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  1. homebrew

    March 4, 2013 by Daniel

    751005-5For Christmas Kate bought me everything I needed from Balihoo to get started with making my own beer. It’s something I’ve always been keen on trying but have never quite got started with. I finally found time this past weekend to start my first brew – and it was quite a learning curve!
    I hadn’t really done much research beforehand and now having looked into i’m even more bewildered. I followed the instructions on kit as best as I can and so we’ll see what happens. Fingers crossed it should be ready for George’s first birthday and i’ll have some willing testers.
    There’s lots of things I think i’ve done wrong though, so much room for improvement!
    I had a few questions about hyrometers which @CheSha knowledgeably helped me out with. I may have been a bit hasty putting in the yeast – didn’t manage to get a reading off beforehand so the on I get is probably not that much use (or it might be I don’t know!). My other doubt at the moment is I didn’t put the airlock on the lid of my fermenter bucket, mostly down to the fact I didn’t know what it was at the time. I might stick it on this evening but I don’t think it’ll make much difference at this point.
    So Wednesday evening i’ll be at the end of fermentation. Then’ll I’ll transfer into the pressure barrel and add the sugar I think according to the fairly vague instructions I’ve got. I’ll move it all from the baby’s room where it is at the moment (we don’t use the room very much as he still sleeps with us and it’s nicely warm in there) to the pantry in the kitchen which is nice and cool.
    Looking forward to trying it! I might try and borrow a capper from someone so I can bring some samples into work.


  2. GnuPG

    November 30, 2012 by Daniel

    PGP, GnuPG, OpenPG – it goes by lot’s of names these days. The first time I read about it in the excellent Code Book by Simon Singh it was PGP.

    If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about already it’s worth reading this overview by the author of PGP, Phillip Zimmerman as to why he created a tool for people to use encryption (after all that’s what computers were invented for, kind of).
    There’s plenty of tools to use it with now, but what struck me as odd was Outlook 2010’s lack of support for it. There’s really only the OutlookPrivacyPlguin that works with it and even then it doesn’t support PGP/MIME which is a shame. Outlook natively works with S/MIME quite well.
    So it’s over to Thunderbird and Enigmail. It’ll even put email headers in telling people where to get your public key (mine’s here by the way!)
    They’ll be some more to come from me on this. PGP is still pretty handy for encrypting your own files. The tools to do it with X.509 Certificates as described recently by me aren’t as easy to use. Personally I find I want to be sure I can decrypt a file some time down the line and PGP has been doing the job for quite some time now. Of course – longevity is useful if someone breaks the encyption methods!


  3. S/MIME

    November 2, 2012 by Daniel

    I’ve been discovering lots about sending emails with digital signatures in the past couple of days and for lack of a better place I’ll write some things up here.

    Certificates
    You can get a free certificate from Comodo (and probably other places). It lasts a year so you will need to get a new one after that. If you try to get a new one before the old one has expired you need to revoke the original one.

    Outlook
    Outlook’s support for S/MIME signing is quite good and works without hassle. You install the certificate with the Import/Export button in Trust Center -> Email Security. There’s an option there to Publish to GAL. It says it did it, but I’m not sure how to verify the fact. If you’ve done it right then you get a little ribbon in the icon for messages you’ve sent (and of course encrypted messages are displayed, unencrypted!)
    You can select whether you want to sign or encrypt by default or per message (Create a new message and click Options, it’s there in Permission whether to sign or encrypt). To Encrypt, as usual you need to have been sent a message by the person you are sending to with a digital signature.

    iOS Signing
    iOS Mail supports S/MIME albeit a little strangely but it does work which is the main thing. The best way to get the certificate onto the device is attach the .p12 file in an email to yourself. There’s lots of ways to export the certificate, easiest is probably find your certificates from your web browser settings.
    You need to turn on S/MIME in the account under Advanced and select Sign and Encrypt according to your preferences. Then it will let you select the certificate you just installed. There’s no way to change these settings on a per email basis so I’ve left Signing on and intend to use Encryption when necesseary.
    iOS does some odd checking to see whether it is able to Encrypt a message. If it’s an Exchange account it will check the GAL first with no fall back if it’s not there, which is an issue for GMail accounts set up through Exchange. I’ve swapped mine from Exchange to the standard Gmail connector. So S/MIME works but push email no longer will. I will see what I prefer on that one – I hope it’s something Apple and Google fix between them although I suspect it probably won’t get fixed due to the GMail solution being a nonstandard Exchange install (I suspect).

    If all is set up correctly signed emails have a little tick next to the sender with a little lock if it’s encrypted.

    OWA
    Outlook Web Access does support it, but only on Internet Explorer 7 or 8. Which is a little disappointing if you use OWA when you’re not using something that is IE7/8. You probably need to have your certificates with you too so sending signed email on the move is probably best done from your mobile.

    It’s a good idea to keep your certificates somewhere safe too, otherwise if something happens and they got deleted then you will be unable to read encrypted mail anymore.

    I did also set up DKIM signing for my domain using Google Apps for your Domain but it’s kind of trivial to write up, just involves pasting in an SPF record in DNS that get’s generated for you.

    Some useful links:

    Despite both of these pages decribing iOS5, iOS6 is much the same process.


  4. Fuse FM – Proposals

    September 11, 2005 by Daniel

    Fuse FM has started to accept proposals again for the next broadcast and guess who has to trawl through them all.
    I even get emailed everytime somebody sends one in, now that's progress for you.
    But seriously, good luck to everyone who writes one, i'll try to judge them all fairly.


  5. Fuse FM

    May 5, 2005 by Daniel

    My ”day job” had it”s election for the next station manager on tuesday. As production head I was allowed to be involved with the count etc.
    Minnie won, she definately had the strongest speech, hence why she”s a good DJ. We”ll see about being a good manager. She does at least have committee level experience which will help her understand how things work, what can be changed easily and what can”t, where our limitations are basically.
    The website message board members, well at least one of anyway, are unhappy though. They felt that certain candidates had just brought along as many friends as they could, thereby rigging the vote. All I can say is, they are members of Fuse and get a vote. Not much you can do about it really.

    So why didn”t I go for it? Well
    a) I don”t know what i”m doing next year yet
    b) I don”t like that the whole vote is basically on one speech that is given right before the vote (me being a computer geek would kick in and bad public speaking could take over)

    But it”s a job I would absolutely love, I think I would do a great job of it. I now have 5 years of radio experience, which is more than anybody at fuse could gain during their degree (with exceptions of masters etc. and Tom, John et al who seem to have been there forever).
    Martin, the previous manager had whispered to me before Pete got in that I should go for it someday. But it”s a lot of work and I don”t think I could sacrifice my degree for it. Basically I think I would only do a good job of it if it was a sabbatical. If it was a sabbatical (like Student Direct is) then I would treat it as it should be, a proper full time job, not something for my CV or to make sure I stay at uni for longer, I would be doing it because of my love of radio, wanting to be involved and because I think it”s something I”m actually naturally good at.

    Ah well. Dreams.