Sandboxing Zoom

Since Covid hit last year, Zoom has become a verb for video chats. Some of their questionable security practices and their ties to China have made some people wary of using it.

Fortunately, if you didn’t want to install something you can always join from a browser, if you’re willing to give up the very useful Gallery view.

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Cloudflare Firewall Rules

I found a website ( which allows you to load test websites and API’s using AWS. With a free account you can test from one location with 50 virtual units for up to 12 mins. Spinning up a load test of get requests, Cloudflare served up all the traffic no problem, leaving my minimal VPS web-server alone. Then I tried again with post requests and BAM… 100% CPU load, response time over 6 seconds.

What was happening? Shouldn’t Cloudflare stop things like this?

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Guess Who’s Back

I’m back, not that I was ever here. A few weeks ago I noticed a large(ish) bill on my credit card statement for my web hosting. Oh, that’s right I though, I have a website. That one I made to write about my engineering/tech projects which I never update, not that I do any work on them anyway. Clearly, I had great foresight in choosing the name Procrastinating Engineer.
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