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Luke Briner
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Computer Geek, Christian and Musician
Computer Geek, Christian and Musician

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Prevent hotlinking of CDN items to harvesting sites with Azure
CDNs are great They provide a relatively cheap way of hosting static content, usually have all the caching configurable globally and individually, ensuring that maximum use is made of client caching and 304 returns; they provide multiple sites (or caches) g...
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Another dead SSD, lost files and lost hours...
So recently, my home desktop Windows 10 PC started refusing to boot. It got to the BIOS splash screen, twiddled for a while and then errored. Apparently, it couldn't "automatically repair" the system so it then offers "advanced options". Long story short, W...
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Why is software hard?
How long have you got? Software sounds easy but it's hard. Basic surgery sounds easy but our experience and the amount of training that Doctors have to receive has convinced us that it cannot be that easy. For software, we are starting to leave the earliest...
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CryptographicException: Specified padding mode is not valid for this algorithm
Do you ever get this when decrypting AES data? Me too! Let us understand what this means and why it happens. tldr: Bad padding on the encrypted data or an incorrect key The Advanced Encryption Standard was a competition that was won by Vincent Rijmen and Jo...
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Filebeat from App Services to Logstash, Elastic and Kibana - Update
Filebeat is working on Azure So I am trying to fiddle around with Kibana and understand what I can visualise and what I can't now that I have Filebeat running on my 8 production instances of App Services, initially just sending IIS logs back to base. I am h...
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You don't necessarily want "async all the way up"!
Introduction .Net introduced async methods in version 4.5 of the framework and it provided some really easy-to-use functionality to get asynchronous methods without the pain of managing threads and semaphores etc. Unfortunately, it can be poorly understood ...
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Dotnet core 2.x mocking HttpContext etc.
Unit Test or Integration Test? Unit testing and integration testing are two very black-and-white concepts - on paper! A Unit Test for an MVC action should call the code as directly as possible, injecting any mocks into either the controller constructor and/...
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Using SASS in a project with Zurb Foundation
So I discovered Zurb Foundation the other day, a well-featured alternative to Bootstrap that is a bit lighter and basically, not Bootstrap! What is SASS? Writing a new project, I wanted to use SASS for the CSS generation. If you have never used SASS, but yo...
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