Author: gunnard

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Slab City: What an abandoned city with no laws full of “crazy” art looks like

“Slab City or The Slabs is largely a snowbird community in the Sonoran Desert located in Imperial County, California, 156 miles northeast of San Diego within the California Badlands, and used by recreational vehicle owners and squatters from across North America.[1][2] It took its name from concrete slabs that remained from the abandoned World War II Marine Corps barracks of Camp Dunlap. Several thousand campers, many of them retired, use the site during the winter months. The “snowbirds” stay…
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How ‘Despacito’ Became The Song Of The Summer

I don’t like this song, but I cannot get it out of my head. CBS does a good job of breaking down why.

Monday

Don’t let your Monday start out like this!

Tractor Hacking

Tractor Hacking

Motherboard takes a look into the now common practice that many of America’s farmers are getting into, Tractor Hacking. To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online…
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100+ Free resources for learning Full Stack Web Development

100+ Free resources for learning Full Stack Web Development

100+ Free resources for learning Full Stack Web Development I love resources like this. Here is a PLETHORA of links to everything you need to learn how to become a full stack web developer. From free online classes to free pdfs you can find what you need here! 100+ Free resources

Simple Script to check sha certificate expiration date

I came across this problem over the weekend. I needed to know quickly the expiry date for our new SHA-2 certificate. After some googleing I patched together this script. OPENSSL=”/usr/bin/openssl” HOST=$1 PORT=$2 if [ “$HOST” == “” ]; then echo ‘Usage: check.sh hostname.com fi if [ “$PORT” == “” ]; then PORT=”443″ fi CMD=`echo “”…
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Configuring RSYNC for backups to AWS

Configuring RSYNC for backups to AWS

Backups are important, we all understand this. Backups are also offered by most major services like Linode, which is a great failsafe. The problem that occurs when you have a need to use that backup to restore your system is that you are relying on Linode’s latest backup whenever that was (usually within 24 hours).…
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How to configure a RESTful Backbone.js and PHP API

How to configure a RESTful Backbone.js and PHP API

How to configure a RESTful Backbone.js and PHP API   Backbone.js is one of the many javascript frameworks out there. Thats fine, we’re not here to talk about that ;). When trying to create a RESTful PHP API what we care about is how do we receive the data and what our endpoints should look like. Typical…
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Simple PHP SOAP Client

Simple PHP SOAP Client

Simple PHP SOAP Client Recently I was asked to verify email addresses against a client’s SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) server to verify data. I have worked with and created RESTful APIs but haven’t really had much experience with creating a PHP SOAP client. Here is what I came up with. What is SOAP? SOAP…
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Distributed Denial of Service Attacks: Four Best Practices for Prevention and Response

Distributed Denial of Service Attacks: Four Best Practices for Prevention and Response

Good read on new DDoS methods and response from Carnegie Mellon. “We have recently seen more sophisticated attacks, such as the recent Dyn attack. As IEEE Spectrum recently reported, “Attacking a DNS or a content delivery provider such as Dyn or Akamai in this manner gives hackers the ability to interrupt many more companies than…
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