There are plenty of QR generators which will render the code in ASCII, but I wanted to try something a little different. Is it possible to hide ASCII Art into QR Codes? Errr.... yes... It's pretty damn simple! I was surprised I couldn't find anyone else doing this. (_/) (='.'=) (")_(") Becomes: Which, when scanned,…

Putting UK Flooding Alerts Onto Twitter #UKBLC14

by @edent | , , | 1 comment | Read ~105 times.

As part of BlueLightCamp '14, a group of civil servants, hackers, and emergency service workers got together for a weekend of furious creation. I decided to look at flooding data. The recent floods in the UK are a brutal remember of the realities of climate change and our poor stewardship of the nation's waterways. The…

Cosmetic Changes to the Microsoft 4000 Keyboard

by @edent | , , | Read ~844 times.

I've written before about my love for the MS 4000 Ergonomic Keyboard. It's the only keyboard I'm comfortable typing on for extended periods of time. Sadly, one of mine has started to get a bit old and frail - the letters are rubbing off and the keys are getting a bit spongy - so I…

Review - Wooden Phone Case for Galaxy Note 3

by @edent | , | 2 comments | Read ~2,764 times.

VWTech Co Ltd are yet another company out of Shenzen, China, selling weird and wonderful gadgets at knockdown prices. I decided to treat myself to one of their "Unique Real Handmade Natural Wood Wooden Hard Bamboo Shockproof Case For Samsung Galaxy Note 3" It promised to be a laser-cut and engraved, bamboo case for my…

Minor Privacy Flaw in iTunes API (Disclosed)

by @edent | , | 1 comment | Read ~1,073 times.

A (very minor) privacy issue I found with the iTunes API - disclosed on 7th April. Apple provide an API to allow users to search the iTunes store. Let's suppose that a user wishes to search for Music Videos from The Beatles. The search itself is performed over HTTPS. https://itunes.apple.com/search?entity=musicVideo&term=beatles This means that anyone sniffing…

Hack Da Police (and other emergency services) #UKBLC14

by @edent | , , ,

Big banner for Blue Light Camp 2014.

This is a necropost - resurrected from the now defunct blog of a previous employer. I've just come back from an amazing BlueLightCamp 2014 - held in the splendid offices of the Ordnance Survey. Themed unconferences are nothing new - but I think this was one of the first that I've been to focussed on…

XSS at Food.gov.uk - disclosed and fixed

by @edent | , | Read ~429 times.

A few months ago, I was attending the National Hack The Government event. I was showing off some of the work I had been doing on "The Unsecured State" - looking at *.gov.uk website security. I was chatting to an envoy from the Food Standards Agency who was eager to hear more about what I'd…