Responsible Disclosure: CloudFlare - more interested in tracking than security


A confirmation email asking me to click on a link,

CloudFlare claim they want to secure the web - but they seem more interested in tracking their customers than giving them decent security. Upon registering with the Internet giant, users are encouraged to confirm their email addresses. So far, so standard. This is the confirmation message CloudFlare sends out: Looks good! Hey! I wonder where […]

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Stand Up Comedy - Dealing With The Fear


Terence Eden performing stand u comedy. He is holding a microphone.

I could hear the act before me getting uproarious laughs. I was stuck on the toilet panicking my guts out. Why was this happening? My job involves lots of public speaking - to strangers, colleagues, senior leaders, peers, and random people on the Internet. To small BarCamps and to thousands of people in a conference […]

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Week Notes - A Year In Review


Terry and Liz in a convertable car, their hair flowing.

It's my birthday! As is customary, here's my year in review. See 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. It has felt like a bit of a "holding pattern" year. When I started writing this post, I really didn't feel like I'd accomplished much. Turns out, I'm an idiot and have been franticly busy! […]

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The unreasonable psychological effectiveness of the LISA


Photos of some porcelain piggy banks in the shape of pigs in clothes. Photo taken by William Warby.

Pop quiz! Which is bigger - 25% or 20%? That's a pretty simple question, isn't it? If your boss asked if you wanted a 25% bonus, or a 20% bonus, you know which one you'd pick. The UK Government has a savings product called a LISA - Lifetime Individual Savings Account. The premise is pretty […]

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Review: BitWarden - the better password manager


Bitwarden vault showing 795 login details.

I've been a long time user of LastPass - but over the last year, they've abandoned their Linux customers and insisted that users pay to access enhanced security. Forget that noise! I started looking for a new password manager and, on the recommendation of several friends, started using BitWarden. Pros Open Source! Works in the […]

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People who live in smart-houses, shouldn't throw parties


Screenshot of a phone showing various smart home devices.

I have friends. More than one! I also have a home full of smart-gadgets which are controlled by apps. The two don't mix. This is yet another complaint about solipsistic app design. Let's take my Lifx bulbs. I have a friend staying for a few days, and he needs to be able to turn lights […]

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"Please interrupt me if I use an acronym or term you don't understand"


Terence Eden speaking at the ThingMonk conference.

This isn't a new speaking tip - and it is one I've stolen from several other speakers on the conference circuit - but I want to explain how it made me feel to use it. I started my talk at Hackference Birmingham with an impassioned plea to the audience. If you don't understand something I've […]

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Annoyed by Android's circular icons? Here's how to fix them


Each icon has a unique shape.

One of Android's mottos is "Be Together; Not The Same". What does that mean to you? To me, it means that you don't need to conform to a single way of doing things. Sadly, Google seems to be moving far away from that ideal. The latest change - adaptive icons. All "adaptive icons" means is […]

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A love-letter to OpenDataCamp #odcamp


Terence and Liz at a laptop. Terence is wearing wrist braces.

Last week I took an all-too-short visit to Aberdeen for Open Data Camp 6. A two-day unconference looking at Open Data from an international perspective. What works, what doesn't, how we can do better, and what exciting things are coming up. I was mostly there for work - but managed to spend some time talking […]

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Telnet control of Toshiba Smart TVs


Trinity from the movie The Matrix, she's a bad ass hacker!

Here's how to control the Toshiba 49U6863 - and other similar models - using Telnet. Quickstart At the command prompt, type telnet 192.168.0.123 4660 then type 1012 and your TV will turn on. MAGIC! Background After six years of use, I decided to upgrade my old 37 inch Panasonic TV. I know Toshiba aren't the […]

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