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Anyone who’s tried to use RSS knows just how fiddly it is, and these days JSON is the de facto format for most things on the web. So – like a lot of people – I read the announcement of JSON Feed with great interest and decided to add a new feed to my site. Like all good lazy engineers the first thing I did was search the web and find some decent resources, including a couple of blogs belonging to people who have already beaten me to it:

Spring Symphonies

Fear not good readers, I definitely don’t mean symphonies of the standard sort, I was just looking for a decent title. A while has passed since my last music post, months in fact, so there are plenty of excellent rock, metal and experiment albums for me to share, and the main problem I’ll have is keeping this short. So, in no particular order here are a few of the things I’ve been enjoying this spring.

SSH audit is a cool python-based tool for information gathering and auditing SSH services, it can fingerprint services based on the presence of supported features and server banners and also gives recommendations to help improve your server’s security. The functionality itself is interesting, but digging a bit into the internals reveals some cool fingerprinting ideas. SSH audit is an excellent tool for checking the security of SSH services, either during client engagements or for server hardening.

Winter wailing

Changes to Apple Music have had more of an adverse affect on my discovery process than I hoped, and so this post has been a long time coming. In writing this, I’ve delved through my own discoveries as well as a some of my favourite musical blogs, Dark Hemyspheres, Doom charts and Stoned Meadow of Doom. The result is a mix of albums which came out in December 2017 and January 2017.

Autumn music

October and November were a bit of a blur, and I ended up sitting on a draft post for most of November before suddenly, BANG, it was December! Doh. Anyway, things have slowed down a little in the music world, but there”s still literally more amazing music release each month than a standard pair of human ears can cope with. Rather than rattle on for ages, here are a few of my top picks.