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Hardening TLS with Apache as a reverse proxy

Posted on August 6, 2015
By Tim Wells This article documents how I configured Apache as a reverse proxy to IIS to harden TLS encryption. This could also be applied to other applications on Windows or Linux servers with a few modifications. I try to use the best encryption available for TLS connections on all of the web servers I work with. One of the servers has Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0, which does not support the newer and more secure protocols and cipher suites. I do not have the authority to upgrade the operating system…

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Tags: EncryptionInternetSecuritySSLTLS

My Trip to San Francisco

Posted on August 3, 2015
My Trip to San Francisco My Trip to San Francisco
I took a trip to the San Francisco area back in May. I've been meaning to write about it, so here it is. I flew there on Saturday May 2 and arrived that evening. Sunday I worshiped with the Airport Church of Christ, a small and friendly congregation close to the hotel I was staying at in South San Francisco. Sunday afternoon I visited The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. The Tech Museum was interesting, but it is mostly geared towards children. Then I found a Fry's Electronics store, a huge store tha…

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Tags: ComputersSanFranciscoSiliconValleyTechnologyTravelVacation

Browser Wars...Firefox 4 Rocks!

Posted on March 23, 2011
Until recently Google Chrome and Safari 5 outperformed the latest versions of Internet Explorer (8) and Firefox (3.6).  Now the recent releases of Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9, both compare to Chrome and Safari.  Benchmarks show some difference, but when using them there is little noticable difference between Firefox 4, Google Chrome 10, Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit) and Safari 5. Google Chrome is a nice, fast browser.  I like the Chrome Apps (especially the ability to run TweetDeck inside Chrome on a …

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Tags: ComputersInternetTechnology

Post-Release iPad Thoughts

Posted on April 9, 2010
There's no denying that the iPad is a neat device. That doesn't mean that everyone should go drop $500+ on one. I haven't had firsthand experience with the iPad, but here are some of my thoughts based on feedback from iPad owners. On the positive side The iPad is a beautifully designed device The 1GHz Apple A4 processor delivers stunning performance The 25-watt-hour battery delivers remarkable battery life. It makes a good indoor e-book reader (especially with the Kindle app) The color screen makes …

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Tags: AppleiPadTabletsTechnology

Thoughts on the iPad

Posted on January 28, 2010
Yesterday, Apple announced their "newest creation", the iPad. If you haven't heard about it yet, you can check it out at apple.com/ipad. I wasn't really impressed. To me, it's just an oversized iPod Touch with 3G. Steve Jobs took a shot at netbooks, saying "They're slow, they have low quality displays ... They're not better at laptops than anything, they're just cheaper." In my opinion the iPad is no comparison to a netbook! At least netbooks have a full operating system, multitasking, Flash, and are n…

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Tags: AppleiPadTabletsTechnology

How to spoof your location (IP Address)

Posted on December 27, 2009
In reply to @ianwheat: In order to spoof your location, you need to spoof your IP Address by using a web proxy (list), HTTP proxy (list) or a VPN (list). Your location is determined by your IP Adddress, so you can't spoof the location without spoofing the IP Address. In order to spoof the IP Address of a TCP Connection (because you need to be able to receive the reply from the website), you have to route your traffic through a remote proxy or VPN server. Also refer to the "Proxy Servers: Get Blocked Content…

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Tags: ComputersInternetNetworkingProxyTechnologyVPN

Windows 7 Tips

Posted on November 3, 2009
Here is a collection of some useful Windows 7 tips I've found. If you have multiple editions of Windows 7, check out How to Select Any Edition or Version (SKU) of Windows 7 to Install From Single Edition DVD Disc Media or ISO on My Digital Life. If you purchased an upgrade, but need to install it on a clean drive, read Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media by Paul Thurrott. Methods 1 & 2 worked for me. If you purchased the student edition and need to make a bootable DVD, read How to make a…

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Tags: ComputersMicrosoftTechnologyWindows

Windows 7

Posted on October 27, 2009
I pre-ordered 3 copies of Home Premium this summer when it was on sale for $49.99 each. I've installed Windows 7 on my main PC and my netbook. I'll eventually install it on my Media computer as well. I didn't use Windows Vista much, so it will take some getting used to, but in my opinion, Windows 7 is the best version of Windows yet! What has changed? For starters, it handles system resources extremely well compared to Windows Vista or XP. The user interface is very similar to Windows Vista, but they'v…

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Tags: ComputersMicrosoftTechnologyWindows
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