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"use strict";
const Promise = require("bluebird");
const AWS = require("aws-sdk");
AWS.config.update({ region: "eu-central-1" });
module.exports = function createRDSInstance(identifier) {
let rds = new AWS.RDS();
return Promise.try(() => {
joepie91 / gist:70e2bdef2c15774bbc195e3e1d4b05fa
Created Apr 13, 2019
smartctl / smartmontools flag format decoding
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PO--CK 0x0033 51 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
-O--CK 0x0032 50 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
----CK 0x0030 48 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
POSR-K 0x002f 47 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1
-OSR-K 0x002e 46 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
POS--K 0x0027 39 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
-O---K 0x0022 34 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
---R-- 0x0008 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
| | | | | |_ P prefailure warning
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Last active Sep 28, 2019
An overview of Javascript tooling

Getting confused about the piles of development tools that people use for Javascript? Here's a quick index of what is used for what.

Keep in mind that you shouldn't add tools to your workflow for the sake of it. While you'll see many production systems using a wide range of tools, these tools are typically used because they solved a concrete problem for the developers working on it. You should not add tools to your project unless you have a concrete problem that they can solve; none of the tools here are required.

Start with nothing, and add tools as needed. This will keep you from getting lost in an incomprehensible pile of tooling.

Build/task runners

Typical examples: Gulp, Grunt

joepie91 /
Last active Sep 27, 2019
You Don't Need A Blockchain

You don't need a blockchain.

If you're reading this, you probably suggested to somebody that a particular technical problem could be solved with a blockchain.

Blockchains aren't a desirable thing; they're defined by having trustless consensus, which necessarily has to involve some form of costly signaling to work; that's what prevents attacks like sybil attacks.

In other words: blockchains must be expensive to operate, to work effectively. This makes it a last-resort solution, when you truly have no other options available for solving your problem; in almost every case you want a cheaper and less complex solution than a blockchain.

In particular, if your usecase is commercial, then you do not need or want trustless consensus. This especially includes usecases like supply chain tracking, ticketing, and so on. The whole *p

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// file: serial.js
const SerialPort = require('serialport')
module.exports = function() {
const port = SerialPort('path/to/serial/port')
const e = new events.EventEmitter()
// listen for incoming serial data
port.on('data', function (data) {

How to install Node.js applications, if you're not a Node.js developer

While installing a Node.js application isn't difficult in principle, it may still be confusing if you're not used to how the Node.js ecosystem works. This post will tell you how to get the application going, what to expect, and what to do if it doesn't work.

Occasionally an application may have custom installation steps, such as installing special system-wide dependencies; in those cases, you'll want to have a look at the install documentation of the application itself as well. However, most of the time it's safe to assume that the instructions below will work fine.

If the application you want to install is available in your distribution's repositories, then install it through there instead and skip this entire guide; your distribution's package manager will take care of all the dependencies.



This is a bit of a hack.

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Last active Oct 17, 2019
Why you probably shouldn't use a wildcard certificate

Recently, Let's Encrypt launched free wildcard certificates. While this is good news in and of itself, as it removes one of the last remaining reasons for expensive commercial certificates, I've unfortunately seen a lot of people dangerously misunderstand what wildcard certificates are for.

Therefore, in this brief post I'll explain why you probably shouldn't use a wildcard certificate, as it will put your security at risk.

A brief explainer

It's generally pretty poorly understood (and documented!) how TLS ("SSL") works, so let's go through a brief explanation of the parts that are important here.

The general (simplified) idea behind how real-world TLS deployments work, is that you:

joepie91 / .service
Last active Apr 25, 2019
systemd service file example for Node.js
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Description=Hello World App
ExecStart=/usr/bin/node /home/foo/test/index.js
joepie91 /
Last active Jan 11, 2018
I can't install a package!

UPDATE: According to npm Inc., the issue has been resolved. This gist will be updated with a link to the post-mortem once it's published. Please make sure to read the below explanation anyway, since there may still be a security impact for you.

UPDATE 2: An initial statement has been released, in which npm Inc. states that there has been no security impact. A full post-mortem is said to be forthcoming, and will be added here when it's published.

UPDATE 3: The full postmortem has been published, including a list of affected packages.

There's currently a known issue affecting the NPM registry, making certain packages impossible to install. You may see an error message indicating that a package doesn't exist, or that the registry is down. More details can be found [here](https

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