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Evan Sims
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flower shopping. #throughglass
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Well, speak of the devil. #heartbleed
Bloomberg is reporting that the Heartbleed bug, which shocked the web security community this week, has been known and actively exploited by the National Security Agency for at least two years....
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Confused by what all this Heartbleed nonsense is about? Here's the most concise and approachable explanation of the bug I've seen yet.
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My office. This is where the magic happens... or something.

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#office   #workspace   #desk  
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Nice setup.  
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Nice, I was hoping they'd do something like this. I've bought four or five pairs of Warby Parkers now specifically because their try on program makes it so easy to decide. This might get me to trade in my modded prescription frames for the real deal.
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I already have Glass, I just want to try the frames. ;)
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There is some evidence that the Heartbleed bug may not be quite as serious for the IT world as initially thought. CloudFlare has been researching the bug and have not been able to compromise the private certificate key as of yet, at least under normal circumstances. You'd have to DDoS or otherwise force a HTTPd service restart and by some luck snatch the private key while it's still in a memory range accessible to the buffer overflow exploit. That's what their research is showing thus far, anyway.

This is why I put so much effort into upgrading Crowdmap to Perfect Forward Secrecy after the last "goto fail" problem was raised. Given that it is now known policy for the NSA (and who knows what other organizations) to store all encrypted communications of a target for an indefinite period of time in the hopes that they'll eventually be able to grab the private key in use or worse yet break the encryption scheme, Perfect Forward Secrecy is the only assurance (given the technologies in play right now) that our SSL streams cannot be reverse engineered today or two years from now: private key compromises or not.

If you run a "secure" website and you haven't implemented PFS, take today to do that. You can check how secure your implementation is by using
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A delicious sneak peek at things to come for +Crowdmap.

#design   #ux  
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Design, User Experience, API Design, PHP, MySQL, MongoDB,HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, CoffeeScript, Perl, Python, Lua, C++, Objective C
  • Rogue Helix
    Founder & CEO, 2014 - present
    An independent software development agency that specializes in social networking, new media, augmented reality, and gaming.
  • Ushahidi
    Senior Developer, 2011 - 2014
    Ushahidi is a non-profit technology group that develops open source software an services for humanitarian causes, citizen journalism, and other uses. I contribute to the development of the core platform product, and help oversee our SaaS Crowdmap offering. I also built and maintain our single-sign on infrastructure.
  • High Voltage Software
    Game Designer, 2010
    I contributed to level design, mechanics and scripting for The Grinder and Conduit 2, commercial video games for the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii respectively. Developed improvements for in-house tools related to proprietary Quantum3 game engine.
  • Lockergnome
    News Editor, 2004
    Developer, 2002
  • Macro Island Sun Times
    Technology Columnist, 2001
  • Stratics
    News Editor, 2001
  • PJCC Worldwide
    Lead Developer, 1996
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Champaign, IL
Chicago, IL - Louisville, KY - Marco Island, FL - Ballydehob, County Cork, Ireland
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I'm currently bootstrapping a new startup that specializes in software development in the social media and gaming sectors. I'll be revealing more about my projects soon. Prior to this, I was Senior Developer at Ushahidi, a non-profit technology group that builds open source tools and services for humanitarian causes.

I've been building software since I was 13, teaching myself everything from HTML to C++. Today my toolbox consists primarily of PHP, HTML5, MongoDB, Node.JS, Dart and Angular.JS, but I dabble in a bit of everything. I consider myself a full-stack developer.I spend a lot of my time hacking APIs, contributing to open source and toying with gadgets.

I'm also a former video game designer, and have a few titles out on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. I still dabble in game development as a hobby. I mostly play RTS, JRPGs and MMOs.

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Google Glass Explorer (July 2012)
  • University of Advancing Technology
    Bachelors of Arts — Game Design, 2005 - 2008
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