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Common website vulnerability scans found in logs

Posted: 2018-04-06 | 4 minute read

The other day I had a look around some website traffic logs and I found a lot of references to the following files. After a bit of Google ‘research’, I thought I’d write something down. I do like to monitor the number of 404 errors over time to keep things clean and going through logs is a great way to do this. Favicon.ico is a classic missing file (which I haven’t got around to doing for this site yet!

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Adjusting the solution when S3 doesn't quite fit the bill

Posted: 2018-04-04 | 4 minute read

So it turns out using S3 as a data store and pseudo-query engine isn’t all that crash hot. Sure, it “works” with about 200 items but for sites pushing thousands of files of content, you can quickly see it’s not ideal to pull down large chunks of file lists. It’s also pretty poor at some of the more rich functionality like listing some header information or metadata about each file which would require additional S3 calls for each file.

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Beneath a Steel Sky Review

Posted: 2018-04-03 | 4 minute read

I’ve been writing a lot of serious posts of late, so I thought it was time to break things up a little bit. I’m going to embark on a series of video game related posts, which is one of my other passions. To kick things off, I’m going to dive in to a great little point-and-click talkie adventure game from 1994 called Beneath a Steel Sky. Originally developed by Revolution Software (the people behind the Broken Sword series, which I will cover another day), it brought together Charles Cecil’s game design with the comic art of Dave Gibbons.

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