#LinkedInMusings: Why I canned my accountant – Stick to Your Promises

In this current environment, you need to stick to your promises. I just ditched my accountant of 3 years. Last week he promised to call. Yesterday he was "too busy with other clients" and promised to call back this morning. I waited all morning and no call. I quickly found a new accountant thanks to …

Coffee, and how I find great coffee experiences with brewstr

Back in 2011, I was working in Melbourne, flying in/out from my home town every week, for about 3 years, until late 2014. I was subjected to coffee snobbery in its finest. Melbourne, in case you didn't know, has peak coffee culture; you get coffee wrong in Melbourne and people will literally fight you (exaggeration). …

Using JSON Web Tokens with CA API Gateway

Over the past 3 years or so working in a software team that develops APIs/integrations between many complex systems, we've seen the rise of the JSON Web Token. This humble little block of base64 encoded data is now at the core of most every API we build, and is heavily used in enforcing confidentiality and …

CISSP endorsement CURL / Postman request

Instead of logging in to the (ISC)2 endorsement portal or trying to navigate through the horrible website menus, you can just load up a Postman/Curl request curl -d '{"FirstName":"YOUR-FIRST-NAME","LastName":"YOUR-LAST-NAME","MemberNumber":"YOUR-MEMBER-NUMBER"}' -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POSThttps://www.isc2.org/api/MemberVerification/MemberVerification If you're using postman or similar you can populate with the following: Method POST URL https://www.isc2.org/api/MemberVerification/MemberVerification HTTP Headers: Content-Type: application/json Body/Data: {"FirstName":"YOUR-FIRST-NAME","LastName":"YOUR-LAST-NAME","MemberNumber":"YOUR-MEMBER-NUMBER"}

Passing the (ISC)2 CISSP Exam

Preparation: I don't study well. I prefer to measure my current understanding then fill in the gaps; which I wasn't able to really do until the past week or so; I got a good grasp when attending a training course that I understood most of the content fairly well, especially in the technical sections. Booked …

#LinkedInMusings: Infrastructure as code

If you're building "secure" cloud solutions, you MUST be deploying infrastructure as code (Azure ARM / AWS CloudFormation / Terraform). If you're not, why not? What are your organisation's barriers to making it happen? # This was a LinkedIn musing I thought was worth capturing.

Implementing SFTP Conversations with the CA API Gateway

The CA API Gateway allows you to stand up an SFTP endpoint for inbound messages to be processed. These messages are instantly processed by the gateway in memory, so throw away everything you knew about SFTP file uploads. Understanding the conversation flow When you connect to an SFTP server to upload a file, 5 things …

Lessons Learned Creating TayTayTexts.com

Back in March, the BOQ Hackathon was held in Brisbane, and after reviewing the mentor list, I did some research about what the different mentors brought to the hackathon and if I could learn anything from them. One of the mentors had created a website, "KanyeTexts" in a day, using a bunch of cloud services …

BizTalk 2016 & SQL Always On Availability Groups

Microsoft introduced support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups with BizTalk 2016; and it's a fair bit to digest. Availability Groups is available in SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition, and introduces some valuable and important options for disaster recovery and high availability. Implementing these features to provide resiliency and protection for BizTalk requires even more understanding and a …

Don’t follow the instructions

Ever purchased an IKEA flatpack and tried to assemble it yourself? Often, it results in a little bit of cursing, rarely does it work out perfectly the first time. At what point did you pull out the instructions? In this process driven world, we are led to produce endless reams of step by step instructions …