Sysadmining

Contractor Admits Guilt for Logic Bomb

On the surface, this seems funny. But it's really not. I know that many people lost many days and minutes of their lives and professional reputations over this man's selfishness. I pain to think of how many marriages and families were damaged. His sentence does not fit the crime at all.

Safari Third Party Cookies in Catalina

My series on whining about macOS Catalina continues today as I tried to use AWS Cloud9 in Safari. It doesn't work. You have to enable third-party cookies to make it work. Apple has apparently removed the ability to re-enable third party cookies in Safari 13. Want to use it on iPadOS? Nope. Can't enable third party cookies in iPadOS on Safari or Chrome. No more Cloud9 for me. Just deleted the environment.

Google Chrome Fixed in Catalina

I managed to get a fresh install of Google Chrome working under Catalina. But it wasn't easy to unravel. Apparently, if you have spctl enabled on first launch, Chrome will create a jacked-up profile folder that it can no longer access. I discovered this by running the binary from inside Terminal, where the story was told.

To fix, here's what I did:

Apple 2019 Software Release Issues

WARNING: Unfortunately negative post.

This has been an interesting year in the Appleverse. iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina were all dropped on us. This new software “regime” has been quite the challenge for me.

iOS 13 and iPadOS haven't been that troubling. They generally work and do what they promised to do. I did find it curious that iOS 13.1, 13.1.1 and 13.1.2 all dropped in pretty rapid succession. That's usually a bad sign that things weren't up to standards and had to go through some quick resolution. There were either fixes or outright removals to get things out the door. I don't like it when that happens, but I get it. I'm glad they stay on top of things well enough.

Catalina and Apple TV on the other hand… have been a complete shitshow.

Update: I resolved the Google Chrome issue. If you're just interested in the resolution, please go here.

Amazon API Gateway Is Now in GovCloud

I just got a note that Amazon API Gateway is now available in AWS GovCloud. This makes things more interesting for GovCloud for sure, but it’s just a minor stepping stone. Remember, just because it’s in GovCloud doesn’t mean it’s FedRAMP’d (even though it probably is).

Microsoft Paint is dead

Microsoft will be killing off “Microsoft Paint” in the next release of Windows 10 (the so-called “Fall Creator's Update”).

This article on the Verge points out the various things that are being shed. Microsoft Paint seems to be the most significant user-facing thing, but I can imagine some enterprises will have difficulty with other changes.

publish from github to s3

If you've visited this site recently, you'll discover that I'm really sick of Wordpress. I'm trying to get Wordpress out of my life completely. I'm sick of the security issues, the overhead, the ridiculousness, the databases… all of it. I'm just sick of it. I wanted to go back to something more static and more simple. Wordpress is all well and good and easy to use, but it also suffers from some really nasty performance and security issues.

AWS GovCloud and CloudFormation

Be careful when you’re working with CloudFormation in the AWS GovCloud region. Almost every code snippet available on the Internet refers to the public regions of AWS. If you’re making resources in GovCloud with a Cloudformation templates, there are subtle differences. For instance, referring to an S3 bucket in a code snippet is: