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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.

Programming ligatures are font glyphs designed to improve the readability of code. If you spend a lot of time staring at a terminals or text editors you might* find that ligatures can hugely decrease the time it takes you to read, understand and locate code, which if you’re doing any kind of maintenance work is awesome. (*I say “might” above because I’m not aware of evidence, but I’m also not aware of any studies.

This month saw the release of macOS Sierra, the one with the name change. Along with that came some pretty hefty changes to iTunes Music. Some of these changes are cute, like curated playlists, but others, like the removal of most lists of new music, are not so nice. I’m still trying to work out the best way to discover new music, now that I can’t view lists of all new albums, but I’m sure I’ll think of something.