Wednesday, December 23, 2009


It's Festivus. So let's air a grievance:

To all my fellow .edu's out there who're getting bit by the fact that ALL IPSCA CERTIFICATES EXPIRE FROM ANY BROWSER THAT ISN'T IE ON WINDOWS (not that I'm cranky about this, but it was a wonderful holiday gift from them), I have a few thoughts relating to the Mozilla bug 529286.

1. I know that between my time and my groups time we spent far more on our salaries dealing with just this problem alone than we saved by getting the "free" certs.

2. ipsCA did some MAJOR no-no's here. We were issued a certificate on December 10, 2009 on the SERVERDORES cert that expires on December 29, 2009. This is really, really bad. No customer should ever be put in this position.

3. If you have not purchased SSL certificates in some time (as was my case), you might be pleasantly surprised that the cost has come down dramatically (as I was) -- especially for wildcard certificates (eg. * Especially for most .edu's out there, be careful about some CA's that want you to sign a contract/paper (which is typically something that can get one in trouble).

4. The fact that ipsCA has gotten themselves into this mess is not Mozilla's problem. We ultimately depend on the security provided by these certificates and this process. From my reading of the timeline, it is going to take many months and is most likely something that is going to be slowed down due to people wanting to ensure that ipsCA has taken steps not to repeat this problem.

The bottom line is, that we as customers of ipsCA we should never have been put in this position in the first place. ipsCA put us there, not Mozilla.

Time to limber up for my Feats of Strength.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Google has about the right suggestion for "recursion".

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A family converstaion

My father: "You're going to see AC/DC again?"
My mother: "I have to see them another time before I die!"

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I think I've not found a way to wash my car

Although, it sure does the tires up well.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

8500 bottle rockets

I'd hate to be this guys guardian angel.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I swear, he looks so familiar...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Why hasn't my blog been updated?

Or, look at the paper.