Gossip-based Failure Detectors – 0.8.0 released

We have just released version 0.8.0 of our distlib C++ library that implements a number of popular distributed systems algorithms. This concludes a first iteration of the “SWIM Gossip Protocol” for failure detection: the implementation is now fully thread-safe and can scale up to many servers with minimal process overhead. The gossip_example.cpp toy server shows how a client … More Gossip-based Failure Detectors – 0.8.0 released

File Encryption Utility now offers file sharing

With the 0.5.0 version just released, crytto now allows file sharing (e.g., via email) by sharing public keys: encrypt_send -o /tmp/my-secret.enc \ -p /home/marco/.ssh/my-key.pub \ ./my-secret.doc This generates an encrypted file (in the location specified with the -o option) and an equally encrypted “passphrase” which can then be sent (ideally via a separate sharing mechanism; although, as … More File Encryption Utility now offers file sharing

File Encryption (and Decryption) Made Easy

A new release of the Crytto library (0.4.0) has just been published, which greatly simplifies encrypting (and decrypting) files The new release adds the decrypt script which, when combined with the existing automatic retrieval of the encryption key from the keystore, makes it a breeze to decrypt files. For example, if you had encrypted your … More File Encryption (and Decryption) Made Easy

What does the Notification “badge” on MacOS System Preferences icon really mean?

If you have recently upgraded your MacOS laptop/desktop to 10.12.14, you will have noticed that now the System Preferences icon in the doc shows a mysterious “notification badge”: Just opening System Preferences shows absolutely no clue as to where the notification is coming from, nor what to do about it. It turns out that Apple … More What does the Notification “badge” on MacOS System Preferences icon really mean?

Using `notify-send` and `yagmail` to send an alert if /boot partition is about to run out of space

Sometimes, you need to send both a visual and email alert for something that is checked using a background process (for example, running a `crontab` job): `notify-send` and `yagmail` provide a more user-friendly alternative on Ubuntu Linux desktop than scraping logs. … More Using `notify-send` and `yagmail` to send an alert if /boot partition is about to run out of space

HOW-TO Generate an SSL Certificate with letsencrypt.com

There is a wealth of documentation about how to generated a Certificate using letsencrypt, the EFF free tool. However, if you are using g-suite to manage your main website or want an SSL certificate to do some testing during development, and may not have shell access to the WWW server (and, further, you are unable … More HOW-TO Generate an SSL Certificate with letsencrypt.com

A better mousetrap (or, how to improve on Java 8 Optional)

Overview The java.util.Optional class is a great addition in Java 8 as it enables a more expressive way of conveying the concept of a library API return value that may not be there. While it is not meant to replace the use of null values in code (and you will get warnings not to use … More A better mousetrap (or, how to improve on Java 8 Optional)