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 …

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 …

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 …

So you created a Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure…and now it won’t start

It pays to pay attention to the detail! I created a Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) on a bunch of Windows 2012 R2 virtual machines running in Azure, and at first, it all just worked. I wrote a quick little PowerShell script to install the cluster features, and then used the MMC console to do …

3 Things You Must Do At University (or Things You Didn’t Do and Regret)

I started my university degree as I hit the job market, studying a generic IT degree alongside a generic IT career. I had it pretty lucky; I was fortunate to already have a job in my field, and finishing my degree simply wasn’t a priority. Roll forward 11 years, I finally completed my degree. And …

iTunes + iPhone 4 + pre-populated credit card fields

Okay. So I had this song stuck in my head while I was on the bus this morning, and it totally got to me… Me being the MacFag that I am, with my iPhone 4 and all, jumped on iTunes and downloaded the album, a minute later I had it all right there, playing through …

JUN’s Nissan 350Z, “improved”

I got linked to this from Cruising Brisbane, and all I can say is “wow”. This thing looks amazing, and the amount of fabrication work and complexity of the stuff installed in this is just jaw dropping. They’ve gone and taken a standard old 350Z and transformed it into something you’d expect to see in …