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January's Music

Following on in my new series of blogging about music, here’s a roundup of some new (and not-so-new) music I’ve enjoyed in January. I’ll try to post once a month, when there’s something to post, and as January seems to have lacked in awesome releases this post will be pretty short. As well as some brief pseudo-reviews I’ll try to wrap up with a short rant about something related, and see how that goes.

In the beginning of 2013 I bought myself a Maplin USB Weather Station. Like lots of things in Maplin, it’s produced by an OEM and then rebranded, and in this case the unit is a Fine Offset WH1081, it consists of a pole which is stuck in the garden, and a ‘touch screen’ display and wireless reader. My original plan was to work out how to sniff the wireless signals from the external unit and directly read the data, but despite playing about with exactly that, and despite plenty of evidence that it is possible I never got anywhere.

2015 Music Roundup

I’m pretty sure that in a parallel universe there’s a version of me who’s a metal guitarist. I love music, despite knowing nothing about it technically and I spend most of my waking hours listening to rock and metal. So, in a break from regular programming (haha, there’s nothing regular about my posting), heres’s a post about some delicious dark music I’ve discovered and enjoyed in the last year – in no particular order.

2015 year was an another interesting year for security and some cool utilities appeared. Rather than cover the same old ground and gush about how amazing nmap, masscan and shodan are though (not that they’re not amazing, of course), I’d like to highlight a few lesser known tools I’ve found useful, and discovered in the last year. TLS Prober One of my favourite security projects last year was undoubtedly TLS Prober.

Since finishing my PhD and leaving the world of academia I’ve moved from doing most dev work locally using TextMate to using remote VMs and using vim. I’ve also spent less time hacking outside of work, and so a few of the projects I used to spend a fair amount of time on have fallen by the wayside. One of these poor languishing projects was the Gnuplot TextMate bundle. A lot has happened to TextMate in the six years(!