Linode is still deploying CentOS 6.5 with compromised version of OpenSSL

This morning I fired up one Linode instance and one Digital Ocean instance of CentOS 6.5 to check if both were deploying with patched versions of OpenSSL. To my surprise, Linode is not: Digital Ocean was fine. So anyone on Linode, this would be a bad time to forget…

Heartbleed fallout: Expect more spam and phishing attempts

As if dealing with the Heartbleed exploit itself hasn't been bad enough, IT departments and personnel really need to gear up for the fallout about to hit them: At least a month of sustained avalanches of spam and phishing attempts. Crisis is of course the seed of opportunity, and in…

Transport for London's new responsive website is awesome

I didn't say it's perfect, but it's awesome. Transport for London has rolled out a new responsive website that sets the bar for public transportation operators in other global cities. TFL already had a solid set of Twitter feeds updating tube and bus status, as well as the ability to…

Using multiple TLD subdomains with the same virtual host entry in Apache

Yesterday I was looking for a way to simplify subdomain entries in Apache's virtual hosts when I tried something I couldn't find in the documentation: <VirtualHost 1.2.3.4:80> ServerName sub.domain.* ... DocumentRoot /path/to/some/stuff ... <Directory "/path/to/some/stuff"> Order deny…

This week around the web

1) The biggest news for developers this week was definitely that Digital Ocean has secured just over $37 million in a Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Digital Ocean has experienced explosive growth over the past year and a half, but that growth hasn't come without a few hiccups…

Does my site need SSL?

I see this question come up quite a bit in places like StackExchange, and most often the question seems to be posted by a developer who's not deeply experienced with using SSL certificates. If you're an experienced dev, you probably already realise that simply asking the question, "Does my site…