Hackerific

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Not long ago, I joined the O’Reilly Security Newsletter (which I highly recommend by the way), and was given the choice of one of several free eBooks. I went for Network Security Assessment (3rd edition) and wasn’t disappointed. This book is a short review, listing some of the things I enjoyed about it. Despite being unfinished, this is a mature and captivating book about examining networks for vulnerabilities. I work daily on the concepts covered in this book and I can imaging that when it’s finished it will be a go-to book on my shelf (yeah, I’ll probably buy a physical copy).

Music in August

I’ve seen a couple of miserable sounding posts suggesting that there’s not been much good dark music this month, and I have to say that I disagree! For me, the month started with Supernormal festival, where I saw some amazing bands, like Ashtray Navigations, The Cush, Tomaga and Heather Leigh, and then when I got back from that cool bands kept releasing cool albums. This post is about a few of them.

The ubiquitous git (no, not a person) provides several tools for managing repositories, but most of them operate at a fairly low-level.This means it’s often necessary to hack together quick scripts when there’s something you need to get done. I needed to remove a load of old, but merged, branches from some remote (centrally hosted) repositories, so (in the words of the slingshot channel) “Let me show you what I came up with!

I’m at the end of a trial of Contexts an interesting window switching app for macOS (ooh, new style naming!), and I’m enjoying using it so decided to write a review. From its homepage, the core idea of Contexts is to improve Command + Tab functionality and make it a lot more flexible. In my view it definitely succeeds on both counts, but at the expense of being a little confusing, and maybe having a few too many features.

Music in July

For me, July has been completely dominated by Gojira’s Magma. Having not been a fan in the past, the fact that I’m enjoying this so much came as something of a shock… Especially the vocals, which seem a bit cleaner than on their previous albums. Overall, this seems a bit more progressive on past albums, as well as less aggressive. Check it out. Listen on: Apple Music CD from Amazon MP3 from Amazon (also on Amazon Prime Music) Next up, I’ve been loving Inter Arma’s Paradise Gallows.