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HTTPS FTW

Just wanted to give you the heads up that the alexmang.com is now backed by a publicly signed CA certificate. This should make your experience on the website safer and should no longer raise any worries whenever you leave a comment, feedback and so on. Try it out now: https://alexmang.com. Oh, btw: if you’re wondering, it works both on alexmang.com and www.alexmang.com.

Besides that, Ed Price from Microsoft also published my TechWiki Ninja Interview today on blogs.msdn.com (more specifically, here).

Best wishes for 2016!

Taking a look back at 2015, so many things happened. Thinking about the scientifically advancements, I cannot NOT think of finding water on Mars, the power grid solution proposed by Elon Musk for solar-powered houses, the over-the-air software update which makes Teslas drive themselves on the highway, the Surface Book, the HoloLens and so many others. Wow! It’s a great time to be an Engineer!

Considering some had as New Year’s resolution last year to read a book every week, others one every day, it’s my opinion that the best thing to wish you is enough strength to read all the great books in the world, wisdom and knowledge to share by writing a book every day and passion to keep your interest growing.

Happy New Year!

MVP AnnoucementSuch a great start: MVP!

Also as a pleasant and extremely fulfilling surprise came my MVP award announcement today! So it’s official, starting today I am an Azure MVP.

For those of you not familiar with the acronym, MVP stands for Most Valuable Professional and is an annual award offered by Microsoft, ‘that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft‘ (recognition letter signed by Steven Guggenheimer).

There are roughly 4,000 awardees worldwide which makes me extremely honored to be part of such a select group of people. Romania-wise, there are roughly 20 MVPs with varying specialties, such as Visual C++, Virtual Machine, ASP.NET, SQL Server, System Center, Windows Embedded, Windows Consumer and others, all part of the Microsoft ecosystem. Local community-wise, I happen to be the first MVP ever located in Oradea – cool! Along with three other Romanian MVPs, my title contains the biggest word right now at Microsoft, namely “Azure“: Ioan-Alexandru Mang, Most Valuable Professional, Microsoft Azure

MVPs also receive early access to technology through a variety of programs offered by Microsoft, which keeps them on the cutting edge of the software and hardware industry.

There are lots I have to thank for such a great recognition and I especially have to praise my family and friends for their ongoing support and contribution. Additionally, the title couldn’t have happened without all the great audiences I got to all my sessions throughout Romania and Europe altogether, whether at ITCamp, Microsoft Summit, CloudBrew, CodeCamp, DevSum, Coding Serbia and all the cool user groups I got to be invited at over time.

My engagements also got me many opportunities to meet great fellow technical experts, such as Mihai Tataran, Tudor Damian, Adrian Stoian, Radu Vunvulea, Gabriel EneaTiberiu Covaci, Andrei Ignat, Cosmin Tataru, Ionut Balan – to name a few -, all Romanian MVPs themselves, but also so very talented American, Belgian and Swedish experts, such as David Giard, Maarten Balliauw, Mike Martin, Kris van der Mast, Yves Goeleven, Tom Kerkhove, Kristof Rennen, Magnus Mårtensson, Chris Klug and Peter Örneholm – again, to name a few!

So, here’s to another great year of technical content, advancements and community engagements!

Cheers!

Hi guys,

It has been a while since my last post and that’s because I had quite a busy summer; more specifically, besides my day-to-day job, a few trips and conference preparations for the 2015/2016 season, I also got the chance to work with O’Reilly on one of their video trainings. So in other words, I hereby kindly announce my first project as a trainer for O’Reilly Media.

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From their website:

O’Reilly Media started out as a technical writing and consulting company named O’Reilly & Associates. In 1984, we started retaining rights to manuals we created for Unix vendors. Our books were grounded in our hands-on experience with the technology, and we wrote them in a straightforward, conversational voice. We weren’t afraid to say in print that a vendor’s technology didn’t work as advertised. While our publishing program has expanded to include everything from digital photography to desktop applications to software engineering, those early principles still guide our editorial approach.

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I’ve recently added a cool feature on http://alexmang.ro, namely subscriptions. If you like my writing or ever stumbled upon one of my articles via your favorite search engine (Bing!, of course), why not automatically get notified when I post anything new?

Blog subscription

Blog subscriptions works by simply typing in your e-mail address in the ‘insert e-mail here‘ text box on the right column and clicking the ‘Keep me posted!‘ button. After subscribing, you’ll get an e-mail from donotreply@wordpress.com whenever I post a new blog post.

Happy coding!

Have you ever used a public WiFi in a coffee shop? Or did you use one in an airport, hotel, restaurant or a museum? I bet you were wondering how safe these networks are and whether your HTTP traffic can be sniffed by anyone nearby! Well, to keep the answer short, public WiFi network at anything but safe and the traffic can be sniffed with ease in almost any available public WiFi.

On the other hand, did you ever try to watch movies on Netflix, listen to some good music on Spotify or Internet radio on Pandora from an Eastern-European country (e.g. Romania), just to find out that these services don’t work in Romania (yet)?

Well, Azure is here to the rescue! During this article you’ll go through all the steps necessary to create a VM hosted in one of Azure’s data centers so that all your Internet traffic goes through a secure VPN tunnel to the data center. In the end, this basically means that your traffic will look as if originates from within Azure and thus you’ll be able to use the kind of services mentioned earlier.

The infrastructure schema of what we’re trying to achieve looks something like this (please try to bear with me here – I’m totally aware my drawing skills are close to nonexistent):

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Prerequisites

There are a few requirements in order to successfully complete this step-by-step guide:

  • you will most certainly need an Azure subscription. You can either use a 30-days free trial account or a Pay-As-You-Go account. Additionally, if you have an MSDN subscription, you can also use your Azure credits, which are part of your benefits as an MSDN subscriber. Here’s a link on how to sign-up for a 30-day trial account today using your Microsoft Account
  • a SSL certificate. Yes again, there are a few options here: the obvious one is to buy a SSL certificate from a publicly available Certificate Authority (CA), or to create a self-signed certificate which you’ll manually install in the Trusted Root Certificate Authority container. In order to create self signed certificates, you can either use makecert.exe, a utility which comes with any installation of Visual Studio 2013 (or 2012, for that matter) and/or Windows SDK, or selfssl.exe, part of the lightweight IIS6 Resource Kit.

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  1. Get a job.
  2. Understand I don’t like you.
  3. I’m everywhere.
  4. You hurt her, I hurt you.
  5. Be home 30 minutes early.
  6. Get a lawyer.
  7. If you lie to me, I will find out.
  8. She’s my princess, not your conquest.
  9. I don’t mind going back to jail.
  10. Whatever you do to her, I will do to you.

Hey guys! First of all, thanks a lot for checking my blog out!

Sorry for not posting for such a long time now! I suppose the Live Spaced-Wordpress transition kind of killed it for me! I’m extremely glad I had 4 unapproved comments and I approved them all at once! I will try and do my best in posting new things from now on on a regular basis! I promise I’ll do my best!

So, in conclusion, thanks again for your comments and for following my blog!

See you soon, in another comment 🙂

Alex

Here’s to my BFF, Vlad!

Words are not adequate enough in this difficult times he’s facing! Vlad, lean on your friends for strength, love and happines! And most important, always remember that we’ll be there for you!

With lots and lots of sadness in my heart,

Alex