Working Together to make Encryption Great Again!
March 4, 2017 by Ottmar Klaas

This blog post was inspired by two op-eds on arstechnica. One arguing that PGP’s1 weak link is the difficulty to ensure the security of the secret key over its lifetime. A compromised secret key is a catastrophic event, making all prior encrypted messages accessible. Additionally, there are disqualifying UX issues. PGP is…

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Filed under: privacy

My strategy for long term data storage
July 10, 2016 by Ottmar Klaas

I have been using ZFS for a while on more than one platform and I thought it might be interesting to write about my setup at home. I was —admittingly to a small degree— involved testing1 when OpenZFS on OS X was in its early development, so I can also present a small part of ZFS history from my personal point of view.

But let…

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Filed under: ZFS ⚬ illumos ⚬ Mac

It all started with Swift
March 26, 2016 by Ottmar Klaas

As a Mac user and programmer in general I have been dabbling with Xcode a few times in the past. It was never a primary interest, but a required tool to get started with Objective-C and native Mac GUI development. Objective-C was a curiosity for me, as it is syntactically very different from…

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Filed under: Xcode

Stronger Authentication Made Easy
January 16, 2016 by Ottmar Klaas

About 10 years ago I was working on a project for Procter & Gamble that required me to have remote access to their computer system. To gain access, I not only had to provide a password, but also a six-digit number displayed by a Secure ID key fob. The displayed number changed every minute, preventing a…

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Filed under: privacy

Part II: Selecting a VPS Provider
December 4, 2015 by Ottmar Klaas

This is the second blog post in a two part series describing my journey through the myriads of web-hosting options to find the one that is right for me. The first part described how the software stack I had in mind influenced the hosting choices I was considering. With a little bias toward a solution…

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Filed under: website ⚬ grav ⚬ vps ⚬ ServerPilot

Part I: Evaluating the Options
November 17, 2015 by Ottmar Klaas

If you read my first blog post, you know how I ended up with GRAV to build this website. As a next step, you might expect me to follow up with a blog post about the design and coding of this website. But, eager to disappoint, I will skip right over that. Not without a good reason, though…

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Filed under: website ⚬ grav ⚬ vps ⚬ ServerPilot

Good Bye 1Password; Hello LastPass
November 8, 2015 by Ottmar Klaas

Data breaches that compromise personal accounts have become a frequent occurrence. I was an involuntary participant in such an event in October 2013 when Adobe got hacked. Despite the fact that Adobe stored the passwords encrypted, there is no guarantee that the hackers were not able to retrieve…

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Filed under: lastpass ⚬ privacy

A long-winded story, brace yourself.
October 20, 2015 by Ottmar Klaas

If you start a new blog, and one of the reasons you do so is to capture and catalogue interesting things you spent a good chunk of your time on, it seems appropriate to start by describing how the blog came about, and how it was all put together from a technical point of view…

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Filed under: website ⚬ grav ⚬ email ⚬ privacy

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