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The Illustrated TLS Connection

Every byte of a TLS connection explained and reproduced. In this demonstration, a client has connection to a server, negotiated a TLS 1.2 session, sent "ping", received "pong", and then terminated the session. Click below to begin exploring. Client Hello   The session begins with the client...
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Chrome OS Stable Channel Gets Linux Apps

After months of user testing in developer and beta channels, the Crostini project at Google finally delivered the goods, Linux apps for most users of Chromebooks in the stable channeldefinitely worth the wait. While this still is aimed primarily at developers using Chromebooks, I think there's a...
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Around 62 Percent of All Internet Sites Will Run an Unsupported PHP Version in 10 Weeks

The highly popular PHP 5.x branch will stop receiving security updates at the end of the year. According to statistics from W3Techs, roughly 78.9 percent of all Internet sites today run on PHP.  But on December 31, 2018, security support for PHP 5.6.x will officially cease, marking the end of all...
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Best Design Practices to Get the Most out of Your API

Practical techniques to ensure developers can actually do the things you want them to do using your API. In the previous chapters, we gave an overview of various approaches for transmitting data via your web API. Now that you're familiar with the landscape of transport and have an understanding of...
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Add It Up: Test Automation Is Not a Tooling Story

Test automation tools are not used very often. Only 16 percent of performance test cases are executed with test automation tools, and security tests are being completed at the same frequency according to the World Quality Report (WQR) 2018-2019, which surveyed 1,700 IT decision makers (ITDMs) at...
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​Microsoft Open-Sources Its Patent Portfolio

By joining the Open Invention Network, Microsoft is offering its entire patent portfolio to all of the open-source patent consortium's members. Several years ago, I said the one thing Microsoft has to do -- to convince everyone in open source that it's truly an open-source supporter -- is stop...
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LinuxBoot for Servers: Enter Open Source, Goodbye Proprietary UEFI

LinuxBoot is an Open Source alternative to Proprietary UEFI firmware. It was released last year and is now being increasingly preferred by leading hardware manufacturers as default firmware. Last year, LinuxBoot was warmly welcomedinto the Open Source family by The Linux Foundation. This project...
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Airtame 2 is a Linux-based content streaming device that features improved performance and a totally rewritten code base. (Image courtesy: Airtame)

Linux-Based Airtame 2 Offers an Enterprise Alternative to Chromecast

One category that often gets overlooked in the discussion of Linux computers is the market for HDMI dongle devices that plug into your TV to stream, mirror, or cast content from your laptop or mobile device. Yesterday, Google announced an extensively leaked third-gen version of its market-leading,...
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DNS Security Still an Issue

DNS security is a decades-old issue that shows no signs of being fully resolved. Here's a quick overview of some of the problems with proposed solutions and the best way to move forward. ...After many years of availability, DNSSEC has yet to attain significant adoption, even though any security...
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4 Best Practices for Giving Open Source Code Feedback

In the previous article I gave you tips for how to receive feedback, especially in the context of your first free and open source project contribution. Now it's time to talk about the other side of that same coin: providing feedback. If I tell you that something you did in your contribution is "...
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