Author: Joe Nord

Adventures in S/MIME – Certificate Renewal

After writing a 3 part series on purchasing and using S/MIME certificates with Microsoft Outlook 2016, some months went by I started receiving certificate renewal emails from Entrust. The first encouragement to renew arrived at 90-day warning, then 60, 30 and finally, 10. This post reviews the Entrust renewal process and describes that it is […]

Configuring GoDaddy SFTP Primary and Secondary accounts

Setting up a secondary FTP account for GoDaddy CPanel hosting requires different configuration than I expected. The trick is that while the primary FTP account uses SFTP, the secondary accounts need to be configured for FTP over TLS. This was a large enough headache for me that I share the details here so some others may be […]

Adventures in S/MIME – Sending encrypted email with MS Outlook

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, I reviewed the difficult process of purchasing a personal certificate to use with S/MIME and the lengthy process required to get that certificate installed where Microsoft Outlook 2016 can use it for S/MIME signed email.  This post will show how to send your public key to friends, where you and they […]

Adventures in S/MIME – Installing certificate for MS Outlook

In Part-1 of this series, I described the process of purchasing and installing a personal certificate.  In my case, certificate was purchased from Entrust and I noted that once the purchase process was complete, the certificate exists for use in the Internet Explorer web browser, but that is all.  With the purchase done, Microsoft Outlook will not […]

Android apps on Windows Phone is like Windows on OS/2

Steve Ballmer is paraphrased in this ZDNet article saying “the company needs to ensure Windows Phone handsets can run Android apps”.  For a guy who spent more than 5 years writing system code for OS/2, the parallels to WinOS2 are pretty interesting.   Here’s the lesson: The operating system must stand on its own, or your just postpone […]

Spelling “lave” backwards is “eval”

Originally published Dec 24 2014 Found an unusual PHP file hiding in the root directory of my personal website, “s-g.txt”.  The file contains PHP code and last line contains “lave” which for some reason, the human brain quickly converts into “eval” and that’s suspicious, so it’s time to tear this apart.  Note: Despite my attempts to post the […]