App Access Control in 2018 (OAuth2 + OpenID)

One thing I’ve struggled with for the past few years is how to properly do authentication and authorization for web applications – but specifically, ASP.NET Web API (and now, ASP.NET Core Web API). In my professional opinion, building “API first”

Posted in .NET Core, ASP.NET, Best-practices, Cloud Computing, Computers and Internet, General, Infrastructure, New Technology, Security

Setting up developer-specific configuration with .NET Core

I’m working on a project that I will likely make a public repo on GitHub. However, it has credentials for an SMTP server. I would like to set it up so that the code that is checked-in, is generic and

Posted in .NET Core, Best-practices, Computers and Internet, General, Security

Organization Tools (early 2018)

It’s a new year and people are often motivated to organize their lives. At work too, we’ve been digging into the planning of what kind of work we are going to do this year. At this point, I feel comfortable

Posted in General, Organization will set you free, Professional Development

Rancher for Container Orchestration

Despite “containers” being a Linux technology, I believe Windows containers has an even bigger value-proposition. Because Windows is more “bloated” than Linux, and because it’s common to just “spin up another VM” for minimal workloads, I think turning Windows workloads

Posted in Computers and Internet, Docker, General, Infrastructure

Ansible Crash Course

In present-day, there are many great technologies for “automating stuff”. One newer concept is Infrastructure as Code (IaC), which is where you define how your infrastructure should look in “code” (a config file), and then various tools will go out

Posted in Ansible, Computers and Internet, General, Infrastructure, Linux, New Technology, Organization will set you free, Security

Hurricane Irma and Technology

I live in Florida and was affected by Hurricane Irma which hit on the night of September 10, 2017. In fact, the actual path of the eye was around 15 miles east of my city. Despite that, my home luckily

Posted in General, Infrastructure, New Technology, Organization will set you free

Philanthropic uses of your computing power (mining rigs)

I recently posted about cryptocurrency mining at home. This is where you use video card GPU’s, which have tremendous processing power, to make a little money from mining cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum. There are in fact, other uses

Posted in Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Computers and Internet, General, Infrastructure, Professional Development
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