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The wave of bloated desktop apps

Some time ago I complained about a mindset that was producing a form of “bloated” software (software that uses a disproportionate amount of resources to accomplish “simple” tasks). Later I even posted an example of a popular chat application consuming a ridiculous amount of memory, given the its purpose.

One recent example of this phenomenon is the recent explosion of electron desktop applications. Today the following post reached the front page of Hacker News, and it makes a good argument:

Electron is flash for the desktop

https://josephg.com/blog/electron-is-flash-for-the-desktop/

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Managing secrets

A few hours ago, I published a small article on Whitesmith’s blog about sharing and managing secrets, inside a software development environment. At first I dig a little into this problem that is very common and later I explain how we are addressing these issues. You can check it through the following link:

Managing Secrets (www.whitesmith.co/blog/managing-secrets/)

I mention some tools on the article that are very interesting in this area, but a more detailed analysis or walk-through was left for a future post as we get more familiarized with them.

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Integrating security tests into web applications

Today I published a blog post about how to easily run and automate security tests while developing your websites and web applications using Zed Attack Proxy. The example uses Ruby on Rails framework but it is independent of any stack. I’m planning to write a follow up article on the same theme, so any feedback on this first part is welcome. You can check the blog post here (whitesmith.co/blog) and the sample code here (Github).

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European Copyright Madness

After seeing many countries applying taxes to storage devices (as it will happen in Portugal from the 1st of July on) to compensate copyright holders (I’m still trying to understand how they will know which one, and not fill the pockets of some opportunist) the news today gave me one more prof that we are heading in the wrong direction. Here is the EFF news article:

European Copyright Madness: Court Strikes Down Law Allowing Users to Rip Their Own CDs

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Laura Poitras’ CITIZENFOUR Awarded Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014

Laura Poitras’ CITIZENFOUR Awarded Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014 by EFF

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The Web We Lost

The Web We Lost, a two years old post with a message that still stands. For those who have an hour to spare, some good points are addressed in the video and in the Q&A afterwards.