Why API responses should be signed

by @edent | # # | 36 comments | Read ~4,042 times.
Doctor Who holding a glowing key

I'm going to start this discussion with the why and then move on to the how. Let's begin with a couple of user stories. As the recipient of some data, I want to verify that it hasn't been tampered with. and As the recipient of some data, I want to verify who originally published it.…

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When do symbols stop being political?

by @edent | # # | 4 comments
Statue of Millicent Fawcett, the suffragette.

I am a civil servant in the UK - this is my personal blog. As part of my job, I have to follow the Civil Service Code which, among other things, says I'm not allowed to be political at work. Political Impartiality You must: serve the government ... no matter what your own political beliefs…

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Digital Scarcity is a Con

by @edent | # # | 2 comments | Read ~112 times.

In the early days of the web, I used to go hunting for Beatles Bootlegs. I scoured forums, emailed dodgy geezers, and swapped poorly encoded RealAudio™ files on USENET. The Beatles had recently released their Anthology series, and us nerds were desperate to hear more unreleased goodies. Sure, there were rarities and out-takes, but we…

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Even Google forgets to renew its domains

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Domain showing as available to purchase.

tl;dr Google forgot to renew a domain used in their documentation. It was mildly embarrassing for them. And possibly a minor security concern for some new G-Suite domain administrators Background Choosing a good example domain, to use in documentation, is hard. You want something which is obviously an example, so that users understand they have…

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Why I make my work calendar public

by @edent | # # # | 11 comments | Read ~318 times.
A weekly calendar showing lots of overlapping meetings.

If you'd like to set up a meeting or call with me, chances are, I've sent you a link to my calendar. It's a public website where you can see when I'm available. One important note, before we go any further, this public calendar only shows my free/busy status. It doesn't show the names of…

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Weeknotes: A year at #NHSX

by @edent | # # # # | 7 comments | Read ~307 times.
Terence Eden speaking at a conference.

A year ago, I swapped my comfy job at GDS for a new role at the Department of Health and Social Care. So, this is a sort of informal end-of-year review. It has been a fun and challenging year. Some of the things I've tried have worked, others less so. The Good Helped kickstart NHSX.…

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A year of going cashless - and where it hasn't worked

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Four credit cards in a pile

I set myself a resolution last year - go 12 months without using physical cash. No coins, no notes, no gold bullion, no cheques. I attempted to do all my spending on credit card, Direct Debit, and bank transfer (BACS). It worked! Mostly... Here's where it didn't work, and what I learned from it. Foreign…

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What's the most annoying gadget you own?

by @edent | # # # | 4 comments | Read ~151 times.
A bulb with circuitry.

Let me preface this post by saying that I am a lazy idiot. I have a problem, I keep leaving the fridge door open. I've come home a few times only to discover my half-hearted push hasn't properly closed the door and it has swung back open. Our new house has a built in fridge,…

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User Stories From The Blokechain

by @edent | # # | 1 comment | Read ~296 times.
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bləʊk ʧeɪn Noun: any technology which attracts clueless men User Stories are great! A simplified snippet to help you understand the problem you're facing. There are, of course, a vanishingly small number of genuine use-cases for the Blockchain. So cryptobores have to resort to ever more baroque explanations to sell their wares. I recently stumbled…

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OpenBenches is a recipient of a Microgrant!

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The Open Benches logo.

We're delighted to announce that our OpenBenches.org project has been awarded a $250 microgrant from Icculus! When I agreed to the award, I hadn’t heard about @eiais’s firing, or any of the others. It’s not much money, but I don’t think quantity is relevant. — Ryan C. Gordon (@icculus) December 25, 2019 (If I don’t…

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