Splashdown of EFT-1

Orion Test Successful EFT-1

This is a pretty historic day. Orion is the future NASA and manned exploration of space for the US. It’s first flight was a success. It’s just like Mercury, Gemini or Apollo but modern. Who knows. We may see this thing being used to push humans into space to explore new worlds. It’s a glimmer of hope that NASA will still be able to move science forward.

Google Giving Preference To SSL

Looks like I beat this one by a few months. SSL is now a ranking signal for Google. I switched this and a few other sites over to SSL a few months ago, while enabling SPDY and a few other things I’m playing around with. So far this has been pretty painless and actually simplified a few things. Doing this at scale with legacy infrastructure and 3rd parties however is a whole different ballgame. It will take a while for this switch to happen for bigger players not already on board.

Heartbleed and OpenSSL

Heartbleed

Heartbleed is a pretty nasty security bug. Thankfully it can be fixed by a quick package update (unless you’re mod_spdy among other culprits (this one got me briefly). Then for good measure revoke certs and reissue to make sure nothing is left to chance. Need to make sure everything built on OpenSSL is not impacted.

While at it, I made a few tweaks to SSL configurations to hopefully let more traffic us Forward Secrecy which is a step forward.

What’s disappointing is that security researchers rather than let vendors have a few days to update and push fixes decided to get a domain name and spiffy graphic then 0 day the internet. Not terribly professional.

Chromecast

Example of Chromecast mirroring.

Of course I couldn’t pass up a $35 gadget that plugs into my TV and connects to the internet. This is my weakness.

Installation was painless, plugged right into my receiver and the client app you install on your computer found it ASAP. A few minutes (I use WPA2 + MAC filtering) and it was connected to my network and I was streaming video. It looks like it has too main operating modes: mirroring (Hulu seems to use this), and playing from the cloud (which is how YouTube seems to work).

There is a noticeable lag between the video on my laptop and the video on the TV, however the video on the TV is rather good. Sound quality is also pretty good. I went into the options and choose the higher bitrate. So far it’s smooth and runs well.