Three time's a charm

Three time's a charm

That’s what they say, don’t they? And according to Wiktionary I must be lucky by now. Maybe I should have bought a ticket in the EuroMillions lottery? The Apple Smart Keyboard in the photograph above is my THIRD one. Happily they all broke while still being under warranty at respectively 8 and 10 months. The first one started to give more and more “This accessory is not supported” errors, while the second one just gave up on me never to come back.

Musings about the GDPR

May 25th, 2018. The day the earth stood still. Businesses scrambled and activated their countermeasures. The GDPR had arrived. Bracing for impact… Disclaimer. I work for EURid vzw/asbl, the domain registry who manages technically, administratively and commercially the .eu and .ею top level domains. I’m the Security Manager and as such I have been involved in GDPR related themes and followed a DPO (Data Protection Officer) course in early 2016. Everything published in these blog posts is my personal opinion and does not reflect nor represent EURid’s position on the matter.
SNES Classic mini, an impression

SNES Classic mini, an impression

The day after its release on September 29th, I managed to get my hands on a Super Nintendo Classic mini through one of our local Carrefour supermarkets. Oddly enough, it was hidden in the alley of the video games somewhere on a bottom shelve out of sight between other so-called vintage video consoles. Here’s the Belgian launch video from Nintendo: The SNES Classic mini comes pre-installed with 20+1 games (the +1 is actually a never before releases version of StarFox 2), which should reflect the most popular games of the region you got the SNES in.
Fingbox Part 2: some nifty features

Fingbox Part 2: some nifty features

Pausing the Internet While fiddling around with the Fing app, I noticed some fascinating functions under each individual device it had detected: Assign it to a user Block the device Pause Internet More… Check the Event Log Ping the device Scan services on the device Wake onLAN The Blocking and Pausing features intrigued me, how do they manage to block a device while not being inline?
Fingbox Part 1: first impressions

Fingbox Part 1: first impressions

On September 7th I received a long awaited little package containing my Fingbox, a project I had sponsored on Indiegogo. For people that never heard of Fing; it’s a company and a really cool app. The Fing app, for IOS and Android is one heck of a fantastic little security tool that allows users to do some rudimentary network scanning and probing. A must-have for basic troubleshooting which includes network discovery, an internet connectivity checker, port scanner, basic network tools like ping and traceroute, network monitoring, etc… oh, and it looks pretty.

Take Off

A long time ago I had a technical blog using this domain name on the blogger.com platform. But as with many blogging initiatives it died a silent death. The situation is slightly different these days as I have some time to write blogs and articles. As mentioned in the About section, this website is completely managed using the Hugo static website creation tool. A long time ago I used a GUI on MacOS X called RapidWeaver for my personal website which was quite amazing but like many offline tools had some pros and cons: