AppGini 5.70 – Authentication logging

Out of the box, AppGini does not provide logging of user authentication attempts.  For some of my projects, I do need to track who logs on when.  Using the hooks feature, I put the following code together that will log who has logged on (and who hasn’t). Edit the hooks/__global.php file, and add the following function. function logit ($memberInfo,$status) { if(!sql(’select 1 from tbl_logs’,$e)) { sql(’create table tbl_logs (id integer… Read Article →

Review of AppGini

I recently purchased AppGini, a Windows based tool that can generate web-based PHP driven websites.  This review is based on version 5.62  (May 8, 2017 release). Update on 22.01.2018 – The solution does in fact have a date picker. Update on 03.02.2018 – Updating the issues fixed in 5.70 What is it? AppGini is a tool that will generate database driven websites for you.  You provide it with the database schema,… Read Article →

Legal risk

Historically, IT is focusing on their servers and networks, and trying to do the best they can to keep the infrastructure running (and let’s hope, also keeping it secure!).  The threat landscape is changing so fast, and teams are being caught with their pants down on various fronts.  A major area to consider in your next risk assessment, must be your legal risk. Unfortunately our world is not simple.  You… Read Article →

When customers are attacked in your name

“How dare you take my money and not deliver my product?!” – a statement heard by companies all over the world, only to find that their customer placed an order on a fake website, paid a scammer a bunch of money, and never received the product they paid for.  They blame you for this, yet you had nothing to do it. To understand the issue, we have to do a break… Read Article →

What is this Wannacrypt?

There’s a ton of technical information on Wannacrypt, but what I did not see, is some layman’s overview of the global hack, that stopped at least 250,000 computers globally from May 12th.  With this post, I will attempt to explain what Wannacrypt is, and how it works for the non-technical crowd. Microsoft Windows, the most widely used computer operating system in the world, has a built in feature that allows… Read Article →

HOWTO – Encryption with Perl

I’m a huge fan of encryption, and here I’d like to show you how you can utilize the Crypt::Rijldael module to encrypt any blob of data. First, we need to initialize some modules. use Crypt::Rijndael; use MIME::Base64;use Crypt::Rijndael; use MIME::Base64; Let’s create the encryption function.  The function will take two inputs, the plain text, and the pass key to use.  It will output a base64 encoded blob of data. sub… Read Article →

Protect your family from porn – for free

Technology has a way to to infiltrate our lives in ways we can’t even imagine.  Kids have devices with wifi and access to the internet, and without even realizing, our children have access to all sorts of unsavory things on the internet. There are a bunch of software available that you can use to lock down the various devices in your house.  I’ve used some of them.  I found them… Read Article →

A simple guitar tuner – SOX

sox is a command line audio tool.  I use it from time to time to automate some audio related activities.  I play guitar from time to time, and I do like the idea of tuning my guitar by simply listening to the note.  Now there’s a ton of apps out there that can do the trick, but I decided to create an audio file that I can copy onto  my… Read Article →

Why the Yahoo! hack should scare you

Last week, the folks at Yahoo informed us that 500 million users‘ details got leaked in a massive hack.  On face value it just seems like yet another hack.  Yahoo was downplaying the hack, but the reality is, you need to be scared (if you have a Yahoo account that is). Companies like Yahoo! store all sorts of information about you.  The most common type of information they store are… Read Article →

What happened on Census night?

August 9 2016, census night… Families all over the country are preparing to complete their census online, but no, they can not access the website.  People are venting, the ABS is copping it left, right and center, and our PM is being hammered for the government’s incompetence or running a proper census.  And then we hear the news… The site was hacked, but it wasn’t hacked, and people started complaining…. Read Article →