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Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Insecure …again

Back in March, I wrote about a dilemma I was facing. I could make the certificates on The Session more secure. But if I did that, people using older Android and iOS devices could no longer access the site:

As a site owner, I can either make security my top priority, which means you’ll no longer be able to access my site. Or I can provide you access, which makes my site less secure for everyone.

In the end, I decided in favour of access. But now this issue has risen from the dead. And this time, it doesn’t matter what I think.

Let’s Encrypt are changing the way their certificates work and once again, it’s people with older devices who are going to suffer:

Most notably, this includes versions of Android prior to 7.1.1. That means those older versions of Android will no longer trust certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt.

This makes me sad. It’s another instance of people being forced to buy new devices. Last time ‘round, my dilemma was choosing between security and access. This time, access isn’t an option. It’s a choice between security and the environment (assuming that people are even in a position to get new devices—not an assumption I’m willing to make).

But this time it’s out of my hands. Let’s Encrypt certificates will stop working on older devices and a whole lotta websites are suddenly going to be inaccessible.

I could look at using a different certificate authority, one I’d have to pay for. It feels a bit galling to have to go back to the scammy world of paying for security—something that Let’s Encrypt has taught us should quite rightly be free. But accessing a website should also be free. It shouldn’t come with the price tag of getting a new device.

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Creepy potato.

Creepy potato.

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

Checked in at Baker Street Coffee. Flat whites outdoors — with Jessica map

Checked in at Baker Street Coffee. Flat whites outdoors — with Jessica

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

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Dim sum, mapo tofu, and dumplings. 🥟

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Playing The Kid On The Mountain (slip jig) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/52

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mkOeQP34-U

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Playing Chief O’Neill’s Favourite (hornpipe) on bouzouki:

https://thesession.org/tunes/13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRmujAMafSM

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Playing The Famous Ballymote (reel) on mandolin with @wordridden on fiddle:

https://thesession.org/tunes/390

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J34KgtJlHMc

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Playing The Cliffs Of Moher (jig) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqNwEgCNrIM

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Playing Gallagher’s Frolics (jig) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/160

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwNQ64fIEGc

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Playing The Drunken Landlady (reel) on mandolin:

https://thesession.org/tunes/363

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIQj3uF_Js8